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Media Watch 2003

12 September 2003
Source: Haravgi
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Comment: The following article appeared in Haravgi of Nicosia on 12 September 2003.
The Missing Persons Issue Before the EU


Simitis - Papadopoulos will include the issue in their meeting

The Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos will include the missing persons issue in their meeting in Athens. The Cyprus Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Unregistered Prisoners Nikos Theodosiou met with the Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou and requested from the Greek government to exploit the European Union and involve it in the solution of the Cyprus problem.

The meeting was followed by statements in which Mr. Theodosiou expressed his content, because the political leadership discussed the missing persons issue. Moreover, he added that the problem was also submitted to President Papadopoulos.

That was the first meeting between Mr. Theodosiou and Mr. Papandreou and according to the appraisal of the President of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Unregistered Prisoners, the Greek Foreign Minister was aware of the problem on missing people.

“We made our point”, said Mr. Theodosiou. “Actually, we want the Greek government to exploit the EU and the new developments in order to contribute to the solution of the Cyprus issue”.

When he was asked whether the Greek Foreign Minister had made a particular promise, Mr. Thedosiou gave a negative answer saying that the problem of missing persons was included in the agenda of the meeting held between the Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis and the Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos in Athens."