Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, began on Monday morning a very substantive and constructive discussion on the territorial adjustment criteria and continue their crucial discussion in the afternoon.
The criteria concern the percentage of the territory of the constituent states, the number of Greek Cypriot refugees who will return to their properties under Greek Cypriot administration and the percentage of the coastline for each side.
Reliable sources, close to the talks, have said that it is difficult but realistic for Anastasiades and Akinci to reach a conclusion during their negotiations which aim to reach an agreement on the territorial adjustment criteria, then draft a map based on these criteria and set out a date for a multi-party conference on the issue of security and guarantees.
According to the same sources, during Monday`s meeting the two leaders put on the table positions which they had not expressed during their fist round of talks in Mont-Pelerin, that can contribute towards achieving results. However, as it is noted, they did not talk about specific regions that will be returned under Greek Cypriot administration. Their discussion will continue at 1800 local time.
The second round of talks is Mont-Pelerin is scheduled to conclude today. CNA has learned that the two sides have not so far discussed the possibility of extending the talks. President Anastasiades is scheduled to leave Switzerland on Tuesday morning.
The same sources said that during their meeting on Sunday morning the two leaders had a general discussion on various aspects of the Cyprus problem, as for example the first day of the solution, the economic aspect of the solution, the multi-party conference, and the implementation of the acquis communautaire after the solution, without any conclusion. An exchange of views on the issue of criteria took place towards the end of their working dinner on Sunday evening.
It also noted that President Anastasiades had on Sunday two telephone conversations with the Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras whom he informed about the course of the negotiations in Mont-Pelerin.
Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in talks under the UN auspices since May last year, with a view to reunite Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974, under a federal roof.
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On Wednesday, last day of his official visit to Athens, US President Barack Obama gave his assurance that Greece will continue to enjoy his country’s core support, while at the same time expressed his personal commitment that he will continue to urge the debt-ridden country’s creditors to adopt policies that will put Greece on the road to recovery.
“You will continue to have the core support of the United States, and at the same time I will continue to urge creditors to take the steps needed to put Greece on a path towards sustained economic recovery,” he said during a speech in Athens, his last European trip before handing over the helm of the US Presidency to Donald Trump in January.
“As Greece continues to implement reforms, the IMF has said that debt relief will be crucial to get Greece back to growth. They are right.”
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Picketing the Turkish Embassy in London on Tuesday 15 November, a vocal demonstration, organised by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, made itself heard despite the Embassy’s refusal to recognise the protest, or to engage in dialogue with British Cypriots. British Cypriots made their voice heard outside the Embassy condemning the illegal declaration of the pseudo-state and calling on Turkey to remove its troops from Cyprus and to honour its obligations to Europe and Cyprus.
This year marked the 33rd consecutive year of the picket outside the Turkish Embassy on the black anniversary of the illegal Universal Declaration of Independence. The declaration was condemned by UN resolutions 541 and 550 and the illegal state has not been recognized by any country except Turkey.
During the picket, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots was joined by the President of POMAK, Officers and Members of the Federation’s Executive, the President of NEPOMAK and the former President of EFEK (Cypriot Students in the UK) to deliver a resolution to the Turkish Ambassador. The letter of resolution called on Turkey to demonstrate with actions not words its support for the current negotiations to reunify Cyprus by withdrawing the Turkish occupying army, dropping its anachronistic demand to be a Guarantor power. The resolution also called on the Turkish government to abide by the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the European Union and international law. The resolution also called upon Turkey finally to resolve the terrible human tragedy of the Cypriot people who went missing during its invasion of the island in 1974.
A resolution was also sent to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling on the UK Government to exert its influence on Turkey to help reunite Cyprus.
At the protest Mr Karaolis, Federation President, said:
“Over the course of the last one and half years, President Anastasiades and Mr Akinci have made significant progress in their efforts to reunite Cyprus. A re-united Cyprus where Greek and Turkish Cypriots could peacefully live and prosper is both attainable and viable. Both together would likely make the country an international and regional trading hub, particularly as the Republic has one of the world’s largest registered shipping fleets, extensive financial and business networks, possesses major oil and gas deposits off shore and is rapidly developing technology and tourist sectors capable of surviving in the toughest markets. It would also offer a beacon of hope for both Christians and Muslims alike to live peacefully together in a part of the world which has become unaccustomed to such a reality.
