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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-16

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    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will be meeting today in the context of the UN-led peace talks to find a negotiated settlement to the Cyprus issue.

    According to a UN press release, the meeting will begin at 1600 local time (1300 GMT) in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia, at the Chief of Mission`s residence.

    Speaking after their last meeting, on June 1st, President Christofias reiterated that he wants to continue in the most constructive way possible efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

    He also said he wants to go to next months meeting in Geneva with the UN Secretary General with as many convergences between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides as possible.

    The President noted that they discussed the police issues, adding that under certain circumstances, we are not particularly far from achieving absolute convergence.

    But I want to be reserved and wait for the next meeting of our advisors. I have made a suggestion on the issue of international treaties and the competencies of the central government and the administrations of the constituent states on the issues of signing and implementing international treaties. There will be a response on the part of Eroglu and our advisors will discuss the details, he added.

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

    They are due to meet the UN Secretary General in Geneva on July 7 in an attempt to make headway towards a settlement.


    Agriculture Ministers of the upcoming EU Trio Presidency of Poland, Denmark and Cyprus met on June 15 in Copenhagen, discussing the main issues that will emerge throughout the 18-month Presidency, as well as the agenda of each countrys 6-month Program.

    According to an official announcement, the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Demetris Eliades represented the Republic of Cyprus. The meeting took place just before Poland assumes the EU Presidency and is a continuation of previous meetings that took place in Warsaw and Nicosia, with the aim of determining the EU Presidencys common 18-month Program.

    The announcement adds that a briefing on CAP reform and the Common Fisheries Policy took place and that each side briefed the participants on the activities of its own 6-month Program.


    Larnaca Municipality and Larnaca Tourism Development and Promotion Company, in cooperation with Natan Uretsky tourist operator, will organize on Friday June 17 a ceremony of 170 civil weddings, which is the biggest number of civil marriages ever held around the world in one day.

    During the ceremony, which will take place at Larnaca Medieval Castle square, civil marriages of Israelis and Russians will take place. They will arrive at Larnaca port from Haifa. The total number of people expected to arrive to the island for the ceremony will reach 600 and includes the couples, their relatives, friends as well as artists from Israel.

    Larnaca Mayor and Chairman of the Larnaca Tourism Development and Promotion Company Dinos Lefkaritis will address the ceremony.

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