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Balkenende-Papadopoulos to discuss EU matters
2004-12-03 10:01:12

Nicosia, Dec 3 (CNA) -- Dutch premier Jan Peter Balkenende and Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will discuss issues relating to this month's meeting of the European Council when they meet here on Tuesday, 6th December.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said that the two leaders will also talk about Turkey's bid to secure a date for the start of accession negotiations, on which the Council will have the final say, as well as other matters concerning Cyprus.

The spokesman announced that Balkenende, whose country holds the six-monthly rotating EU presidency, arrives here early on Tuesday afternoon, he will then hold talks with Papadopoulos and leave after that.

The visit, initially planned for Monday, will now take place on Tuesday as Balkenende will attend a special session of the Upper and Lower House to pay tribute to the late Prince Bernadu, father of the Queen of The Netherlands, whose funeral will take place on 11 December.

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