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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-11

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    The representatives of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, Tasos Tzionis and Rasit Pertev, will set Thursday the date of the leaders meeting.

    Tzionis and Pertev will meet on Thursday in the presence of UN Secretary Generals special representative in Cyprus Michael Moller.

    Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas told reporters that the July 8 2006 agreement provides for meetings between Tassos Papadopoulos and Mehmet Ali Talat, but also that the ground should be prepared and the leaders to promote the issue.

    This is what will be discussed at tomorrows meeting, Palmas said.

    Palmas pledged the government will continue its efforts on the Cyprus problem until the end of its term and called on reporters not to associate the pre-election campaign with the Cyprus issue.

    The Spokesman added it is the Presidents duty and obligation to continue efforts until the very last day.

    To a question that the government was stating that the key to the solution of the Cyprus problem is Ankara, Palmas repeated the same position, adding that Turkish Cypriots alone cannot take decisions.

    We say that the two leaders can make a contribution to the procedural part which is provided by the July 8 agreement, Palmas explained.

    Papadopoulos and Talat had agreed to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and those that concern substantive issues.

    Following the agreement, the representatives of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, began meetings in the UN-controlled buffer zone to work out the modalities for the implementation of the July agreement.

    Talat has accepted an invitation from Cyprus President Papadopoulos to meet each other and discuss ways for a breakthrough in efforts for a solution to the long-standing Cyprus problem.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.


    There will be new ministers at the next meeting of the Council of Ministers, said here Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas, adding that AKELs ministers, following the dissolution of the tri-party coalition, have submitted their resignations to President Tassos Papadopoulos.

    Palmas said he was not sure when the new names will be announced, adding however certainty that there will be new ministers at the cabinets next meeting.

    The Spokesman said President Papadopoulos thanked the outgoing ministers for their work.

    AKEL, DIKO and EDEK formed a coalition which voted Papadopoulos into power in 2003. The coalition government was formally dissolved on Tuesday in the wake of AKEL`s decision to seek the Presidency with its leader, House President Demetris Christofias, while DIKO and EDEK decided to support Papadopoulos` bid for re-election.


    Cyprus will participate in the international exposition, EXPO 2008, which will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, between June 14 September 14, 2008.

    Around 95 countries, plus a number of companies and Non Governmental Organizations, are expected to participate in the Expo 2008.

    Cyprus will share its Pavilion with Malta in the EXPOs central participants building.

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