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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-02-22

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  • [01] President & cabinet to hold talks with College of Commissioners
  • [02] Downer: Cyprus progress report “a challenging task”
  • [03] Foreign Ministry calls for urgent restoration of Apostolos Andreas

  • [01] President & cabinet to hold talks with College of Commissioners

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, is in Brussels, heading a ministerial delegation for contacts with the College of Commissioners.

    The delegation includes Foreign Minister Erato Kozako Markoullis, Acting Finance Minister and Communications and Works Minister Efthymios Flourentzou, Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Praxoula Antoniadou, Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Minister Sofoklis Aletraris and Labour, Social Insurance Minister Sotiroula Charalambous, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou and Deputy Minister for European Affairs Andreas Mavroyiannis

    [02] Downer: Cyprus progress report “a challenging task”

    The UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus has described as “challenging” the task of preparing and submitting a report to the UN chief on the Cyprus talks by the end of Match.

    Speaking to the press after a meeting between the leaders of the two communities in the context of the UN-led talks to solve Cyprus problem, Alexander Downer said that the discussion lasted around an hour and a half and concentrated on the issue of property.

    He said that the leaders will meet again next Tuesday to continue their discussion on the same issue and decide how to proceed.

    Asked about two reports on the progress of the talks – one to be submitted to the Security Council by the UNSG and the other to Ban Ki moun by himself -, Downer said that “the UN is investing a lot of energy in this process and has, of course, over a long period of time”.

    He added that “the UN is a complex institution”, noting that “the UN is not just the SG or not just me and the SG”.

    “In the context of the Cyprus issue, importantly, there is the SC”, he said, adding that “the leaders like to remind everybody of this on many occasions, there are a series of SC resolutions and the SC needs to be informed by the SG on a periodic basis of all the security issues that the SG deals with”.

    [03] Foreign Ministry calls for urgent restoration of Apostolos Andreas

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has underlined the need to restore the derelict Monastery of Apostolos Andreas in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

    In a statement, the Foreign Ministry notes that Minister Erato Kozakou – Markoullis, was informed by Bishop of Karpasia Christoforos on the critical situation of the historic monastery and the urgent need to restore it”, adding that “an effort is underway to restore the monastery through the Technical Cultural Heritage Committee”.

    The Foreign Ministry, the statement adds, “agrees with the appeal of the Archbishopric urging the public not to visit the Monastery until at least supports are added to the sections which are facing immediate danger, since the number one priority should be the safety of pilgrims”.

    On Monday, Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II said he would be reporting the obstruction by the Turkish occupation regime of the maintenance of St. Andrew`s Monastery, and has called on the regime for the last time to allow restoration work, otherwise the Archbishopric would go ahead anyway at the risk of arrest.

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