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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-12-19

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


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  • [01] Leaders discuss EU matters
  • [02] Government congratulates elected mayors

  • [01] Leaders discuss EU matters

    President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu discussed Monday EU matters, in the context of UN-backed talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking after the meeting that lasted over an hour, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus, Lisa Buttenhei said the leaders discussed EU matters and clarified their positions in a sincere manner.

    She added that they also exchanged warm holiday wishes and greetings for the New Year.

    I expressed appreciation to the leaders for their efforts in 2011 and that we have a solid basis for the hard work that lies ahead at the start of 2012, leading up to the meeting at GreenTree at the end of January, she said.

    She added that she appreciated the expressions by President Christofias and Mr. Eroglu of their commitment to finding an urgent solution in Cyprus, in the interest of both communities.

    The next meeting of the two leaders will be on the 4th of January.

    The latest attempt of UN-backed talks for a solution of the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third, began in September 2008.

    [02] Government congratulates elected mayors

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou extended the governments congratulations to all the mayors and town councilors who were elected during Sundays municipality elections. Speaking to the press, Stephanou wished the newly elected local authorities a fruitful term in office that will be beneficial for the citizens.

    He further reassured that the government will continue to support the local administration, calling on everyone to show common effort and consensus. The Spokesman said that the reform of the local administration will continue in order to advance the role of local authorities.

    Local administration stands by the citizens, pays attention to their problems and puts effort in offering them a better standard of living, he noted. Stephanou said that the low turnout in yesterdays elections should concern each and everyone, adding that low attendance has been reported in previous elections as well.

    He underlined that this shows a clear disregard towards political life which does not promote democracy. Stephanou also said that the major message from Sundays elections is the need to regain peoples trust.


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