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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-07

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  • [01] Cyprus FM speaks to ANA-MPA

  • [01] Cyprus FM speaks to ANA-MPA

    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou said on Sunday that differences between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides would be bridged and direct talks for finding a solution to the protracted Cyprus problem that began on September 3 would end in success only if the Turlish Cypriot side showed good will and readiness for "an honourable negotiation to the benefit of the people of Cyprus and not of third countries."

    Speaking in an exclusive interview with ANA-MPA, Kyprianou, who is expected in Athens for talks on Tuesday, made clear that the Greek Cypriot side has exhausted all margins for compromise and could not accept a solution of "two states" through a 'virgin birth' proces.

    The reference to "two constitutent states, which is sometimes distorted by the other side, does not constitute a starting point but the conclusion of the process" in the sense that "the federal solution will be a partnership between the two communities and will be formed by two local governments and not states, as is the case in all federations," Kyprianou added.

    The Greek Cypriot side's objective for a "Cypriot solution" does not ignore the fact that Turkey, as the country which occupies the northern part of Cyprus, "holds the key to the solution in its hands," Kyprianou also said.

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat began on Wednesday, September 3, direct negotiations with a view to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The two leaders will meet again this week.

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