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President Christofias and Mr. Talat Continue Discussion on the Federal Executive
2008-10-24 12:26:09

Nicosia, Oct 22 – Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat continued in Nicosia Wednesday their discussions on the federal executive, in the framework of direct negotiations on the Cyprus question.

In statements after the meeting, UN Secretary General Special Representative in Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun said that the leaders began the meeting with about an hour and half of tête-à-tête, and then continued their discussions on the federal executive.

“They heard from the two representatives on the follow up meeting that they had on the 16th of October, to help explain and clarify positions on the issue,” he added, noting that the leaders then took up the issue themselves, and had a constructive exchange of views, and then directed the representatives to carry these discussions next Thursday.

Following that, the leaders had a preliminary discussion on the legislature, and these discussions will continue when the two leaders will meet again on the 3rd of November, Mr. Zerihoun noted.

As he said the two leaders are still dealing with power-sharing and governance and they have now moved to the discussion on the legislation.

To a remark that it seems that discussions on power-sharing are going on for a long time, Mr. Zerihoun said that “essentially there are the competencies which we discussed first, and then they discussed the federal executive. Now they are moving to the legislature,” he added.

Asked if there is any convergence, the UN diplomat noted that definitely there is on some issues but, as he pointed out, “there are some issues which cannot be discussed in isolation from other issues. So, they have some of these issues aside, and they have asked the representatives to look at some issues to find bridging ideas. So this is a process that will continue, and I think it is going well,” he said.

When asked about the meeting, President Christofias said that it was a good, friendly one.

In addition, Mr. Talat said “I wish that [the process] will be easy both for us and for you.”

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