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

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - EU INFORMAL SUMMIT
  • [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [03] BRITISH MINISTER - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] IRAN - CYPRUS PROBLEM

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - EU INFORMAL SUMMIT

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias departs Wednesday for Brussels, in order to participate in the Informal Council of heads of state or government of the European Union that begins on Thursday.

    According to the Spanish Presidency of the EU, the leaders of the Union will meet in Brussels to seek a commitment towards implementing a revitalised economic strategy to boost employment and growth in the EU.

    President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy has called this extraordinary meeting to allow the twenty-seven member states to analyse their economic plans for the coming years.

    During the meeting, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, will explain the specific proposals the EU executive branch expects to approve in early March.

    European leaders will also analyse possible tactics for future global negotiations to deal with climate change issues, based on the outcome of last December`s Copenhagen Conference.

    The third major issue to be discussed at the meeting is Haiti. The EU aims to implement after its immediate rescue operations a long-term reconstruction strategy.

    Next Thursday`s summit will be the first such meeting under Van Rompuy`s presidency, in full application of the Lisbon Treaty.

    [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS ISSUE

    Turkey has to decide whether it wishes a solution to the Cyprus problem or not, in order to see efforts for an agreement in the direct negotiations between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat bear fruit, House President Marios Garoyian has said. Addressing an event organized by the Turkish occupied village of Kontea, Garoyian said that it seems that Turkey does not wish to have a settlement, since it insists on a confederal solution.

    As he said, without Turkeys will for a solution, based on the UN relevant resolutions, the 1977 and 1979 High Level Agreements and international and European law, the United Nations will fail again. Garoyian called on the United Nations to make sure not to add another failure to their credit and urged them to turn their efforts towards Ankara, and deal in a decisive manner with Turkeys intransigent stance and divisive plans.

    House President said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready for an honest and fair compromise. However, it does not accept a solution that will not be fair, or which will not end the Turkish occupation and to the Turkish settlement. We are ready for a historic compromise, for a solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation. We reject a confederation or a two state solution, he stressed.

    [03] BRITISH MINISTER - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    As long as Turkish troops are present in Cyprus, the Greek Cypriots will not feel safe and will not have proper security, British Minister of State for Europe, Chris Bryant, has said as he referred to the solution of Cyprus problem.

    Talking to Turkish and Turkish Cypriot journalists during a reception at the Foreign Office, in honor of Egemen Bagis, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs, Bryant said that Aristotles definition of tragedy was the rehearsal of an event that inspires pity and fear and leads to catharsis.

    And it is certainly a pity in Cyprus because all of us, I think, pity the people living in the north who have no economic opportunities. The people in the south who have been alienated from their properties in the north and people in the north who have been alienated from their properties in the south, he added.

    [04] IRAN - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    Iran remains seized with the Cyprus problem as it is important for all Cypriots and has important affects on the region, Iran`s Ambassador in Nicosia Ali Reza Bigdeli has said during an official reception to mark the 31st anniversary since the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

    Bigdeli welcomed developments in the issue after the election of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, and expressed the belief that the responsibility to find a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves.


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