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President Papadopoulos - UN Secretary General meet in Paris
2006-02-28 12:19:00

by Maria Koniotou

Paris, Feb 28 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan meet here today to review the situation in Cyprus and discuss ways of moving forward the process of reuniting the island.

The meeting will take place at 1500 local time at the Bristol hotel where Annan is staying.

Papadopoulos has said that he would ask Annan to appoint a special representative to prepare the ground for the resumption of talks that will lead to a negotiated settlement.

The meeting takes place in the light of a decision by the EU Foreign Affairs and External Relations Council which adopted the Financing Regulation for the Turkish Cypriots, decoupling it from the Regulation for Direct Trade, which will be discussed in connection with four issues, described as important by the Cyprus government.

These are the return of the fenced off town of Famagusta, the transport of goods from Famagusta port to the EU, under EU supervision, the termination of the illegal exploitation of Greek Cypriot properties in Turkish occupied Cyprus and the improvement of the Green Line regulation.

Papadopoulos has said he was not aware whether Annan would bring up the recent Turkish proposals on Cyprus during their meeting, noting however that Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul must have raised this issue during a meeting he had a few days ago with Annan in Doha.

After his meeting with Papadopoulos, Annan will talk to the press, UN communication officer in Brussels Jean Pierre Bugada has told CNA.

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