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Greek Cypriots to meet the deadline of the July 8 agreement
2006-07-27 11:44:38

Nicosia Jul 27 -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said today that the Greek Cypriots will meet the deadline set out by the agreement of July 8 on Technical discussions between the two communities, expressing hope that the Turkish side will show the necessary political will for the preparation of substantive negotiations for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

On July 8, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met in the presence of UN Undesecretary-General for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari and agreed to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day to day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues.

The agreement states that ''the Technical Committees on issues that affect the day to day life of people will commence by the end of July provided that, at the same time, the two leaders will also have exchanged a list of issues of substance and its contents to be studied by expert bi-communal working groups and finalized by the Leaders.''

''Our side will timely respond to the provisions of the July 8 agreement,'' Pashiardis said replying to questions after a meeting of the Ministerial Council and added that ''our side is ready to engage both in discussions regarding day to day issues on a technical level and regarding the substantive issues on the level of experts.''

He added that ''we hope that the Turkish side will show the necessary good will and political will for the preparation of substantive negotiations aiming at reaching a final solution to the Cyprus problem.''

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