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Greek Cypriot side committed to July 8th agreement
2006-08-10 11:41:25

Nicosia, Aug 10 -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes said the Greek Cypriot side remains committed to the agreement of the leaders of the two communities reached on July 8th and looks forward to a viable, functional and mutually accepted settlement on the basis and the framework of a bicommunal, bizonal federation.

Invited to comment on statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat who referred to "a new state on the basis of political equality and a new partnership", he said Mr. Talat's statements simply reiterate the usual Turkish provocations.

He also said that Mr. Talat arbitrarily determines the final form of a Cyprus settlement, at a time when a new process aiming to achieve a mutually accepted settlement through substantial negotiations is underway.

"Mr. Talat puts the cart before the horse, forejudges and betokens the end of this procedure in the way he desires it," he added.

"What we have before us is the agreement of July 8th and this agreement does mention neither the Annan plan nor the Gali ideas nor the De Guellar index," he also said.

"The two communities are called and engaged to implement this agreement and our side is working consistently for the implementation of this agreement and I want to believe with effectiveness and with all good will and faith," he added.

Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on July 8th, during a meeting here in the presence of UN Undersecretary General for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari, 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, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.

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