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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-10

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    A new meeting between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus is taking place on Thursday in the UN Protected Area of Nicosia, in the framework of the direct negotiations, which began last September with a view to reach a solution and reunify the island.

    This will be the 32nd meeting between President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

    President Christofias has said that some convergence had been achieved in some aspects of the economy during the discussions in the previous meeting, last Wednesday. As he said they will begin discussing the territorial issue.

    In their last meeting the two leaders exchanged views on the opening of Limnitis checkpoint, which would ease problems the residents in the area face, who after the 1974 Turkish invasion and the subsequent occupation of the island`s northern third are obliged to make an approximately two-hour detour to the south in a bid to reach the capital Nicosia.

    As President Christofias said, in tomorrows meeting, they will further examine this issue, the economy and they will start talks on territory.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Christofias and Talat have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008 to reunite the island.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou described as unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations by the spokesman of the Turkish Cypriot leader, who claimed the Greek Cypriot side has tabled unprecedented ideas at the negotiating table and that it does not concentrate on the negotiating procedure.

    Replying to the statements that Hassan Ercakica made on Wednesday, Stephanou said that these are unfounded and unsubstantiated and I would say arbitrary.

    He pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side, in the framework of the agreed basis for a solution, is tabling its logical proposals on the negotiating table and on the basis of the UN resolutions on Cyprus and international and EU law, is working with determination and realism, to reach a mutually acceptable solution on Cyprus, a solution that will be approved by both communities through separate referenda. The Spokesman added that the course of the negotiations so far, shows who is exhibiting a constructive role and is making efforts for a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus issue.

    The Spokesman remarked that although relative progress has been achieved in the UN-led talks President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged since September 2008 to reunite the island, surely this progress does not satisfy us, and we would like more progress. There is convergence and divergence and disagreements on issues, he remarked.


    Cyprus and Romania signed a Protocol of Cooperation on Wednesday, aiming inter alia at further promoting bilateral relations in the financial and trade sectors.

    The Protocol was signed after the conclusion of the 13th Meeting of the Joint Cyprus-Romania Committee by Director General of the Planning Bureau Andreas Moleskis, who headed the Cypriot delegation, and Romanian Minister of State for Trade and Commerce Gheorghe Marin, who headed the Romanian delegation.

    The Meeting of the Joint Cyprus-Romania Committee reviewed cooperation so far in various sectors.

    Furthermore, the Meeting examined ways through which the existing bonds of friendship between the two countries could be promoted in the sectors of trade, industry, finance, investments, tourism, energy, transport, health, labour, education, and culture, inter alia.


    Cyprus must turn to green energy as this is an invaluable opportunity for the country, which should not be seen as a short term solution, as towns suffocate from pollution, said here Thursday House President Marios Garoyian, addressing a seminar organised by the Cyprus Wind Energy Association and the Cyprus Organisation for Standardisation.

    The seminar on green energy is held on the occasion of Global Wind Day celebrated on June 15 and aims to inform all institutions on the three forms of energy, wind, solar and biomass.

    Garoyian said reversing the negative environmental balance and contributing to a new energy environment is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges of our times.

    Renewable sources of energy, he said, create new business opportunities, more positions and guarantee stability while at the same time they upgrade the world climate system.

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