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G/C and T/C to establish working groups on environmental issues
2004-11-22 10:37:54

Nicosia, Nov 22 (CNA) -- The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, who met here today for their regular meeting under the auspices of the Slovakian Embassy in Cyprus, stressed the need for closer cooperation and announced that they will establish working groups to study and promote sustainable development in environmental issues, including the de-mining of the UN buffer zone.

Today's meeting in Ledra Palace was the last for 2004 and the next meeting will be held on January 10, 2005.

According to the joint communique, read out by the Slovak Ambassador to Cyprus Jan Varso, the leaders and representatives of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties ''exchanged views on the sustainable development and stressed the need for closer cooperation among the political parties.''

''In this context they will jointly find practical ways and means, including the establishment of working groups, to study and promote sustainable development in environmental issues, among others de-mining of the buffer zone,'' he added.

A total of 15 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties attended the meeting.

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