US pleased with the arrangement of Papadopoulos – Talat meeting
Nicosia, Aug 30 - US Ambassador to Cyprus Ronald Schlicher said his country was very happy and pleased that a meeting between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will take place on the 5th of September.
In statements to the press, after a meeting he had with Cyprus Minister of Interior Christos Patsalides, Schlicher expressed hope that the meeting will open the way for the implementation of the 8 July 2006 Agreement reached between the two sides, under the UN auspices, providing for the concurrent establishment of working groups to address substantive aspects of the Cyprus problem and technical committees to deal with the day-to-day problems that affect the people, as well as Confidence Building Measures.
“And we hope that July 8th process involving the technical committees and the working groups yields quick progress because we believe that we need to get back to full-blown substantive negotiations towards the reunification of the island as soon as possible,” the US Ambassador added, noting that US have supported the idea of a meeting between the two leaders for the past few months.
“We hope that the meeting will open the way for the start of the work of the technical committee and the working groups,” Ambassador Schlicher said.