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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-02-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UN DOWNER - TALKS
  • [02] P5 AMBASSADORS PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS
  • [03] LEBANESE PRESIDENT CYPRUS - VISIT
  • [04] CYPRUS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

  • [01] UN DOWNER - TALKS

    United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy to Cyprus Alexander Downer said today that the UN look forward to the two leaders, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in continuing to work through the issues they need to work through, in the framework of the UN-led bicommunal talks for the solution of Cyprus problem.

    Downer, who was speaking after a meeting with AKEL Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, underlined that both Christofias and Talat are committed to continue the talks.

    We had a good discussion this morning about how the talks are proceeding and in particular from the perspective of the United Nations we look forward to the continuation of the talks and Mr. Christofias is committed to that and Mr. Talat of course as well he said adding that the UN look forward to the two leaders continuing to work through the issues they need to work through.

    Replying to a question on when the next meeting between the two leaders is going to take place, Downer said that there are no dates yet adding that according to what he thinks the two sides will be conferring about this issue in the next few days.

    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 an aim to reunify the island.

    [02] P5 AMBASSADORS PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS

    The Ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council have expressed their full support to the efforts made by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias to reunify the island.

    The Ambassadors of the US, Russia, China, Britain and France were received Monday by President Christofias, who briefed them on the ongoing UN led negotiations for Cyprus and the recent visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon in Cypurs.

    Speaking on behalf of all P5, British High Commissioner in Nicosia Peter Millet said the President invited us as the ambassadors of the UN Security Council P5. He gave us a very good briefing on the progress on the negotiations and on the UNSGs visit.

    Millet said the P5 welcomed the progress that has been made in the negotiations for Cyprus.

    We welcomed his briefing and we welcomed the progress that has been made in the negotiations. And we, as P5, gave the President all our support in his efforts to reunify the island and also as P5 the support we have for the UN in facilitating that process, he concluded.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Peace talks began in September 2008 with a view to finding a negotiated settlement to reunite the country.

    [03] LEBANESE PRESIDENT CYPRUS - VISIT

    Lebanese President, Michel Suleiman, will pay an official visit to Cyprus later this week, a Lebanese embassy official told CNA Monday.

    On Friday the President of Lebanon will have separate meetings with President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian.

    Suleiman will visit the cease-fire line in Nicosia, accompanied by the Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou. In the evening the President Christofias will host a dinner in honor of his Lebanese counterpart. The President of Lebanon will depart from Cyprus on Saturday morning.

    [04] CYPRUS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

    The song Life looks better in spring performed by Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders has been selected to represent Cyprus at the 55th Eurovision Song Contest that will take place in Oslo, Norway. The national final competition took place Sunday evening in Nicosia, with the participation of nine finalists.

    The winning song, written by Nasos Lambrianides and Melis Constantinou, was chosen through televoting and with the votes of a jury, each of which had an equal percentage of the vote, namely 50%.

    The Eurovision Song Contest semifinals will take place 25 and 27 May in Oslo. Cyprus will participate in the second semifinal, 27 of May. The final contest will follow on the 29th of May.


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