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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-10-23

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  • [03] FM - LUXEMBURG


    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has said that during the telephone conversation he had on Thursday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon he told UN Chief that it is an honour for him to meet him either privately or in the presence of the Turkish Cypriot leader.

    Christofias also noted that Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN conveyed to UN Secretary General on Friday the dates that would suit the Cyprus President for a meeting with Ban and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, which are November 15-17.

    Christofias denied allegations that he rejected a proposal by Ban for a meeting between himself, Christofias and Eroglu, noting that he had a very friendly conversation with the UN Secretary General who exerted no pressure but just inquired whether there could be a meeting to which he himself responded positively.

    Christofias also said that the fact that meetings in the framework of direct negotiations for a Cyprus settlement are not frequent something which even diplomats themselves reiterate but unfortunately are unfounded and wrong and sudden me very much.

    The President noted that Ban called him and asked him about the situation in the talks, something which Christofias elaborated on, underlining that regarding the issue of properties, the Turkish Cypriot is submitting positions which are not in line with the framework of UN resolutions and the basis on which the Cyprus problem must be solved.

    We had a conversation for over ten minutes with the SG and he inquired whether it was possible to have a meeting with me and Mr. Eroglou in New York after the next fortnight. I told the SG that it is my pleasure and honour to meet the SG either the two of us or in the presence of the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, but asked him to allow me to check my programme and then give him my answer, Christofias noted.

    Christofias said that Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN conveyed to the UNSG the dates which Christofias proposes for this meeting, November 15-17.

    Invited to comment on what the UNSG says on Cyprus in his report to the 5th committee of the General Assembly on the estimates in respect of special political missions, good offices and other political initiatives authorized by the General Assembly and/or the Security Council, Christofias said that we have expressed our readiness for the implementation of new confidence building measures as the opening of new check points, and expressed satisfaction over Bans references in his report.

    As regards meetings held in the framework of direct negotiations, Christofias said that it is not his fault that they are not taking place more frequently.

    He said that during the talks Eroglu visits countries abroad to promote the position of the Turkish side on the direct trade and the so called state in occupied Cyprus. He also noted that Eroglu will be visiting Germany next week.

    Meanwhile in statements at a local radio station, Christofias said that the UNSG is informed by certain people on the Cyprus problem and that he should have been informed that the Turkish Cypriot side is intransigent on the issue of properties.

    Christofias also expressed doubts on whether the SG will suggest to have an international conference, if there is an agreement on the issue of properties, as other aspects of the Cyprus problems are still pending and Eroglu denies to discuss them.


    UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon has said that it is anticipated that the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou, and their representatives will increase the frequency of meetings held under the auspices of the United Nations.

    In a report on the estimates in respect of special political missions, good offices and other political initiatives authorized by the General Assembly and/or the Security Council to the 5th committee of the General Assembly, Ban also noted that its Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer will engage regional and international stakeholders on substantive issues in support of the process.

    The question of Cyprus has been on the United Nations agenda for over four decades and remains unresolved despite numerous initiatives undertaken by the United Nations and the international community to support Cypriot efforts towards a comprehensive settlement, Ban noted.

    The UN Secretary General referred to developments on the Cyprus problem since the appointment of Downer in 2008 noting that `` ``in order to ensure the provision of coherent and effective support to the peace effort, there is a high level of synergy among the United Nations family.``

    [03] FM - LUXEMBURG

    Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou is scheduled to participate in the General Affairs Council (GAC) and the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the EU, to be held in Luxemburg October, 25.

    According to an official announcement, the FAC will deal with the preparations for the EU US, the EU Ukraine and the Union for the Mediterranean Summits, with the European Neighbourhood Policy, as well as with the EU status at the UN.

    The Middle East process and the situation in Sahel, Somalia, Cuba, Georgia, Iran and the Western Balkans will also be discussed.

    The GAC will prepare the European Council meeting scheduled for October 28-29.

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