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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-05-31

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  • [02] CYPRUS FM - SYRIA


    Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou has expressed the governments satisfaction with the adoption of UN resolution 1873, renewing the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for a further six months.

    In statements to the press, Kyprianou said ``the resolution includes all fundamental principles we wanted to see, especially the recognition of the important role of UNFICYP in Cyprus as well as the fundamental parameters of a Cyprus settlement.``

    Kyprianou noted that ``the procedure for the renewal of the mandate this year was not easy at all,`` adding that ``with the help of countries which stand by Cyprus we consider that we have achieved our goal``.

    He said that some UN Security Council members and the UN Secretariat are thinking about the future of UNFICYP, noting that the Cyprus government will be following developments closely.

    Asked about the cooperation betweeen the governments of Greece and Cyprus, in view of the assessment of Turkish EU accession course in December, the Foreign Minister said that all scenarios and possible reactions of Nicosia are been examined.

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet have been engaged in direct negotiations since September 2008, with a view to reach a settlement of the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

    [02] CYPRUS FM - SYRIA

    Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou leaves on Sunday for a visit to the Syrian Arab Republic.

    In statements, Kyprianou said ``Syria is a friendly country and we traditionally have very close relations.``

    He added that there are however certain problems in the relations of the two countries, noting that ``we believe that in a good climate of cooperation and political will they can be addressed.``

    Kyprianou said that during his visit he will prepare in cooperation with Syrian officials the official visit of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias to Syria later this year.

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