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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] LEADERS MEETING
  • [02] PRESIDENT CYPRUS TALKS

  • [01] LEADERS MEETING

    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, who met Thursday in the framework of direct negotiations for a Cyprus solution, have come closer to an agreement on the Limnitis issue, a crossing point, the opening of which will facilitate movement to and from the northern Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.

    UNSG Special Representative in Cyprus, Tayee Brook Zerihoun, told journalists after the 32nd meeting between President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, that the two leaders held a tete a tete meeting for three hours during which they continued discussion on the Limnitis issue and the chapter on economy.

    The leaders met for a tete-a-tete for about three hours in the company of their representatives, George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami. They continued discussion on Limnitis and also on the economic issues. When they came out they informed the meeting that they are close to an agreement on Limnitis, Zerihoun said.

    The UN official added that the discussion on the economy was concluded Thursday at least on the level of the leaders.

    Describing the meeting as good and productive, Zerihoun said that during the open meeting, the introductory statements on the chapter on territory were read out by both sides.

    During the next meeting, to take place Monday afternoon, the two sides will give their reactions to the introductory statements on territory.

    UNSGs Special Advisor for Cyprus Alexander Downer will not be present at Mondays meeting since he will be in Moscow.

    Downer will come to Cyprus on Tuesday.

    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.

    [02] PRESIDENT CYPRUS TALKS

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Thursday that he expected good news soon regarding the opening of a crossing point in Limnitis.

    Speaking after his 32nd meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in the context of direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem, President Christofias said ``we had a good meeting today, we moved forward concerning Limnitis.``

    ``We are not far from an agreement and I expect soon to have good news,`` he added.

    President Christofias said that during their meeting they expressed their views regarding territorial issues and that at their next meeting on Monday they will continue discussions on that issue and exchange views.


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