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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-01-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] LEADERS NEGOTIATIONS
  • [02] PRESIDENT SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS TALKS
  • [03] FREE GAZA SHIP RETURNS
  • [04] CFA FIFA T/C

  • [01] LEADERS NEGOTIATIONS

    The leaders of the two communities of Cyprus, President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, discussed the relations between the federal government and the constituent states and the deadlock resolving mechanisms, in the framework of the direct negotiations, UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor for Cyprus, Alexander Downer has said.

    Speaking after the 15th meeting between the two leaders that took place at the UN protected area of the old Nicosia airport, Downer said that these discussions will continue again Friday, January 16, and that will be the last discussion, for the time being, between the leaders on governance and power sharing.

    Downer also pointed out that after the leaders conclude their discussions on governance and power sharing, they will begin, in a meeting, which its date will be announced next Friday, the discussions on the property question.

    The two leaders had also a tete-a-tete meeting, which lasted for approximately half an hour, Downer added.

    President Christofias and Talat have been engaged in direct negotiations since early September last year, aiming at reunifying the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

    [02] PRESIDENT SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS TALKS

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias will not withdraw from the Cyprus talks but will continue the negotiations, consistent with the Cyprus UN resolutions, the principles of international, European law and the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, said Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou.

    Speaking at the presentation of the book The other half, published by Radio Station Astra, Stephanou said that many people are in a hurry to declare a deadlock at the negotiations, claiming that we have entered the dialogue without a clear basis. The Spokesman wondered if there is any other way to solve the Cyprus problem other than the dialogue between the two communities.

    Stephanou said that stalemate and the lack of dialogue only help Turkey, which solely aims to upgrade the illegal regime in the north.

    The Spokesman remarked that in the light of efforts underway for a solution to the Cyprus issue, the need to create and promote a culture of friendship and mutual trust is imperative, adding that building trust between the two communities is not an issue that can be left after the solution because without trust there will be no solution.

    [03] FREE GAZA SHIP RETURNS

    The Free Gaza Movement ship Arion`` which set sail Monday from Larnaca to Gaza, carrying humanitarian aid, returned Monday night to Cyprus, due to mechanical failure.

    The ship, carrying activists, doctors and journalists from Greece, the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Spain, Iraq and France, faced mechanical problems shortly after setting sail from Cyprus.

    Coordinator of the mission and Free Gaza Movement representative Vangelis Pissias said that they considered it unwise, due to the problem, which emerged, to continue their mission and decided to return to Larnaca port where the condition of the ship can be estimated and they can make any necessary repairs.

    Pissias said that after the ship is repaired they would again set sail to Gaza.

    [04] CFA FIFA T/C

    The Cyprus Football Association (CFA) has accepted in principle a final document presented by FIFA, regarding the accession of the Turkish Cypriot football clubs to the CFA, Cyprus football governing body first Vice Chairman Charis Loizides told CNA.

    Loizides, as well as CFA Chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis, Deputy Chairman Giogos Koumas and Marios Lefkaritis CFA honorary Chairman and UEFA Vice Chairman attended a meeting with representatives of FIFA (World Football Federation) and UEFA (European Football Federation) held in Zurich, Switzerland.

    ``The CFA completed its contacts on the accession of the Turkish Cypriots to the CFA and the development of football throughout Cyprus,`` Loizides said speaking to CNA from Zurich. He added that ``FIFA has presented its final document which has been accepted in principle and we expect FIFA to call for the signing of an agreement, provided that the other side accepts it (the document).``


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