However, this will only happen if Turkey refrains from interventions that undermine the negotiations and demonstrates the necessary political will to remove its troops from the island, drops its outdated guarantor demands and returns the occupied territory to its rightful owners.”
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US Vice President Joe Biden has praised President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for progress made towards a settlement of the Cyprus problem.
A readout says “the Vice President spoke by phone today with President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci” and “praised the leaders and their negotiating teams for their hard work and the historic progress they have made towards a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation”.
“The leaders reaffirmed to the Vice President their commitment to maintaining the momentum of settlement talks and looked forward to making additional progress when talks reconvened in Switzerland on November 20”, the readout notes.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities, namely President Anastasiades and Akinci, are currently engaged in UN-led negotiations with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.
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Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has asked his British counterpart, Boris Johnson for his country`s support in the termination of Turkey`s guarantees. Kasoulides and Johnson met on Monday in Brussels, at the request of the latter, discussing developments in Cyprus talks.
According to an official, Kasoulides briefed Johnson over the progress in settlement talks and on the latest developments in negotiations that took place in Switzerland and which are set to continue next week.
The Foreign Minister of Cyprus referred extensively to the issues related to the chapter of security, and asked for Britain’s support on the issue of guarantees and the full withdrawal of the Turkish troops from Cyprus.
With the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, Greece, Turkey and the UK were all responsible for guaranteeing the independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic of Cyprus. However, Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. The leaders of Cyprus have been engaged in UN-led negotiations since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
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13 year-old George Michaelides will represent the Cypriot flag at the 14th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, which airs on 20th November 3 p.m. London time. One can see it on a computer or iPad on RIK1 or 2 live. This year the little sibling of the Eurovision competition we all know, will be organised at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Valletta, Malta.
George Michaelides was born in Paphos on 26th August 2003 and will represent Cyprus with the up-tempo song ‘Dance Floor‘ to be sung in Greek and English. He penned the lyrics to his tune meanwhile, Andreas Anastasiou composed it. Andreas Anastasiou is a music producer with quite a few Eurovision credentials he wrote Cyprus’ entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song ‘San Angelos S’apapisa’ and in 2013 he was a member of the Belgian delegation for their Eurovision entry ‘Love Kills’ with Roberto Bellarosa.
George Michaelides is such a talented vocalist and dancer and will be accompanied on the stage for the performance of his song by his younger sister Mia Michaelides, also fellow dancers Georgina Moakler, Nikoletta Antoniou and Emily Christodoulou. We believe this makes best use of the ‘dance floor’ theme to the song.
George is already gaining much invaluable experience in the performing arts and more recently performed at the Spotlight Theatre Festival in London, and as a soloist artist at the Leicester Square Theatre. In Cyprus he played the role of Charis in Amanda The Musical at the Strovolos Theatre, Nicosia as well as the Larnaca Dimotiko Theatre. Last year George performed with the Musical Kids TV show at The Pavillion in Nicosia as well as at the city’s Royal Hall.
In 2014 George travelled to Germany for the UDO European Street dance Championships and ranked 3rd place in the Under 12’s Advance Solo Category.
George has trained with some of the industry’s most distinguished performers, choreographers and creative directors such as Lukas Mc Farlane, Gareth Walker and Ryan Jenkins.
Aside from his performances with his theatre school, George is also active in martial arts and currently holds a blue belt in judo. Over the past couple of years George has supported local charities by performing at their fundraising events. Charities that he has supported include PASYKAF (Cyprus Association. of Cancer Patients and Friends), St Michaels Hospice, Animal Welfare and Solidarity Paphos. Last year he was nominated for a Paphos Hearts of Gold Award for his work.
We at London Greek Radio wish George the very best of luck and we are sure he will make the Cypriot nation very proud, with his lively song and performance showing all of our fellow Eurovision nations how abundantly talented Cypriots are.
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London Greek Radio is celebrating 27 years since it went on air on November 13th 1989, transmitting to the huge community of Greek and Cypriot listeners, and not only. To put it this way, using our geeky style ‘Greek-y’ statistics to break this down…
This is the equivalent to 324 months, 1,408 weeks and 9,862 days to be exact…
We at London Greek Radio are celebrating our second anniversary in as many weeks after our last October 8th birthday in which LGR was first launched on-air in 1983, marking the beginning of a long epic phase of the UK’s only 24-7 Greek hits radio station.
