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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-10-17

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - FINLAND - PROPOSAL - FAMAGUSTA
  • [02] LILLIKAS - TUOMIOJA - TURKEY - EU
  • [03] CYPRUS - RUSSIA - ATTORNEY GENERALS - AGREEMENT

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - FINLAND - PROPOSAL - FAMAGUSTA

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has said it was expected that there would be behind the scenes consultations concerning a Finnish EU presidency proposal for the return of Famagusta to its legal inhabitants, adding that the Cypriot government is in constant communication with Finland.

    Replying to questions on the sidelines of an event to mark the 30 years of the Hellenic Bank, President Papadopoulos said there were behind the scenes discussions on the Finnish proposal, adding that ``the Finnish presidency has ideas, it must exchange them, discuss them, negotiate them, and this is what it is doing.``

    Asked if the six-monthly EU Finnish presidency had proposed a meeting on the issue of Famagusta, President Papadopoulos said the Cypriot government is in constant touch with the Finnish government.

    Commenting on a suggestion by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul for Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to be present at the forthcomming EU summit, President Papadopoulos said the issue of Famagusta was determined by UN resolutions and Famagusta is the only area under Turkish occupation which is exclusively under the administration of the Turkish army. He added that Talat had no say in this matter.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in May 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    According to reports, the Finnish EU Presidency is working on a draft proposal, providing for the opening of the Turkish occupied port of Famagusta under EU administration for 24 months, in combination with the opening of Turkish ports to ships carrying the Cypriot flag and the transfer of the closed city to the UN.

    These efforts are taking place ahead of an EU Commission progress report on Turkey, due out in early November.

    [02] LILLIKAS - TUOMIOJA - TURKEY - EU

    Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas has said that Cyprus does not want a crisis in the relations between Turkey and the European Union, stressing however that Cyprus will not make give its consent so that Turkey can gain benefits at the expense of Nicosia.

    Lillikas was speaking after a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Erkki Tuomioja, whose country holds the EU rotating Presidency, on the sidelines of the EU General Affairs Council in Luxemburg. Lillikas and Tuomioja discussed Turkey`s EU bid and the Presidency`s formula to avert a crisis in view of the progress report on Turkey`s accession talks to be issued on November 8 by the European Commission.

    The Attorney Generals of the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation, Petros Clerides and Yuri Chayka, signed an agreement of cooperation in Nicosia on Tuesday, expressing certainty that the agreement would facilitate the development of relations between the two Law Offices and the two countries in general.

    The agreement provides for cooperation in a series of issues of legal nature, such as combatting crime and money laundering, and offering legal assistance.

    [03] CYPRUS - RUSSIA - ATTORNEY GENERALS - AGREEMENT

    The Attorney Generals of the Republic of Cyprus and the Russian Federation, Petros Clerides and Yuri Chayka, signed an agreement of cooperation in Nicosia on Tuesday, expressing certainty that the agreement would facilitate the development of relations between the two Law Offices and the two countries in general.

    The agreement provides for cooperation in a series of issues of legal nature, such as combatting crime and money laundering, and offering legal assistance.


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