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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-05-12

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    The meeting between UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus will take place on July 4 in Geneva.

    President Demetris Christofias, who met Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou on Thursday, in the framework of direct negotiations on the Cyprus problem, said that during todays meeting he submitted a proposal on the competencies of the federal police and the joint Investigation Authority and expects the reaction of the Turkish Cypriot side.

    He said he has asked to discuss issues concerning the Geneva meeting and its agenda including the various rumors for give and take.

    My wish is for each side to explain what give and take means. There can be no talks without give and take. But give and take on what issues. We have to clarify this, he noted.

    He noted that he also clarified the position of the Greek Cypriot side that any thoughts on an international conference must ripen and be implemented only when we are close to an agreement on all other issues of internal governance.

    Christofias said that the conference must be multi-lateral, under the UN auspices, with the involvement of the UN Security Council permanent members, interested parties and the guarantor powers (Greece, Britain and Turkey).

    He noted that they will discuss the process before July 4, when the meeting takes place in Geneva.

    Asked if they discussed the agenda of the meeting, Christofias said that as interested parties we have a say concerning the agenda and it is not only for the Secretary General who will decide about the agenda.

    Invited to say if Eroglu expressed his views on Christofias positions concerning the international conference and the give and take process, the President said that it was confirmed once again that they have different views.

    The President also said that he will confer with political parties before he goes to Geneva.


    The UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer has said that the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, discussed on Thursday police matters and the upcoming meeting with the Secretary-General, in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking after todays meeting, which took place at the residence of the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus in the UN-protected area of Nicosia Airport, Downer said the leaders met for around an hour and a half in a very constructive environment.

    They continued, as they both agreed, in a positive manner on discussions on police matters. The leaders also had quite a long discussion about the upcoming meeting with the Secretary-General, and both sides agreed to exchange opinions with each other on the issue of the meeting with the Secretary-General with a view to making that meeting a really successful meeting, he said.

    Downer announced that the next meeting of the two leaders will be on June 1st and their representatives will meet on Friday, May 20.

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