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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-03-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] President: Aides discussing issue of property
  • [02] Downer: No new meeting scheduled in Cyprus talks
  • [03] EP: Regrets Turkey's remarks to freeze relations with Cyprus'

    EU Presidency

  • [04] President calls on Institute to sign contract for identifications

  • [01] President: Aides discussing issue of property

    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, who met in the framework of direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem, have left their aides to discuss the issue of property, President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said.

    Depending on the outcome of these discussions, the UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer will be drafting a short report for the UN chief, the President added.

    Speaking after his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, in the context of the talks, President Christofias said it was now up to Downer and the UN Secretary General, who would be receiving Downer`s report on Friday.

    Replying to questions, President Christofias said the Greek Cypriot side was ready to continue talks irrespective of Downer`s report.

    He also said the leaders concluded their meeting on Thursday and their aides stayed on to discuss the issue of property with the UN.

    Asked about the possibility of an international conference on the Cyprus problem, President Christofias said he did not believe the UN Secretary General would be convening such a meeting because there was nothing to justify it.

    ``None of the obligations and commitments undertaken before the Secretary General has been met,`` he said, adding that such a meeting on the international aspects of the Cyprus issue could take place if and when the internal aspects of the problem have been solved.

    ``The issue of governance is still open, the issue of citizenship is still open, the issue of property is still open, and the issue of territory is still open. These are important aspects of the Cyprus problem. So convening any meeting is not justified,`` he said.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks are currently underway with an aim to reunify the island.

    Turkey's EU accession chapters ---------------------------------- Meanwhile, President Christofias said that Cyprus cannot shift from its positions and accept the opening of chapters in Turkey`s EU accession negotiations, as long as Turkey does not meet its commitments.

    Replying to questions, President Christofias said the Republic of Cyprus has its positions, which are well-known, and is in contact with European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule and the Cypriot MEPs, ``so that things happen as they should.``

    He explained that this meant that ``if Turkey does not meet its obligations, we cannot shift and accept the opening of chapters.``

    [02] Downer: No new meeting scheduled in Cyprus talks

    UN Secretary General's Special Advisor for Cyprus Alexander Downer said that whether the leaders will continue to have meetings in the framework of the UN-led talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem is a matter for them.

    "The timing of the leaders' meeting is ultimately a matter for them because as I have often said this is a Cypriot-owned and Cypriot-led process. That was one of the bases for these negotiations laid down at the very beginning of this process", he said in statements after the meeting between President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    He was answering a question on whether Thursday`s meeting was the last for the year, following Eroglu's statements to the local press for such a possibility.

    Secretary General's Special Advisor also said that he will brief by video, this afternoon, the United Nations Security Council, based on the report that the Secretary General produced for the Security Council earlier this month on Cyprus issue. He added that by Friday night, he needs to complete his report to the Secretary General on the state of the negotiations.

    [03] EP: Regrets Turkey's remarks to freeze relations with Cyprus' EU Presidency

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the progress report on Turkey, pointing out that further progress of its accession course is closely related with reforms and keeping the promises it has undertaken as a candidate state.

    MEPs regret Ankara's statements that it will freeze relations with Cyprus' EU Presidency if the Cyprus problem is not resolved by mid-2012. The Parliament expressed support for the ongoing UN-led reunification negotiations and asked Turkey to begin withdrawing its forces from Cyprus.

    It "strongly supports the ongoing negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations" and "stresses that a fair and viable settlement of the Cyprus issue must now be reached as a matter of urgency and calls on Turkey and all the parties concerned to work intensively and with good will for a comprehensive agreement".

    In addition, it calls on the Government of Turkey to begin withdrawing its forces from Cyprus and to transfer Famagusta to the United Nations in accordance with Resolution 550 (1984) of the United Nations Security Council. At the same time, it "calls, in parallel, on the Republic of Cyprus to open the port of Famagusta under EU customs supervision in order to promote a positive climate for the successful solution of the ongoing reunification negotiations and allow Turkish Cypriots to trade directly in a legal manner that is acceptable to all".

    The resolution further "encourages Turkey to intensify its support for the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus".

    It also calls on Turkey "to refrain from any new settlement of Turkish citizens on Cyprus, as this would continue to change the demographic balance and reduce the allegiance of its citizens on the island to a future common state based on its common past". Moreover, "it regrets Turkey's statements that it will freeze relations with the Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2012 if a solution to the Cyprus issue is not found by then" and "recalls that the European Union is based on the principles of sincere cooperation and mutual solidarity amongst all its Member States and that as a candidate country Turkey must commit to serene relations with the European Union and all its Member States; further recalls that the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is provided for in the Treaty on European Union".

    [04] President calls on Institute to sign contract for identifications

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has pointed out the importance of keeping in Cyprus the process of identifying the remains of missing persons, and has called on the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics to sign the pending contract.

    President Christofias said he has held meetings with the leadership of the Institute and members of the Committee on Missing Persons, to come to an arrangement, and pointed out that the UN were not obliged to sign a contract with the Institute but the government had intervened in that direction because the Institute was quite capable of carrying out the work.

    The President said various difference have arisen among scientists and called on the Institute to sign the contract, in line with a majority decision by the Institute`s board of directors, because ``it is a matter of dignity for Cyprus to continue the effort through the Institute`` and that the UN would be justified in taking the work abroad in the end.

    ``I call on the Institute to implement the decision of the majority of the board and sign the contract`` because ``it would be a shame for this task to leave Cyprus,`` he said.


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