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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-01-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] G/C side prepared for Greentree meeting, Deputy Spokesman says
  • [02] President: No international conference, without agreement on

    internal issues

  • [03] Cyprus supports the need for reforms in Libya, Minister says

  • [01] G/C side prepared for Greentree meeting, Deputy Spokesman says

    The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and his aides are fully prepared for the Greentree meeting with the UNSG Ban-Ki Moon and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Deputy Spokesman Christos Christofides told the press on Saturday.

    At the same time, he called on everyone to abstain from any statements and to stay united, while the President is in New York giving the struggle for Cyprus.

    Christofides noted that prior to the meeting, the Greek Cypriot side acted in a proactive manner and has taken precautionary steps in order to secure that the process in Greentree and the substantial discussions, will be in accordance to everything that has been agreed and will meet the concerns of our side.

    The framework the National Council the top advisory body to the President- has agreed on, includes all those positions the sides have decided on and also the position of the international community, Christofides underlined.

    As regards the international conference on the Cyprus problem, he noted that it can not be convened, without prior agreement on the internal aspects of the problem, adding that this position is also included in the last Security Council resolution for UNFICYP.

    Deputy Spokesman has also stressed that the two sides have agreed on the Cypriot ownership of the process and this excludes any arbitration, intervention and deadlines.

    [02] President: No international conference, without agreement on internal issues

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has stressed that the Greek Cypriot side will not participate in an international conference on the Cyprus issue without prior agreement on the internal aspects of the problem.

    President Christofias arrived Friday in New York to take part in a two-day meeting (23 and 24 January) convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki - moon on the Cyprus issue.

    The UN Secretary General and the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are set to meet UNSG at Greentree mansion in Long Island, New York. This would be their second meeting at the same venue. The first one took place on October 30-31, last year.

    In statements to journalists on arrival in New York, President Christofias expressed his regret for the non progress on the core issues of the Cyprus issue, recalling that this was a condition set by the UN Secretary General.

    «There has been no progress so far in the chapters of governance, property, territory and citizenship, meaning issues relating to Turkish settlers``, he pointed out.

    [03] Cyprus supports the need for reforms in Libya, Minister says

    The Cyprus government fully supports the efforts of the interim government of Libya for reforms in the country, following the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi`s regime, Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Markoullis stated to her interlocutors, during her two-day visit to Tripoli.

    She also expressed Cyprus readiness to assist Libya in any possible way.

    Markoullis concluded her visit on Friday and returned to Cyprus Saturday.

    According to an official statement issued Saturday, during her contacts with various Libyan high officials, Markoullis congratulated them on the courage and determination they showed to move on with new government reforms and expressed Cyprus solidarity. She also called the Libyan officials with whom she met, to prepare a full list of all the needs and shortages, especially in the education sector, where Cyprus could provide assistance.

    She also briefed her interlocutors on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem.

    The Foreign Minister met with the Prime Minister of Libya Abdurrahim El Keib, her counterpart Ashour Saad Ben Khayal and Deputy Minister of Health Adel Mukhtar Abushoffa.

    She also attended a formal dinner, during which the Minister of Social Affairs Mabrouka Jibril was also present.

    Markoullis granted interviews with various newspapers and she also had the chance to meet executives of Cyprus companies based in Libya.


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