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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-03-05

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    There is progress in the negotiations as regards the issue of governance Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said here Friday, adding that when he and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat decide to make a statement about it they will do so.

    He also expressed his satisfaction over the support of the international community in efforts by the Republic of Cyprus to reach a settlement, stressing that we must make our outmost to reach a settlement and that the Cyprus problem cannot be a problem of the EU and the UN forever.

    Invited to comment on statements by Talat that the issues agreed during the negotiations are not announced due to possible reactions in the Greek Cypriot side, Christofias said that Talats statements were made for local consumption, noting that it is true that there has been progress in the issue of governance.

    He noted that they did not announce these things because they had agreed not to do so and that he did not want to enter this game of what has been agreed and what has not been agreed, adding that if they decide to announce the progress achieved they will do it together.

    Asked if he is satisfied with the international communitys stance, President Christofias said that the international community supports efforts for a Cyprus settlement.

    He also said that the goal is to solve the Cyprus problem on the right basis, which is the UN resolutions, the international law principles, the EU values and the joint commitment of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot community for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    He described as unjust any criticism that talks have only focused on the issues of governance and noted that meetings have also taken place as regards the issue of properties.

    He added that there is progress in some of these issues, as there are deadlines on other issues that they will continue to discuss.

    Christofias also noted the fact that the UN Security Council has been dealing with the Cyprus problem and the SC permanent members stand by Cyprus. Referring to the EU, he said that it has inherited the Cyprus question after Cyprus accession to the EU, adding however that the EU would not want to have such a problem that will hinder its normal functioning.

    He said that therefore we must make our outmost to use the UN, the EU and the international community services with a view to reach a settlement.

    Christofias and Talat have been engaged in direct negotiations since September 2008 with a view to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.


    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has said that a new package of measures aiming to boost economy will be soon announced.

    Replying to a question, President Christofias said that economy has been deteriorating due to the international financial crisis and that we do not feel comfortable about it.

    Christofias said that the package of measures for the economy will be announced after consultations with the parties and the social partners.


    Arrivals of tourists in Cyprus reached 55.250 in February 2010 compared to 56.626 in February 2009, recording a decrease of 2,4%, according to the Statistical Service.

    A decrease of 4.5% was recorded in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom (25.013 in February 2010 compared to 26.178 in February 2009) and 17.4% decrease from Germany (4.514 compared to 5.466 last year).

    On the other hand an increase of 11.6% was recorded in tourist arrivals from Greece (from 6.596 in February 2009 to 7.362 in February 2010).

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