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Cypriot President meets UK relatives of missing persons
2005-07-26 11:46:17

by Kyriakos Tsioupras

London, Jul 26 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos met in London last night with a delegation from the UK Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons, to discuss the issue of missing persons in Cyprus and recent developments in the matter, which indicate that the process of determining the fate of missing persons could be accelerated after an apparent shift in the Turkish side's stance, as a result of pressure exerted by relatives of Turkish Cypriot missing persons.

The President briefed the delegation on the Greek Cypriot side's efforts to solve the issue, noting that this was one of the first matters he brings up during talks with the UN Secretary General, heads of state and other international community dignitaries.

It was determined that the stance of the Turkish Cypriot side was changing, with the exhumation of remains of Greek Cypriot missing persons being a tangible indication of this.

Today, President Papadopoulos will be meeting in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, holder of the EU's rotating presidency, to discuss the Cyprus problem, Turkey's European prospects and major EU matters.

Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou, who arrives in London today from Washington, will also be attending the meeting, and will later on meet with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

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