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President Christofias: Convergences on governance, but no final result yet
2009-10-20 08:26:58

Nicosia, Oct 15 – The President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said that there are convergences between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides on the chapter on governance but there is no final result yet.

In statements after the conclusion of Thursday’s meeting between President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, President Christofias said “there are convergences, there are positive elements on the table regarding governance, but I cannot state that we have a final result.”

President Christofias expressed that during their next meeting they will conclude the discussion on foreign relations and begin the chapter on properties.

In the event that they do not close the issue on the executive power, President Christofias said it will be referred to the package of issues which are not yet closed. In response to a question as to whether that means that there will be a new round of talks, he said that nothing can be excluded.

The President was also asked to elaborate further on the separate statements made earlier by himself and the Turkish Cypriot leader on the intervention of foreigners in the Cyprus problem.

He stressed that actions and interventions on behalf of foreign powers bear the greatest responsibility for Cyprus’ tragedy, the creation and complexity of the Cyprus problem.

“On the other hand,” he added, “Mr. Talat’s position is known, not only does he favor the intervention of the international factor but also arbitration.”

When asked whether the Turkish Cypriot side has accepted the Greek Cypriot side’s revised proposals on the executive power, he said “they did not reject it; they discussed it, but I cannot state that they have accepted it.”

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