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Thursday, 30 October 2008


The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood held their annual dinner to celebrate Cyprus Independence Day yesterday. In the delightful Atrium Restaurant in Westminster we were privileged to hear Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou tell us about the current position in the Cyprus talks.

He was cautiously optimistic, as we all are, but felt that Mehmet Ali Talat, the Leader in the north was far less positive that Mr Christofias, the President of the Republic of Cyprus. He briefed us all on the main issues: property rights, missing persons and foreign troops, and said that the discussions so far had been only preliminary talks. The real meat has yet to come to the table .

It was very good to hear from a member of the government in the Republic. It was also a good event in that I was able to catch up with many friends in the Cypriot community in London whom I haven’t seen for a while. My thanks to all those involved in organising the evening.

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