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    Former Greek Cypriot leader slams his successor

    Hurriyet English with wires
    25.05.2008 - 18:07 | Son Güncelleme:

    Former Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos considered the statement, issued by Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders following their meeting on Friday, as a negative development for Greek side, Turkey's CNNTurk quoted Greek newspapers.

    The Greek Cypriot side has taken one step back, former Greek Cypriot leader said.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and his Greek counterpart Demetris Christofias met in the U.N. Buffer Zone to review progress in the preparations for the revival of peace talks, which have been stalled since 2004.

    The leaders held "genuine and fruitful discussions" and reviewed the results achieved pursuant to the March 21 agreement, the leaders said in a joint statement issued after the meeting.

    Papadopoulos said Christofias for the first time, in the name of Greek Cypriots, accepted to discuss the military measurements in an official statement with Turkish Cypriot society, instead of Turkish army.

    "This is bad and disagreeable for our side," Papadopoulos said.

    Talat and Christofias reaffirmed, in the statement, their commitment to a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.

    "This partnership will have a Federal Government with a single international personality, as well as a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status," the statement said.

    "A federation government will be formed as a result of this partnership. The partnership is between governments and states. There is a big difference and therefore there is no satisfactory ground for the start of the negotiations," he added.

    Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias replied predecessor saying "The partnership exists since 1960, though some people don't want to accept it," and he added such attitudes have damaged his country too much, Turkey's CNNTurk reported on Sunday.

    Christofias also said he has seen Friday's meeting as a positive step.

    Photo: AP


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