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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-01-19

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UNSG to strive for progress in Cyprus negotiations at Greentree
  • [02] Greek FM contacts Cyprus President and UNSG
  • [03] House ratifies hydrocarbon agreement with Egypt

  • [01] UNSG to strive for progress in Cyprus negotiations at Greentree

    Members of the Greek Cypriot negotiation team, Ambassador Nikos Emiliou and Toumazos Tselepis met on Thursday in New York Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General of the UN for Political Affairs. Present during the meeting was Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael.

    Speaking after the meeting, Emiliou noted that the team discussed with Pascoe the forthcoming meeting of Cyprus leaders with the UN Secreatry-General Ban ki-Moon at Greentree estate, in Long Island, NY.

    He further said that UN plans vis-a-vis the meeting were not definite, but added that the UN Secretary General is expected to spend during the two days a big amount of time with the two leaders, trying to achieve progress in specific negotiation chapters. The Ambassador also said that the finalization of the meetings schedule is expected on Friday.

    The team will continue its meetings today and tomorrow with representatives of the five permanent UN Security Council members. In the afternoon, local time, a meeting is scheduled with the representatives of Russia and France, while the meetings with the remaining three permanent members, the US, UK and China, are scheduled for Friday.

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias is expected to arrive in New York on Friday noon (local time), while, according to UN instructions, the official launch of talks will take place on Monday morning. Later on the same day, UN SG Special Advisor Alexander Downer will brief the Press on the course of talks at Greentree.

    Talks are expected to officially conclude on Wednesday morning with a statement by the UN Secretary General, in the presence of both leaders, at UN Headquarters.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Peace talks are currently underway between President Christofias and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    The UN Secretary-General will be meeting with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities at Greentree, in Long Island on Monday, 23 January and Tuesday, 24 January. The previous such meeting took place on October 30 and 31, again at Greentree estate.

    [02] Greek FM contacts Cyprus President and UNSG

    The Foreign Minister of Greece Stavros Dimas spoke on Thursday on the phone with UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon and Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, in view of the forthcoming meeting at Greentree.

    President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are set to meet with Ban on January 23 and 24 at the Greentree estate, in Long Island, New York, in the framework of Cyprus reunification efforts.

    Dimas expressed the Greek governments support to Bans efforts, underlining that a Cyprus solution must be agreed by Cypriots, in order to be viable, away from foreign interventions, artificial timetables and arbitration.

    Moreover, Dimas exchanged views over the phone with President Christofias on the upcoming meeting, in the framework of close cooperation between Athens and Nicosia, while he wished the Cypriot President every success at Greentree.

    [03] House ratifies hydrocarbon agreement with Egypt

    The Plenary of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus unanimously ratified on Thursday an agreement between Cyprus and Egypt for the development of cross-median line hydrocarbon resources.

    The decision consolidates the principles governing the cooperation between the contracting parties and ratifies the relevant Framework Agreement that was signed on May 4, 2006.

    The Republic of Cyprus signed on February 17, 2003 a delimitation agreement of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with the Arab Republic of Egypt, which was ratified by law on March 2003.

    The agreement will become effective on the date in which both parties will confirm that all relevant requirements foreseen have been met. Egypt has already ratified the Framework Agreement.


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