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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-29

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    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have achieved significant progress in the chapter of governance, during their meeting on Friday, with which they concluded the second round of UN-led intensive talks, as part of their effort to find a negotiated settlement to the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking on behalf of the leaders after the meeting, UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer said that significant progress has been made in a series of areas of governance.

    The leaders have left the meeting feeling positive and there will be a bit more to say next week when the Secretary-General is here and the leaders meet with the Secretary-General, on Monday afternoon, he added.

    Downer also noted that there will be a joint press conference at the end of that meeting with the Secretary-General, and Christofias and Talat will have a bit more to say then.

    Asked whether the chapter on governance has been concluded or not, the UN official reiterated that the leaders will have more to say about this on Monday afternoon. So, I am not going to go into any of the details here, he added.

    Replying to a question about the future of the process, Downer said that the leaders are going to talk about future programming during the meeting next Monday with Ban Ki-moon.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    President Christofias and Talat have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with the aim to reunify the island. A first round of three-day intensive negotiations was held in early January. The second three-day round began on Monday and concluded on Friday.


    The Cyprus problem was among other issues Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Demitris Droutsas discussed during a dinner they had Thursday in London.

    Droutsas also discussed with UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon the Cyprus question, the course of talks between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Bans forthcoming visit to Cyprus, during a meeting they had in London. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the International Conference on Afghanistan.

    In a statement after his dinner with Davutoglu, Droutsas said they discussed about development in bilateral cooperation. As regards UNSGs visit to Cyprus it has been noted that the main reasons for this visit is the fact that the UN-led peace talks are at a very important juncture, which has to be used in the most effective way. Ban will underline his full support for the talks and encourage the leaders of the two communities.


    President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has called on Turkey to conduct an effective investigation into the fate of missing persons in Cyprus.

    In a reply letter to the member of the European Parliament Marina Yannakoudakis on the issue, Barroso said the Commission is aware of the work the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus is doing.

    He pointed out that according to a relevant decision of the European Court of Human Rights, Turkey must secure the conditions that would allow for an effective investigation regarding the circumstances under which Greek Cypriot missing persons have disappeared.


    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, Yang Jiechi, arrives in Cyprus Saturday on a three-day official visit. He will be received on Monday by the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias.

    He will also meet President of the House of Representatives, Marios Garoyian and have official talks with Foreign Minister, Markos Kyprianou.

    Jiechi arrives in Paphos, on the western coast, and will visit archeological sites in Paphos, Limmasol and Nicosia.

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