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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-09-22

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - UNSG
  • [02] UNSG`S SPOKESPERSON - NEGOTIATIONS
  • [03] HERITAGE DAYS - NICOSIA

  • [01] PRESIDENT - UNSG

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has called on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to appeal to Turkey so that the Turkish Cypriot side will become more logical during the ongoing discussions for a Cyprus settlement. Christofias and Ban reviewed the course of the direct talks underway in Nicosia between the leaders of the two communities, during their meeting on Sunday at the UN headquarters.

    Sources said the Secretary General was positive towards the need to further implement confidence building measures, including opening the Limnitis checkpoint. It seems there is a chemistry and that satisfies me, said President Christofias, expressing certainty that Ban, who showed warm interest, will seriously take into consideration his appeals.

    President Christofias said he called on the Secretary General to urge Turkey so that the Turkish Cypriot side will become more logical on the issues that are under discussion.

    I had the opportunity to give our own estimation on the course of the direct dialogue and to ask the SG to appeal to Turkey, because I believe that irrespective of my friend Mehmet Ali Talats reaction, the key lies with Ankara. This way the Turkish Cypriot side will become more logical on the issues that we are discussing on governance and not merely the course of the negotiations, the President said.

    He made it clear that the Greek Cypriot side will show flexibility and understanding but will not deviate from the fundamental principles for a solution to the Cyprus problem. There will be understanding and flexibility on my part, but the principles which deal with the unity of the state, the economy and the people, will not be violated by me. We are an EU country and a federation should be functional and to be able to operate without special problems so that we can play a positive role within the EU, the President told journalists.

    Commenting on statements made by Talat that President Christofias is slowing down the process, Christofias expressed his regret pointing out that exactly the opposite is taking place. I read that Mr. Talat accused me of protracting. What can I say, instead of me saying this, I hear it from Mr, Talat. I am sorry about these positions; there is no way Demetris Christofias will deviate from the fundamental principles concerning a Cyprus settlement. I conveyed this message to Mr. Talat and I convey it once again from inside the UN headquarters, he said.

    Asked if the UNSG has plans to become actively involved in the process, President Christofias said that it is too early to talk about more involvement on the UNSGs or anyone elses part since there is a procedure underway and the key players have been appointed by the UN. I repeat, however, the UNSG is showing a warm, personal interest and I think that says a lot, President Christofias said.

    He said that the whole procedure is part of the Secretary-Generals good offices mission and according to the Security Council decisions. We should never forget this, that the procedure is a UN procedure, the President said, adding that the talks are bicommunal. As far as Turkey is concerned, he said, the international aspects of the Cyprus problem will be raised on the negotiating table, but the talks are bicommunal. We have an agreement between the two communities and not between two states, President Christofias added.

    President Christofias will address today the High-level Meeting on Africa`s Development Needs and later Archbishop of America Demetrios.

    Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou, who is accompanying the President, will meet his US counterpart Condoleezza Rice, at the 27 EU foreign Ministers meeting with Rice. He will also meet US Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried.

    [02] UNSG`S SPOKESPERSON - NEGOTIATIONS

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warmly welcomed the start of the full-fledged negotiations aimed at a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. In a statement read out by a spokesperson after Ban met President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias at the UN headquarters, the SG further urged the expeditious implementation of confidence building measures.

    According to the statement, the Secretary-General warmly welcomed the start of the full-fledged negotiations aimed at a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. The Secretary-General, the statement said, further urged the expeditious implementation of confidence building measures. They also discussed collaboration between the United Nations and the Republic of Cyprus on global issues, including MDGs and climate change.

    Talks between Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    [03] HERITAGE DAYS - NICOSIA

    Interior Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis has said his ministry attaches great significance to the preservation and protection of the countrys cultural heritage. Addressing the launch of ``European Heritage Days`` in Cyprus on Sunday under the theme Nicosia the unknown heritage along the buffer zone, Sylikiotis said that these days unite all Europeans in a joint effort to get to know their cultural heritage.

    Ledra Street was chosen as the site of this years European Heritage Days because of its architectural heritage. Various exhibitions will present the architectural richness of the area which is so close yet inaccessible. Emphasis is given to the right of every citizen for free access to his countrys cultural heritage and explore ways in which common heritage unites members of various communities and builds bridges of communication, a statement by Town Planning and Housing Department said.

    Sylikiotis said that the divided capital of Nicosia represents the islands turbulent history. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern part. Cyprus, he added, although small, has a rich history and culture and maintaining and protecting this heritage is essential for the next generations to come.


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