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Cyprus Wants Direct Trade Regulation Frozen

direct trade regulation turkish cypriotsCyprus wants a proposed EU regulation for direct trade with the Turkish-Cypriot community to be frozen or withdrawn, said President Demetris Christofias.

Christofias is meeting with EU President Jose Manuel Barroso to discuss the direct trade regulation which has been sent to the European Parliament for debate. He is also briefing Barroso on the latest developments in Cyprus reunification talks.

The president has sent letters to Barroso on several issues, including direct trade, placing the occupied city of Famagusta under UN administration, and the return of its refugee inhabitants and opening of Famagusta port.

"This is our proposal in answer to the insistence of Turkey and some members of the European Parliament on the Regulation," he said.

Christofias will also meet with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and Commissioner Stefan Fuele.

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