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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-12

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    Cyprus Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas has confirmed that Rasit Pertev, adviser to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, said today that due to the postponement of an illegal football match between Turkish Cypriot team Centikaya and British Luton, which was due to take place Wednesday in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas, a meeting between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Talat should not take place.

    Pertev announced the Turkish Cypriot side`s decision for the cancellation of the meeting between Papadopoulos and Talat during a meeting held here today between him, the Director of Cyprus President`s Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis and the UNSG Special Representative to Cyprus, Michael Moller.

    ``We hope that Talat will make second thoughts so that the meeting will take place and the 8 July agreement will begin,`` Palmas said.

    President Papadopoulos sent recently two letters to Talat, one on the issue of the missing persons and another on a UN-brokered agreement a year ago

    A UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Spokesman told CNA ``we continue to stand by the 8th July agreement having warmly welcomed the agreement between Mr Papadopoulos and Talat to meet``.

    ``We remain ready to facilitate the process and the two sides and hope it will still be possible to hold the meeting in the near future in order to get the necessary impetus to move the overall process forward``, the Spokesman noted.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    President Papadopoulos and Talat agreed on 8 July 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of UN official Ibrahim Gambari, 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, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.


    Legal circles describe as very significant the case of Ioannis and Evangelos FOKAS against Turkey lodged on 6 March 2002 at the

    The applicants, Ioannis Fokas and Evangelos Fokas, are Greek nationals and are represented before the Court by Greek D. Geldis and Cypriot Achilleas Demetriades, lawyers practising in Katerini, Greece and Nicosia, Cyprus respectively.

    The ECHR called on Turkey to inform the court by 10 September if the applicants have possessions within the meaning of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention and if so, whether there has been a violation of the aforementioned provision, alone or in conjunction with Article 14 of the Convention.

    Achilleas Demetriades of the Lellos P. Demetriades Law Office told CNA that ``the case is of great significance because it will open the road to Greeks το claim their properties in Constantinople, when the Turkish state is preventing them from inheriting the properties of their ancestors because they are not Turkish nationals``.

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