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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-08-31

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    President Demertris Christofias said here on Tuesday that the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides have decided their further action, in the framework of direct negotiations on the Cyprus problem, saying that it has been agreed to exchange documents, outline afresh their positions on the property issue and continue the discussion.

    Christofias also said there will be no meeting between himself, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

    In statements after his meeting with Eroglu, and asked whether the negotiations resumed on a favourable note, the President replied: we shall see, adding that the climate was cordial during the meeting.

    We have decided out further actions, he said and wished that omens for the negotiations will be good. We will exchange documents, he noted, adding that the two sides will outline again their positions in general terms on the issue of properties and continue the discussion.

    Asked if talks will be accelerated, the President replied: I wouldnt call it intensification. We will meet three times until we leave for New York. He noted that two of the meetings will begin in the morning and continue in the afternoon while their next meeting on Friday will take place as usual, a morning meeting.

    Meanwhile, President Christofias will host dinner Tuesday at his holiday residence in Kellaki village, for Turkish Cypriot Leader Dervis Eroglou and his wife.

    Special Adviser of the Secretary-General Alexander Downer had said after the last meeting of the leaders of the two communities on 10 August that he, the aides to the leaders as well as others will attend tonights dinner.

    Christofias and Eroglu resumed their regular meetings on Tuesday morning, in the context of the UN-led direct talks aiming at reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem. They were expected to continue discussion on the property issue.

    Peace talks began in September 2008 between President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. Talks continue now with Eroglu, who succeeded Talat in April this year.

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

    The Presidential couple has already attended a dinner hosted by Eroglu and his wife in the occupied areas.


    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, have decided to have two intensive meetings, on September 7 and 10, during which they will discuss the property issue, Alexander Downer, UN SGs Special Advisor in Cyprus has said.

    In statements, after Tuesdays meeting, in the framework of the direct negotiation process, aimed at finding an agreement to the Cyprus problem, Downer said that the leaders have agreed that they will meet on 3 September, in what might be called a normal meeting, and they will meet on the 7th and 10th of September. The meetings on the 7th and 10th of September will be meetings during both in the morning and the afternoon. So, there will be intensive talks on the 7th and 10th of September, he said.

    Asked if the meetings will take place in the Chief of Mission`s residence or in the UN area at the old Nicosia airport, Downer said that it has not yet been decided. Its not going to make any difference to the talks but the residence is a better place to use than the office here, he said, noting that the problem with the residence is that it is undergoing some renovation at the moment.


    Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Antonis Paschalides discussed on Monday with Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Cyprus Vyacheslav Shumskiy about the various bilateral agreements that will be signed during the official visit of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev to Cyprus in early October.

    An official press release issued here today said that during the meeting Paschalides and Shumskiy also reviewed the traditionally excellent relations between Cyprus and Russia and looked into various ways of further enhancing cooperation between the two countries in tourism, trade, energy and investments.

    Paschalides also met with the new Ambassador of Cyprus to France Kornelios Korneliou, who leaves this week for Paris to assume his duties.

    During the meeting they looked into ways of promoting bilateral relations in tourism, trade and industry.

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