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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-10

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - BRUSSELS - TALAT - CYPRUS QUESTION
  • [02] UN SPECIAL ADVISER - CYPRUS
  • [03] CoE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER - CYPRUS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - BRUSSELS - TALAT - CYPRUS QUESTION

    Cyprus President Demetris Christoifas has said that as long as Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat is handling issues concerning the Cyprus question awkwardly, without respecting the Republic of Cyprus and the basis on which the Cyprus question can and should be solved, he does not gain anything.

    He added that it is Talats right to be tough and intransigent, adding however, that Talat`s stance does not promote a settlement of the Cyprus question.

    In statements at Larnaca airport, before leaving for Brussels where he will attend the European Council meeting, and invited to comment on the meetings Talat had in Brussels with EU officials, Christofias said he had no information about what issues Talat might have raised during his meetings.

    He added that as long as Talat handles things awkwardly, without respecting the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state, without respecting the basis on which the Cyprus problem can and must be solved, he does not gain anything.

    He said that the only thing, which Talat has gained from European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and his other EU interlocutors, is their reserved stance towards him and their positive feelings towards the Republic of Cyprus. He added that Talat does not create positive impressions about himself or his community.

    Recalling a speech, which Talat delivered on October 1 before the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Christofias said that Talat referred to the past and what he said was unacceptable

    He added that we on our part want to look ahead. I called on Talat to look ahead, to be constructive as we are, because I dont consider him as an enemy or as an opponent with whom we will fight, he added.

    He noted that as compatriots we represent the two communities of our country, adding that the expectation, wish and will of every decent Cypriot who lives on the island and abroad, either Greek Cypriot or Turkish Cypriot is the settlement of the Cyprus question.

    Referring to his visit to Brussels, Christofias said that among the issues to be discussed are the issue of energy, the ongoing financial crisis and the measures, which the Commission has promoted, as well as issues of defence and security.

    [02] UN SPECIAL ADVISER - CYPRUS

    UN Secretary-Generals Special Adviser Alexander Downer arrives in Cyprus on Thursday to attend Tuesdays 12th meeting of the leaders of the two communities in the framework of the direct negotiations, which began early September, under UN auspices, with a view to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Downer will have a working lunch with Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou on Thursday.

    He will also have a working dinner with Ozdil Nami, the Turkish Cypriot leaders adviser on Friday and will meet both Iacovou and Nami on Friday morning.

    [03] CoE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER - CYPRUS

    The Council of Europes Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, will arrive in Nicosia on Friday, 12 December, to discuss major human rights issues with national authorities and representatives of international organisations.

    A CoE statement said that Commissioner Hammarberg will meet the Minister of Justice and Public Order Kypros Chrysostomides, and representatives of the European Union and the United Nations.

    He will also present his report based on the findings of a visit to the Republic of Cyprus carried out last July. The Commissioner will also cross the Green Line to meet the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat.


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