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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-03-22

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus problem to remain major Greek issue
  • [02] Leaders continue direct talks on Thursday
  • [03] FM to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council
  • [04] APOEL FC in the list of top 1000 world clubs

  • [01] Cyprus problem to remain major Greek issue

    Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Stavros Demas has said that the Cyprus problem will remain a major issue of Greek foreign policy until the Turkish occupation of the islandís northern part is terminated and the island is reunified.

    Addressing a political meeting in Salonica, Demas said that he chose Cyprus as his first destination as Minister of Foreign Affairs ``to show the whole world that we are giving this struggle with our brothers in Cyprus, we stand beside them at every step, at every difficult turn, as they are supporting us during these trying times.``

    Demas noted that the messages received by the Turkish side did not leave much room for optimism, since ``various factors in Turkey are competing against each other in intransigence.``

    He added that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu is withdrawing from what had been agreed at talks with President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias for a Cyprus settlement.

    Demas denounced Turkey`s threats against Cyprus regarding exploration for hydrocarbons in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone, noting that Ankara is audacious enough to tell the EU what to do.

    He said Turkey was exacerbating instability in the region and thus distancing itself from the EU, adding that Athens wanted Turkey to come closer to the EU by meeting the prerequisites.

    Referring to a meeting he will be having on Friday with the UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer, Demas said Downer would brief him on the course of negotiations for a settlement, which were ``not going well.``

    [02] Leaders continue direct talks on Thursday

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are meeting again on Thursday, in the context of the UN-led direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem.

    The meeting, scheduled to start at 1000 (0800 GMT), will take place at the Good Offices Mission in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia.

    During the previous meeting between the two leaders on March 15, discussion focused on the issue of property.

    [03] FM to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Markoullis departs for Brussels on Thursday to take part in the EU Council of Foreign Affairs.

    The Councilís agenda includes new developments in Syria, Belarus and the region of Sahel, for which relevant conclusions are to be adopted.

    EU Foreign Ministers will also discuss with their counterparts from candidate countries the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and issues related to the Southern Neighborhood Policy, during a dinner on Thursday.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has been invited to attend a lunch on Friday in Brussels with EU Foreign Ministers, during which the current situation in Syria, Iran and the Middle East peace process will be discussed.

    [04] APOEL FC in the list of top 1000 world clubs

    APOEL FC has been included in the world club rankings for the top 1,000 clubs of the world.

    The rankings were released on Wednesday by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). APOEL FC ranked 223rd in the list of world`s clubs for the 21st century.

    The list includes another four Cypriot football clubs, Anorthosis Ammochostos which ranked 317th, Omonia FC Lefkosia which ranked 334th, Apollon FC Lemesos which ranked 901st and AEK Larnaka which ranked 992nd.

    FC Barcelona Espana, Manchester United FC England and Arsenal FC London are the top three teams of the world, according to IFFHS.


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