Cyprus welcomes Indo-U.S. nuke pact

April 10, 2006 at 5:26 AM
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NEW DELHI, April 10 (UPI) -- Cyprus has welcomed the landmark Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal signed in March.

"Cyprus welcomes the agreement between India and the United States on full cooperation in civilian nuclear energy," Tassos Papadopoulos, president of Cyprus, told The Hindu newspaper in an interview published ahead of his visit to India, to begin Tuesday.

"Both (Cyprus and India) agree that such cooperation would help in addressing concerns related to global energy security and environmental protection. Cyprus conveys its support for India's efforts for the promotion of civilian nuclear supply for the benefit of her economic development and prosperity," Papadopoulos said.

The president's remarks are significant as Nicosia is a member of the elite Nuclear Suppliers' Group.

Cyprus has joined key members of the European Union in announcing its support for the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal, which remains delayed in Washington.

"Throughout these years India has always been a friendly country, supporting the principles (behind) a solution of the Cyprus problem, the various resolutions for the United Nations ... territorial integrity, (and) sovereignty of Cyprus," he said.

"Everybody knows India is a country with a great culture (and) history, and it plays a major role in world affairs. Now, India is one of the leading countries in the rate of growth, especially in information technology," the president said.

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