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Cyprus President to pay working visit to Luxembourg
2005-02-25 14:06:39

Nicosia, Feb 25 (CNA) – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos leaves for Luxembourg on Sunday for a working visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Council.

The Cypriot President will also travel to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jose Barroso on Monday, according to the Commission schedule released today for next week.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said President Papadopoulos will meet Juncker on Monday and will discuss issues concerning bilateral relations, the Cyprus issue and other European issues on the Council’s agenda, including progress on the Lisbon Strategy. The two men will give a press conference after talks between delegations from both countries.

President Papadopoulos will also meet Luxembourg’s President Lucien Weiler and before his departure to Brussels will have an audience with the Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

On Monday evening the Cypriot President will meet European Commission President Jose Barroso, according to the Commission. In the Belgian capital, Papadopoulos will also be the main speaker at an international conference on federal issues, organised by the government.

According to reports, the meeting with Barroso is scheduled for Monday at 1930 local time after President Papadopoulos travels to Brussels from Luxembourg.

President Papadopoulos will meet on Tuesday with Cypriot Commissioner on Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou and Greek Commissioner for the Environment Stavros Demas.

Asked if during his visit to Luxembourg President Papadopoulos will raise the issue of Turkey signing the protocol extending its customs union with the ten new member states, the Cypriot spokesman said that during discussions on Cyprus “this issue will surely be examined. In substance, the EU is putting pressure to sign the soonest the protocol and it is expected that this will take place the soonest”.

Chrysostomides said Turkey was obliged against the EU to sign the protocol.

A press release issued by the Luxembourg Presidency said the talks between Juncker and Papadopoulos will “mainly revolve around bilateral relations, reunification of the island and the main European political news dossiers. Preparations for the spring European Council and, more particularly, the mid-term examination of the Lisbon Strategy will also be among the items on the agenda”.

Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou will also hold talks with Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. The heads of diplomacy will exchange views on the main international political news dossiers.

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