Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci continued on Thursday their talks aiming to reach convergences on the issues which are still pending at the negotiations on the Cyprus problem by discussing the chapter of governance.

President Nicos Anastasiades (Left) – Turkish leader Mustafa Akinci (R)

In statements upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace Anastasiades said that relative progress has been achieved adding at the same time that quite a lot of work remains to be done. Furthermore he said that the various chapters will be discussed interdependently.

Asked if the date for the convening of the next session of the Conference on Cyprus has been agreed, Anastasiades said that it will probably take place after the 13th of March.

In his statements, Anastasiades said that the negotiators of the two sides have written down “the convergences, the slightest divergences and the big divergences” and that on the basis of this preparation the two leaders began their discussion to see how more differences are transformed into convergences. He added that today they discussed the chapter of Governance.

He said that relative progress was achieved but quite a lot of work remains to be done. Furthermore he noted that discussion on the various chapters will take place interdependently “to achieve, on the basis of everything that has been also agreed in the past, the biggest possible convergences before the Conference on Cyprus”

Asked if the UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide informed them on his recent meetings with the guarantor powers, Anastasiades said that they have a picture about what happened in those meetings.

He added that “the general picture is that the intention of the involved parties is to reach a solution as soon as possible,” adding that this will become apparent at the negotiating table so that “we do not rest on the various assurances.”

Responding to another question, Anastasiades said that they did not discuss today about the issue of the four fundamental freedoms.

The Conference on Cyprus convened, on January 12, in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with the participation of Anastasiades and Akinci, the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer, to address the issue of security and guarantees, a crucial chapter in discussions for a Cyprus settlement.

The Conference decided to establish a working group at the level of deputies to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them, and that the Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions.

In parallel, according to the decision, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus.

The working group of deputies met in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland, on January 18-19, and according to Eide “successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it by the Conference.”

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 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.


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Negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, will present on Thursday to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci the pending issues of the chapters discussed at the talks on the Cyprus problem, and the two leaders will decide on how to proceed with the discussion of these issues.

Andreas Mavroyiannis (L) –
Ozdil Nami (R)

The two negotiators met on Tuesday to look into the pending issues which they will present to the leaders during their meeting on Thursday, in the framework of their UN-led talks negotiations aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, and then Anastasiades and Akinci will decide on how they will proceed with their discussion, a well-informed source has told CNA. It added that the aim is to minimize the differences and achieve co-understanding.

As regards the discussion of the issue of security and guarantees, it noted that a brainstorming is expected to take place between the leaders during their talks in Nicosia and in view of the continuation of the Conference on Cyprus at the political level, expected to take place in March.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Monday that “we will probably have in the second half of March a meeting of the guarantor powers` Foreign Ministers, the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the representative of the Turkish Cypriot community.”

Anastasiades and Akinci, who had a meeting on February 1, in the framework of UN-led talks on the Cyprus problem, requested the United Nations to prepare, in consultation with the guarantor powers, for the continuation of the Conference on Cyprus at political level in early March.

They also decided that they will meet weekly through the month of February to address outstanding issues and that their negotiators will also continue their regular meetings.

The Conference on Cyprus convened, on January 12, in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, with the participation of Anastasiades and Akinci, the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer, to address the issue of security and guarantees, a crucial chapter in discussions for a Cyprus settlement.

The Conference decided to establish a working group at the level of deputies to identify specific questions and the instruments needed to address them, and that the Conference will continue at political level immediately thereafter to review the outcome of the working group’s discussions.

In parallel, according to the decision, the negotiations on outstanding issues in the other chapters will continue between the two sides in Cyprus.

The working group of deputies met in Mont-Pelerin, Switzerland, on January 18-19, and according to the UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide “successfully completed the mandate entrusted to it by the Conference.”

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 2015, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.


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President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have consultations, on a political level, in either Nicosia or Athens but definitely before a new conference on Cyprus, according to CNA sources.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L) – Greek PM Alexis Tsipras (R)

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will have consultations, on a political level, in either Nicosia or Athens but definitely before a new conference on Cyprus, according to CNA sources.

Well informed diplomatic sources have said that most probably the Greek Premier will visit Cyprus and both sides are in consultation to finalize the date.

The same sources said there are different issues which the two sides need to discuss at a high level which concern the continuation of the conference on Cyprus, namely Turkey`s demand for its citizens to enjoy the four fundamental freedoms in Cyprus after a solution like Greek nationals. The two sides will also discuss Greco-turkish relations and Turkey-EU customs union.

Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who is currently in Athens for a series of meetings, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, the PM`s diplomatic advisor Vangelis Kalpadakis and George Katrougkalos, Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, responsible for European Affairs and International Economic Relations.

CNA has learned that during discussions, the two sides talked about the Turkish demand for the four freedoms, how Turkey is trying to associate this issue with security and guarantees in Cyprus and how Athens and Nicosia, together with the EU, are handling it.

The same sources said that based on Cyprus` negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis` contacts in Brussels, community officials understand that this is an issue which concerns the EU in its entirety.

