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

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  • [02] UN CHIEF - CYPRUS


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat achieved significant progress in the issue 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.

    [02] UN CHIEF - CYPRUS

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon arrives in Cyprus on Sunday and on the next day he will hold separate meetings with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus as well as a joint meeting on the same day.

    According to the programme of his visit, the UN chief will hold meetings on Monday morning with the UN personnel and will visit the buffer zone in Nicosia. Later on, he will hold a separate meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and then with the Greek Cypriot leader and President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias.

    In the afternoon, the UNSG will hold a joint meeting with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus at the UNFICYP Chief of Missions residence in the UN protected area in Nicosia, followed by a joint press conference.

    Ban Ki Moon will depart from Cyprus on Tuesday morning.


    Cypriot Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Soteroulla Charalambous has pointed out the need to focus on strengthening the social dimension of Europe, noting that the European social insurance systems should be characterised by competence, viability and social solidarity.

    Speaking at the EU Informal Employment and Social Security Council, in Barcelona, on the issue of social insurance and social cohesion, Charalambous said that these elements should be reflected in the EU Strategy for 2020.

    Charalambous pointed out that it was necessary, along with economic recovery, to focus on strengthening the social dimension of Europe, with efforts aimed at employment policies that will provide motives for incorporation into the labour market, as well as social protection policies that will contribute towards maintaining employment and safeguarding that the social protection systems evolve into systems that will actively support all citizens, especially the vulnerable groups of the population.

    She said this comprehensive approach should constitute the basis for coordinated efforts on a European level.


    An application by David and Linda Orams to appeal the ruling of the British Court of Appeal in the Apostolides v Orams case has been dismissed.

    In remarks to CNA, Meletis Apostolides` lawyer Constantis Kandounas explained that in the United Kingdom the interested party must first be granted permission by the Court of Appeal in order to file an appeal.

    The Court of Appeal ruled that a decision by a Cypriot court, in connection with claims relating to Greek Cypriot owned property in Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas, must be executed.

    The Cypriot court had ordered the Orams to pay compensation to Apostolides, demolish the holiday home they had built on his land in the Turkish occupied village of Lapithos, halt all intervention on the said property and deliver it to its legal owner.

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