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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-11-30

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    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, will be holding a new meeting on December 6, in the context of direct negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.

    The meeting will take place at the Chief of Mission`s Residence inside the UN Protected Area, according to Spokesperson for the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Rolando Gomez.

    Furthermore, the representatives of the leaders will meet on December 1 and 2.


    The members of the UN Security Council will be briefed behind closed doors on Tuesday by the UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer on the UN chief`s report concerning his good offices mission to Cyprus and the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    Furthermore, on Tuesday or Wednesday the members of the Security Council will be receiving the UN Secretary General`s report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

    Both reports will determine the resolution for the renewal of UNFICYP`s mandate, which is expected to be adopted by December 15.

    Security Council sources said the first draft resolution was expected to be handed to the five permanent members of the Security Council on Friday.


    Council of Europe`s Development Bank Council Governor Raphael Alomar will visit Cyprus on December 1-2, to sign loan deals for development projects of 150 million euro.

    A press release issued by the Finance Ministry notes that during his stay on the island Alomar will sign three loan agreements. The first loan worth of 95 million euro concerns the construction of new school buildings, the second totaling 40 million euro for the funding of the Nicosia Municipality development programme and the third loan agreement, worth of 15 million euro, for the funding of Paphos sewage system.

    The signing ceremony will take place in the Finance Ministry on December 2.

    During his stay in Cyprus, Alomar will hold meetings with Cyprus Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis and Minister of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou and will attend a meeting on the so far cooperation between Cyprus and CEB. He will also visit sites funded by CEB.


    The Republic of Cyprus, in the context of the Second Protocol of the Hague Convention, has recently managed to give monuments the status of heightened protection in case of an armed conflict.

    According to an official press release, this was achieved on November 22, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, during the fifth regular meeting of the Committee for the Second Protocol of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the case of armed conflict.

    The Committee comprises twelve member states, which are elected by the assembly of member states. The Republic of Cyprus ratified the Second Protocol in 2001 and was elected a member of the Committee from 2005 to 2011. It was also elected member of the six-member panel of the Committee in the positions of rapporteur and vice president for five consecutive years, from 2005 to 2010.

    The Republic of Cyprus has submitted three applications concerning the archaeological site of the Neolithic settlement of Chirokitia, Paphos including Kato Paphos and Kouklia or Palepaphos, and the ten churches in the Troodos areas with murals. These monuments are already on the UNESCO list of world heritage.

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