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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-04-04

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    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon would like the meeting between himself, President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to be held in June, due to the absence of significant progress in negotiations between President Christofias and Eroglu for a solution of the Cyprus problem, in the hope that there would be better conditions by then.

    According to an official press release, President Christofias spoke over the telephone with the UN chief on Sunday evening.

    President Christofias told Ban that his predictions concerning the negotiations had been right and that ``the stance of the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey has not been at all helpful, on the contrary it has been problematic.``

    Furthermore, President Christofias assured the UN Secretary General that he would continue to work ``with good will in the negotiations for progress but for this to happen there must be good will from both sides.``

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory. UN-backed negotiations between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus began on September 2008.


    Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has expressed Cyprus readiness to support the efforts of the Egyptian government for changes in the country.

    Kyprianou, who was received Sunday in Cairo by Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, continues his meetings in the neighboring country Monday and returns to Cyprus in the afternoon. The Cypriot Foreign Minister discussed Sunday with the Prime Minister of Egypt the latest political developments in Egypt and the Arab world in general.

    According to an official press release, Kyprianou stressed the readiness of Cyprus to support and actively contribute to the efforts of the Egyptian government to bring changes in the country. During the meeting, they discussed how Cyprus could best contribute towards this goal, bilaterally as well as in the EU framework. The Cypriot FM also informed the Egyptian Prime Minister about the latest developments regarding the UN led direct Cyprus talks, aiming at reaching a solution of the Cyprus issue.

    In the framework of his visit, Kyprianou met General Secretary of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, with whom he exchanged views on the developments in the Arab world, especially Libya and Egypt. During the meeting, Kyprianou noted the need for coordination of actions between the EU and the Arab League. Kyprianou also held a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Abdalla El-Araby.

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