‘Some progress’ in talks

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades is con­fi­dent that some progress has been achieved in the UN backed talks for the re­uni­fi­ca­tion of Cyprus, de­spite the neg­a­tive cli­mate cre­ated by the es­tab­lish­ment of a new hard­line coali­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion in the north.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter re­turn­ing from a meet­ing with the Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci, Anas­tasi­ades de­scribed the meet­ing as “good”, not­ing that “some progress has been achieved and this is very sat­is­fac­tory”.

Asked if the com­mon un­der­stand­ings have be­come con­ver­gences, the Pres­i­dent replied “not all of them, some”.

To a ques­tion if he as­cer­tains a change in the Turk­ish Cypriot leader’s stance due to de­vel­op­ments in the oc­cu­pied north of Cyprus the Pres­i­dent replied “no, on the con­trary”.

In­vited to say how im­por­tant he views the visit of US As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Euro­pean and Eurasian Af­fairs Vic­to­ria Nu­land, start­ing Wed­nes­day, and if the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity wants to main­tain the mo­men­tum for a so­lu­tion, the Pres­i­dent said “what we want is not to main­tain the mo­men­tum, but (to reach) a so­lu­tion”.

He ex­plained that the so­lu­tion should be “ac­cept­able, an­swer all the con­cerns of the Greek Cypri­ots and not dis­re­gard the con­cerns of the Turk­ish Cypri­ots. The is­sue is the con­cerns of one side not to af­fect the rights of the other”. Min­istry is sup­port­ing ef­forts for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, cre­at­ing new jobs and strength­en­ing SMEs.

Kouyialis added that a to­tal of 243 mln eu­ros will be al­lo­cated through the new pro­gramme, of which 132.2 mln will be from the Euro­pean Union and 111.1 mln eu­ros will be al­lo­cated by the Repub­lic.

He said that 600 new jobs will be cre­ated, in­clud­ing 350 for young farm­ers, while 170 en­ter­prises and 1,800 farm­ing units will be strength­ened fi­nan­cially. 2015.

Ex­ports /dis­patches of do­mes­ti­cally pro­duced goods, in­clud­ing stores and pro­vi­sions, were EUR 61.5 mln whilst ex­ports /dis­patches of for­eign goods , in­clud­ing stores and pro­vi­sions, were EUR 49.7 mln in Jan­uary.

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