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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-09-06

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] PAPADOPOULOS - UN - JULY AGREEMENT
  • [02] UN CYPRUS MEETING
  • [03] CYPRUS SHOOTER GOLD MEDAL

  • [01] PAPADOPOULOS - UN - JULY AGREEMENT

    The Greek Cypriot side is asking the UN to persuade Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to abide by what he had signed last year in a UN-brokered agreement, President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos said.

    Papadopoulos said I believe the proposals which he has (Talat) aim to abolish the Gambari process, we propose that this process continues.

    Invited to say whether the Gambari process will be maintained with proximity talks, the President remarked there are no proximity talks underway, adding that proximity talks means there is an issue under discussion.

    Our position is clear, the President stressed, we want implementation of the Gambari Agreement - Talat wants to change it.

    We are asking the UN, said the Cypriot President, to try to persuade Talat to abide by what he had signed, because that is the agreed procedure.

    He reminded that the last Security Council decision had called for preparation before talks get underway.

    President Papadopoulos met Talat at the residency of the UN Secretary Generals Special Representative Michael Moller on Wednesday. In a statement after the meeting, Moller had said ``they agreed on the need for the earliest start of the process and discussed other issues leading to a comprehensive settlement.``

    ``They agreed to continue their contact through the UN and to meet again when appropriate,`` he concluded.

    The meeting came 14 months after the two agreed on July 8 last year, in the presence of senior UN official Imbrahim Gambarri, to set up technical committees and working groups to discuss issues that affect the day to day life of the people and substantive issues of the question of Cyprus. Their top aides, Tasos Tzionis and Rasit Pertev, have held over 50 meetings in the past 14 months to this effect. So far, this has not been achieved.

    The July agreement 2006 also provided for periodic meetings between Papadopoulos and Talat to help push the process forward.

    President Papadopoulos wrote to Talat in early July this year inviting him to a meeting aiming at making headway for the implementation of the July 8th Agreement.

    Cyprus, an EU member state since May 2004, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

    [02] UN CYPRUS MEETING

    The UN are pursuing the same process on Cyprus, the UN Secretary-Generals spokeswoman said following Wednesdays meeting between President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

    The Spokeswoman told reporters during Thursdays briefing that Cypriot leaders Tassos Papadopoulos and Mehmet Ali talat and the Secretary-Generals Special Representative Michael Moller met in Nicosia and Mr. Moller said afterwards that the discussions were held in a constructive atmosphere.

    She also said that they agreed on the need for the earliest start of the process and discussed all the issues leading to a comprehensive settlement. They have agreed to continue their contacts through the United Nations and to meet again when appropriate.

    Asked whether Moller is trying to implement the July 8 2006 agreement or he is looking for something else, the Spokeswoman said right now I will stand with what I just said about the fact that they met and that they have decided to continue to meet-thats all I can say.

    To a question if the July 8 Agreement is still valid, she replied we are pursuing the same process.

    Cyprus, an EU member state since May 2004, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

    [03] CYPRUS SHOOTER GOLD MEDAL

    Cypriot shooter Tasos Chapeshis with 121 targets out of 125 secured the gold medal in the Mens Junior skeet final during the sixth day of the World Shooting Championships 2007, held at Nicosia Olympic Shooting Range.

    Greek Australian Michael Diamond secured the gold medal in the Mens trap with 148 targets while Irish Philip Murphy secured the silver medal and German Karsten Bindrich the bronze.

    Swedish Marcus Svensson clinched the silver medal in the Mens Junior skeet and US Wilfred Blanchard the bronze medal.


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