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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-19

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias held a series of meetings with EU leaders as well as with the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, in the sidelines of the European Council that concluded today, and briefed them on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, President Christofias stressed that the EU leaders have shown great understanding so far, as regards the efforts and initiatives that are being taken by the Greek Cypriot side for solving the Cyprus problem.

    ``I am taking this support for granted and I wish to have progress,`` he said, noting that in the case of no progress, the blame should be attributed to the one who has the responsibility for the deadlock, and the European Council should take a decision on that.

    President Christofias said that Barroso would pay an official visit to Cyprus next week, during which he will have the opportunity to discuss Cyprus problem extensively.

    ``I will hold a private meeting with Barroso, and we will have a common working lunch with Barroso and Talat, if the Turkish Cypriot leader accepts the invitation``, he said.

    In the sidelines of the Council, President Christofias met and discussed Cyprus problem with the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Christofias also said that he would probably pay a visit to London in order to have a more specific discussion with Brown on the Cyprus problem.

    Replying to a question, President Christofias explained the reason why, as an ex leader of a communist party, he voted a politician that comes from the right wing European People`s Party, Jose Manuel Barroso for the Commission`s Presidency in the framework of the Council.

    Barosso has shown great understanding as regards the Cyprus problem and his role is very helpful, Christofias said, stressing that Barroso`s re-election will help the efforts of the Cyprus government for a solution.

    In addition, Christofias pointed out that within the European Union keeping the balances is very important for promoting issues.

    ``We are working in this context in order to serve the interests of our people, taking into account these balances``, he concluded.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been engaged in direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunite the island.

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