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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-14

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  • [02] EU - TURKEY - ENERGY


    A number of convergences has been identified in the issue of citizenship, as UN - led talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem continued today.

    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, held Wednesday one more meeting to discuss the chapter of aliens, asylum, citizenship and immigration.

    After the meeting, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenheim, was asked if there have been any convergences in the citizenship issue. She replied that the leaders ``have identified a number of convergences, and some issues they are still apart on. But they had a good discussion``.

    Asked why the meeting lasted only one and a half hours, compared to longer meetings in the past, she recalled that the representatives of the two leaders held a meeting in the morning which lasted around three hours.

    ``And then we came together with the representatives this afternoon, and the leaders joined at 15.30. It was a continuation of the discussion. In total it was about four or five hours of discussions``, she remarked.

    Buttenheim added that on the basis of the views exchanged by their representatives this morning, the two leaders continued to discuss the citizenship issue with a view to achieving convergences.

    ``The atmosphere was warm and friendly``, she pointed out.

    Asked whether she could say that the chapter on citizenship has now been closed, she noted that the two meetings devoted to this issue have taken place already (Monday and Wednesday), ``but I wouldnt call anything closed as such``.

    The leaders will meet again on Friday September 16th, to discuss the economy.

    [02] EU - TURKEY - ENERGY

    The Republic of Cyprus will not consent to the opening of the chapter of Energy in the framework of Turkeys EU negotiations for as long as the Turkish government continues to maintain the same provocative stance, imposing obstacles on Cyprus actions in the field of energy, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said.

    Invited to comment on an article, published by Turkish News Agency, that there is a recommendation from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the member states for the opening of the Energy chapter, Stephanou said that the opening of the negotiation chapters falls in the European Councils jurisdiction.

    The Republic of Cyprus position is the same, he stressed. It is the same, he explained, with the decision to freeze in 2009 six of Turkeys negotiation chapters due to the countrys provocations.

    The Republic of Cyprus position is the same, that Turkey should officially commit towards the EU that it will stop provoking the Republic of Cyprus and imposing obstacles to the Cyprus efforts on the issue of energy, Stephanou concluded.

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