The sometimes turbulent history is absolutely fascinating; during the 1980’s LGR survived a number of police raids in attempts to close the station down, forcing it to relocate premises regularly, from above a Greek delicatessen in Muswell Hill to the up-stairs of a Dj’s house in Highbury.
LGR was not like other ‘illegal’ entities it was itself a pioneer for ethnic radio for listeners, serving the Greek speakers of London. LGR’s very being was definitely innovative and persisted despite the obvious drawbacks. LGR faced may problems and hard times but persisted and look at us today!
Ms Soulla Violaris is one of our longest serving Dj’s who started in the early days gave us her personal account. During one of her live shows she was interrupted by the authorities resulting in her arrest. She was taken to magistrate’s court and ordered to pay a fine. She felt it was right to continue at whatever cost or risk and her dedication and loyalty lead her to occasionally put in 9 hour shifts. The staff and Dj’s certainly braved much adversity and went to great lengths during the 1980’s to keep London Greek Radio being heard on air.
In a very interesting book ‘London’s Pirate Pioneers‘ this explains how a year before LGR was awarded its legal licence, authorities made their largest ever raid on them.
The biggest action ever taken by the authorities against LGR came in 1988 when the police raided LGR’s offices, yet again, only this time they confiscated all paperwork related to the station. In a case at Highgate Magistrates Court in July, companies and staff associated with London Greek Radio were fined £13,900 plus £10,550 in costs and expenses.
After losing several hundred transmitters over the years, LGR was awarded the North London Community License, returning to the air on 13th November 1989. For the first three years they had to share the frequency with an African speaking station WNK who unfortunately went out of business soon after.
The licence was granted with the essential help of tens of thousands of people who signed petitions demanding the legitimacy of LGR. The public’s voice made it clear that there was a void and vital space to fulfil for the Greek Cypriot’s long, robust community in the UK.
The station’s iconic status is truly still relevant and very popular today, and the LGR family continues to grow and expand with talented radio hosts and DJ’s entertaining our community with Greek songs for every genre, that the Greeks are known to have in absolute abundance.
Given the huge advances in technology, LGR is live on 103.3 FM and can be found on DAB in Birmingham and Manchester adding many thousands of extra listeners every month. It can be downloaded from the App store and the Play store. Our vast audience is not only Greek speaking listeners but also English, Jewish, Albanian, Arab, Bulgarian, Turkish and Russian and so many more who are constantly tuned in.
It’s very exhilarating to know, LGR has by far the biggest downloads to on Tune In with listener statistics via our LGR App outweighing the other Cypriot radio stations based in Cyprus on the basis of the numbers. According to the current statistics, LGR is officially No.1 downloads on #TuneIn when comparing to the equivalent Cypriot stations…
This fact about London Greek Radio is a fact to be proud of.
Happy Birthday LGR! May you live to be 100 and continue your hard-work; delivering informative and entertaining formats to your listeners.
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Negotiations between the leaders of the two communities of Cyprus continue today in Switzerland.
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will continue this morning in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland, the negotiation on a joint document outlining each side`s territorial adjustment criteria, in the framework of the efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.
Before the meeting takes place, President Anastasiades will convene with the members of his negotiating team.
In statements last night to the press, President Anastasiades said that the meeting which he will have today with the Turkish Cypriot leader is considered one of the most crucial ones, given all the things which took place before.
“There is a creative effort going on from both sides, there is a good climate,” he noted, adding however that these alone are not enough to reach a result.
Everything will depend on the dialogue that will follow (today), he noted. Asked what he means by referring to `everything` he noted that he means the outcome as regards the territory issue, if there will be an agreement on the criteria or not.
President Anastasiades stressed that this will not be their closing meeting. “We have been negotiating on the Cyprus problem for 42 years now. The effort now is to create all those necessary conditions that will allow us to proceed to the next step,” he added.
He reiterated that there is progress and therefore they can proceed further, adding that if they are not able to conclude on what they seek to achieve then this is not the end of the process. “We will continue the dialogue back at home,” he added.
