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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-04-08

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    Cypriot Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and Ozdil Nami, aide to the Turkish Cypriot leader, have agreed on the agenda of five technical committees and working groups.

    Iacovou and Nami meet regularly with a view to implement an agreement reached by Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat during their meeting on March 21. On March 26 Iacovou and Nami agree to establish as soon as possible, six working groups and seven technical committees.

    ``We have essentially concluded with the agenda of five committees and working groups, we have made good progress on other issues but have not yet finished,`` Iacovou said in statements after a lengthy meeting with Nami in the presence of UN SG` Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar.

    Iacovou did not elaborate on the titles of the working groups and technical committees, the agenda of which was concluded.

    He explained that either one or the other side needs to consult with its technocrats on details relating to technical issues under discussion.

    Iacovou said that he will meet Nami tomorrow afternoon

    ``I believe that by tomorrow we will possibly cover two thirds of the work we are engaged in with regard to the technical committees and working groups and I hope that by Thursday we will finish (with the agenda),`` he added.

    Responding to questions, he said an effort will be made to make up for lost time, adding that he hopes that all working groups and technical committees or a significant number will begin work simultaneously.

    Furthermore, Iacovou said that the Greek Cypriot side is very close to finalising the list of the technocrats who will participate in the technical committees and the working groups on behalf of the Greek Cypriot side.


    Peace and political cooperation are necessary prerequisites to confront challenges faced today globally, Cyprus Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis has said, underlining the connection between financial and political viability. Stavrakis was delivering a speech at the Economists conference held in Athens, titled Challenges and priorities for Europe, USA and Russia.

    The Minister said he believes that after many years, there is a serious possibility for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem. For the first time there is hope for a just solution and we hope that Turkish Cypriots will respond to that expectation, he said. Stavrakis said that a just solution would lead to political stability in the region and would create conditions of prosperity for the people of Cyprus. He also said that surveys have shown that a right and successful settlement of the Cyprus question would increase the GDP of the island by 20-40%. There will be a direct increase in financial activities and economic growth, he added.

    Referring to the world financial and political conditions prevailing now, Stavrakis said that global economic upheavals call for a creative search of new approaches and reform. He underscored that cooperation among social institutions is necessary to successfully confront challenges. Furthermore, Cypriot Finance Minister made a special reference to the rapid development in China, India and Russia, describing them as emerging financial powers.


    Two Cypriot parties, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, have decided to set up two joint committees to strengthen party cooperation and discuss issues concerning the substance of the Cyprus problem at regular meetings they intend to have. A delegation of the right - wing Democratic Rally Party (DISY) headed by its President Nicos Anastasiades crossed over Tuesday to the Turkish occupied areas of Nicosia to hold a meeting with a delegation of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) headed by its leader Ferdi Sabit Soyer.

    In statements after the two hour meeting, Anastasiades said the two parties reaffirmed their commitment to work for a Cyprus solution. The two parties, he said, are ready to encourage and support the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities to cooperate with boldness, in order to achieve the soonest possible a commonly acceptable solution. We reaffirmed our determination to work for a Cyprus solution which will reunite our country and offer our common European homeland the opportunity to provide a better future for our generation and the generations to come, Anastasiades said.

    The CTP leader said that the two parties support positive steps which could bring a mutually agreed solution closer, such as the recent opening of the Ledra street crossing point, which was agreed by the leaders of the two communities. Soyer warned that we have no time to waste and added that the common goal is to achieve a mutually agreed solution the soonest possible, based on UN parameters and the High Level Agreements of 1977 1979, which provide for a bizonal bicommunal federation.

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