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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-21

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    Cyprus and Qatar signed two agreements and four memoranda of understanding on Wednesday, covering sectors such as aviation services and the creation of a joint venture for a project opposite Hilton Hotel in Nicosia, including a five-star hotel, a shopping mall, offices and apartments.

    The agreements and memoranda were signed in Nicosia during official talks between delegations of Cyprus and Qatar, headed by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

    In statements to the press, President Christofias said bilateral relations and ways to enhance them were discussed during the talks, and that the joint investment with Qatari Diar was of great importance.

    President Christofias added that he briefed the Emir on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and efforts to reach a settlement, and thanked him for his understanding.

    The Emir of Qatar said bilateral relations were built on sound foundations and said he was pleased with the agreements signed.

    He also expressed support to efforts for a Cyprus settlement, based on UN resolutions, to the benefit of both communities in Cyprus.


    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.

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