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Cyprus and Britain continue consultations on Straw's visit
2006-01-13 14:27:34

Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) – President Tassos Papadopoulos reiterated Thursday to British High Commissioner Peter Millett his positions on a visit to the island by the British Foreign Secretary, adding that “the intention is to find a solution that will take into consideration the sensitivities of our side.”

Papadopoulos and Millett had an unofficial conversation during a reception at the Presidential Palace for the Diplomatic Corps on the occasion of the New Year.

Chrysostomides said “consultations on diplomatic services level continue,” adding that “the goal is to create a climate of understanding and cooperation and not intensify the differences between the two communities.”

The Cyprus government objects to Straw meeting the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Tatat at the so-called presidential palace in Turkish occupied Cyprus. Britain insists the meeting takes place there, saying this is the office of the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.

“I hope the right solution will be found,” the spokesman said, noting that “the goal is not to aggravate the situation, on the contrary to find a way so that all foreign forces interested in promoting efforts for a Cyprus settlement be engaged constructively and not negatively in the whole process.”

He said there is still time to settle the matter, before the proposed visit by Straw, scheduled for the end of January, taking into consideration the practice followed during the recent years and our sensitivities.

Asked about Papadopoulos’ conversation with Millett, the spokesman said “it contributed to clarify once again our positions and the President said that there must be contact between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.”

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