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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-03

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    Todays meeting between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu was postponed at Christofias initiative, after statements by Eroglu who questioned the basis of the talks.

    In statements, Christofias said that he asked for the postponement of the meeting with a view to avoid a crisis and a deadline at the talks and asked for the issue to be discussed by the two leaders advisers George Iacovou and Kudret Ozersay adding that the Turkish Cypriot side agreed to this.

    Christofias and Eroglu had a very brief discussion at the venue where direct talks are held this morning since Eroglu went there before the Greek Cypriot sides request for the postponement of the meeting was conveyed to him.

    We talked a bit about this process. This was accepted by him. It is clear that Eroglu came under a big pressure from its opposition last week and it seems that it is under this pressure that he made these statements. Everyone is under some pressure. Either we have the courage to go on, on the basis which is crystal clear or every time that we are under attack from our domestic front we will review our positions, he added.

    Asked if Eroglu does not want this and is under pressure, Christofias said I dont know. I cant talk on Eroglus behalf.

    Christofias noted that he cannot act in this way. I myself am under attack from various sides but I continue not because I dont take them into consideration. But I have committed myself as President of the Republic, as the interlocutor of the Greek Cypriot side, as the leader of the Greek Cypriot side and I want to honour these commitments towards the UN and the other side, he added.

    He stressed that if Turkey means what it says, that it wants a settlement by December, this settlement will be found if we continue from where the process was left and if we honour the commitments which the interlocutors undertook in the past. Otherwise we will not be able to find a settlement by December or any December, he added.

    The President reiterated the commitment of the Greek Cypriot side for a settlement here and now, noting that this requires a change of the Turkish side, or continuation of the talks from where they were left.

    Asked about the UN stance, Christofias recalled that UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer has made a statement on behalf of the Secretary General, adding that the UN statement and position cannot be retracted.

    Asked if everything agreed with former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat must be the basis for the negotiations, Chriostofias noted that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayiip Erdogan himself had said that Eroglu would have to accept the things agreed between Christofias and Talat and to continue from where talks were left.


    Chief of Romanian Police Petre Toba visited on Thursday the Headquarters of the Cypriot Police where he held official meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Michael Papageorgiou.

    Toba is visiting Cyprus at the invitation of the Cypriot Police Chief.

    After the welcoming ceremony, Toba and his entourage held an official meeting with Papageorgiou, during which the organizational structure of the Cypriot Police force was presented.

    The two Police Chiefs also exchanged views on the modus operandi of the two forces and ideas and suggestions on the Romanian nationals living in Cyprus and are involved in various crimes.

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