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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-09-21

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - MEETING WITH UNSG
  • [02] UN SECRETARY GENERAL - CYPRUS PROBLEM - PROPERTY ISSUE
  • [03] SYRIAN PRESIDENT - CYPRUS HOUSE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - RESOLUTION - TURKEY - ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - MEETING WITH UNSG

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon assured Cyprus President Demetris Christofias that during the meetings he will have with the Turkish political leadership he will ask that Turkey makes concrete steps to contribute to efforts for a Cyprus settlement.

    In statements after a meeting he had at the UN headquarters with Ban, Christofias said that the UN Secretary General was interested in listening to his views.

    I told him very frankly our position regarding Turkey stance, the communicative game by Turkey and Mr. Eroglu (the Turkish Cypriot leader) and their effort to play a blame game, something which we consider unacceptable and which proves that Turkey is not ready to move towards a settlement of the Cyprus problem right now, he noted .

    Christofias expressed his sincere intention to continue the dialogue aiming to solve the Cyprus problem, noting however that the dialogue must be substantive and that there should not be any proposals that will result to a setback of the talks.

    He noted that he informed Ban that the proposals of the Turkish side on the issue of properties constitute a setback even from the provisions of the Annan plan.

    Christofias reiterated to Ban his proposals for linking the issue of properties with the issue of territory, with a view to facilitate the process.

    As he noted he also underlined our good will to move forward towards a settlement of the Cyprus problem the soonest possible because it is the people who are suffering and not Turkey. I told him that we have already made acts of good will towards the Turkish Cypriot community for which we do not regret, he noted, underlining that we have no intention of making any concessions for foreigners, including Turkey.

    He said that the UN Secretary General did not make any hint for a change in the process or regarding any exertion of pressure on the Greek Cypriot side.

    The UN Secretary General has pledged that he will meet the Turkish leadership and that he will ask them to translate their words into deeds. This was my request to the Secretary General and he replied affirmatively, he added.

    Christofias replied negatively to a question whether they discussed about changing the process of the negotiations or about the possibility of organizing an International Conference on Cyprus.

    Responding to another question, Christofias said that Turkeys role to efforts for a settlement is a decisive one and that is why that UN Secretary General and others, including the EU, must direct their efforts towards Turkey.

    Christofias also expressed satisfaction over a European Parliament resolution approved on Tuesday by which MEPs deplored Turkey`s failure to implement the additional protocol to the EC-Turkey Association Agreement which guarantees access to Turkish airports and harbours for all EU member states, including Cyprus, and called on Ankara to apply the protocol in full, without delay or discrimination.

    The Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides have been engaged in direct negotiations since September 2008 with a view to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

    [02] UN SECRETARY GENERAL - CYPRUS PROBLEM - PROPERTY ISSUE

    UN Secretary Generan Ban Ki Moon has expressed his appreciation for the proposals that have been put forward on property, in the framework of direct negotiations aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, and encouraged continuing efforts to increase convergences on this complex and key issue, a UN Secretary General spokesperson said after a meeting Ban had at the UN Headquarters with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

    The spokesperson also noted that the Secretary General reaffirmed that the United Nations will continue to make every effort to assist the Cypriot-led negotiation process.

    He noted that discussions between Ban and Christofias focused on the status of the negotiations to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

    [03] SYRIAN PRESIDENT - CYPRUS HOUSE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    Syria does not sacrifice the interests of the Republic of Cyprus for the sake of its good relations with Turkey. That was the message President of Syria Bashar al-Assad conveyed to Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian during a meeting they had on Tuesday here.

    The meeting lasted approximately forty minutes and focused on the problem of Cyprus, Syrias role and bilateral relation, while the two men also discussed about the illegal sea route between Latakia, Syria, and the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta in Cyprus.

    President Assad expressed his will to undertake initiatives with a view to overcome any problems to the relations between the two countries.

    [04] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - RESOLUTION - TURKEY - ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL

    Members of the European Parliament have deplored Turkey`s failure to implement the additional protocol to the EC-Turkey Association Agreement which guarantees access to Turkish airports and harbours for all EU member states, including Cyprus.

    In a resolution approved on Tuesday by the European Parliament plenary, MEPs also called on Ankara to apply the protocol in full, without delay or discrimination, and stress that ``failure to do so may further seriously affect the negotiating process`` for EU accession.


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