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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-08-27

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    The aides of the two leaders in Cyprus, Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and advisor to the Turkish Cypriot leader Ozdil Nami, held a meeting Wednesday during which they discussed procedural matters ahead of the commencement of direct talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus on September 3rd.

    In statements after the two - hour long meeting, which was held in the presence of UN Secretary Generals Special Representative in Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun, Iacovou said that UN Secretary Generals special adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, will be present at the start of direct negotiations on September 3rd, in Nicosia.

    The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will meet September 3rd to begin direct negotiations aiming at reunifying Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied one third of the islands territory.

    Iacovou said that during his meeting with Nami they discussed procedural issues concerning the direct negotiations, adding that the procedure will not differ much from the previous meetings the two leaders have held since President Christofias assumed office in February 2008.

    Regarding the opening of a crossing point at Limnitis, on the northwest of Cyprus, to facilitate crossing to and from the occupied areas, Iacovou said they reached no decision during their meeting as regards the opening of Limnitis.

    Asked whether on September 3rd, an announcement will be made regarding the opening of the Limnitis crossing point, Iacovou said the effort is to have an agreement and to announce it on September 3rd.

    Iacovou noted that many different issues arise during negotiations, some of which are quite difficult.

    The Presidential Commissioner did not rule out the possibility to have one more meeting with Nami before September 3rd.


    A mission of the Cyprus division of Doctors of the World is currently in Sri Lanka to hand over to the Sri Lankan authorities a series of projects that have already improved the standard of living of locals, especially after the December 2004 tsunami and its consequences.

    Member of the mission Aphrodite Christinaki has told CNA that the first official visit of the mission was to Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Sri Lanka Sicille Priya Carmini Kotelawala, who referred to the work of the organisation in the years following the tsunami.

    During the visit, Neapolis Bishop Porfyrios, who is participating in the mission on behalf of the Church of Cyprus, said the people of Cyprus, who have suffered in recent history, are concerned and help other peoples. The mission also met the first lady of Sri Lanka.


    Madama Butterfly, one of Giacomo Puccini`s masterpieces and one of the most popular operas of all times, will be presented this year at the Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus. The opera is produced and will be performed by the Lyric Theatre ``Giuseppe Verdi`` - Trieste at the magical Pafos Medieval Castle on August 29, 30 and 31.

    In statements to CNA Pafos Mayor Savas Vergas said that Pafos ``offers something unique`` since every year operas are presented in an open air area, in front of the Medieval Castle by the sea. He added that the Aphrodite Festival attracts many foreign and local press as well as many friends of the opera from Europe and the Middle East, who combine the opera with their holidays.

    Moreover, theaters from Greece, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Germany and Poland have shown interest to submit their proposal for next years event.

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