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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-20

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    Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou has said that the situation with regard to efforts for a settlement of the Cyprus problem will be difficult after the illegal elections in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas. Dervis Eroglu won the ``elections`` and is the new Turkish Cypriot leader.

    He noted however that if Turkey wants to follow the right policy then certainly the situation would be improved. He added that the government would have to send the message to the international community that the process of the negotiations must go on the same basis.

    Kyprianou stressed that the important thing is to explain that the negotiations must not begin from scratch but continue on the basis followed so far.

    He noted that the international community must take into consideration the sensitivities and concerns of the Greek Cypriot community, while he also stressed the crucial and determining role of Turkey in the negotiating process.

    Turkey cannot hide any more behind Mr. Talat. Turkey must assume its responsibilities and express its positions explicitly and officially as regards the settlement of the Cyprus problem, not only through statements and interviews, he added.

    He stressed that Turkeys role is decisive on the Cyprus issue and therefore it must be asked to express a clear position as regards the settlement of the Cyprus problem, the form of the solution and to be constructive as regards the negotiations. It is time for Turkey to assume its responsibilities, he underlined.

    Asked about the issue of the regulation on direct trade between EU and Cyprus Turkish occupied areas, Kyprianou said that if this issue has been promoted with a view to facilitate the opening of EU negotiating chapters with Turkey then this attempt will not be successful, whatever happens with this regulation.

    As he said, efforts to bring this regulation back to the table were wrong and that the Republic of Cyprus insists on these positions, irrelevant of who is the representative of the Turkish Cypriot side at the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

    He noted that the so-called isolation can be resolved through a settlement of the Cyprus problem and all those who want to help towards this direction must focus on the talks and not on erratic tactics with which they undermine the outcome of the talks and which are illegal, according to the European and Cypriot law.

    Replying to a question, Kyprianou said that he expected more from outgoing Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and the situation is becoming complicated after Eroglus election.

    That is why I consider necessary that the attachment of the other side to the prospects for a settlement, the form and the basis of a settlement must be reconfirmed, he added.


    A total of 57 flights to and from several European airports scheduled to arrive or depart from Larnaka and Pafos airports have been cancelled on Tuesday, due to the problems caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

    Hermes Airports Communications and Public Relations Director Adamos Aspris, said that 30 flights were to take place on Tuesday to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Zurich, Rome, Bucharest and the Middle East, after the partial opening of the air space in some European countries.

    The total number of flights affected since the 15th of April when the volcano erupted, reaches 361.


    The Municipality of the Turkish occupied town of Morphou has requested the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in organising the international meeting of Peace Messenger Cities in Cyprus.

    Mayor of Morphou Charalambos Pittas met on Tuesday with Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou, who said the Ministry closely cooperates with the Municipality and is always at its disposal. Kyprianou said they discussed various issues, including developments in the Cyprus problem and prospects for a solution.

    Pittas said it was a great honour for Cyprus to host the meeting, which will be held from October 4 to 8, and thanked the government for its support. Pittas said the Municipality has played a significant role in the organisation over the past few years, which is the reason Cyprus has been entrusted with the international meeting.

    Morphou has been a member of Peace Messenger Cities for many years and has been elected to the executive secretariat of the organisation.

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