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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-11-06

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  • [02] FM TURKEY EU


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will meet again Friday in the framework of the ongoing UN-led direct negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem, during which they will continue discussion on the chapter of property.

    The meeting will start at 1600 local time and will take place in the UN Protected Area of Nicosia.

    Speaking to the press after the last meeting on November 2, Alexander Downer, UN Secretary-General Special Adviser on the Cyprus problem said that in today`s meeting the two leaders will review the work done by their aides on the chapter of property during their meeting yesterday.

    He added however that ``there is a lot of work`` to be done on this chapter.

    In his statements after the meeting, President Christofias had pointed out that the sides are not ready to discuss property in depth.

    Christofias and Talat began UN-led talks in September 2008 in a bid to achieve a mutually agreed solution to the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    The two leaders have entered the second phase of the talks for the ``second reading`` of the six chapters of the Cyprus problem, namely, governance and power-sharing, property, EU matters, economic matters, territory and security and guarantees.

    [02] FM TURKEY EU

    Turkey has made no step towards efforts to reach a solution in Cyprus nor towards fulfilling its EU obligations, including the ones concerning the Republic of Cyprus, Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou has stressed.

    In statements Friday, Kyprianou said that the Republic of Cyprus wants to see Turkey fulfilling its EU obligations, noting that part of those obligations is the solution of the Cyprus problem. If Turkey makes positive steps, Cyprus will react accordingly, he pointed out.

    The Cypriot FM underlined that Turkey has a great opportunity to prove in deed its intentions at the negotiating table, where since September 2008 UN led Cyprus talks are being held with a view to reach a solution in Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974. He said that neither Turkey nor the Turkish Cypriot side have shown any constructive stance at the negotiating table.

    Ankara, can also show its intentions through the fulfillment of its EU obligations, including the ones concerning the Republic of Cyprus», he went on to add. Replying to questions, Kyprianou said that taking measures or imposing sanctions against Turkey is not an end in itself.


    EU Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou has reassured that vaccines against the H1N1 flu are safe and urged people to get vaccinated.

    In statements after a meeting she held Friday in Nicosia with President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, Vassiliou said that side effects are negligible and urged the vulnerable groups of the population to visit their doctors and get vaccinated.

    She noted that already 15 EU member states have begun vaccinations and millions of people have been vaccinated. Side effects, she pointed out, are similar to the ones of usual flu vaccines.

    Vassiliou said that vaccines offer the best protection against H1N1.

    Meanwhile, in statements Friday on the issue, Minister of Health Christos Patsalides, said that the flu continues to be mild in Cyprus, noting that Ministry expects a rise of cases when temperatures drop.


    Germany strongly supports all efforts leading to the reunification of Cyprus, German Ambassador in Nicosia Dr. Gottfried Zeitz has stressed, noting that Germany does everything to promote peace and reunification in Cyprus.

    In an interview with CNA, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9th of November 1989, the German Ambassador talked about the events which led to the fall of the wall and as a result to the reunification of Berlin, Germany and Europe.

    Dr. Zeitz, who since 2008 serves as the German Ambassador in Nicosia, the world`s last divided capital, has stressed that not only the government but the German people strongly, strongly support all efforts for reunification of your beautiful country.

    We do everything we can to foster and to promote the process of reunification and peace because we know how it is to be divided, he continued.

    Recalling a famous phrase by Willi Brandt, German Chancellor between 1969 1974, who said Es waechst zusammen, was zusammen gehoert - It grows together what belongs together, the Ambassador said that the island of Cyprus belongs together too.

    Germany, East and West belongs together, so here we can hope for the same, because the island belongs together, it must grow together, he underlined.

    The Ambassador also talked to CNA about the events marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited all EU heads of state and government, the Presidents of Russia and the US, as well as President of the European Commission and the European Parliament and NATO General Secretary to the events in Berlin.

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias will also attend the events, which will take place November 9 in the German capital.

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