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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-12-16

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    Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties met on Wednesday at their regular meeting, under the auspices of the Slovak embassy in Cyprus and discussed the The role of EU in the ongoing negotiations process for the resolution of the Cyprus problem as proposed by todays host party EDEK.

    The meeting was marked by the decision of three Turkish Cypriot parties to leave the meeting, protesting the decision of the Slovak Ambassador to decline an invitation to lunch by the Turkish Cypriot leader, at the so-called presidential palace.

    Slovak Ambassador to Cyprus Anna Turenicova, under whose auspices the parties meet, read out the joint communique, in which the parties agreed that the EU should continue and a seek a more active role in the ongoing negotiation procedure, in the framework of the UN, complementary to the effort of the United Nations, safeguarding that the solution will be in line with the basic principals and values of the EU.

    The next regular meeting of leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties will be held on 27 January next year at the Ledra Palace hotel, in the UN controlled buffer zone. Turenicova invited the media to join an event they are organizing on Friday, 18 of December for people with special needs in Nicosia.

    At the beginning of todays meeting three Turkish Cypriot parties - Turkish Republican Party, the Social Democrat Party and the Democratic party - left the meeting protesting to the Slovak Ambassador because she did not attend the lunch hosted by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat a few weeks ago at the so-called presidential palace.

    I feel very sad about what happened, said Turenicova, stressing that she is convinced that nobody can doubt about the fairness and the absolutely neutral approach of my country and myself towards Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. Slovakia has done a lot, was helping and still does the bicomunal dialogue.


    The leaders of the two communities have made good progress the UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer has said.

    Speaking after a meeting he held with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias at the Presidential Palace Downer said that with President Christofias they had a very nice meeting. We talked about the meeting we had yesterday and the work that will be done by the representatives on Thursday and the preparation for next months meetings. Ill be going back to Australia and be back for the first meeting of the New Year on the 4th of January.

    Asked if the dates for the private meetings between Christofias and Talat in their residences have been set, Downer noted that it is appropriate for the leaders to make the announcements the right time. We are obviously working through some details on how January will work out. There will be a lot of focus in January on this issue and so that is what we are talking about at the moment. The leaders are meeting again on Monday. I will not be here but I think after that meeting they will be able to throw more light.

    Asked if the UN will be present at these meetings he said the whole process is facilitated by the UN so the UN is clearly present at the meetings.


    Minister of Communications and Works Nikos Nicolaides will participate in the EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE), which convenes in Brussels, 1718 December.

    At the meeting on 17 December, transport issues are on the agenda, while on 18 December the ministers will discuss telecommunications. The Council is chaired by Swedish Minister for Communications Asa Torstensson.

    According to an official press release, the EU 27 Ministers will adopt the conclusions for the new transport policy of Europe and discuss a number of legislative proposals in the area of transports. The ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on the Commission communication on how the digital dividend can be converted into social benefits and economic growth. The digital dividend refers to those radio frequencies that are freed up in the ground network with the transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

    On the sidelines of the Council, the Cypriot Minister will have a series of meetings with his counterparts from Poland and Danemark, who together with Cyprus will prepare the EU Council between July 2011 and December 2012. Nicolaides will also meet with Vice Chairman of the European Commission responsible for Transport Antonio Tajani.


    Cyprus and Russia have important prospects to widen their economic cooperation. This was the outcome of a meeting the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) and the Cyprus Russian Business Association had with a delegation of Russian journalists that visited Cyprus.

    During the meeting, the two associations informed the journalists on the performance and prospects of the Cyprus economy, in relation to the fact that Cyprus is a full member of the European Union.

    Special reference was made to Cyprus prospects to play role of a Regional Business Centre in the area in the field of professional services and professional activities investment.

    The Russian journalists exhibited special interest in Cyprus economy and its prospects, noting that there are great prospects to expand economic cooperation between the two countries.

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