Athens pleased with progress

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Talks be­tween Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras in Athens went ex­tremely well, gov­ern­ment spokesman Dim­itris Tzanakopou­los told Cypriot tele­vi­sion chan­nel RIK yes­ter­day, adding that the stance adopted by out­go­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on the is­sue dur­ing his visit to Athens this week was con­struc­tive. “The im­por­tant thing is that no pres­sure was ex­erted for as­phyx­i­at­ing dead­lines as re­gards the progress of the talks,” Tzanakopou­los said. The gov­ern­ment spokesman also stressed the need for the abo­li­tion of the “anachro­nis­tic sta­tus quo in­volv­ing guar­an­tees” on Cyprus and for the with­drawal of Turk­ish troops from the is­land’s oc­cu­pied north as pre­con­di­tions for a “just and vi­able so­lu­tion.”

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