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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-20

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has pointed out to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon the difficulties in the negotiating process to solve the Cyprus problem, due to the withdrawal of the Turkish side from points that had been agreed on by former leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat.

    Speaking after a meeting at UN headquarters in New York with the UN Secretary General, President Christofias said his assessment of the course of the talks was not the best and noted that he would be raising the issue during his address at the UN General Assembly.

    President Christofias said there was still hope that ``some sides will change their stance and there will be more convergences`` before the meeting of the leaders of the two communities with the UN Secretary General in late October.

    He pointed out that convergences so far were on issues of secondary importance, and that there were serious divergences, adding that the UN chief indicated a willingness to intervene in the direction of correcting certain attitudes, if possible.

    President Christofias said he raised the Turkish threats concerning Cyprus` explorations for hydrocarbons in its exclusive economic zone, noting that the UN chief promised to talk with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    ``The position of the Republic of Cyprus is clear. We will continue. It is the sovereign right of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and hopefully hydrocarbons will be found. Our Turkish Cypriot compatriots have nothing to lose, indeed they have much to gain, and this must be understood by Turkey and Mr. Eroglu,`` the President said.

    Commenting on Mondays meeting between Ban and Christofias, the UN stated that the Secretary General encouraged President Christofias to continue the efforts to increase convergences on all chapters under negotiation and reiterated his expectation that the sides will move the process forward during the current intensified phase of discussions, prior to his next meeting with both leaders at the end of October.

    President Christofias wrapped up his schedule on Monday with a dinner hosted by the Cyprus Federation of America.

    On Tuesday, he will meet the editorial committee of Wall Street Journal, participate in a high level meeting on Libya which has been convened by the UN chief, meet Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov and attend a dinner hosted by Archbishop of America Demetrios.


    The United States supports the right of the Republic of Cyprus to explore for energy, a senior US official said on Monday, after the conclusion of talks held between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in New York.

    According to reliable sources, Clinton told her Turkish counterpart during the meeting that the US is against any form of threat or action of war on the matter.

    The US official said that Cyprus has the right to proceed with drilling in its Exclusive Economic Zone, stressing that he does not believe that this interferes with the ongoing UN led Cyprus talks, aiming to resolve the Cyprus problem.

    As regards the Cyprus talks, the US official reiterated his country`s stance, saying that the US supports a solution based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation which will be reached through negotiations.


    Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou has hailed as very important a statement by the State Department that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told her Turkish counterpart that the United States supports Cypruss right to exploit its energy resources.

    Clinton also said that the search for natural gas or oil, off Cyprus coast, in the countrys exclusive economic zone, does not undermine or interfere with the UN-led peace talks aiming at a political settlement in Cyprus.

    Asked to comment on the specific remark, Stefanou said it was a ``very important statement,`` noting three points.

    ``The first is that the US make it clear that they respect and recognize the right of Cyprus to investigate and exploit its own natural wealth, a self-evident sovereign right. The second is that they disassociate this right from the solution of the Cyprus problem. And the third is that with this statement the US supports the ongoing process to solve the Cyprus problem,`` he said.


    The UEFA Executive Committee, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, begins on Tuesday its meeting in Limassol with national associations, on issues such as UEFA EURO 2012 and the Referee Convention.

    According to UEFA, the main points on the agenda are an update on the strategy meeting with presidents and general secretaries of UEFA member associations, an update on UEFA EURO 2012 and the new membership of the UEFA Convention on Referee Education and Organisation.

    Meetings will be held during the afternoon of Thursday September 22 and the morning of Friday September 23. A media conference will follow on September 23.

    All Presidents and Secretary Generals of the 53 national associations will take part in the debate, along with top UEFA officials, in an effort to probe positions and take decisions at a later stage, through the Unions Executive Committee or the Assembly.

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