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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 17, 1996


President Clinton Meets with President Clerides of Cyprus

President Clinton met today with the President of Cyprus, Glafcos Clerides. The two leaders affirmed the excellent relations that exist between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus. They reviewed the situation on the island and discussed how the United States could help promote prospects for a lasting and peaceful solution. President Clinton reaffirmed his personal commitment to this goal and informed President Clerides that the United States intends to intensify its efforts, through further consultations, to narrow the differences between the two communities on Cyprus, leading to a comprehensive settlement.

To this end, he will send his Special Emissary, Richard Beattie, to the region in July to begin discussions on the key issues involved in a comprehensive settlement, with special emphasis on security. President Clerides said he welcomed this initiative and looked forward to receiving Mr. Beattie during his upcoming visit.

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