Currently, they noted, efforts are underway to start the dialogue that will upgrade Turkey`s custom union with the EU and Spokesman Christodoulides discussed this issue with Katrougkalos.

Referring to Greco-Turkish relations, the sources said that Turkey`s non-compliance with international law causes concern.

Meanwhile, UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide will meet on Friday with the Greek Foreign Minister, CNA has learned.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, are currently engaged in UN-led talks with an aim to reunify the country under a federal roof.

Well informed diplomatic sources have said that most probably the Greek Premier will visit Cyprus and both sides are in consultation to finalize the date.

The same sources said there are different issues which the two sides need to discuss at a high level which concern the continuation of the conference on Cyprus, namely Turkey`s demand for its citizens to enjoy the four fundamental freedoms in Cyprus after a solution like Greek nationals. The two sides will also discuss Greco-turkish relations and Turkey-EU customs union.

Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, who is currently in Athens for a series of meetings, met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, the PM`s diplomatic advisor Vangelis Kalpadakis and George Katrougkalos, Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs, responsible for European Affairs and International Economic Relations.

CNA has learned that during discussions, the two sides talked about the Turkish demand for the four freedoms, how Turkey is trying to associate this issue with security and guarantees in Cyprus and how Athens and Nicosia, together with the EU, are handling it.

The same sources said that based on Cyprus` negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis` contacts in Brussels, community officials understand that this is an issue which concerns the EU in its entirety.

Currently, they noted, efforts are underway to start the dialogue that will upgrade Turkey`s custom union with the EU and Spokesman Christodoulides discussed this issue with Katrougkalos.

Referring to Greco-Turkish relations, the sources said that Turkey`s non-compliance with international law causes concern.

Meanwhile, UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide will meet on Friday with the Greek Foreign Minister, CNA has learned.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, are currently engaged in UN-led talks with an aim to reunify the country under a federal roof.


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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades described Wednesday’s meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci as “creative”, as they continue their talks in the framework of UN-led negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.

President Anastasiades (L) – Mustafa Mustafa Akinci (R)

He also said they discussed the way forward for the negotiations.

In statements on his return at the Presidential Palace from the meeting, Anastasiades referred to the statement which the UN issued about the meeting, which announced their decision to meet again on February 9 and request the UN to prepare the continuation of the Conference on Cyprus in early March.

Asked if they discussed Turkey’s demand that Turkish citizens should enjoy the four fundamental freedoms of the EU after a solution in Cyprus, he said they did not, adding that they also talked about the methodology to be followed from now on.

Responding to a question about statements made recently by Turkish officials, Anastasiades said that he raised this issue during his meeting with Akinci on Wednesday as he did during his meeting with the UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide on Tuesday, noting that if fewer statements are made, this “will contribute to the positive climate that we want to prevail” in the dialogue between the communities in Cyprus.

Therefore, the President noted, any statements either overoptimistic or otherwise do not contribute to what the leaders of the two communities are pursuing.

Asked if he is worried by the tension between Greece and Turkey, Anastasiades said that this is a negative development. At the same time he expressed hope that problems will be overcome.

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 talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.


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1ος Παγκύπριος μαθητικός διαγωνισμός Λαογραφίας, οργανώνεται από το Πανεπιστήμιο Νεάπολις Πάφου.  Δικαίωμα συμμετοχής έχουν και όλοι οι μαθητές και μαθήτριες των παροικιακών σχολείων του Λονδίνου.

 

Τα θέματα του διαγωνισμού αφορούν στις πιο κάτω θεματικές ενότητες:

α)  Ποίηση  (με λαογραφικό περιεχόμενο)

β)  Παραδοσιακό τραγούδι

γ)  Παράδοση – λαϊκός πολιτισμός – λαϊκοί τεχνίτες

Για οποιεσδήποτε άλλες πληροφορίες για κάθε επιμέρους ενότητα καθώς και κανονισμούς, μπορείτε να  απευθύνεστε στα τηλέφωνα/ Ε-mail:

α) κύριος Ξενοφών Παναγή (Φιλόλογος, Β.Δ) 99478392/ tosoda@cytanet.com.cy   (για Α΄ Ενότητα: Ποίηση)

β) Δρ. Στάλω Γεωργίου  (Καθηγήτρια Μουσικής- Μουσικοσυνθέτης, Πανεπιστήμιο Νεάπολις 26-843347/ stalo.georgiou@nup.ac.cy  (για Β΄Ενότητα: Παραδοσιακό    Τραγούδι)

γ) κύριος Σταύρος Χριστοδούλου (Ιστορικός- Ερευνητής, Πανεπιστήμιο Νεάπολις) 26-843331/ stavros.christodoulou@nup.ac.cy (για Γ΄ Ενότητα: Παράδοση- Λαϊκός Πολιτισμός- Λαϊκοί Τεχνίτες)

 

Θα δοθούν βραβεία στα έργα που θα κριθούν τα καλύτερα από ειδική κριτική επιτροπή.

Τελευταία ημερομηνία υποβολής έργων είναι η 28η Φεβρουαρίου 2017.


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