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Cypriot President's programme of visit to London
2005-07-22 15:02:28

by Kyriakos Tsioupras

London, Jul 22 (CNA) -- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, who arrives here Saturday, will have a meeting on Tuesday with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The talks between Blair and Papadopoulos will possibly mark a positive change in the relations of the two countries, which many British MPs from the three parliamentary parties pursue.

At 1600 local time on Monday, President Papadopoulos will have a meeting with Archbishop of Theateron and Great Britain Gregorios.

At 1730 he will have a meeting with the Executive Council of the National Cypriot Federation of Great Britain and at 1830 he will meet with the Committee of Missing Persons' Relatives in Great Britain.

President Papadopoulos' meeting with Blair will take place on Tuesday at 1600.

At 1700 on the same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, who will arrive in London from Washington, will meet with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw at the Foreign Office.

At 1930, President Papadopoulos will address an open political gathering at Southgate.

At 2115 he will attend a dinner hosted in his honour by the Secretariat of the National Cypriot Federation.

On Wednesday he will give a number of interviews and will host a luncheon for a group of British MPs.

MPs Andrew Love (Labour) and Tereza Villiers (Conservative) told CNA that Blair and Papadopoulos must discuss the potential Britain has as the current EU president to facilitate the creation of conditions towards a Cyprus settlement.

Love said the two sides should first of all try to lift misunderstandings and negative impressions, which trouble the two countries' relations after the referenda on the solution plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and secondly look into the issue of the regulations discussed at the EU concering the Turkish Cypriots.

Villiers said the most important issue for discussion was the British role in creating the preconditions for a Cyprus settlement. She said the second important item should be the major EU issues, such as the Constitutional Treaty, the financial perspectives and the Agricultural Policy, and the third must be Turkey's European prospects.

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