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Sunday, February 28, 1999 Published at 21:33 GMT

World: Europe

Hopes for talks over Cyprus

The Greek Cypriot foreign minister, Ioannis Cassoulides, says he hopes for increased support from the United States once the Turkish general election has taken place.

Mr Cassoulides, who's just returned from a two week visit to the United States, said diplomatic activity would resume when a new government had been formed in Ankara.

He said the aim would be to re-start negotiations between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

Talks have been stalled since August 1997. Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded the island in 1974.

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