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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-31

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  • [01] G/C & T/C - EXCHANGED LISTS

  • [01] G/C & T/C - EXCHANGED LISTS

    The Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides exchanged lists of issues to be discussed concerning the substance of the Cyprus problem, in accordance with the agreement reached on 8 July 2006 between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus in the presence of UN Undersecretary General for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari.

    An official press release says that the issues of substance will be discussed and examined by teams of experts on a bicommunal level.

    The lists were exchanged by the representatives of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, Tasos Tzionis and Rasit Pertev respectively, in the presence and at the residence of Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Nicosia Michael Moller, in the Nicosia UN buffer zone.

    ``Moller, Tzionis and Pertev will continue their meetings in the next days, with a view to promote the implementation of the agreement (reached on July 8th) that provides for the establishment of bicommunal working teams of experts for the discussion of issues of substance of the Cyprus problem, as well as for the establishment of bicommunal technical committees for the discussion of practical day-to-day issues,`` the press release says.

    It adds that ``the Confidence Building Measures will be discussed, in parallel, in accordance with the standard practice, by making use of the good offices of the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).``

    On July 8th, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat met in the presence of Gambari and agreed to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues.

    The agreement states that ``the Technical Committees on issues that affect the day-to-day life of people will commence by the end of July provided that, at the same time, the two leaders will also have exchanged a list of issues of substance and its contents to be studied by expert bicommunal working groups and finalised by the leaders.``


    The Cypriot government condemned in the strongest and most resounding manner, the Israeli bombing of the Lebanese village of Qana which resulted with the death of civilians, including a large number of children and women, said Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis.

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has sent a message of condolences to the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon, expressing his repulsion and deep regret for the death of innocent civilians in Qana, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

    In his daily briefing, the Spokesman repeated the governments appeal for an immediate ceasefire and to create the conditions of permanent ceasefire as a precondition to start a peace process which will lead to a solution of the current crisis.


    The leader of the ``Future Movement Bloc`` Sa`ad Hariri, son of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic al-Hariri, met in Nicosia with President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos.

    ``Your government and the people have always helped Lebanon,`` Hariri said to the Greek Cypriot media, adding that he also thanked President Papadopoulos for helping the Lebanese government and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and their plan to find a final resolution of this conflict.


    Cyprus is not in danger at the moment from a 20 thousand ton oil spill in the Lebanon waters, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Fotis Fotiou and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Michaelides said.

    Fotiou described the situation as serious, adding however that it must be handled directly and if this is not done then the Eastern Mediterranean could be under threat.

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