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Cyprus President hopes reunification talks will begin the soonest
2006-03-07 14:20:06

Nicosia, Mar 7 – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed the hope that reunification talks will start the soonest possible.

He was speaking earlier this week before departing to Athens for meetings with President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis and political party leaders.

Asked about the reaction of the international community on the result of his meeting in Paris, last week, with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, President Papadopoulos said that “it is being appreciated that it is a new initiative and a new effort to properly prepare negotiations so that the Cyprus problem will be examined in a constructive and useful manner”.

He also said his meeting with Mr. Annan “mainly concentrated on this stage, and as I explained to Mr. Annan, there are two parallel procedures, one is the preparation of talks on substantial aspects of the Cyprus problem, and the other to create a better climate”.

President Papadopoulos pointed out that “one course depends on the progress of the other, and it is neither proper, nor right to say that what agreed were merely measures which will make easier the operation of the Turkish Cypriot concoction”.

Asked if there was an official statement or reaction on the part of Turkey concerning his meeting with Mr. Annan, the President replied “we are anticipating the positions of the UN Secretariat and look forward to the start, the soonest, of the preparatory work which we hope will lead to an effort for a substantial discussion on Cyprus”.

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