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Christofias and Talat to Meet 21 March
2008-03-13 08:24:17

Nicosia, Mar 12 – Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat will meet on 21st March. This will be the first meeting between the two since Mr. Christofias assumed the Presidency of the Republic.

Jose Luis Diaz, spokesperson of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), announced that the date was decided during Wednesday’s meeting between Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and Mr. Talat's adviser Ozdil Nami at the office of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus and UNFICYP Chief of Mission Michael Moller.

He said the two discussed the issue of the opening the Ledra Street checkpoint and that “a great degree of convergence was reached on a number of issues as well”.

President Christofias has stressed that the UN-brokered agreement of July 8 2006, must be the basis of any talks aimed at a political settlement.

“The Greek-Cypriot side insists that the basis of meetings and talks, if a serious effort is to be carried out for the solution of the Cyprus problem, is the July agreement,” he said.

The agreement provides for preparatory discussions at committee level ahead of substantive negotiations, between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, leading to a settlement that would reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

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