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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 18, 1994

Statement by the Press Secretary

The President spoke this morning from the Oval Office with Prime Minister Tansu Ciller of Turkey. The two leaders discussed recent developments in Bosnia, Cyprus and a range of bilateral issues. The conversation lasted about fifteen minutes.

On Bosnia, the leaders expressed their common hope that the parties on the ground would abide by the NATO deadline for the removal of heavy weapons from the exclusion zone around Sarajevo and that progress could be achieved in negotiations to achieve a permanent peace solution. The President welcomed recent Turkish efforts to support the peace process, including Prime Minister Ciller's recent visit to Sarajevo.

The leaders also discussed Cyprus. They welcomed the recently negotiated agreement in principle for confidence- building measures among the parties in Cyprus, and expressed the hope that this agreement will soon result in progress on the ground.

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