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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-10

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    President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat begin on Monday an intensive round of talks, in the context of the ongoing UN-led negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem. The intensive round of talks will be held at the official residence of UNFICYP Chief of Mission in the UN Protected Area in two phases. The first will take place on 11th, 12th and 13th of January, and the second on the 25th, 26th and 27th of January.

    Speaking after the meeting between the two leaders held on January 4th, the UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer said that during the intensive talks the focus will be very much on governance and power-sharing, the economy, EU matters and the property issue.

    On Sunday, President Christofias chairs a meeting of party leaders to discuss proposals submitted by Talat, days before the start of intensive talks.


    Turkey has not shifted its positions on Cyprus nor has it made any openings to help efforts towards a political settlement, President Demetris Christofias has said, stressing at the same time that he will continue to work to alleviate the difficulties caused by the continuing Turkish occupation of the islands northern part. Turkey is the occupation power and unfortunately it has not made those openings it has to do, nor has it changed its positions on Cyprus, and consequently we face difficulties which we have to deal with, the President said on Saturday, addressing shop owners in Nicosia.

    He pledged, however, that he will continue to work for a negotiated settlement, in spite of moves by some circles who see nothing positive in the solution effort, and appealed for unity on the domestic front. I can assure you that I will do everything possible in my power for a better and a more just society, a reunited, free, federal Cyprus where Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will share power in a fair manner and will enjoy the benefits of a reunified country, President Christofias stressed.

    The President said he is saddened and angry to see the so-called flag of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, in northern occupied Cyprus, marked on the Pentadactylos mountain range, in the northern part of the country. He noted that the flag is near his own home village, Dikomo, in the Kyrenia district. I wish to create those conditions that will allow our children to live in a free and reunited Cyprus without having to see flags on Pentadactylos, he concluded in his remarks, saying he expresses the feelings of all Cypriots in such statements.


    House President Marios Garoyian has ruled out any political settlement that is based on terms laid out by the Turkish side, pointing out that compromise is one thing and capitulation to the terms of the conqueror is another. In a memorial speech for a former general secretary of DIKO party, which he heads, Garoyian stressed that the only means to reach a solution in Cyprus is through negotiations, no matter how difficult this path may be.

    We are condemned by history to persist and succeed in this endeavour. We have given the international community tangible proof of our good will to achieve this goal, but unfortunately the Turkish side has not followed suit, he said. The House President reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side is seeking a solution which will end Turkeys continuing occupation of Cyprus northern part, reunite the people, the territory, the economy and the institutions of the state, and will restore and secure human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all the Cypriot people. The solution, he added, must exclude foreign intervention and provide security to the state and the people.

    We are ready for an historic compromise, a bizonal bicommunal federation but we reject a confederation or a two-state solution, he said. The House President warned the international community that it would be making a grave error of judgment if it shapes its position and tactics on the question of Cyprus on messages it receives from those who backed the Annan plan, a UN-brokered solution plan which the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots rejected saying it did not lead to the reunification of the island nor did it serve the interests of the country. The Turkish Cypriots approved the plan. They will be bitterly disappointed, if they make such a mistake, he said.

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