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Cypriot House President holds meetings with EP officials
2006-04-26 11:05:36

by Nicos Bellos

Brussels, Apr 26 (CNA) - The Cyprus question was at the epicentre of meetings Cypriot House of Representatives President and left-wing party AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias held here Tuesday with European Parliament officials.

Christofias had separate meetings with the Chairman of the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left in the European Parliament Francis Wurtz, the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament Graham Watson, the President of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee Joost Langendijk, the member of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament Ozdemir Cem, while late in the afternoon he met with President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell.

Borrell asked to be briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus question and Christofias briefed him on the results on the meeting in Paris on 28 February 2006 between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.

Christofias noted that ''some people do not brief Borrell right,'' saying that Borrell had the impression that the meeting in Paris did not have a positive outcome.

He also pointed out the importance of discussion at technical committees, noting that ''this can open new prospects for a regenerated initiative of the UN Secretary General at a high level.''

Christofias noted that the President of the European Parliament listened with understanding the positions he conveyed to him, adding that Borrell might visit Cyprus during the summer holidays, accepting an invitation he extended to him.

The House President expressed satisfaction with the approval of the funding for Turkish Cypriots with 139 million euros and the disassociation of the Direct Trade Regulation.

He expressed Nicosia's readiness for the approval of the Direct Trade Regulation on the basis of the proposal made by the Cyprus government, that is the co-administration of the Famagusta port under EU supervision, with the simultaneous return of the fenced-off area to its legal inhabitants.

Christofias assured his interlocutors that AKEL will do whatever it can for the restoration of Turkish Cypriots' rights, without affecting the Greek Cypriots' rights.

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