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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-21

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    The latest developments in the Cyprus problem, Cyprus-Israel relations, drilling in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and regional concerns, have been discussed in a meeting Cyprus President Demetris Christofias held with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee David Harris and other Committee officials.

    According to reliable source, the President briefed Committee members on the latest developments in Cyprus problem. They also discussed the latest developments after the decision of the Republic of Cyprus to begin exploratory drilling for natural gas and Turkeys threats. They also discussed the Middle East problem and the efforts to find a solution.

    The President met on Tuesday senior members of the editorial team of the Wall Street Journal and outlined his positions on the negotiations, the prospects for a solution and the negative stance of the Turkish side in the UN-led direct talks.

    President Christofias participated in a high level meeting of the UN Secretary General on Libya. US President Barak Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also participated in the meeting.

    After that President Christofias met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Late on Tuesday afternoon he held a meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Abishevich Nazarbayev.

    In the evening, President Christofias attended a dinner hosted by the President of the Cyprus Federation of America Panikos Papanikolaou. Archbishop Demetrios of America also attended the dinner.

    On Monday evening, President Christofias attended a working dinner with the Executive Council of the Cyprus Federation of America. During the dinner, President Christofias briefed the members of the Council on the course of the direct negotiations in Cyprus and on the negative stance of the Turkish side. He also briefed them on the economy and the efforts of the Republic to exploit natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone.

    On Wednesday, President Christofias will attend the opening of the UN General Assembly and listen to the speeches of the UN Secretary General, the President of Brazil and the President of USA. Later on, Christofias will meet Greece Foregn Minister Stavros Lamprinides.


    Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Markoullis participated on Tuesday in a Francophonie ministerial meeting, in New York, during which the main political developments in countries of the Arab Spring and other French-speaking countries, with emphasis on Egypt, Tunisia, Congo and the Ivory Coast, were discussed.

    Markoullis is in New York, accompanying President of the Republic Demetris Christofias at the UN General Assembly, where they attended a high level meeting on Libya, convened by the UN Secretary General.

    A total of fifty heads of state and government participated in the meeting, expressing support to the transitional programme of Libya`s new authorities and promising assistance in efforts to establish a state of law, safeguard human rights and promote the recovery of the economy and public safety.

    Markoullis also participated in a ministerial meeting of the EU member states on the Middle East question, and an EU meeting with Russia in the context of political dialogue.


    Deputy Government Spokesman Christos Christofides said on Tuesday that the drilling process for hydrocarbons by American company Noble Energy International has been started, adding that this work is exploratory and it is estimated to last two and a half months.

    He also noted that the Cyprus government closely monitors the situation and has taken all necessary actions in order to secure that the procedure will continue without obstructions.

    Speaking to the press, Christofides said that the drilling process by Noble Energy has started on the basis of the agreement with the Republic of Cyprus, explaining that this first phase is exploratory and it is likely to last about two and a half months. A second round of exploration will follow, lasting several months and it will give us a clear picture on the size and the quality of the deposit, he added.

    Christofides also underlined that Cyprus government has handled the issues of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEC) and the process of exploration of hydrocarbons with seriousness, determination, confidentiality and composure and it will carry on the same way.


    Chief of Cyprus Police Michalis Papageorgiou has stated that the Police have concluded with the testimonies over the blast at the Evangelos Florakis naval base. Police is now preparing the conclusion of the inquiry that will be given to the Attorney General, who will decide whether or not to proceed with criminal investigation against anyone.

    Papageorgiou said that thirty one box files in total will be given to Attorney General at around the same period with the delivery of the conclusion of the Commission of Inquiry to the Cabinet.

    The Commission of Inquiry was set up by the Cabinet, to look into the circumstances that have led to a massive explosion at Cyprus Naval Base, near Limassol on July 11th, 2011 which resulted with the death of 13 people and the destruction of the islands main power plant.

    The examinations, the interrogations and the researches have completed. We are at the final stage of the preparation and in particular I would say that we are close to the completion of the summary report with our conclusions, Papageorgiou said noting that the 31 box files will be before the Attorney General very soon.

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