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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-03-18

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] P5 - UN EFFORTS - CYPRUS
  • [02] CMP - MISSING - FACILITY
  • [03] SLOVENIA - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] FINANCE MINISTER - WORLD CRISIS

  • [01] P5 - UN EFFORTS - CYPRUS

    The US, the UK, Russia, China and France remain committed to supporting UN efforts towards a negotiated settlement in Cyprus, the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council said on Tuesday.

    Cypriot President Demetris Christofias received the ambassadors at the Presidential Palace, in view of his scheduled meeting on Friday with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    After the meeting, Peter Millett, British High Commission, said that we had a very useful meeting with President Christofias and we are very grateful to him for taking the initiative to brief us. We listened with great interest to the Presidents expectations and explanations prior to the important meeting with Mr. Talat on the 21st of March and beyond.

    We reiterated, Millett continued, the commitment of the P5 to supporting the UNs effort to achieve a solution. We also reaffirmed the support of the Security Council for the implementation of the agreement that the two leaders signed on the 8th of July.

    We look forward, the British diplomat added, to seeing a progress in this area, a momentum to be built from Friday and beyond, and we look forward to further such meetings with President Christofias in the future.

    Replying to questions, Millett said they had nothing confirmed regarding a meeting with Talat.

    [02] CMP - MISSING - FACILITY

    It is a non descript room that will see countless emotional outpouring like no other. Many families will lay eyes on the remains of their loved ones whom they havent seen in decades. Many tears will be shed, sobbing will be heard but in the end this room will bring a sense of closure which relatives of missing people in Cyprus have been denied.

    The room is the CMP Family Viewing Facility, a donation by the US government channeled through UNDP Action for Cooperation and Trust to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in the United Nations Protected Area (UNPA), at the old Nicosia airport where the remains of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, missing from the early 1960s when inter-communal fighting broke out and the mid 1970s when Turkish troops invaded the island, will be seen by their families for the first time.

    The facility was inaugurated today in the presence of Special Representative of the UNSG, Michael Moller and the US Ambassador Roland Schlicher, the scientists of the CMP Anthropological Laboratory, representatives of the relatives of the missing and the media.

    The fact the we have reached a point were such facilities are needed, said Director of UNDP Jaco Cilliers, is indeed a credit to the hard work and dedication of the people of the CMP and to those who contribute to the reconciliation efforts in Cyprus, noting that as Nelson Mandela had said reconciliation is not something that you do in the end of a process, it is something that starts as soon as there is joint understanding of mutual dependence by groups to solve the problem.

    [03] SLOVENIA - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    The Slovenian EU Presidency is ready to offer its good offices and to support as much as possible efforts towards a Cyprus solution, Slovenian Ambassador to Nicosia, based in Athens, Vladimir Kolmanic has said.

    In statements to CNA, Kolmanic said that the Slovenian Presidency has high expectations from Fridays meeting between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

    Our expectations are high and positive but on the other hand we are being realistic. We hope that there will be some agreement on further steps, concrete steps that would enhance or restart negotiations, he said.

    [04] FINANCE MINISTER - WORLD CRISIS

    Cypriot Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis has expressed the need for timely measures if the international economic crisis continues, assuring that public finances would be improved ``to the highest possible degree`` so that workers and lower income classes are not seriously affected in case the Cypriot economy suffers the consequences of the international crisis.

    Stavrakis also assured that fair financial demands would be met, adding that ``in some sectors of the Cypriot economy, such as real estate and construction, things have slowed down.``

    Referring to a meeting he had on Tuesday with Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus Athanasios Orphanides, Stavrakis said they had a very useful discussion, during which they reviewed international developments and the Cypriot banking system, which he said was ``very robust.``


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