The two sides decided on Wednesday to prepare a joint document with each side`s positions as regards the criteria on the territory issue, on the basis of which they will have a substantive discussion with a view to achieve convergences.
President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began on Monday in Mont-Pelerin intensive negotiations on the territory issue and all other outstanding issues interdependently. The talks in Switzerland are scheduled to conclude today.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led negotiations since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.
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Nikki Christou aged 12 is born in London and is a Greek Cypriot. She is truly a heroic and a brave young girl and her bravery has been recognised by the Pride of Britain Awards. Nikki has received the Child of Courage Award and was presented to her in the popular TV event which was broadcast on ITV.
At the age of six, young Nikki and her parents noticed visible veins on the right side of her face. She was diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation (AVM), where there are abnormal connections between arteries and veins. The condition causes intense pain, in most cases is incurable and leads to potentially fatal nosebleeds.
So far Nikki has undergone 28 operations and endured more than 300 hospital visits as doctors try to manage her condition.
Her ability to turn things around and extracting the positives have aided her not only in winning the award, but what she does for others. She has set up her own Youtube channel, which has attracted four millions viewers and she has seventy nine thousand subscribers. She creates videos out of anything she holds precious, gives make-up tips and offers advice to people struggling to cope with chronic illnesses. Above all she feels comfortable talking about her condition to many people and this way, Nikki is incredibly helping people who may have their own struggles and illnesses.
Nikki through the #prideofbritain Twitter page said, ”I try to teach people that beauty lies within,” very inspiring we think and totally agree with her opinion here.
”People contact me who have AVMs and other confidence issues and I want my channel to be a community where people find that they can imperfectly perfect in their own special way. I’ve found people who have become my best friends. It’s nice to know you’re not as alone as you think.”
Nikki has now been recognised by The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, which, in partnership with TSB, honour Britain’s unsung heroes.
Nikki collected her award for Child of Courage at an all-out celebrity event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel where the guests included Prime Minister Theresa May, Prince Charles, and Simon Cowell. Though particularly, she was very pleased to have it presented to her by her favourite TV person Mary Berry, who hosts ‘The Great British Bake Off’, accepting her award to a rapturous applause by the crowd.
With her family and supporters, Nikki has also raised almost £400,000 for research into AVM at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she has been treated, and the University College London.
”I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t get me down or make me angry,” Nikki continues,
”But you can be either negative and not enjoy life or be positive and block out all the negativity in your life and live a lovely, healthy, joyful and happy life.”
Nikki and her parents had few places to turn at first, due to her condition being so rare, so they started The Butterfly AVM charity to raise AVM awareness, support and funds for research.
Nikki adds: ”I want people who have an AVM in the future not to have to go through all the things my family I and other AVM survivors have gone through.”
We at London Greek Radio are proud of you Nikki Christou and wish you all the best in everything you do. Good health to you!
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Substantive discussion on a joint document with the positions of both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side on the criteria for territorial adjustments begins on Thursday morning in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland, where Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci as well as their negotiating teams meet since Monday to discuss territory and all other outstanding issues interdependently.
The two sides’ negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, exchanged on Wednesday afternoon documents with the positions of each side on the territory criteria. The two leaders, who began discussing the criteria on Wednesday morning, met later in the afternoon and as Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides announced last night, it was decided that the positions of each side are written down in a single document, as happened with all aspects of the Cyprus problem.
According to the Spokesman the positions of the Greek Cypriot side will be written down in blue colour and those of the Turkish Cypriot side in red colour.
Christodoulides said that on Thursday morning substantive discussion begins on the basis of this document, adding that the aim is to reach an agreement on the criteria that will be used in order to draw a map.
Asked if there is enough time until Friday, when the talks are scheduled to conclude, to achieve progress, the spokesman said that if there is the necessary will at the negotiating table then there is sufficient time.
Responding to another question, the spokesman said that discussions in Switzerland are not the end of the road. Asked about the setting of a date for a multilateral conference, he said that President Anastasiades was clear on this issue during his televised press conference before going to Switzerland, reiterating that there must be an agreement on the criteria that will then be used in order to draw a map.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led negotiations since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof. Discussions in Mont Pelerin will continue until the 11th of November.
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