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Cypriot Spokesman Expresses Government’s Satisfaction over UNSC Statement
2009-05-08 10:49:17

Nicosia, May 1 (CNA) – Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has expressed the Cypriot government’s satisfaction over the presidential statement of the Security Council on the progress of the peace talks in Cyprus.

“It is a statement which expresses support to the efforts underway for a solution to the Cyprus issue, on the basis of UN resolutions and to achieve a solution that will be mutually acceptable, an agreed solution that will be put before two separate referenda to the two communities,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a gathering to mark May Day.

He said President of the Republic Demetris Christofias will continue with the same determination and consistency to principles and flexibility so that through the direct negotiations underway, the road to a solution will open, leading to an end to the occupation and settlement and reuniting the island in a framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation.”

Invited to comment reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will withdraw from the negotiations, following the European Court of Justice ruling on a property case, brought before the court by a Greek Cypriot refugee against a British couple who have usurped his property in the northern Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, Mr. Stephanou replied that the ruling has proven that the solution of the Cyprus issue should restore human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Court ruling refers to the Apostolides vs. Orams case and was issued on Tuesday after a dispute before the Court of Appeal of England and Wales between Greek Cypriot refugee Meletis Apostolides and British couple David and Linda Orams, in relation to the recognition and enforcement of a judgment of the District Court of Nicosia.

The Court of Appeal requested a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice, with respect to the dispute.

The court in the government controlled southern areas of Cyprus had delivered a judgment ordering the Orams couple to vacate an area of land in the Turkish occupied north and to pay various monetary amounts.

The British couple had purchased the land from a third party and built a holiday house on it. According to the findings of the court in Cyprus, however, the rightful owner of the land is in fact Mr. Apostolides, whose family was forced to leave the north as a result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the occupation of the island’s northern third.

The Cypriot Spokesman expressed the conviction that there will not be any thoughts on the part of the Turkish Cypriots to end the negotiations or any other actions that will negatively affect efforts to solve the Cyprus issue.

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