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Government says substance should be on agenda of Cyprus talks
2006-03-17 11:37:27

Nicosia, Mar 17 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman George Lillikas said today that issues on the substance of the Cyprus problem should be included in the agenda of a new round of talks, adding that the government is now expecting from the UN Secretary General to implement the process agreed on in Paris, during a meeting between Kofi Annan and President Tassos Papadopoulos.

Replying to questions, Lillikas said the agenda will be finalised during the first meetings of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus with the leaders of the two communities, based on the Paris agreement.

''We are interested in a process that will lead to negotiations for a Cyprus settlement and the reunification of the island and not simple matters that will improve the conditions of separate and neighbouring residing with the Cyprus problem unresolved and Cyprus divided,'' Lillikas said.

He added that the proper preparation of talks and the bridging of the gap between the two sides can be brought about through negotiations on the substance.

Replying to questions, the Spokesman said ''we expect the Secretary General to implement the process, to call the two leaders to appoint representatives, for the technical committees to begin work, and of course the first issue to be discussed is the agenda.''

He clarified that the Greek Cypriot side has given Annan indications regarding the issues and that the UN chief has given his consent on these issues, which are ''reasonable and will be part of any solution of the Cyprus problem, such as the settlers and property.''

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