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Cyprus Starts Direct Reunification Negotiations

03 September 2008 / 10:09:08  GRReporter
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At 9 o’clock this morning the leader of the Greek Cypriots Dimitris Christofias

urkish Cypriot leader Mehmed Ali Talat are meeting in the residence of the UN

representative in Cyprus at the buffer zone between the two parts of the divided Nikosia, patrolled by the UN forces. The UN Secretary General special envoy in Cyprus Alexander Downing will participate in the meeting. He is a former Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs

and was appointed to his current position in July.

     The Greek approach to the talks for the reunification of the island are moderately optimistic. Markos Kyprianou, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus describes the talks as difficult. On the other hand, Hasan Ertzakidzha, spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot community, announced that the talks today will focus on procedures and setting the regulations for future negotiations. The North Cyprus suggestion for more frequent direct meetings between Christofias and Talat will be discussed, too.

     Meanwhile it became clear that there will be a meeting between the Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias and the UN Secretary General Ban Ku-moon at the UN headquarters

in New York. Christofias will be there for the UN General Assembly which is to be held on 24 September.



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