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Papandreou to discuss Cyprus problem during visit
2003-09-08 17:47:35

Athens, Sep 8 (CNA-ANA) - Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou will be meeting the government and political party leadership of Cyprus on September 10 and 11, during a visit to the island.

During Panadreou's meetings and a dinner to be hosted in his honour by President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, all aspects of the Cyprus problem will be discussed and preparations will be made in view of a visit to Athens on September 16 by President Papadopoulos.

The Athens News Agency (ANA) reported that Papandreou will also speak on the future of education in Cyprus at a gathering of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot professors at the Ledra Palace in the UN-controlled buffer zone.

Representatives of Turkish Cypriot political parties have declined an invitation to meet with Papandreou. Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Panos Beglitis said ''it is up to the Turkish Cypriot parties to have a meeting or not'' with Papandreou.

''We wanted to hear their concerns, their views, as they had originally been expressed in favour of the Annan plan'', Beglitis added.

Replying to questions, Beglitis said Greece would view a new UN initiative to solve the Cyprus problem positively but noted that, given the intransigence of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, there was a slim chance of that happening.

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