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National Council to meet Monday
2005-08-20 12:27:21

Nicosia, Aug 20 (CNA) -- The National Council, the top advisory body to President Tassos Papadopoulos on the handling of the Cyprus question, will meet Monday.

The Council, comprising all eight parliamentary parties, is set to be briefed by Papadopoulos about this week's talks in Athens with the Greek leadership.

The meeting takes place in view of discussions among European Union Foreign Ministers in early September aiming to define the negotiating framework with Turkey, scheduled to begin accession negotiations on 3 October.

Ankara issued last month a unilateral declaration that its signature adapting the Ankara Agreement, to extend to all ten new EU members including Cyprus, does not signify recognition of the Republic.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus' northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the government of Cyprus, saying it would do so once the political problem is resolved.

On Wednesday, Papadopoulos and Greek Premier Costas Karamanlis drafted out the strategy and tactics they would follow in the weeks ahead, with regard to EU matters and issues of mutual interest.

Monday's Council meeting will be held as Cyprus mourns its dead from two tragedies that have hit the country, an air crash last Sunday when all 121 people on board were killed near Athens and Friday's road accident in Sharm El Sheikh in which seven Cypriots were killed and another three injured.

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