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

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    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has expressed his determination to continue the UN-led peace talks he is engaged with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, aiming at a solution of the Cyprus problem, irrespective of the difficulties he may have to face.

    The President described the property issue, currently under discussion, as difficult and complex and said that he is not willing to be the last President of the Republic of Cyprus before division.

    In statements to the press, here today, after the conclusion of the first all-day intensive meeting on the property issue between himself and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, the President said that the discussion is being held on the basis of the proposals submitted by the two sides on the property issue.

    It is not an easy discussion, it is a very difficult issue, a very complex issue, the President pointed out, adding that they will continue discussion during the next intensive meeting of the two leaders on Friday.

    Noting that he cannot accept the fait accompli in Cyprus, he said that a solution must be found which will respect the human rights of all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, bearing in mind the difficulties which have been created by the continuous Turkish occupation of Cyprus` northern territory.

    We will continue the discussion, no matter how difficult it may be. There is no other option, President Christofias stressed.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

    The Cyprus talks resumed in September 2008 between President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. Talks continue now with Eroglu, who succeeded Talat in April this year.


    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 rate of inflation for August 2010 rose to 3,4% compared to 2,7% in July 2010 and -0,9% in August 2009, the Statistical Service has announced, concerning the evolution of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP).

    For the period January-August 2010, the HICP recorded an increase of 2,5% compared to the corresponding period of 2009.


    A 16-member team will represent Cyprus at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, to be held from October 3 to 14, this year.

    According to a Cyprus Amateur Athletic Federation (CAAF) announcement, at the forefront of the Cyprus team will be the Berlin silver world champion in high jump Kyriakos Ioannou and the 8th-best in the world rank and 6th-best in Europe for this year in 200 m. track Eleni Artymata. The athletes goal is to win the best possible distinction.

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