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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-01-15

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    The UN Secretary General has once more clarified that there are no deadlines concerning the negotiation process, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said in Nicosia,

    During Saturdays press briefing, Stephanou noted that the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, responding to the UN SGs call for making progress and finding convergences, is working in a constructive way vis-a-vis the Geneva meeting.

    The good will of the Greek Cypriot side, Stephanou went on to say, is a given and said that he expected the other side to reciprocate in the negotiation table.

    Asked to comment on whether there is enough time until the Geneva meeting to improve the positions of both sides, Stephanou said that this must be regarded in light of the time available to both leaders. However, he added, that if the Turkish Cypriot side joins the effort in a constructive manner, we may be able to move forward.

    Stephanou was also asked about the procedure in the Geneva meeting, and responded that the two sides are always negotiating. The procedure in Geneva, he said, will be discussed with the UN SG Special Adviser Alexander Downer, the same way it happened before the meeting in New York.

    The Spokesman was also asked by the journalists, whether the UN SG will get more involved in the negotiation process, and responded that the UNSG mandate is very specific and is prescribed by the Security Council.


    Turkey asks to be thanked for every wrongdoing, the Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said in Nicosia, commenting on the Turkish Premiers statements regarding Chancellor Merkels recent visit to Cyprus.

    The office of the Federal Chancellor issued a press release, expressing Germanys appreciation for the courage and creativity President Demetris Christofias displays in his effort to find a negotiated solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Stephanou said, the positions expressed by the Chancellors office are on the right basis and reflect the reality concerning the ongoing negotiations.

    Turkey does not like being reminded of its illegal actions during 1974 in Cyprus, with the invasion, the occupation and the illegal settlement, the violation of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, and its abuse of Cypriots human rights and basic liberties. Turkey asks to be thanked for every wrongdoing Stephanou said.

    The Government Spokesman concluded by saying that Turkey can help itself and its European ambitions, by adhering to the principles of the international community and international law.

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