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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-12-21

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS TALKS
  • [02] EU - TURKEY - CYPRUS - OBLIGATIONS

  • [01] PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS TALKS

    President Demetris Christofias has stressed he is determined to move towards a political settlement in Cyprus, if the Turkish Cypriot side shows good will and does not violate fundamental principles of a solution. In statements after returning to the Presidential Palace from his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in the framework of direct negotiations on the Cyprus problem, Christofias said that he will defend fundamental principles.

    I want to declare before the people of Cyprus that I am determined - if the Turkish Cypriot sides shows the corresponding good will and if the fundamental principles of a solution are not violated to proceed. That is crystal clear, the President stressed. On his meeting with Talat, Christofias said that they discussed issues relating to the intensified negotiations, to be held on 11,12,13 and 18,19,20 January 2010 at the residence of the UN Special Representative in the UN Protected Area.

    He explained that between the first and the second three-day session of talks, the National Council, the top advisory body to the President, will convene. He said that they aim at more convergences on Governance and Power-Sharing, the Economy and EU Matters and they also will continue their discussion on the property issue and reiterated the two leaders wish that 2010 will be the year of the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    He also noted that there is no goal for a Cyprus settlement before the so-called elections in the northern Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus and that talks will continue after the elections with whoever is the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community. Christofias rejected any notion of an interim settlement, noting that there is no such issue.

    [02] EU - TURKEY - CYPRUS - OBLIGATIONS

    Turkey has to fulfill its obligation of the full non-discriminatory implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Association Agreement, a press release issued by the Council of the EU Ministers of the Environment says. The Ministers issued the statement after the opening of the negotiations on Chapter 27 - Environment, during the eighth meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference with Turkey held here today.

    According to the press release, taking into account Turkey`s present state of preparations, and in line with the Council conclusions on 11 December 2006 - as well as on the understanding that Turkey will continue to make progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis - the EU underlined the main issues regarding the closing benchmarks to be met by Turkey, namely that:

    In particular, as EU says, Turkey has to fulfill its obligation of the full non-discriminatory implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Association Agreement, adopt legislation aimed at transposing the EU`s horizontal and framework environmental legislation, including its transboundary aspects, adopt legislation aimed at transposing the acquis in the field of water quality and adopt legislation aimed at transposing the acquis in the field of industrial pollution control and risk management.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part since its military invaded in 1974, does not recognise the government of the Republic of Cyprus. Ankara has so far refused to meet its EU obligations relating to Cyprus, including normalizing relations with Nicosia and opening its ports and airports to Cypriot flagged ship and aircraft.


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