Cyprus & Britain discuss ways towards the island's unity
by Kyriacos Tsoupras
London, Jul 26 (CNA) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos discussed today ways to achieve progress towards the unity of Cyprus.
In his opening remarks at the end of their meeting at 10 Downing Street, Premier Blair said the two discussed the EU agenda. He also said they turned their attention specifically on how it is possible to have progress towards the unity of Cyprus.
President Papadopoulos in his opening statement referred to the traditional good relations between the two countries.
He said there are political differences but both sides will concentrate of bringing about the reunification of the island.
Accompanying the president at the meeting were Foreign Minister George Iacovou, Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Tasos Tzionis, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the EU Emilios Emiliou and Director of the President's Press Office Marios Karoyian.
Blair was backed by Jonathan Powell, Chief-of-staff, Kim Darroch, Prime Minister’s European Adviser, Nigel Sheinwald, Foreign Policy adviser, Peter Millet British High Commissioner to Cyprus and Antony Phillipson, assistant diplomatic adviser.