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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-07-25

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS DIRECT TALKS - STATEMENT

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS DIRECT TALKS - STATEMENT

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has described as a positive development and a step forward an agreement to begin direct negotiations with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mehmet Ali Talat in September.

    I consider that we have taken a step forward towards the solution of the Cyprus problem, President Christofias said.

    Speaking on arrival at the Presidential Palace, after a two-hour long meeting with Talat, the President said that the outcome of the meeting is a positive development.

    There are many issues we have agreed on and many other issues we do not agree on, he said and pointed out: Consequently, it is a matter of a constructive stance by both communities, based on basic principles and good will, in order to reach a settlement.

    Asked if a joint statement, issued after todays meeting, refers to strict time frames and arbitration, President Christofias replied: of course it doesnt.

    Asked if the two leaders will be meeting once or twice a week, President Christofias said that we will discuss this issue on 3 September.

    Christofias and Talat decided on Friday to start full-fledged negotiations on September 3, with the aim to reach a ``mutually accepted solution to the Cyprus problem which will safeguard the fundamental and legitimate rights and interests of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots``.

    This was the two leaders` fourth meeting, during which they undertook a final review of the technical committees and working groups, set up after their first meeting on March 21 to prepare the ground for substantive negotiations, leading to the reunification of the country, which has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.


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