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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-05-28

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  • [02] FM - CYPRUS ISSUE


    The issue of opening up the crossing point of Limnitis will be further discussed by Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat`s adviser Ozdil Nami Cyprus, President Demetris Christofias said here on Thursday.

    Returning to the Presidential Palace after his 30th meeting with Talat, in the framework of direct negotiations on the Cyprus question, that began in September 2008, and asked if he conveyed the request of Maronites to hold a Mass at the church of Ayia Marina in the occupied areas, President Christofias said that ``everything we needed to put forward has been put forward.``

    President Christofias refrained from commenting developments in the UN Security Council regarding the resolution on the renewal of the mandate of UNFICYP.

    Asked to comment on a statement made by the Special Advisor of the UNSG on Cyprus Alexander Downer that there has been no letter sent to him by President Christofias on this issue, the President replied that he has sent a letter to the SG and not to Downer.

    [02] FM - CYPRUS ISSUE

    Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has said that no one wants the settlement of the Cyprus question more than the Greek Cypriot side.

    In statements after meeting the Secretary of State for the European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Diego Lopez Garrido, and asked to comment on statements by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on the need for an immediate solution to the Cyprus problem, after his meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Kyprianou said ``we appreciate the will of all and their support for a solution of the Cyprus question».

    «I must, however, recall that no one wants the solution of the Cyprus problem more than our side. We are the victims of the invasion and occupation, our people, primarily, have been displaced,» he said.

    He noted that ``we appreciate advice and positions but I believe they must turn to other directions.``


    Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Cyprus Alexander Downer said on Thursday that the momentum in talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus for a settlement of the island`s political problem is not spectacular but is not worryingly slow, adding that if the momentum is maintained at a satisfactory rate, a comprehensive agreement can be reached.

    Regarding any changes in the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Downer said there was no proposal at this stage for the Security Council to change the mandate of UNFICYP, and that in the event of a comprehensive settlement, the Force`s role might go through some sort of change.

    Speaking after Thursday`s meeting between the leaders of the two communities, namely President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, Downer said ``the two leaders met in a tete-a-tete session for about an hour and a half and had a very friendly discussion, they report,`` noting that ``of course, nobody else was there but they report it was a very friendly and relaxed discussion.``


    A female student, who arrived from Edinburgh this week, is under observation at Limassol General Hospital after displaying flu symptoms which prompted hospital authorities to admit her to a special ward for treating suspected cases of H1N1 flu.

    Health Minister Christos Patsalides told CNÁ here Thursday that the initial laboratory results are negative; however he said he is expecting the results of the final tests. As soon as we have that, we will act accordingly, the Minister added.

    A Health Ministry statement issued on Wednesday evening said that a student of Edinburgh University went to the Accident and Emergency Department of Nicosia General Hospital on Wednesday with flu symptoms. After being examined, it was deemed advisable to admit the particular case to the special ward set up at Limassol General Hospital where the patient is receiving the appropriate treatment.

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