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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-10-22

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said that the Greek Cypriot side and the Turkish Cypriot side maintain their positions on matters of principle regarding the chapter of properties, which was discussed during Thursdays meeting in the framework of UN led direct negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    In statements at the Presidential Palace after the conclusion of his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, President Christofias said the only common position of both sides on the chapter of properties is that owners are recognised as such but the Greek Cypriot side gives priority to the owner, whereas the Turkish Cypriot side to the current user.

    President Christofias said that the two leaders authorized their aides to study some criteria, adding that they will come back to the issue in ten days.

    During next weeks meetings, they will discuss about governance.

    Asked whether Talat continues to believe that the Greek Cypriot refugees, who had to abandon their properties in the northern part of Cyprus after the Turkish invasion in 1974, are still the owners of those properties, President Christofias answered affirmatively.

    Of course, this has been stated already and nobody questions that, he pointed out.

    The Cypriot President noted that the only common position of the two sides on the issue of ownership is that owners are recognised as owners.

    But he went on to clarify that the difference is the way each side approaches this issue.

    There are different views on how the sides approach ownership. We give priority to the owner whereas they give priority to the person who currently uses that property, he concluded.

    President Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged in direct negotiations since September 2008 with a view to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.


    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus maintained their positions on the property issue, said here Alexander Downer, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus. Speaking after the two hour meeting, Downer said the leaders had a tete-a-tete session and then a plenary one during which they had a discussion on the question of property.

    They began discussions on the question of property. They had a useful discussion and they have reserved their positions, Downer said.

    The Australian diplomat said the representatives of the two leaders, George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami will meet next Thursday and there will be further discussion at their level about the issue of property.

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