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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-03-09

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - TALKS
  • [02] UN LEADERS MEETING
  • [03] PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS CYPRUS SOLUTION
  • [04] COMMERCE MINISTER TOURISM

  • [01] PRESIDENT - TALKS

    President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said Wednesday that nothing new and nothing positive came out of his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu in the framework of direct negotiations for solution of the Cyprus problem.

    In statements to the press upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace after the meeting, the President said that both sides reiterated their familiar positions on the issue of citizenship and the `colonization` policy of Turkey in Cyprus.

    ``Theres a huge gap between us,`` said President Christofias.

    Replying to a question the President said that Eroglu considers that the so called citizenship given by the puppet state in occupied areas is legal.

    ``This is our major problem. We certainly believe that the so called state is the result of a breach of international law, with the invasion and occupation of Cyprus that has been condemned by the United Nations through a unanimous Security Council resolution and by the European Court of Human Rights `` said President Christofias.

    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.

    [02] UN LEADERS MEETING

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu had an open discussion on Wednesday on issues related to citizenship, said UNFICYP Chief of Mission Lisa Buttenheim.

    Speaking after the two hour meeting of the leaders at the official residence of the UNFICYP Chief of Mission in the United Nations Protected Area (UNPA), Buttenheim said the leaders had an open discussion on issues related to citizenship.

    She also said during the meeting, both leaders set out their basic principles on the subject.

    According to Buttenheim, the leaders agreed to meet Friday on the 18th March at 1600 while their representatives will meet on March 11 Friday at 1000 where they will discuss governance.

    [03] PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS CYPRUS SOLUTION

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has stressed that his vision is for a reunited, free and prosperous Cyprus without any occupation troops, in which the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Armenians, Maronites and Latins will be respected.

    Speaking at a Conference of the Pancyprian Coordinating Committee of Students (PSEM), Christofias pledged that he will do the outmost for a settlement of the Cyprus problem and stressed that the only way to achieve this is through a solution providing for a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality as determined by the UN resolutions, on the basis of international and European law.

    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.

    [04] COMMERCE MINISTER TOURISM

    Cyprus Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides has stressed the opportunities that Cyprus offers as a tourist destination.

    Speaking in the framework of a press conference of the Cyprus delegation at the International Exhibition ITB Berlin 2011. Paschalides stressed the importance of the German market for the Cyprus tourism, noting that in 2010 the arrivals of German tourists to Cyprus marked an increase of 6,1%.

    Specifically, he said, 139 thousand German tourists visited Cyprus in 2010, compared to 131 thousands in 2009. Paschalides said that the opportunities of Cyprus, as a tourist destination to the German market, are much greater, adding that for this reason, the Cypriot authorities will continue the coordinated efforts to attract more tourists to the island.

    The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism said that the efforts of the Ministry and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation towards that direction are important and on several levels.


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