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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-09-09

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


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  • [01] UN SG- CHRISTOFIAS - TALAT
  • [02] INTERIOR MINISTER EU - ASYLUM

  • [01] UN SG- CHRISTOFIAS - TALAT

    Michele Montas, Spokeswoman of the UN Secretary General, has announced that the Secretary General ``spoke by phone separately with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to congratulate them personally on the formal launch last week of full-fledged negotiations aimed at a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.``

    ``The Secretary General also spoke with his special adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer who is currently in Athens, where he met earlier today with top government officials, including Prime Minister Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Bakoyiannis,`` she added.

    Montas noted that ``Downer will visit Ankara on Wednesday, where he is scheduled to meet President Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Babacan.``

    ``He is scheduled to then return to Cyprus Thursday morning to attend the first substantive meeting between Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat in the context of the negotiations,`` she concluded.

    [02] INTERIOR MINISTER EU - ASYLUM

    Cypriot Minister of the Interior Neoclis Sylikiotis has urged the European Union to take the necessary measures to further support its member states whose asylum system is facing an increasing burden.

    Such a move, the Minster pointed out, would on the one hand provide protection to those who really need it and on the other it would help curtail exploitation of the system, which puts at risk the efficient functioning of the entire EU asylum system. Addressing an EU Ministers` Council on Asylum, in Paris, Sylikiotis said that, according to EU statistics, Cyprus has the highest number of asylum applications among all 27 EU member states, in relation to its population.

    He said that Cyprus, due to its geographical position, is under great pressure from illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries facing financial problems, political instability and armed conflicts.


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