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President Christofias and Mr. Talat Reaffirm Commitment to Bizonal Federation at Today’s Meeting
2008-05-23 22:01:22

Nicosia, May 23 – President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met this morning in the presence of the UN Secretary General’s new Special Representative to Cyprus Tay-Brook Zerihoun, to review progress in talks between bicommunal teams of experts, dealing with all aspects of the Cyprus issue. 

The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to a bizonal bicommunal federation.

In a joint statement, read out to the media by the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Tay-Brook Zerihoun, at whose residence the leaders of the two communities met, President Christofias and Talat agreed that this partnership will have a federal government with a single international personality.

The also agreed to come together in the second half of June to make a new assessment of the work being done by bicommunal teams of experts who are dealing with various aspects of the Cyprus question.

The joint statement, as read to the media by the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Cyprus Taye-Brook Zerihoun:

The Leaders today had genuine and fruitful discussions, and reviewed the results achieved pursuant to the 21 March agreement.

They reaffirmed their commitment to a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions. This partnership will have a Federal Government with a single international personality, as well as a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.

They instructed their Representatives to examine, within 15 days, the results of the technical committees.

The Representatives will consider civilian and military confidence-building measures. They will also pursue the opening of Limnitis/Yesilirmak and other crossing points.

The Leaders decided to come together again in the second half of June to make a new assessment.

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