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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-07-05

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    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the Greek Cypriot side is not fully satisfied with the progress achieved so far at the negotiations between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, who have held so far 35 meetings in the framework of direct negotiations which began last September, with a view to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    We were expecting more progress. In various issues convergences and agreements have been achieved but in many others there are disagreements and divergences and especially in some important ones, the spokesman pointed out.

    Stephanou said that so far, despite the fact that some progress has been achieved, overall we are not satisfied.

    But he stressed that despite the non satisfactory progress, we will continue to work hard at the negotiations, noting that there is no other way to reach a solution than the talks and negotiations between the two communities of Cyprus.

    He assured that the Greek Cypriot side will continue the direct negotiations, with seriousness, responsibility, consistency to principles, determination and flexibility, in order to pave the way for a solution.

    The solution, he went on to add, must be based on the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus and the principles of European and international law.

    We will continue pursuing a solution based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation which is the historic compromise of the two communities. We are seeking the achievement of a comprehensive, mutually acceptable solution, which will be a compromising settlement, but will be based on principles, and for that it will be functional and viable, he said.

    Stephanou said that deadlocks and stagnation do not favor the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Deadlocks and stagnation do not favor the solution, they favor division, which constitutes a time bomb for the present and the future of our country and our people, and for this reason it is condemnable, rejected and no acceptable.

    He said that Cypriot President Demetris Christofias strives for the vindication of Cyprus and its people, to create those circumstances that would allow Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to live under conditions of peace, security and prosperity, in a common country where human rights and fundamental freedoms will be respected for everyone.

    Cyprus has been divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.


    The Greek Cypriot side does not accept a solution of the Cyprus problem that will give Turkey guarantor or intervention rights in Cyprus, President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has stressed, noting that Ankara aims at a settlement of two states in Cyprus and a solution that does not even serve the interests of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    Speaking at a memorial service for those who lost their lives fighting in Nicosia area during the Turkish invasion of the island in the summer of 1974, Garoyian said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready for an honorable and just compromise but does not accept the closing of the Cyprus problem.

    ``Unfortunately Ankara and its representative insist on the Annan plan. They pursue a solution of two states, insist on `virgin birth`, Turkish guarantor and intervention rights, refuse to discuss the issue of illegal settlers, refuse to implement the High Level Agreements and the UNSC resolutions, violate the principles of international law and avoide fulfilling Turkish obligations and commitments towards the EU, Garoyian has stressed.

    The House President noted that Turkey aims at a solution based on its own terms and its own strategic plans, a solution that would not even serve the interests of Turkish Cypriots.

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