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EU President arrives for talks
2004-12-07 09:50:53

Larnaca, Dec 7 (CNA) -- Jan Peter Balkenende, current president of the European Council and Prime Minister of The Netherlands, has arrived in Cyprus for talks with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, a week before the European Union decides on whether to begin accession talks with Turkey.

Balkenende arrived half an hour earlier than scheduled and his talks will begin at 1500 local time (1300 GMT).

The brief visit, part of a tour of EU member-states, takes place as Nicosia is expressing disappointment with a revised draft of the conclusions the Dutch EU presidency has submitted to COREPER (Permanent EU Representatives in Brussels) which is expected to be adopted by EU leaders, when they meet in the Belgian capital at the end of next week.

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