President Christofias: We must look to the future
Nicosia, Sep 10 – President Demetris Christofias believes that good spirit characterizes the second round of the UN-led negotiations which began September 10, and said that the discussion on procedural matters will continue at next week’s meeting.
President Christofias expressed the hope that events like the ones at the Limnitis checkpoint, on the northwest, which led to the postponement of his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will not be repeated.
Speaking to reporters after the end of his meeting with Mr. Talat, which signaled the start of the second round of the UN-sponsored direct talks, President Christofias said that next week, when the leaders hold their next meeting, they will discuss further the procedure of the talks, stressing however, that “the procedure will not change.”
A pilgrimage from the village of Pyrgos in Paphos district to the church of Saint Mamas in the Turkish occupied area of Morphou, via the Limnitis checkpoint, was called off last week, due to long delays caused by the Turkish Cypriot side. This led to the postponement of the September 3 meeting between the leaders of the two communities.
“We have said that the Limnitis incident should be set aside and we should look forward in the hope that from now on, we won’t witness similar events,” the President remarked.
President Christofias said that he as well and Mr. Talat talked with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot artists who are exhibiting their work at the “Eyeport” at the now defunct Nicosia International Airport, in the buffer zone.
He said the two talked about art and the role of artists, noting that for “years now artists have reconciled”.
What remains, he added, is for us leaders to act and make real the challenge of the artists for peace, for a solution to the Cyprus issue and reunification of our country and people.