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

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    Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou met today in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, with whom he discussed developments in the Cyprus issue, as well as bilateral relations with China. According to an official announcement, Yang reiterated Chinas support for the continuation of current peace talks in Cyprus, aiming at reuniting the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Kyrianou thanked the Chinese Foreign Minister for his countrys consistent and steady support, and for retaining a principled position concerning the Cyprus problem.

    The Cypriot Minister briefed Yang on the course of direct talks and explained the three-tier proposal, put forward by the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias. Yang stated his countrys support for the continuation of the peace talks and noted that the aim should be the reunification of the island, while securing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus, on the basis of the relevant Security Council Resolutions. The two sides also discussed China-EU relations, with emphasis put on the constructive role played by Cyprus in furthering the two sides cooperation. A number of propositions were also reviewed concerning the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    Moreover, the Ministers discussed the promotion of cooperation between the two countries, by concluding a number of bilateral agreements, currently under negotiation. Kyprianou is expected to meet later in the afternoon with Deputy Prime Minister and Vice-President of the Chinese Government Li Keqiang, before returning to Cyprus. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Peace talks are currently underway between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community. The President has recently put forward a three-tier proposal in a bid to help make headway at the peace talks.

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