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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-11-24

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    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has said that the Greek Cypriot side rejects artificial timeframes, in the current negotiating process to find a political settlement in Cyprus.

    Addressing the Parliamentary Group on Cyprus, at the House of Commons, he said that Turkey now says it wants to impose time limits on the peace process and wondered what might follow after such timeframes.

    Kyprianou presented an overview of the course of the talks and emphasized that the Greek Cypriot side wants - more than anybody else a successful conclusion of the current negotiations.

    To achieve this, he pointed out, Turkey which holds the key to the solution must make a positive contribution.

    The Foreign Minister also referred to recent proposals Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has put forward at the talks, stressing the correlation between different issues such as property, territory and the issue of illegal Turkish settlers, who have flooded Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas.

    He also talked about the link between the proposal to open the Turkish occupied port of Famagusta and the start of direct trade through this port with the EU, in such a way that will not infringe on the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.


    Oman has expressed full support for efforts made by the government of Cyprus to find a solution of the protracted Cyprus problem, pointing out that the opening of a Cyprus embassy in Muscat will help enhance bilateral ties and cooperation.

    Omans position was outlined during a meeting between the Omani Foreign Minister and the Republics first Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Mihalis Zaharioglu, who has recently presented his credentials to the Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said, at an official ceremony held in the palace Hosn Al-Shomookh in the town of Nizwa.

    During the ceremony, Zaharioglu referred to the package of proposals presented by President Christofias to further push the current negotiation process aiming to solve the Cyprus issue. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    President Christofias proposed earlier this year to have simultaneous discussions on property, territory and the issue of Turkish settlers, to operate the port of Famagusta under EU auspices jointly by Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and to convene an international conference on the question of Cyprus once an agreement on the internal aspects of the problem is within reach.

    The new Ambassador noted the desire of the President to find a solution as soon as possible, based on international and European Law.

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