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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-05-21

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has expressed disappointment regarding the stance of Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on the opening of a crossing point in Limnitis, and referred to ``greed`` on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot side, which continues to submit new terms.

    Speaking on his return to the Presidential Palace after a meeting with Talat in the context of direct negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem, President Christofias said he was ``disappointed`` because ``every time he submits new terms, which of course cannot be accepted.``

    President Christofias did not want to elaborate on the new terms set by the Turkish Cypriot side, noting that ``they cannot be accepted and it appears that Talat is dynamiting the whole effort.``

    ``I think the Turkish army does not want to open Limnitis. This is my overall conclusion. I am saddened by this. I expected a different behaviour on behalf of Mr. Talat. However, it seems, despite the fact he does not acknowledge it, that many things may not depend on him,`` the President pointed out.

    Asked if the situation could be reversed, President Christofias said this was the reason he would not refer to the terms. ``I want another last effort to be made,`` he noted.

    To questions regarding the transportation of fuel by the Turkish Cypriot side, a term the Greek Cypriot side has already dismissed, President Christofias said ``the first thing that made me tell him that we have a deadlock and he is dynamiting everything was his insistence on the fuel.``

    Asked if a common meeting of the leaders of the two communities with the local authorities of the area would not be taking place after this development, President Christofias said he did not believe such a meeting could be held under the current circumstances.

    ``I do not think so, if Mr. Talat continues to hold the same views and submit the same terms. We had started from nothing and every time a new term is submitted. We have decided, for the sake of the residents, the termination of their enclavement and isolation, to make moves, which under different circumstances we would not have made, but it appears that there is greed and thus there is no reason, if Mr. Talat`s insistence persists, to hold a common meeting,`` he said.

    Asked if there had been progress on issues concerning the economy, President Christofias said only the issue of Limnitis had been discussed during Thursday`s meeting and that they would be getting into the economy next week.

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

    The leaders of the two communities, namely President Christofias and Talat, began direct UN-led negotiations in September 2008, with an aim to reunite the island.

    The government of Cyprus has pledged it is ready to open the crossing point of Limnitis to facilitate free movement but the Turkish Cypriot side has asked for the supply of electricity in the area of Kokkina as well as fuel in order to give its consent to the opening of the crossing point.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have concluded their 29th meeting in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations, currently underway with a view to reach a negotiated settlement.

    Speaking after the meeting, Alexander Downer, UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus, said that the leaders met in a tete-a-tete session for about an hour and then met in plenary session for about 45 minutes. They have agreed to meet again next Thursday, and there will be further discussion next Thursday still on the economy, he added.

    Downer also said that in the meantime, the representatives of the two leaders will meet to continue the discussion on economic matters.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou pointed out that ``the solution of the Cyprus problem can constitute a win-win situation for all parties involved`` and that ``Turkey can promote her European aspirations through a solution of the Cyprus problem.``

    Speaking at the 25th Annual Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership Conference in Washington, hosted by the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), Stephanou said ``the EU, through the solution, will be rid of a problem which has become her own problem after the accession of Cyprus and it will create the possibility for the Union, through a reunified Cyprus, to further develop her policies in the Middle East.``

    ``The international community, finally, will be rid of a problem which has troubled it for decades and the example of solution in Cyprus may be used to create a momentum for the solution of many other problems in the region of the East Mediterranean and the Middle East,`` he added.

    Stephanou referred to the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and the direct talks underway between the leaders of the two communities, namely President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, to reach a settlement.


    Cyprus and Syria have signed a memorandum of cooperation in the sector of renewable energy sources and saving energy.

    The memorandum was signed in Nicosia by Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides and Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Amer Husni Lutfi.

    Paschalides and Lutfi exchanged views regarding issues of mutual interest and signed a protocol of cooperation on technical and educational issues in the sector of saving energy and renewable energy sources.

    They also agreed to promote and strengthen cooperation in the sector of energy.

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