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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-09-05

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    A meeting between President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began just after 16:00 local time, in the presence of the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Michael Moller, aiming at the implementation of the agreement reached on 8 July 2006.

    President Papadopoulos is accompanied by the Director of his Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis, and Talat is accompanied by his special adviser Rasit Pertev.

    The meeting has drawn the attention of local and foreign media, and many TV channels have set up live broadcasting units outside Moller`s residence, where the meeting is taking place.

    President Papadopoulos and Talat agreed on 8 July 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of UN official Ibrahim Gambari, to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    So far no substantive progress has been made towards setting up the working groups and the technical committees, as provided for in the agreement, in a bid to help move forward. Wednesday`s meeting is aimed at making headway towards this direction, in an effort to begin negotiations leading to the reunification of the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.


    President of the Competition Protection Committee (CPC) George Christophides submitted his resignation to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

    Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas told reporters after the meeting that the Council of Ministers accepted Christophides` resignation.

    Asked if Christophides had explained the reasons for resigning, Palmas said he continues to maintain that there was no issue of offence regarding his service at CPC.

    CPC staff had complained Christophides was using the surveillance cameras installed at the premises of CPC not only for the security of the office but also for monitoring his staff, and accused him of following oppressive surveillance and monitoring their emails on their personal workstations.

    Christophides had rejected all allegations against him. The Police had investigated the case and the Attorney General is expected to decide if there is a case for criminal prosecution against Christophides.


    The need to protect the toponymy of each country and to avert efforts by foreign countries to change them, was stressed during the Ninth Conference on the Standardisation of Geographical Names and the 24th UN Group of Experts Conference on Geographical Names held at the UN headquarters in New York, from 21 to 30 August 2007.

    An official statement said Cyprus participates in the UN programme on standardization of geographical names since it came into effect in 1967.

    Cyprus was represented at both conferences by Prodromos Vasiliou, chairman of the Cyprus Permanent committee on Standardisation of Geographical Names, its Secretary Menelaos Christodoulou and Chrysostomos Stavrou, from Cyprus Permanent Representation to the UN who took part in the meetings of the four UN divisions in which Cyprus is a member, promoting the issues which are related to the Cyprus names.

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