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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-08-31

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  • [02] EU - UN - CYPRUS
  • [03] GREECE - TURKEY - EE


    Cyprus government objectives and assessment with regard to efforts to resume substantive negotiations are consistent with those of the UN Security Council, Foreign Minister Yiorgos Lillikas said here today, adding that Nicosia insists on strict implementation of the July agreement to begin talks on day to day issues and concurrently on substantive issues.

    The government is pleased with the assessment, the opinion and the final position adopted by the UN Security Council which has expressed support for the implementation of the July 8 agreement between President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, the Minister said, on his way to Finland to participate in a European Union informal ministerial Council.

    He said the government believes that the said agreement is the only available route to help make headway towards substantive negotiations and fully backs the strict and faithful implementation of the agreement.

    We are pleased to see the UN Security Council continues to believe that the only way to create conditions for a new initiative on a Cyprus settlement is progress on the basis of the framework prescribed in the agreement, Lillikas added.

    Replying to questions, he said a positive disposition and good will from both sides is necessary to move forward with this process.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

    In Finland, he said discussions will focus on the situation in the Middle East, but talks will also cover Russia-EU relations and Irans nuclear programme.

    [02] EU - UN - CYPRUS

    The European Commission fully supports UN efforts to further the reunification process in Cyprus, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn has said, stressing that progress is in the interest of the wider international community.

    Following the UN Security Council consultations on Cyprus Tuesday, the EU Commissioner said that positive results of the UN latest effort will benefit both communities directly and will help prepare the ground of the resumption of talks on a comprehensive settlement using the good offices of the UN Secretary General.

    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Erkki Tuomioja, has also expressed the full support of the Finnish Presidency of the EU to the UN efforts for Cyprus, aiming at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    [03] GREECE - TURKEY - EE

    The Greek government has warned Turkey that its European accession course could be jeopardized if Ankara continues to ignore calls from Brussels to meet its commitments.

    Our position is clear Turkey has to fulfill its obligations to the European Union with regard to opening its ports and airports to Cypriot flagged vessels and aircraft, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said at his briefing.

    The Greek official described as absurd a move by the Turkish Automobile Federation to invite the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat to award the trophy at Sundays Gran Prix.

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