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National Council reviews developments on Cyprus problem
2006-08-22 11:41:26

Nicosia, Aug 22 -- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos briefed today the members of the National Council (top advisory body to the President for the Cyprus issue) on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem, in the light of the July 8th agreement between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

After the four - hour meeting, Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes read out a written statement saying that the National Council reiterated the commitment of the Greek Cypriot side to implement the July 8th agreement and ?to continue to work consistently for the effective implementation of the agreement, without any terms or preconditions?.

On July 8th, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed to proceed with setting up bicommunal technical committees and teams of experts to discuss day to day problems and issues of substance, with a view to pave the way for high level talks aiming to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Late July, Director of the Cypriot President's Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis and Turkish Cypriot leader's aide Rasit Pertev began discussions aiming to implement the July 8th agreement. ?President Papadopoulos informed thoroughly the members of the Council on the course of the discussions at the meetings of the representatives of the leaders of both communities and expressed his evaluations regarding the so far development of the discussions and the future prospects?, the written statement said.

After hearing President Papadopoulos? views, the members of the National Council expressed their own positions on the developments of the Cyprus issue.

In statements to the press after the meeting, Mr. Pashiardes said that there is no deadlock at the meetings of the representatives of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders Tasos Tzionis and Rasit Pertev respectively, but noted that ?there are some difficulties and some unjustified delays?.

He added that Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus Michael Moller, in the presence of whom the meetings take place, ''is well aware of whom is to blame for the difficulties and the delays (at the discussions)?.

''Our issue now is not to start a blame game, but to overcome the difficulties and to avoid further delays. Our side will continue to display and prove that it has a constructive spirit and good will aiming to fully implement the July 8th agreement?, he said.

The Spokesman underlined that the Greek Cypriot side does not intend to deviate from the framework, the substance or the spirit of the July 8th agreement.

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