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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-02-25

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    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will hold their 20th meeting on Wednesday in the framework of UN-led direct negotiations.

    The two leaders will continue the discussion they have begun on the property issue. The meeting will take place at the UN protected area of the old, now defunct, Nicosia airport.

    The leaders` last meeting took place February 12th. Their next meeting was scheduled to take place 19th of February but had to be postponed due to the death of Elsi Christofias father.

    President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader are meeting in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations, which began last September with a view to reaching a solution of the Cyprus problem which will reunite the country, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.


    Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian and the Head of International Relations of the Communist Party of Cuba Fernando Remirez have reaffirmed the mutual support of the people of the two countries for their rights and just positions. According to an official announcement, during a meeting on Tuesday, the House President briefed the Cuban official on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem. Garoyian noted that Turkey, which exercises effective control on the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in Cyprus occupied areas, is the key holder to a political settlement on this island.

    He also stressed that in spite of Turkeys insistence on a two-state solution, the Greek Cypriot side focuses on a solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on the relevant UN resolutions, EU principles and values, the High Level Agreements between the two communities in Cyprus that provide for one state with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality, and respect of human rights of all Cypriots.

    The House President assured Remirez on Cyprus stance within international organisations, including the EU, on the fight of the people of Cuba. He also expressed satisfaction with the planned opening of a Cyprus embassy in Cuba, within 2009. Remirez reiterated Cubas support within international organizations for Cyprus.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Tuesday that the Greek Cypriot side expects the Turkish Cypriot side to respect the right of the refugees to decide what to do with their own properties.

    President Christofias, who was giving a lecture at the Political Science Department of the Belgrade University, referred to the direct talks for a Cyprus settlement and the issue of properties, noting that ``our position is clear, the rights of the displaced to their properties is sine qua non.``

    ``These rights are safeguarded through international and European treaties, international law and the decisions of international courts of law. We are defending this principle and we expect the Turkish Cypriot community to respect, in its proper dimension, the right of the legal owners of property to decide if they wish to resettle in their property, exchange it for another property or get compensation,`` he pointed out.

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