Cyprus government confirms Turkish-Cypriot side decides to cancel Papadopoulos-Talat meeting
Nicosia, Jul 12 - Cyprus Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas has said that Rasit Pertev, adviser to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, said today that due to the postponement of an illegal football match between Turkish Cypriot team Centikaya and British Luton, which was due to take place Wednesday in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, a meeting between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Talat should not take place.
Pertev announced the Turkish Cypriot side's decision for the cancellation of the meeting between Papadopoulos and Talat during a gathering held in Nicosia today between him, the Director of Cyprus President's Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis and the UNSG Special Representative to Cyprus, Michael Moller.
''We hope that Talat will make second thoughts so that the meeting will take place and the 8 July agreement will begin,'' Mr. Palmas said.
President Papadopoulos had recently sent two letters to Talat, one on the issue of the missing persons and another on the July 8 2006 UN-brokered agreement.
On Tuesday, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat had accepted an invitation from Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos to meet with each other and discuss ways for a breakthrough in efforts for a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem.
“After about 50 meetings between our aides since the July 8, 2006 agreement and with no apparent move forward, I decided to send the letter for a meeting,” President Papadopoulos stated.
br<> Mr. Papadopoulos and Mr. Talat agreed on 8 July 2006 in Nicosia, in the presence of UN senior official Ibrahim Gambari, to begin a process of bi-communal 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 of the Cyprus problem.