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Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou Meets Advisor to Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community
2008-08-28 12:39:58

Nicosia, Aug 27 - The aides of the two leaders in Cyprus, Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and advisor to the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Ozdil Nami, held a meeting Wednesday during which they discussed procedural matters ahead of the commencement of direct talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus on September 3rd.

In statements after the two - hour long meeting, which was held in the presence of UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Taye–Brook Zerihoun, Mr. Iacovou said that UN Secretary General’s special adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, will be present at the start of direct negotiations on September 3rd, in Nicosia.

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will meet September 3rd to begin direct negotiations aiming at reunifying Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied one third of the island’s territory.

Mr. Iacovou said that during his meeting with Mr. Nami they discussed procedural issues concerning the direct negotiations, adding that the procedure will not differ much from the previous meetings the two leaders have held since President Christofias assumed office in February 2008.

Regarding the opening of a crossing point at Limnitis, on the northwest of Cyprus, to facilitate crossing to and from the occupied areas, Mr. Iacovou said they reached no decision during their meeting as regards to the opening of Limnitis.

Asked whether on September 3rd, an announcement will be made regarding the opening of the Limnitis crossing point, Mr. Iacovou said “the effort is to have an agreement and to announce it on September 3rd.”

Mr. Iacovou noted that many different issues arise during negotiations, some of which are “quite difficult.”

The Presidential Commissioner did not rule out the possibility to have one more meeting with Mr. Nami before September 3rd.

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