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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-02-19

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FM - EU COUNCIL
  • [02] UN SPOKESMAN - UNSG-GREEK FM MEETING
  • [03] SENIOR FM OFFICIAL - NEW YORK MEETINGS
  • [04] AKEL SG - PARTY CONVENTION - ELECTIONS

  • [01] FM - EU COUNCIL

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou departs on Sunday for Brussels to participate in a meeting of the General and Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, on February 20-21, 2011.

    According to an official announcement, Kyprianou will attend a working dinner on Sunday of the EU Foreign Affairs Council which will deal with the developments in Egypt and the region: Political dimensions.

    The Council will also discuss, among other topics, developments in the Southern Neighbourhood, EU priorities on human rights and EU participation in the UN General Assembly.

    During the Council meeting, the forthcoming EU strategies for the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, the situation in Belarus and the implementation of the EU decisions on Pakistan will also be discussed.

    The General Affairs Council will take stock of the follow-up to be given to the European Council`s meeting on 4 February, which focused on energy and innovation.

    [02] UN SPOKESMAN - UNSG-GREEK FM MEETING

    The ongoing negotiating process in Cyprus has been discussed between the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, spokesperson of the UN Secretary General has said. The Secretary-General met on Friday with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

    Speaking after the meeting, a UN spokesperson said that during their meeting, they discussed the ongoing negotiations in Cyprus and exchanged views on the status of the United Nations-led negotiations between Athens and Skopje to resolve the name issue.

    UN-backed talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus began in September 2008, aiming at reaching a mutually agreed settlement to the Cyprus problem. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

    [03] SENIOR FM OFFICIAL - NEW YORK MEETINGS

    Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Nicolas Emiliou has briefed Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs and the Ambassadors of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council on the ongoing negotiations for the Cyprus issue. Ambassador Emiliou, who was accompanied by Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN Minas Chatzimichael, referred to the Turkish Cypriot stance at the direct talks between the leaders of the two communities, adding that the Cyprus government expects the UN to be objective.

    We discussed the UNSGs report on Cyprus to be issued later this month and I underlined our expectations, Emiliou told reporters after his meetings. Emiliou also met the Executive Director of the US-Jewish Committee whom he briefed on the current phase of the Cyprus issue and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest. Present at the meeting was Cyprus Ambassador to Washington Pavlos Anastasiades.

    On Friday night, Ambassador Emiliou was received by the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in America Demetrios. Developments on the Cyprus issue as well as issues regarding the overseas Cypriots were discussed at the meeting.

    [04] AKEL SG - PARTY CONVENTION - ELECTIONS

    The left-wing AKEL party, the governments main ally, has introduced the 56 candidates who will contest Mays parliamentary elections. Cyprus is a Presidential Republic and the members of the House of Representatives are elected by the people for a five-year term. Currently six political parties are represented at the House which consists of 56 parliamentarians.

    Addressing an extraordinary party convention here today, AKEL Secretary General Andros Kyprianou called on party voters to send a strong message of support and to continue their backing of the governments struggle and the Presidents progressive and popular pact. Kyprianou praised AKELs candidates, adding that they represent the working people, the youth and the female population.

    He also referred to the Cyprus problem, underlining the governments firm struggle and strong will to solve the issue and reunify the country. Kyprianou was critical of all those who cannot accept that Demetris Christofias, a former SG of the AKEL, is now the President of the Republic.

    In his speech Kyprianou referred to the fiscal consolidation programme which the government has put forward, adding that some political parties criticize the President, but I dare to say that the people are lucky because our President comes from a party of the left and does not have conservative ideas.


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