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Iacovou and Nami Agree on the Working Groups and Technical Committees
2008-03-27 09:53:52

Nicosia, Mar 26 - Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou, and Ozdil Nami, adviser to the Turkish Cypriot leader, agreed today, in the context of the agreement reached by President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat, to establish, as soon as possible, six working groups and seven technical committees.

Specifically, as Mr. Iacovou stated after the meeting, “the two advisors have agreed to establish the following Working Groups: “Governance and power-sharing”, “EU matters”, “Security and guarantees”, “Territory”, “Property”, and “Economic matters”.

Mr. Iacovou and Mr. Nami have also agreed to establish the following Technical Committees: “Crime/Criminal matters”, “Economic and commercial matters”, “Cultural heritage”, “Crisis management”, “Humanitarian matters”, “Health”, and “Environment”.

“Subject to need”, Mr. Iacovou added, “both advisors agreed to establish further working groups and technical committees, as required, in order to ensure that their respective leaders may be able to negotiate as effectively as possible on the full spectrum of issues to be discussed”.

Replying to questions, Mr. Iacovou expressed hope the Technical Committees and Working Groups will begin discussions on the April 7.

In addition, the Presidential Commissioner said that the two advisers would continue to meet and discuss the content of the Working Groups and Technical Committees. Mr. Iacovou assured that the Greek Cypriot side “has already done a lot of work, regarding the subject of the discussions at the Working Groups and the Technical Committees”.

Mr. Iacovou also expressed hope that the Working Groups and the Technical Committees will conclude their mission until the two leaders meet again in three months time. “I am optimist that we will reach an agreement in some issues until the next meeting between the two leaders”, he said. “However, on some other issues, a consensus is very difficult to be reached. On that case, the outcome of the Working Groups and the Technical Committees will be used during the direct negotiation between the two leaders,” he added.

The two have agreed to meet again on Friday. The Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed to set up a number of working groups and technical committees, which they will deal with aspects of the Cyprus problem. They also agreed to meet again in three months to review the work of those groups and committees. Their results will be used to start negotiations under UN auspices for a solution.

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