Christofias to visit north?
Article source: cyprus-mail.com - Tuesday, July 29, 2008
PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias and his wife were reported to be planning to visit Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and his wife in their Kyrenia home this Sunday to congratulate the pair on their daughter’s nuptials.
The claim was made in yesterday’s edition of Greek-language daily Alithia, who said the two leaders had arranged the get-together at their meeting on July 25.
The president, for whom this would be his first visit in 34 years, was invited to Talat’s daughter’s wedding to be held this Thursday. But due to a prior engagement, Christofias said he would be unable to attend.
Invitations to Talat’s daughter’s wedding were extended to a number of Greek Cypriot politicians, businessmen, journalists, as well as citizens involved in non-government organisations involved in rapprochement.
Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou could not be reached to confirm the report.
If Christofias does go to the occupied areas on Sunday he will be the first president of the Cyprus Republic to do so.
Talat has crossed over south several times since the checkpoints opened.
Once in February 2007 to visit former President Glafocs Clerides at the American Heart Institute, in April this year to visit First Lady Elsie Christofia, once immediately after the Ledra Street opening and once more a few days later to have dinner at DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades’ home.