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Hristofias and Talat negotiate for the EU

12 March 2009 / 18:03:31  GRReporter
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On their last meeting together, the president of Cyprus Dimitris Hristofias and the leader of the Cyprian Turks Mehmed Ali Talat discussed topics connected with the European Union and the application of the European legislation in the future federation.

The two leaders met at 10:00am in the old airport UN building in Nicosia, in the presence of the UN’s Chief Secretary special advisor Alexander Downer and Tayé-Brook Zerihoun. Their discussion continued for about three hour and a half and after the meeting, Mr. Downer said that they have decided to seek for advice from experts – lawyers from both sides – on technical topics.

On the meeting, the Cyprian Turks insisted to have special relations with the EU and with Turkey. Talat asked for a separate economy and for some exceptions when it comes to healthcare, social security, education and hiring foreign workers.

The Greek-Cyprian country refused to accept the idea of a separate economy but leaves an open door for an agreement regarding previous periods. Mr. Hristofias said that he agrees with keeping special relations of the Cyprian Turks with Turkey but only under certain conditions. Information from the same source of Elefteros Tipos newspaper says that the Cyprian Greeks have accepted the positions of the Cyprian Turks regarding questions about healthcare and social security.

Again, both leaders confirmed that their common goal is a double-zone, double-communal federative Cyprus with united government, one international figure, one citizenship and political equality – exactly as UN’s Security Council documents say.

Next Wednesday, Mr. Hristofias will be on a one-day visit in the Greek capital, in order to open a Cyprian antiques exhibition with the Greek president Karolos Papoulias. The exhibition will be in the National Archeological Museum in Athens. Mr. Vaso Karayorgi – director of the Leventi Foundation, which took care of the preparation expenses of the halls, said that this is a very important antique collection.


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