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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-22

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    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has reiterated the position of the Greek Cypriot side that the direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem must be resumed as soon as possible on the agreed basis.

    In statements following the meeting of the Council of Ministers , Stephanou said that the there is nothing concrete regarding the time for the resumption of the talks.

    He stressed that the negotiations must be resumed as soon as possible on the same basis that the two communities have agreed as well as on the basis of the UN resolutions.

    A solution of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality, as defined by the relevant UN resolutions on Cyprus with a single state, single sovereignty, single international personality and single citizenship, he added.

    Stephanou said that the developments in the Cyprus problem following the illegal election of Dervis Eroglou as the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community will be discussed during the three day meeting of the National Council scheduled to start next Monday.

    He reiterated that the clear and firm aim of the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias is to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem as soon as possible on the basis of the UN resolutions, the principles of the international and European law and the High Level Agreements.

    Government Spokesman also said that President Christofias raised the issue of an international conference on the Cyprus issue during his yesterdays meeting with the ambassadors of the P5 to Cyprus, whom he assured of his commitment to continue negotiations for a solution of the island`s political problem.

    He noted that President Christofias pointed out that the Cyprus problem, according to UN resolutions as well, is an issue of which the internal aspects should be agreed on and resolved by the two communities, in the context of the bicommunal dialogue.

    He added that ``an international conference can take place in time, when we will have the discussion and the agreement by the two communities as regards the issues of internal governance while the international conference would deal with the international aspects of the Cyprus problem.

    Moreover, he said that President Christofias told the ambassadors of P5 that the position of the Greek Cypriot side is that the international conference should be convened under the UN auspices with the participation of the five permanent members of the Security Council, the EU, the guarantor powers, and the Republic of Cyprus.``

    Asked to comment on the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglus visit to the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus in order to attend the so called oath taking ceremony of Eroglu, Stephanou said that this is an illegal visit.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Christofias has been engaged in talks with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community since September 2008.


    UN expect that the Cyprus talks should continue on the basis of the parameters agreed to, UN Secretary Generals Special Representative in Cyprus, Taye Brook Zerihoun, said today after being received at the Presidential Palace, by President of the Republic, Demetris Christofias.

    We had a pleasant lunch and the President was kind enough to update me on his assessment of recent developments, Zerihoun stated after the meeting, pointing out that as he is going to New York this weekend, it was for his benefit to be briefed on Christofias views.

    Replying to a question about when the first meeting between President Christofias and the newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou will take place, Zerihoun said that according to media reports, Mr. Eroglou has indicated that maybe at the end of this month or the next month such a meeting will take place.

    Asked whether he believes that the basis of the negotiation should be reaffirmed by the parties involved, UNSGs Special Representative pointed out that we should wait and see


    The Council of Ministers approved Thursday officially the agreement signed Wednesday between Cyprus and Qatar for the creation of a joint venture for a major project in Nicosia, which will include a five star hotel, apartments, offices and a commercial center.

    In statements to the press after the conclusion of the Cabinets meeting, Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis said that within the next days, the agreement will be send to the House of Representatives and contacts will begin with Qatari officials regarding an action plan for the completion of the project.

    Stavrakis referred to the economic benefits for Cyprus economy, but noted that this project will not lead to the immediate reduction of Cyprus fiscal deficit.

    But it will surely help real economy, he pointed out.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has expressed the states support to the 35th annual Christodoula march of the Cyprus Anticancer Society.

    President Christofias, who visited Thursday one of the kiosks for the national fundraising campaign in Nicosia, said that volunteerism in Cyprus is increasing and praised the organisers and the many volunteers who participate in the campaign, so that the Anticancer Society is more effective in helping people who have cancer.

    I want to stress that the state supports the Anticancer Society. Apart from the support we offer each year, reaching some hundred thousand euro, today we have made a donation of 5,000 euro, he said.

    Furthermore, he recalled that the Council of Ministers has recently approved the new strategy for combating cancer and added that the government is working for the creation an oncology center in Limassol.

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