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The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat met today
2008-03-21 15:46:21

In his statement to the press, the Cypriot Government Spokesman Mr. Stefanou expressed his satisfaction on the results of today’s meeting and noted that the advisers of President Christofias and Mr. Talat will meet next Monday afternoon in order to set the number of Working Groups and Technical Committees, as well as their agenda, as was agreed during today’s meeting. It is recalled that the July 8th 2006 Agreement provides for the setting up of Working Groups and Technical Committees to discuss substantive issues and day to day matters respectively, in order to prepare the ground for substantive negotiations.

President Christofias and Mr. Talat also agreed on the opening of Ledra Street, in the divided capital Nicosia, as a crossing point as soon as technically possible. In addition, the opening of Limnitis and other crossing points is on the agenda for the coming meetings of their advisers.

Speaking after the meeting Mr. Moller, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus referred to the decision that the advisers will meet next week “in order to set up a number of working groups and technical committees, establish their agendas and to do so in the most expeditious way possible”. The President and Mr. Talat also agreed “to meet three months from now to review the work of the working groups and technical committees, and using their results, to start full-fledged negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.” The two leaders could also meet as and when needed before the beginning of their formal negotiations.

Replying to questions after the meeting, President Christofias stated, inter-alia, that: “We shall try our utmost in order to come to an agreed solution to the interests of the Cypriot people of both communities as soon as possible”.

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