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

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS TALKS
  • [02] UN SPECIAL ADVISER - CYPRUS TALKS
  • [03] HOUSE PRESIDENT - GERMAN MPs - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] EU OFFICER - CNA SEMINAR

  • [01] PRESIDENT CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS TALKS

    The Turkish Cypriot leader submitted counter-proposals on the issue of governance which he should not have done, President Demetris Christofias said in statements after todays meeting with Eroglu, in the framework of direct negotiations aiming to solve the Cyprus problem.

    We continued the discussion today. I wish that on Friday, at my next meeting with Dervis Eroglu, we will conclude on the economy and internal security, but I say that I wish, I am not sure, he added.

    From there on discussion on the most important issues will continue - property, territory, governance. We believe that on these issues we have concluded the discussion on the most important issues but unfortunately the Turkish side reneged on its earlier positions, he added.

    Christrofias also said that they will have three more meeting until this round of talks ends and they go to New York for their meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon at the end of October.

    Asked if Eroglu has rejected the Greek Cypriot sides proposals on the issue of governance, Christofias said that he cannot say that he rejected them. He made counter-proposals he shouldnt have made, he said.

    The President declined to comment on statements by the so-called foreign minister of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in Cyprus occupied areas that there will not be territorial adjustments as regards Morphou and Famagusta, saying he does not recognise him and therefore does not comment on his remarks.

    Asked about the chapter on EU issues, Christofias said they did not discuss it today and that the issue is pending.

    Peace talks began in September 2008 with a view to finding a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    [02] UN SPECIAL ADVISER - CYPRUS TALKS

    Tuesdays meeting between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus in the framework of the ongoing UN led talks focused on EU, the economy and internal security issues, UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer has said.

    In a short statement to the press after a five hour long meeting, Downer noted that it has been a pretty productive meeting, adding that they will meet again on Friday and the meetings after that next week are on Wednesday and the following Friday.

    We are looking forward to continuing this constructive process, he said.

    Replying to a question on whether there has been any give and take in the talks Downer stressed that we try to avoid getting ourselves bogged down in semantic debates, adding that a peace process can be overwhelmed with debate about semantics, about words and phrases and the meanings of words and phrases.

    [03] HOUSE PRESIDENT - GERMAN MPs - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    Members of the German-Cypriot Friendship Group at the German parliament (Bundestag) have expressed their support and solidarity with efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, during a meeting they had on Tuesday with House President Yiannakis Omirou.

    An official press release said that the German MPs praised the very good relations between the two countries in all fields and levels, and particularly between the two parliaments.

    Omirou expressed his thanks for the longstanding support of Germany to efforts for a Cyprus settlement on the basis of international law and the principles and values on which the EU is founded.

    As regards current developments in the Cyprus problem, Omirou noted that the results of the negotiations between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are not satisfactory so far and that prospects are not favourable at all, due to the longstanding Turkish intransigence.

    [04] EU OFFICER - CNA SEMINAR

    The head of the Unit responsible for Geographical Coordination and Support to the Directorate-General Communication of the European Commission Irena Moozova has described a seminar, hosted by CNA, entitled ``Cyprus Presidency - A Challenge for the Media`` as very interesting and useful.

    The seminar took place today in Limassol and it is organished by the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) and the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus with the aim to inform representatives of the media about communication issues during Cyprus` presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2012.

    In statements to CNA on the sidelines of the seminar, Moozova said that she had found the seminar interesting because it focused not only on knowledge but also it discussed the challenges of taking over the EU Presidency.

    She noted that Cyprus would assume the EU presidency for the first time in a difficult and important time for Europe and perhaps the world


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