Cyprus President says Turkish side evades July 8 agreement provisions
Larnaca, Mar 8 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said that the Turkish side is trying to evade the provisions of the July 8, 2006 agreement.
Speaking at Larnaca Airport before departing for Brussels, he also said that if the Turkish Cypriots had been truly in a hurry for a Cyprus settlement, they would have responded to the proposals of the government for the immediate commencement of the work of the technical committees.
The President then stressed that the Turkish side was ''trying to evade the clear provisions of July 8. We submitted a proposal last Friday and we are waiting for the response of the Turkish side.''
President Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on July 8 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of former 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.
As regards trade between the EU and the areas of the Republic of Cyprus under Turkish occupation, the President said talks were being held with EU officials and efforts were being made by the Cypriot side to give its interpretation regarding the Commissionís April 26, 2004 decision.
He also said that talks with the German presidency of the EU were being held in ''a good climate.'' He stressed that the German presidency requested the talks be held away from the limelight in order to be effective.