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11th Meeting Took Place Between President Christofias and T/C Leader Talat
2008-12-08 11:12:33

Nicosia, Dec 2 – The 11th meeting between President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in the framework of the direct negotiations, with a view to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem, took place on Monday.

President Christofias and Mr. Talat continued their discussion on federal police issues. Other issues on the agenda were federal public service, public service commission and external affairs.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have made advances in their discussions on the chapter of governance, said here Tuesday UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun.

He was speaking at the end of the 11th meeting of the two leaders, in the framework of the direct negotiations, which began early September, under UN auspices, with a view to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

“The leaders had a good and friendly meeting, in a friendly atmosphere. They began with an hour of tête-à-tête and then they resumed the discussions on governance, focusing this time on the federal public service on which they identified a number of convergences, helped by bridging proposals from both sides,” Mr. Zerihoun said.

The UN Special Representative said the two leaders “have called on their representatives to meet and Iacovou and Nami will meet tomorrow afternoon to carry forward discussions on some aspects of governance which have been referred to them by the leaders.”

“We expect further meetings of the representatives before the leaders meet again on the 16th of December when they will take up the issue of external relations,” Mr. Zerihoun said, adding that Special Adviser Alexander Downer will arrive on the island on the 11th December.

Asked when the chapter of property will be discussed, Mr. Zerihoun said “we will have a better idea after the next meeting.”

To a question if the chapter of governance will close with progress, Mr. Zerihoun replied “they have made advances in the discussions; they have not agreed on every issue, they have left some issues aside to be revisited, they have asked their representatives to take up some of these issues.”

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