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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-19

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has expressed his gratitude to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and his government, President of the Hellenic Republic Carolos Papoulias and the leaders of Greek political parties, for their full support of efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking on his return to Cyprus from Greece, President Christofias said his working visit to Athens was ``absolutely successful`` and that he presented the full picture of developments in the Cyprus problem, in the light of Turkish proposals, which were dismissed by the Greek Cypriot side as unacceptable.

    ``There was total concordance of views,`` he said and referred to decisions taken during his meeting with Papandreou.

    President Christofias said ``we will coordinate and intensify the international presence and presentation of the Cyprus problem and our positions,`` adding that the two governments have begun preparations to create a joint action plan.

    Furthermore, he said Papandreou accepted an invitation to visit Cyprus to meet the government and party leaders, to discuss the Cyprus problem.

    Referring to his meetings in Athens with political party leaders, President Christofias said the dialogue was open and friendly, and that the Greek politicians expressed their full support to his efforts for a Cyprus settlement.

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

    President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunify the island. They held their first round of intensive talks last week and are scheduled to enter a second round on January 25.


    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has said that the judgment of the British Court of Appeal that a decision by a Cypriot court, in connection with claims relating to Greek Cypriot owned property in Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas, must be executed has both a legal and political importance.

    In statements at Larnaca airport on his return from Athens where he paid a working visit, Christofias said that the decision by the Cypriot court must be executed by the Republic of Cyprus, which cannot however exercise its sovereignty in the areas of the island occupied by Turkish troops since 1974.

    Christofias said that the decision of the British Court is legally important because this Court based its ruling on the EU laws and regulations and the Council of Europe and European Court for Human Rights Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and it is politically important because it constitutes a message to the side which wants to deny the right to ownership or the use of property.

    The President said that the government will look into the decision thoroughly and will use it accordingly.


    Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis eased to the Australian Open`s second round after a 3-0 (6-2, 6-4, 6-4) victory over Italy`s Paolo Lorenzi, 83 in the ATP rankings. Baghdatis, 31st in the world, will face Spain`s 18-seeded David Ferrer on Thursday.

    The Cypriot champion competes to the Australian Open after a victory in the ATP tournament Medibank Open last week in Sidney.

    In 2006, Marcos reached the Australian Open final where he was defeated by the World`s No 1 tennis player Roger Federer.

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