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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-26

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  • [01] LEADERS 34th MEETING

  • [01] LEADERS 34th MEETING

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began on Friday morning their 34th meeting in the context of direct negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.

    In todays meeting, the leaders will continue discussion on territory issue and on the opening of Limnitis checkpoint to facilitate movement to and from the northern Turkish occupied areas of the island.

    On his arrival at Nicosias airport where the meetings are taking place, President Christofias was asked whether the leaders will announce today the opening of Limnitis checkpoint. As he told reporters, We will see. If theres light it will shine.

    The President arrived at the meeting place at 1010am (local time) accompanied by Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou. Talat arrived five minutes earlier accompanied by his advisor Ozdil Nami,

    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.


    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said that once the leaders in Cyprus agree on a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus issue the EU will do its utmost to accommodate the terms of a settlement in line with the principles on which the EU is founded.

    Speaking during a press conference here on Thursday, during his one-day visit on the island, Barroso said there is a unique chance this year to solve the Cyprus question that needs to be grasped, noting that he is impressed by the commitment of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to achieve a settlement.

    Barroso, who also met during his visit here the UN Secretary Generals Special Representative to Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoon said he highly appreciates his dedicated work and the efforts of the UN to help the parties to strike a deal

    The European Commission President said he discussed with two leaders the importance of further Confidence Building Measures and that in this context he expressed the Commissions readiness to contribute financially to upgrade a road close to the Limnitis crossing point and encouraged both leaders to find a solution on this issue. I hope a solution will be found soon, Barroso said. He noted that he told the two leaders that the opening of Limnitis crossing point will be a very good signal.

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