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Cyprus government does not rule out meeting with Talat under UN auspices
2005-03-09 13:45:34

Nicosia, Mar 9 (CNA) -- The government does not rule out a meeting between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot Republican Turkish Party (RTP) leader Mehmet Ali Talat on bicommunal issues under the auspices of the UN and the Secretary-General’s mission of good offices.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said President Papadopoulos was informed by President of the House of Representatives and AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias on his meeting yesterday with Talat in the Turkish-occupied part of Nicosia.

Chrysostomides said the government believes that contacts between political parties are a positive step and will contribute in the right direction.

The Spokesman had been invited to comment on a statement by Christofias that his meeting with Talat could pave the way for a meeting between President Papadopoulos and Talat.

Chrysostomides said this can happen “only through the UN framework, within the framework of commencing consultations, under the UN auspices and the UN secretary-General’s mission of good offices”.

The Government Spokesman added “contacts between political parties (from both comunities) contribute to creating a climate of cooperation and understanding which would help towards the resumption of consultations for a final solution to the problem and the island’s reunification”.

“The government believes that contacts between political parties are a positive step and can contribute towards the right direction”, the Spokesman added.

He noted that there was no official representation of President Papadopoulos at yesterday’s Christofias-Talat meeting and that official negotiations under the UN are being held by the leader of the community, President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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