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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-30

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said in a statement to the Greek national television that he has the patience and calmness to wait and see whether the UN-led negotiations aiming at reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem will resume from where they left off.

    In his statements, in the framework of the 14th Round Table Discussion organised by The Economist in Athens and asked on the course of the negotiations, President Christofias said that the negotiations on the Cyprus problem have been suspended achieving a relative progress with the former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

    Now, we are all waiting to see how the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Dervis Eroglu will behave he added.

    President Christofias said that recent statements of Eroglou were not positive as Mr Eroglu ``is inspired by a dichotomous philosophy`` and his ``positions are that of two sovereign states, something which is in stark contrast with the United Nations resolutions and the agreements between the two leaders from 1977 until today.

    ``At the point we left the talks with Mr Talat, we were talking about a single state, a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality,`` said President Christofias, adding that there is a single state and that is the Republic of Cyprus.

    He added that ``we defend the entity of the Republic of Cyprus and we have agreed to evolve this state to a federal one, but a solution must be reached in order this state to evolve to a federal state,`` he said.

    He made it clear that the positions expressed either by Eroglu or anyone else that there are two sovereign republics, and these two sovereign republics will come to an agreement among themselves are not accepted.

    He stressed that ``this is completely unacceptable and leads us into a deep and long regression``, reiterating that he has the patience and calmness to wait for the dialogue to resume in order to be seen, as he said, ``if it would resume from where we stopped, which is the position of the United Nations and the EU, or whether Eroglou would raise new demands.

    I sincerely hope that Turkey would give the green light to Eroglu, persuade him, not to say force him, in order to behave like the former interlocutor, with whom we also had significant different views on various aspects of the Cyprus problem, but we have achieved consensus on key issues, ``he concluded.

    President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began on September 2008 UN-led talks for a mutually agreed settlement to the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The process was interrupted on March 30 ahead of the so-called ``elections``.


    The Plenary of the House of Representatives has approved a bill for the financial aid of 60,6 million Euro to Greece.

    The relevant bill was submitted was declared as urgent, and was examined by the Parliamentary Committee on Financial, and Budgetary Affairs at the presence of Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis and the Director General of the Ministry the same day.

    During the afternoon session of the Plenary, Stavrakis and Members of the House noted that the Cyprus financial aid to Greece may increase, if the final amount of the aid from the Eurozone changes.

    The leaders of the EU member states of the Eurozone decided on March 25, 2010, to take effective and coordinated measures to protect the financial stability of Eurozone, if needed.


    The Cyprus 35th International State Fair opens its gates on May 7-16, featuring innovations such as the honoured country concept, a youth festival, as well as Cyprus` first beer festival.

    The state fair will be officially inaugurated by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias on May 7, at the presence of state officials, diplomats, members of the Parliament as well as representatives of the productive classes.

    President of the Cyprus State Fairs Authority Loizos Constantinou told a press conference that the Fair which will exhibit all sectors of business activities, ranging from home appliances, machinery and tools to technology and services, attracted increased participation despite the global financial crisis.

    He added that so far the number of exhibitors reaches 150, compared with the previous year`s 109, which will be showcasing the products and services of more than 1,000 companies from Cyprus and 22 foreign countries. The official state participations are those of Greece, Bulgaria, USA, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Palestine, Romania, Syria, while South Africa will have its own pavilion.

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