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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

EU envoy in Nicosia talks

"EU envoy in Nicosia talks

SPECIAL Advisor for Cyprus to the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Jaako Blomberg, who is currently visiting the island, held an in-depth discussion yesterday with Foreign Minister George Iacovou on the Cyprus problem and EU regulations to upgrade the economic situation of the Turkish Cypriots.

He was also briefed by House Speaker Demetris Christofias on the Greek Cypriot side's positions regarding the Cyprus problem and the difficulties in allowing direct trade between the EU and the Turkish occupied areas.

Blomberg was also received by President Tassos Papadopoulos. He will be meeting with political party leaders and will cross over into the Turkish occupied areas to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. The Finnish diplomat departs from Cyprus this evening.
After his meeting with Blomberg, Christofias said he pointed out that Cyprus was facing “an occupation force, which is also a regional superpower, and its main tool and weapon is the Republic of Cyprus and its legitimacy, and we cannot discard it through direct trade,” between the EU and the Turkish occupied areas.

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