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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-07-26

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    Cypriot President Demetris Christofias said that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s statements and stance during his recent illegal visit to Cyprus` Turkish occupied areas.

    In a statement after his meeting with Sarkozy, the President said they discussed about Erdogan`s stance during his visit to occupied Cyprus.

    ``We both believe that Turkey`s and Erdogan`s behaviour is unacceptable, provocative and insulting to the EU and cannot be tolerated,`` Christofias said.

    He also thanked the French President for his ``crystal clear`` positions on the Cyprus issue.

    ``These positions of principle are very important for us, because France is a steadfast friend of Cyprus, a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations and a country that plays a key role in the EU affairs`` he added.

    President Christofias added that he briefed the French President on his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou in Geneva on 7 July, and the launching of intensified talks to solve the Cyprus problem.

    President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are engaged in direct talks, under the UN auspices, with a view to finding a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country under a federal roof.

    The President also said that he informed the French President about the explosion at the naval base in Mari, near Limassol, and that the French President expressed the intention to support the Republic of Cyprus with technical experts.

    A massive explosion occurred on July 11th, at the Naval Base ``Evaggelos Florakis`` in containers, full of munitions, which Cyprus had confiscated from Monchegorsk, a vessel sailing from Iran to Syria in 2009. Nicosia was acting in accordance with UN sanctions against Teheran.

    The explosion killed 13 people and caused huge damage to the island`s main electricity power plant at Vasiliko, which resulted in regular power cuts.

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