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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-12

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SPOKESMAN - GUARANTEES
  • [02] CYPRUS TALKS - TERRITORIAL ISSUES
  • [03] HADJIMICHAEL - TURKEY`S ALLEGATIONS
  • [04] CYPRUS - AIR DEFENCE SYSTEMS - DESTRUCTION

  • [01] SPOKESMAN - GUARANTEES

    The issue of security and guarantees has not been discussed yet in the framework of the ongoing direct negotiations between the two leaders in Cyprus, aimed at finding a viable and comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said.

    Invited here Friday to comment on the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Dervis Eroglu, leader of the Turkish Cypriots National Unity Party, during which the issue of Turkish guarantees was discussed, Stephanou noted that the issue has not yet been discussed at the negotiations. He added that the issue will be discussed in the future, as well as the issue of Turkish settlers.

    Such kind of issues that consist the most important aspects of the Cyprus problem, should be resolved within the framework of a comprehensive solution of the problem, he pointed out.

    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] CYPRUS TALKS - TERRITORIAL ISSUES

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will place their initial positions on the territorial issue during their next meeting, in the framework of the direct negotiations, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said.

    Speaking here Friday, Stephanou said that the two leaders will adopt a position, based on the documents the two sides submitted during the last meeting.

    The framework of the Greek Cypriot sides position regarding the territorial issue, as well as the framework of the Turkish Cypriot sides positions, has beensubmitted , Stephanou said, adding that, however, the issue has not yet been discussed.

    Referring to Turkeys EU accession course, Stephanou said that its obligations towards Cyprus and EU, as derived from the Ankara Protocol, are given. According to the Protocol, Turkey should open up its air and sea ports to the Republic of Cyprus, he added.

    [03] HADJIMICHAEL - TURKEY`S ALLEGATIONS

    Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael has send a letter to the President of the UN Security Council, as a reply to the allegations made by the Turkish Permanent Representative, Ambassador Ilkin Bakin, with respect to the situation in Cyprus more generally, as well as in relation to the ongoing efforts to find a settlement to the Cyprus problem.

    Hadjimichael asks from the President to bring the letter, dated 5 June 2009, to the attention of the members of the Security Council and to circulate it as a document of the Security Council.

    It is unfortunate that the Republic of Turkey chose to vote against the draft resolution that was adopted by the Council during its 6132nd meeting as resolution 1873 (2009). As a member of the Security Council, Turkey carries a responsibility towards the maintenance of international peace and security which supersedes any considerations that are guided by what that member may perceive as its national interest, Hadjimichael stressed.

    [04] CYPRUS - AIR DEFENCE SYSTEMS - DESTRUCTION

    Minister of Defence Costas Papacostas has expressed satisfaction for the successful destruction by the Republic of Cyprus, of 324 Man Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) 2SA-7, which have expired beyond their shelf life.

    According to an official press release, the destruction procedure of the last 20 of the 324 MANPADS took place on Friday in the presence of Ambassadors to the Republic of Cyprus, Chief of the National Guard, Commander of the United Nations Force in Cyprus, Commander of the British Forces in Cyprus, Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Heads of Communities. The project was implemented with the support of OSCE and the technical assistance of the United States and the United Kingdom.


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