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Britain expects positive ideas from President Papadopoulos
2005-04-13 14:42:13

by Kyriakos Tsioupras

London, Apr 13 (CNA) -- British Minister for European Affairs Peter Hain is sure that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will outline his concerns to British Premier Tony Blair when they meet and that he will present positive and constructive ideas with regard to the resumption of talks on the question of Cyprus.

Speaking to the press at an election meeting in London, Hain also said that he hopes President Papadopoulos' official visit to London, following an invitation by Blair, would help clear the air between the two governments after some criticism of British policies from Nicosia.

''? cannot pre-empt the agenda. It is important that the President of Cyprus lays out his own concerns, his own ideas. I am sure he will have some positive, constructive suggestions, we will have to take them forward,'' he said.

Hain said that the important point with regard to this visit is that after a period in which there was some criticism of the position taken by the British government there will be a common meeting point and a common way forward.

He noted that through the diplomatic channels there would be discussions to agree an agenda for the meeting

Hain said that he looked forward to ''a new era in which we can overcome recent misunderstandings and go back to building friendship and a common alliance which will see a resolution of the dispute and a bizonal, bicommunal Cyprus taking its place with the European acquis established right across the island and the interests of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots protected.''

No date has yet been fixed for the visit but it is expected to take place before the summer.

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