Talat discusses EU regulations with Barroso
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Feb 14 (CNA) - The two regulations for the Turkish Cypriots that are currently before the General Affairs Council, that is the financial aid and the direct trade regulations, the crossing over the ceasefire line in Cyprus and the Cyprus problem were discussed today during a meeting in Brussels between President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and so-called prime minister of the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus Mehmet Ali Talat.
The Commission's spokeswoman said the two proposed regulations to financially strengthen the Turkish Cypriots and for direct trade with the occupied areas were linked and expressed hope that the General Affairs Council would find a way to break the deadlock.
Furthermore, the spokeswoman said the Commission supported any initiative to increase the crossing points between the two sides of the divide on the island.
On the Cyprus problem, she expressed hope that a new initiative would be undertaken, under UN auspices, noting that the Commission was willing to offer its good offices, whenever requested.
Talat said Barroso assured him that the European Commission would continue to strengthen the Turkish Cypriot community.
He added that the most important regulation for the Turkish Cypriots was the one concerning direct trade between the occupied areas and the EU.
In his remarks, Talat said he asked Barroso to help towards lifting the ''isolation'' of the Turkish Cypriots, adding that this would help towards solving the Cyprus problem.
Talat also met in Brussels with Director of the European Commission's Enlargement Directorate B for Candidate Countries Pierre Mirel and Head of the European Commission group for Cyprus Leopold Maurer.
He departed from Brussels this afternoon.