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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-03-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - TALAT - MEETING
  • [02] BRITAIN - STATEMENT
  • [03] USA - STATEMENT

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - TALAT - MEETING

    Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on Friday to meet again in three months to review the work of the working groups and technical committees dealing with aspects of the Cyprus problem, the results of which will be used to start negotiations under UN auspices for a solution.

    Replying to questions, President Christofias said ``the statement read by Mr. Moller is very clear,`` adding that ``the coffee was Cypriot coffee.`` ``So, I look forward that the committees and the working groups will start their work immediately after the meeting of our advisers and we shall have in these three months time results which are going to help both of us to resume the full-fledged dialogue under the auspices of the Secretary General,`` he added.

    Replying to questions, Talat said the wording of the statement is ``very clear`` and added that ``we are establishing the working groups and technical committees and we set a date to start the negotiations, so this is a new era we are starting for the solution of the Cyprus problem.`` ``Our target is to find a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem as soon as possible,`` he added. To other questions, Talat said that ``in three months we will meet according to our agendas, if it is needed.``

    [02] BRITAIN - STATEMENT

    The outcome of the meeting of Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat is an important first step towards negotiations, aiming at Cyprus reunification, British High Commissioner in Nicosia Peter Millett has said. Invited by CNA to comment on the meeting of the two leaders held in Nicosia Friday morning, Millett said in a written statement that he welcomes the outcome of the meeting between the two leaders and their agreement to launch the procedure of working groups and technical committees immediately.

    This is an important first step towards negotiations, which we hope, will lead to the reunification of the island, British High Commissioner said and added: it is a clear demonstration that the two leaders have the political will to tackle the issues and work for a solution. According to the statement, The opening of Ledra street is also an important measure, which will contribute to building trust between the two communities.

    Finally, the British High Commissioner underlined that the UK stands ready to support this process working with the United Nations and together with the P5 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council).`` A crossing point to and from the islands northern Turkish occupied areas is set to open at Ledra street, one of the capitals main commercial streets, to facilitate movement of people.

    [03] USA - STATEMENT

    The US has welcomed the outcome of a meeting here earlier today between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, saying it is ready to lend its full support to their efforts to reach a negotiated settlement. The embassy of the United States of America in Nicosia, in a written statement issued here regarding the meeting of President Demetris Christofias with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, refers to a positive outcome.

    We welcome the positive outcome of todays meeting between President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, and wish them great success in their efforts to reach a comprehensive Cyprus settlement under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the statement says. The US embassy considers the agreement of the leaders to start working group and technical committee negotiations for a three-month period and the willingness of the leaders to meet as and when needed prior to the commencement of formal negotiations as promising developments.

    According to the statement, the US embassy also welcomes the imminent opening of Ledra street, which it considers as an important step to revitalise relations and bring the two communities closer together. Furthermore, the US embassy reiterates that as always, we are ready to lend our full support for these efforts. A crossing point to and from the islands northern Turkish occupied areas is set to open at Ledra street, one of the capitals main commercial streets, in the heart of the city, following todays announcement by the two leaders.


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