September 3 2008 Date Set For Start of Full-Fledged Negotiations
Nicosia, July 25 - The President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat met today and announced that full-fledged negotiations will begin on September 3, 2008, under the good offices mission of the United Nations Secretary General. This decision was reached following a final review of the progress made by the working groups and technical committees, which began their work over three months ago, to deal with the core issues of the Cyprus Problem and day-to-day issues in order to prepare the ground for full-fledged negotiations.
In a joint statement, President Christofias and Mr. Talat said, “The aim of the fully fledged negotiations is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem which will safeguard fundamental and legitimate rights and interests of Greek and Turkish Cypriots."
Following the meeting President Christofias stated, “I consider that we have taken a step forward” towards the solution of the Cyprus Problem, whilst highlighting the need for a “constructive stance by both communities, based on basic principles and good will, in order to reach a solution.”