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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-03-04

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - UNSG REPORT - TALKS
  • [02] NEGOTIATIONS - BUTTENHEIM
  • [03] BELGIAN SENATE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS VISIT
  • [04] PACE - CYPRIOT MP

  • [01] PRESIDENT - UNSG REPORT - TALKS

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said on Friday that the report of the UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon on his Good Offices Mission on Cyprus is ``not bad.``

    ``In my view, the report is not bad,`` President Christofias said, responding to questions after a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the framework of the UN-backed negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Christofias said that Ban ``insists on the Cypriot ownership of the talks and on the role of the UN as a facilitator of the talks.``

    ``Of course correctly (Ban) insists that the two communities should find a solution in the framework of the talks,`` the President added.

    Concerning today`s meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Christofias said that he exchanged views with Eroglu on the issue of settlers, in the framework of the discussions on the chapter of Governance and Power-sharing.

    ``We submitted our views which are well-known and crystal clear and we expect the response of the Turkish Cypriot side,`` he added.

    The President observed that ``to some extent we are repeating our selves,`` adding that this is necessary because Eroglu is a new leader.

    Christofias added that the aides of the two leaders will hold two meetings in the coming week, whereas the leaders will meet again on Wednesday.

    Invited to comment on reports by the Turkish Cypriot press that there is a complication in the talks because Eroglu is not accepting issues that have been agreed during private meetings with Eroglu`s predecessor, Mehmet Ali Talat, as these agreements are not included in the UN minutes, Christofias said there are discussions on what has been included in the UN minutes and on what has been agreed in the presence of the UN.

    He underlined however that ``we will thro away these things.``

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are currently engaged in UN-led direct negotiations, with an aim to reunify the island, under a federal roof.

    [02] NEGOTIATIONS - BUTTENHEIM

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu discussed on Friday the chapter of governance and power sharing, during their meeting held in the framework of direct negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem. Speaking to the press after the meeting which lasted over an hour and a half, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim said that the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. She added that the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus discussed the chapter of governance and power sharing and agreed to meet next Wednesday, the 9th of March, at 11 in the morning.

    Buttenheim also said that the representatives of the two leaders will also meet twice next week. Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, 8th of March, but were not sure yet if it will be morning or afternoon that is still to be decided added. Their second meeting will take place next Friday, the 11th of March, in the morning. Asked whether the two leaders had exchanged any views on the Secretary-Generals report for Cyprus, she replied: They did not have an exchange of views, but they both acknowledged that they had received it and they were reading it. Replying to another question, she reiterated that two leaders discussed the governance and power-sharing chapter, which covers a range of issues.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus are currently engaged in UN-led negotiations, with an aim to reunify the island, under a federal roof.

    [03] BELGIAN SENATE PRESIDENT - CYPRUS VISIT

    Belgian Senate President Danny Pieters arrives in Cyprus tomorrow evening for an official visit following an invitation by Cypriot House President Marios Garoyian. According to an official press release here today Pieters will be received by President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Garoyian.

    He is due to have separate meetings with Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Soteroula Charalambous, Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos and Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou.

    Pieters who will be accompanied by Belgian Senate Secretary General Hugo Hondequin will be met at Larnaca airport by Cypriot MP Panikos Stavrianos.

    [04] PACE - CYPRIOT MP

    Chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Cypriot MP Christos Pourgourides leaves on Monday for Paris to chair a Committee session to be held Tuesday, March the 8th.

    According to a press release issued here on Friday, among the issues to be addressed at the meeting of the Committee are the concepts of national sovereignty and statehood in contemporary international law, the need for establishing an independent European committee to investigate serious allegations of gross and systematic violations of human rights, PACE reform as well as further strengthening torture prevention mechanisms in Europe.


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