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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-11-13

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    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that the UN is working for the completion of the preparatory work to achieve the resumption of Cyprus talks.

    In statements Annan noted that he would meet with the parties next week in Geneva.

    He said that his representative was currently working with the relevant parties to prepare a list of confidence-building measures and to complete preparatory efforts for resumption of the talks.

    Annan said that everybody knew that he had been trying to resolve the Cyprus issue through his good-will mission.

    The UN chief is in Turkey participating in the deliberations of the High Level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations.

    His statements were made during a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spanish Premier Jose Louis Zapatero.

    In 1974 Turkish troops invaded Cyprus and since then occupy one third of the islands territory.

    A UN plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem was rejected by the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriot community but approved by the Turkish Cypriot community during two separate referenda in April 2004.


    Many countries may have reservations on Turkeys EU course, all of them undoubtedly consider it a duty to fulfill its obligations towards the EU but no country wants the interruption of Turkeys EU course, said Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.

    The President was speaking after a lunch hosted by Archbishop Chrysostomos II on the occasion of his name day.

    Invited to comment on statements on Turkey by Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik in Brussels today that if there is no important move from here until December, it might be wise to agree on a time-out to reduce tension without clarifying what she meant by time out, the President said this will become evident in the course.


    The Finnish EU presidency pledged Monday that until the end of the month it would exhaust all efforts regarding its initiative to avert an EU Turkey crisis, so that Turkey meets its EU obligations, by opening its ports and airports for Cypriot vessels and aircraft.

    Lillikas, who attended the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council said that the EU presidency, responding to the position of many EU countries, committed itself that within two weeks it would conclude its efforts regarding its initiative.

    We hope that the initiative will bring positive results within the framework that has been determined. If not, then the Commission must begin a discussion to be followed by other discussions on political level by the EU 25 regarding a plan B, he noted.


    The fixed definitive charge on Cyprus for failing to prevent the build up of surplus stocks of sugar prior to its accession in May 2004 comes to Cyprus 19,991,489 euros, the European Commission announced Monday.

    The European Commission announced the fixed definitive charges on all the five Member States for failing to prevent the build-up of surplus stocks of sugar prior to their accession in May 2004. The five countries Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Slovakia and Malta will have to pay charges totaling around 57 million over the next four years.

    According to a Commission statement, since the charges are regarded as own resources of the EU budget, the Member States concerned will be permitted to retain 25 percent of these charges. The payments will have to be made in four installments, the first being payable when Monday`s decision is notified to the Member States, and the others being payable on 15 October 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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