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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-12

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] BUTTENHEIM LEADERS - MEETING
  • [02] GREEK PM CYPRUS EEZ
  • [03] EAC NOBLE DELEK NATURAL GAS
  • [04] FOREIGN MINISTER EU COUNCIL

  • [01] BUTTENHEIM LEADERS - MEETING

    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, exchanged views on the issue of aliens, asylum, citizenship and immigration, Lisa Buttenheim, Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cyprus, has said.

    The meeting took place at the residence of the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Liza Buttenheim, in the UN-protected area in Nicosia, and lasted around five hours.

    Speaking after the meeting, which took place in the context of UN-led intensified direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem, Buttenheim said that the Leaders will meet again on Wednesday afternoon at 3.30 in light of the Council of Ministers meeting that Mr. Christofias must attend that morning. Meanwhile, the Leaders agreed that their Representatives will meet at 9.30 on Wednesday morning to continue the discussions of this issue, she added.

    Asked if the leaders exchanged proposals, Buttenheim said that they exchanged views. Basically on citizenship, but we also include aliens, asylum and immigration, she added.

    Asked if they begun the discussions on their meeting with the UN Secretary General, that is planned to take place in New York next October, Buttenheim said that they did not discuss that issue.

    [02] GREEK PM CYPRUS EEZ

    The exploitation of natural resources by Cyprus and Israel is their sovereign right, Greek Premier George Papandreou has said, speaking during a press conference at the 76th Thessaloniki International Fair.

    Explaining the position of the Greek government vis-a-vis Turkeys warmongering rhetoric concerning the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves believed to exist within Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Papandreou told the press that we have made a clear distinction between financial problems and national causes.

    Greeces influence is not the same as it has been during better times, Papandreou noted, adding that this is one more reason for the country to exit the financial crisis soon. He noted that it is Cyprus and Israels sovereign right to exploit their natural resources, adding that this is a clear message to Turkey.

    [03] EAC NOBLE DELEK NATURAL GAS

    Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), Noble, and Delek companies have expressed their readiness for a potential cooperation in the natural gas field.

    According to an announcement issued here Monday by EAC, a working meeting between EAC and the afore-mentioned companies took place on Monday at EAC central offices in Nicosia regarding the import of Natural Gas in Cyprus.

    The meeting was a continuation of previous contacts between EAC and the two companies operating in the field of drilling and commercial exploitation of natural gas. Delek and Noble companies have the right to exploit Israels Leviathan natural-gas deposits, whereas Noble Company soon will begin drilling exploration in Cyprus plot ``Venus``.

    [04] FOREIGN MINISTER EU COUNCIL

    Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoullis participated Monday in the General Affairs & External Relations Counci,l which took place in Brussels. European Commissions proposal on the multiannual financial framework was the main issue on the agenda.

    On the sidelines of the Council, Cypriot FM held meetings with her EU counterparts, whom she briefed about Ankaras threats regarding Cyprus right to start oil and gas exploration in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

    Markoullis requested EU involvement against Turkish threats in order to put off any actions by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying that any possible actions could lead to a termination of the countrys European course.

    Turkish threats over Cyprus plans to start oil and gas exploration in its EEZ by the American contractor `Noble` have escalated over the past weeks.


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