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Schedule of future meetings between President Christofias and Mr. Talat announced for February 24, March 4, March 16 and March 30
2010-02-19 12:46:56

On February 12, government Spokesman Mr. Stefanos Stefanou announced the dates for the next four meetings between President Christofias and Mr. Talat in the framework of the direct negotiations taking place in Cyprus. Mr. Stefanou said that after consultations with the UN the dates of the next meetings proposed by President Christofias are February 24, March 4, March 16 and March 30.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting earlier this week and replying to questions regarding the four meetings between President Christofias and Mr. Talat which were announced on February 12, the Government Spokesman said that the schedule of future meetings has been agreed upon and that there would be four day-long meetings through the end of March.

Mr. Stefanou pointed out that the outcome of the negotiations between President Christofias and Mr. Talat does not depend on the time allocated to them for convergences and progress, or on the frequency of the meetings, but on the positions submitted. He also said that the Greek Cypriot side was constructive and submitted positions that were based on the model for a bizonal bicommunal federation, and that convergences depend on the positions of the Turkish Cypriot side.

Commenting on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allegations that the Greek Cypriot side was intransigent, Spokesman Stephanou said that it was obvious that Turkey was trying to falsely portray the Republic of Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot side as the unyielding side at the negotiating table.

He also pointed out that ''the international community, the UN and the EU admit and acknowledge that President Christofias is engaged in the negotiations with goodwill.''

Commenting on Prime Minister Erdogan’s proposal for a summit of all parties involved, Spokesman Stephanou said that the Greek Cypriot side's position was well known and called on the Turkish Prime Minister to listen to Europe and the international community and cooperate, on the basis of UN resolutions for a solution to the Cyprus problem. He added that the government was making yet another effort, to urge Turkey to comply with the European Parliament's latest resolution, and the European Council's conclusions of December 2009.

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