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Christofias Informs Papademos About Developments in Cyprus Problem

Cyprus President Demetris Christofias informed Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos on Tuesday, during a telephone conversation, about the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, in view of the meeting at Greentree, New York, between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.
A written statement by Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou also said that Christofias informed Papademos about the decision which the National Council took on Monday, following the announcement of the meeting at Greentree.
Stephanou said that on his part, Papademos informed Christofias about the contacts he had with regards to the Cyprus problem.
The National Council – top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem- agreed Monday on the framework President Christofias is to pursue during the meeting of the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Greentree, in New York, in late January.
According to a statement read by the Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou following the 3-hour meeting of the National Council, the main issues the Council agreed on is that President Demetris Christofias must not accept any deadlines, arbitration or an international conference unless the two sides agree on the internal aspects of the Cyprus problem.
The UN Secretary General has extended a new invitation to the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu, to meet with him in New York on January 23-24 in the framework of the UN backed direct talks for the Cyprus problem.
The first meeting between the two leaders and the UNSG took place in November 2010, followed by two more meetings held in Geneva on January 26 and July 7, 2011, during which both sides reaffirmed their commitment to finding a comprehensive solution as soon as possible, while in Geneva, on 26 January 2011, the sides agreed to intensify the negotiations.
After their October 2011 meeting in New York, the leaders continued the Cyprus talks as usual in the UN protected area in Nicosia.
(source: cna)

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