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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Leaders to meet twice in July ]

Leaders to meet twice in July

THE TWO leaders in Cyprus will meet on July 1, and will likely hold a second meeting within the month, but full-fledged talks are not likely before the autumn.

It was originally thought that President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat would meet before the end of June, and again in July.

But Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou yesterday said the first meeting would be on July 1. Asked when fully-fledged negotiations might start he said: “The simple answer is, whenever we decide to start.”

“The meeting in June is now in July but that doesn’t mean the [other] meeting in July will not be held,” said Iacovou who was speaking at a joint news conference with Ozdil Nami, advisor to Talat.

Iacovou and Nami oversee the 13 working groups and technical committees that are designed to lay the groundwork for new negotiations.

It was initially hoped negotiations would start by the end of this month but Christofias felt there was not enough progress at the working groups, which cover substantive issues.

Talat wanted to press ahead regardless, citing the leaders’ agreement on March 21 to meet three months from that date.

Christofias interpreted it differently, saying the groups and committees would have to work for a full three months. They started on April 21.

The two meetings in July are probably a compromise between the date wanted by Talat and the date wanted by Christofias.

The meetings are to be ‘talks about talks’ because both sides have differing views on the basis and aim of negotiations.

“There is no common language between the two communities,” said Iacovou. “We are aiming for clarification. I am sorry there seems to be some different opinion on the Turkish Cypriot side but this is why we need to meet and discuss these issues and find a common language."

Nami added: "We are working very hard to start full-fledged negotiations. The work of the working groups will be used to start the talks.”

Nami also referred to the Annan plan, but Iacovou said it could not go on the table.

“The Turkish Cypriot community can if the so wish, present parts of it during negotiations. We are not talking about negotiations now. We feel we need clarifications. There must be no doubt we ate working towards a common objective.”

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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