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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-25

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  • [02] FM - TURKEY - EU


    President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso is in Cyprus for a one-day visit, during which he will be meeting with the leaders of the two communities.

    According to the programme of the visit, Barroso will be received by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, and afterwards he will meet in separate meetings Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun.

    He will also host a lunch for President Christofias and Talat.

    Barroso will furthermore visit the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, followed by a meeting with President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, before addressing the House plenary.

    Before departing from Cyprus, the Commission President will be giving a press conference and will attend a dinner hosted in his honour by President Christofias.

    [02] FM - TURKEY - EU

    Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has warned Turkey that, though Ankara is not facing a veto from Nicosia with regard to its EU accession course, it will however face repercussions if it does not meet its obligations towards the Union. The government, the Minister said, has a strategy with regard to Turkeys EU membership course and its evaluation by the European Council in December.

    Exercising the right to veto Turkeys assessment towards EU accession is a non issue for the government. Nonetheless there will be consequences for Turkey if does not comply with its obligations deriving from its accession course, he stressed in a speech at a forum in the southern coastal town of Limassol on The Cyprus problem today challenges, responsibilities, prospects, organised by the Association for Social Reform (OPEK).

    The Minister explained that, in the assessment procedure, there are several options: either the EU 27 will decide to impose certain sanctions or resolve not to open some chapters for negotiation or, suspend membership talks or even postpone them. The government, he pointed out, has a strategy and a plan of act which is not for the public domain.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will be meeting on Friday, in the context of direct negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem, to continue discussion on territory and the opening of Limnitis checkpoint.

    During their last meeting on June 15, the leaders of the two communities exchanged views on territory and on the opening of Limnitis crossing point, which will facilitate movement to and from the northern Turkish occupied areas of the island.

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

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