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

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    The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed on the text of a draft resolution on the renewal of the mandate of the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus and on the Secretary Generals good offices mission.

    Diplomatic sources have said that in the agreed draft, the controversial paragraph in the preamble, which included a wish for a solution of the Cyprus problem by the end of 2010, has been amended. It now includes the words if possible, in the phrase expressing a wish for the negotiations to be concluded by the end of 2010.

    This phrase, the same sources point out, has watered down attempts to use the wish for a solution by the end of the year as a deadline in the ongoing negotiating process. However, it has not eliminated the wish expressed by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat for a solution by the end of 2010.

    The agreed draft resolution will be distributed on Thursday afternoon to the rest members of the UN Security Council, when they will be briefed by the UN SG Special Advisor on the Cyprus issue Alexander Downer.

    After the briefing by Downer, the Security Council will have unofficial consultations with the view to adopt the resolution by Friday.

    Downer had on Wednesday consultations with officials of the UN Secretariat and held meetings with the Permanent Representatives of Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the members of the Security Council.

    UN-led peace talks are currently underway to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. UNFICYP arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities.


    The Cyprus News Agency and the Bulgarian News Agency are hosting a conference here today entitled Cyprus Bulgaria: Development of relations and the Role of Mass Media. Around 15 journalists from well known Bulgarian media organizations as well as a multi-member business delegation participate in the conference, which is attended by Cypriot dignitaries, business personalities and representatives of local and foreign media.

    The two national news agencies, in the framework of their close cooperation, had decided to co-organise the conference in Cyprus in June and a second one in Bulgaria in the autumn, to further develop their relations, especially in the field of economy, commerce, industry, tourism, investment and the media.

    The Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism of Bulgaria Traycho Traykov, is among the speakers. Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis and Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Antonis Pashalides have addressed the opening of the conference. CNA Board Chairman Costakis Constantinou and BTA Director General Maxim Minchev have also addressed the opening session.


    Minister of Defence Costas Papacostas returns home Thursday, once he concludes his official visit to Montenegro. During a meeting on Wednesday with Boro Vucinic, Montenegro Defence Minister, Papacostas briefed his counterpart on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, and they had the opportunity to exchange views on bilateral issues of mutual interest.

    In addition, he briefed him on the participation of the Republic of Cyprus in the institution and the structures of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy. The Cypriot Minister also met with the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic, whom he briefed on the course of the Cyprus issue as well as the decision of the two Ministries of Defence to enhance their cooperation.

    On Wednesday he visited an air base and then the two Ministers gave a joint lecture on the defence systems of the two countries.


    The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives in Cyprus on Thursday to participate in the European Conference of Speakers and Presidents of Parliament, House President Marios Garoyian has said. Cavusoglu, a Turkish national, will not visit the island`s northern Turkish occupied areas, Garoyian said.

    The House of Representatives, he added, is very honoured to host this meeting, which he described as one of the greatest and most important conferences Cyprus House of Representative has ever hosted. Some 50 Presidents and Vice Presidents of Parliaments from PACE member states, third countries, and international parliamentary organizations will participate in the conference. In addition, 30 Members of the Parliament and Senators, 35 Director General and Secretary Generals of parliaments and international parliamentary organizations as well as 200 officials will take part.

    Marios Garoyian and Mevlut Cavusoglu will co-chair the Conference and will address the opening session on Friday. Cyprus President Demetris Christofias will also address the conference and will host a reception at the Presidential Palace on Friday evening to honour the participants.

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