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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-09-08

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    Newly appointed Greek Foreign Minister Demetris Droutsas said here Wednesday that his two-day visit to Cyprus aims at conveying the message that the Cyprus issue remains a top priority for the Greek foreign policy.

    Speaking at Larnaka airport shortly after his arrival Wednesday afternoon, Droutsas said that during his term in office, he will work with his associates to help find a solution in Cyprus so that the last dividing wall in Europe can come down.

    In his statement, Droutsas said I am deeply moved to be in Cyprus. This is my first visit after assuming my new duties. This visit has special significance; it aims to convey the message to all, Cypriot Hellenism and every third party, that the Cyprus issue remains a top priority in Greeces foreign policy.

    Droutsas said that his government has proved over the past few months with actions and not merely words that Greece stands by Cyprus and its people.

    He also added that his visit brings another message, that of unity, cooperation, coordination and I think all these are necessary to achieve our goal.

    The Greek FM also made a personal note during his statement, noting he was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and at the age of five he lived through the Turkish invasion and occupation of the islands northern third.

    Cyprus is in my heart, I feel for it and I want to assure you that during my term in office I will make every effort both personally and also with the help of my associates and services at the Foreign Ministry, to achieve, at last, a solution for Cyprus, to reunite Cyprus to the benefit of all its legal inhabitants, so that the last wall in Europe will come down, he stressed.

    Droutsas will meet later today with Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou and President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian. He will also hold separate meetings with leaders or representatives of parliamentary political parties.

    Tomorrow, the Greek FM will be received by President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and meet Archbishop Chrysostomos II.

    Droutsas will depart for Athens Thursday morning.


    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, began on Wednesday intensive meetings, during which they discuss the property issue in the framework of the UN-led direct talks for a Cyprus settlement.

    According to Alexander Downer, UN SGs Special Advisor in Cyprus, the all-day meetings will be held on the 8 and 10 September.

    President Christofias said on Friday after his last meeting with Eroglu that he hopes for ``serious discussions`` on the property chapter during the two-day talks.

    The President had also said that the two sides outlined their positions orally and no documents were submitted. He further said that the positions of the two sides on property will be submitted ``in due time.``

    Downer had said the UN look forward to the start of the intensive talks.

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