Turkish Cypriot president to meet EU Barroso in Belgium

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders will launch intensified negotiations next week.

Turkish Cypriot president to meet EU Barroso in Belgium

The Turkish Cypriot president will travel to Belgium on Wednesday.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will leave for Brussels on Wednesday to meet European Commission's President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Talat will stop by Ankara on his return from Brussels to TRNC on January 7 to hold talks.

President Talat is also expected to deliver a speech in a conference of Turkish ambassadors.

Intensified negotiations

Meanwhile, Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders will launch intensified negotiations next week.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias will hold six intensified meetings as of January 11.

Leaders held their 60th meeting on Monday as part of the negotiations they launched in September 2008 to find a comprehensive settlement to Cyprus issue.

Talat and Christofias will meet for three days as of January 11, and then meet again on January 25 and hold negotiations for three consecutive days.

The leaders will discuss "management and share of power", "economy", "European Union", and "property" in their intensified negotiations.

TRNC is expected to lay down its proposals on the first three days of intensified negotiations which will take place in the residence of Taye Brook Zerihoun, the special representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus, at the buffer zone in Lefkosa.

Also, Alexander Downer, the special adviser to UN Secretary General on Cyprus, paid a visit to TRNC President Mehmet Ali Talat as part of preparations for intensified negotiations.

Following the one-hour meeting at the TRNC President's Office, Downer told reporters that intensified negotiations would be an important opportunity to make progress.

The first round of comprehensive negotiations was completed on August 6, 2009. And the second round started on September 10, 2009.



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