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Cypriot President expresses readiness to enter talks under UN SG
2005-02-01 11:09:59

Nicosia, Feb 1 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has said the Greek Cypriot side is ready for talks to solve the Cyprus problem under the UN Secretary-General's auspices.

He was speaking on his arrival at the Hilton Hotel, where he is the official guest of the Cyprus News Agency at a lunch given on the occasion of the New Year for news agency correspondents on the island and foreign press which the agency cooperates with.

Invited to comment on the readiness expressed by Turkish Cypriot politician Mehmet Ali Talat to meet with him for a discussion on issues other than the Annan Plan for a Cyprus settlement, such as trade issues and the establishment of a Turkish Cypriot school in Limassol which has a sizeable Turkish Cypriot community, the President replied, ''We decided on a Turkish Cypriot school a long time now, we do not want Mr. Talat to indicate it to us.''

He went on to add that ''trade issues are being examined at the EU,'' noting that ''on the talks we are ready, under the auspices however of the UN Secretary-General, I repeat, the UN Secretary General.''

President Papadopoulos said ''every meeting is useful and friendly but when it is used for political reasons, I think I have other responsibilities to think of other than Mr. Talat's public relations.''

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