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Papadopoulos Talat to meet September 5
2007-08-23 09:36:08

Nicosia, Aug 21 – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat will meet on September 5, the UN announced on Tuesday.

The meeting, the first to be held since President Papadopoulos and Talat met on 8 July 2006 when a UN-brokered agreement was reached between the two, was decided after a meeting on Tuesday between the senior aides to the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot community.

''The two leaders will meet in the afternoon of September 5 at the (U.N.) special representative's official residence,'' U.N. spokesman on the island Brian Kelly said.

Director of Papadopoulos’ Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis and Talat’s adviser Rashit Pertev met at the UN headquarters in Nicosia, in the presence of UNFICYP senior adviser Wlodzimierz Cibor. President Papadopoulos, in a letter inviting Talat to a meeting, also proposed practical steps to implement the July 8 Agreement.

There is no scheduled meeting before 5 September between the two, who have been holding regular meetings since the July 8th agreement of last year.

“There is a desire to discuss matters pertaining to the July agreement and everything else the two leaders consider necessary to raise at their discussions, as this emerges from the exchange of letters between Papadopoulos and Talat,” the Cyprus Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas stated.

President Papadopoulos had written to Talat in early July this year inviting him to meet and discuss the implementation of the July 8, 2006 agreement, which aims to establish technical committees and working groups to deal with day to day issues as well as issues of substance of the Cyprus problem. A year after the agreement, this has not been achieved so far.

Mr. Palmas reiterated President Papadopoulos’ earlier remarks that there should be no preconditions set for the September meeting to facilitate the situation in the hope that something important will come out of it.

Asked if anything beyond the July agreement may be agreed at the forthcoming meeting, Palmas replied: “the only specific document we have before us at present, the only tangible document which has the consent of the UN and that of the two leaders is the July 8th agreement of 2006.”

“Therefore, the basis of the discussion must focus on this agreement which includes elements that could provide an opportunity to create the preconditions for progress towards a political settlement in Cyprus”, he concluded.

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