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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-10-07

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS TALKS - MEETING
  • [02] BUTTENHEIM - CYPRUS TALKS
  • [03] CYPRUS - UNSG - LETTER
  • [04] MEPs - EUROPEAN ASYLUM POLICY

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS TALKS - MEETING

    President Demetris Christofias has said that during his meeting on Friday with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu they discussed issues concerning the EU, the Police and internal security and the economy, adding that no give and take has taken place so far.

    These are the issues at which we are closer and the experts from the two sides have undertaken the responsibility, if possible, to come to conclude on them before our next meeting on Tuesday, he noted.

    He added that there are of course other issues which are very serious and on which they continue to have different opinions.

    Invited to comment on calls by Cypriot political parties to ask for a postponement of his meeting in New York at the end of this month with UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and Eroglu, who recently made statements about a give and take process, Christofias said no give and take has taken place.

    He also noted that when talks are underway it does not mean that each party expresses its positions and then leave the negotiations venue even though this is what is more or less taking place up to now.

    Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded the island, occupying 37% of its territory. UN led talks have been ongoing since 2008 between the leaders of the two communities with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

    [02] BUTTENHEIM - CYPRUS TALKS

    Cyprus leaders had on Friday an extensive discussion on a number of issues, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim said after todays meeting between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    Buttenheim said that the leaders met for six hours and had a broad discussion, adding that it was agreed that their representatives will follow-up on Monday in the afternoon.

    She noted that the representatives will meet to follow-up the discussion and that the leaders will meet again on Tuesday morning.

    Asked if the ``give and take`` process started today, Buttenheim said ``we have entered this new phase now so they had a discussion on a number of issues. I dont want to characterize it other than to say that they did discuss extensively different issues.``

    [03] CYPRUS - UNSG - LETTER

    The Republic of Cyprus, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, informs him on the Turkish threats against Cyprus and alerts him of a situation that may require the latter to use his good offices to prevent a further escalation of tensions, which has the potential to endanger international peace and security.

    The position is outlined in letters which Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Minas Hadzimichael has sent to the President of the UN General Assembly following Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogans speech before the UN body on 22 September where he unleashed threats against Cyprus over the start of the exploration activities in its Exclusive Economic Zone to locate hydrocarbons.

    The reply of the Republic of Cyprus to the Turkish threats has been distributed as a UN official document.

    [04] MEPs - EUROPEAN ASYLUM POLICY

    Members of the European Parliament from Cyprus, Greece and Malta have stressed the need to implement an effective common European asylum policy that would address the problems faced in this area.

    The MEPs were addressing a seminar series entitled Europes new Mediterranean reality Migration and Asylum in Cyprus, Malta and Greece.

    The conference was co-organised by the Offices of the European Parliament in Cyprus, Malta and Greece as well as the Public Information Office (PIO). The Conference was the third in a row on asylum and immigration. The first conference took place in Valetta in July and the second in Rhodes last month.


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