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New momentum for a solution. Talks to settle the Cyprus problem set to resume on Friday

After a seven-month break, talks to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem will resume on Friday, special representative of the United Nations’ Secretary General to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide announced on Monday.

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Post originally appeared on Cyprus Mail.

The announcement followed the “social dinner” Barth Eide hosted for the leaders of the two communities, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, at the Ledra Palace hotel on Monday night.

Announcing the resumption of the talks, the UN special envoy said the dinner was held in a “positive climate”, and that the two leaders “shared their vision for the future of Cyprus”.

“This is an opportunity that will be grasped, and it’s truly rewarding to work with leaders with such strong commitment, that share the challenges in a common effort to find a solution,” Barth Eide said.

“And I very much look forward to the continuation of the talks. We will continue to work from the morning of Friday, 15 May.”

Moments after the announcement, the Norwegian mediator tweeted a recap of the evening.

“After an inspiring leaders’ dinner, I just announced that Cyprus talks will resume on 15 May,” he posted.

Anastasiades and Akinci arrived minutes apart at Ledra Palace hotel shortly after 8 pm, with a Scottish regiment saluting each of them on arrival, while a red carpet was laid down at the hotel’s entrance as Barth Eide personally greeted the leaders.

Approximately half an hour after disappearing into the Ledra Palace hotel, Anastasiades and Akinci reappeared before the crowd and cameras outside for a ceremonial handshake.

Outside, dozens of Greek and Turkish Cypriots gathered in support of a settlement, holding up pro-solution signs.

The crowd was undeterred by brief spells of rain.

Before getting to the dinner, Anastasiades posted a couple of tweets.

“First meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci,” the first one read – with the ‘Cyprus’ hashtag attached.

And minutes later he followed this up with:

“I hope that the conditions for a substantive dialogue will be created, which will lead to the reunification of our country,” but the hashtag in this one was ‘United Cyprus’.

Following the initial tete-a-tete between the two leaders and Barth Eide, which lasted a little over half an hour, they were joined by Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis and Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami for dinner.

UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim was also in attendance.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC radio on Monday that apart from the social nature of the dinner, discussions would focus not only on a possible date for the resumption of talks but also on possibly seeing a more enhanced role of the leaders in the process.

During the previous round the leaders met only as necessary and the bulk of the work was carried out by the two negotiators. Frequency of meetings would also be discussed, the spokesman said.

“There is expected to be a substantial discussion concerning the future of the common objectives for the reunification of our country and it has not been ruled out that Mr Akinci will inform the President on some of his thoughts with regard to Confidence Building Measures (CBMs),” Christodoulides added.

Christodoulides said the talks would begin from where they left off last year. Monday meeting is the first time the two leaders have met since Akinci was elected last month.

Barth Eide has held separate meetings with both leaders and other interlocutors to finalise arrangements for the resumption of full-fledged negotiations.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Anastasiades is likely to convene a meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus issue, next week.

Ahead of the dinner, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, in an interview with Turkish Millyet newspaper, said Akinci`s election was encouraging.

He said Anastasiades and Akinci had a great opportunity to find a solution.

Kasoulides said Cyprus and Turkey could have friendly relations if the latter withdrew its army from the island. “The Cyprus issue will be solved with the Turkish Cypriots. For me, it is very important for Cyprus to have friendly relations with Turkey. If the Cyprus problem is resolved, they will have friendly relations,” he added.

Regarding Confidence Building Measures, Kasoulides said it was possible to open the fenced off city of Varosha as well as Ercan (Tymbou) airport and Famagusta port. He said that Varosha needed to be handed over to the UN.

Regarding Ercan, Kasoulides said there were solutions that the International Civil Aviation Organisation could offer. “I have a problem travelling to Brussels. Why can I not travel via Ercan once flights out of this airport become legal?” the minister said.

References:

http://cyprus-mail.com/2015/05/11/akinci-and-anastasiades-meet-at-ledra-palace/

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Do Europeans support the notion that the countries of the EU be the nuclear war playground of the United States?

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Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war.

America has elected to completely ignore scientists warnings that we have 12 years to reverse an environmental disaster.

As far as nuclear obliteration, Trump announced that the US is withdrawing from the INF treaty, which eliminated short range missiles deployed in Western Europe, on Russia’s doorstep. It’s the equivalent of Russia placing nuclear missiles in Venezuela.

A provocation, which enables US supplied missiles to be launched, only a few minutes flight time to Moscow.

That, of course sharply increases the nuclear danger. Historically on both sides, attack warnings given by automated systems have often proved faulty in the past; that, if enacted upon, would have meant the end of life as we know it.

Anyone familiar with contemporary military history knows that it’s a virtual miracle that we have so far avoided nuclear war.

Politically within Europe, the attack on democracy is very clear. Unchallenged undemocratic institutions in Brussels exist that is, in the main, part of the problem of the UK BREXIT negotiations.

Why does the public readily accept wars, engineered by our morally bankrupt governments to create ‘regime change’ in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Ukraine and soon to be Venezuela followed by Nicaragua and Iran, with such a muted outcry?

That preemptive nuclear attacks are even thought of shows the insanity of Western leadership controlled by vested financial interests led by the Military/Security Industrial Complex and bankers. Those same interests created both ‘industrialised’ World Wars in the 20th Century.

Our governments do not listen to the people. When two million hit the streets of London before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it made not an iota of difference to Tony Blair’s government.

Today, people’s apathy is notably caused by conditioning’, maybe better described as we’ve been ‘disciplined’ by MSM propaganda and family’s economic necessity to focus on their income, have made us so, due to our governments mismanagement of our economies.

Example, our university students are saddled with impossible to repay debt for a reason; to keep future generations ‘disciplined’.

No one has time or dare show any dissent especially given the Orwellian ‘newspeak’ environment that is created by ‘political correctness’.

Back to the subject of Russia phobia. The Western narrative against Russia is, in the main, the below:

* that Russia tried to murder the Skripals. Let the British government, who seem to be holding the Skripals against their will, prove they are not, by letting them be interviewed by the World’s Press.

* Ukraine – For over four years, the governments of NATO and the MSM have been waging the new cold war against Russia. This began with the ‘Maidan’ protests in Kyiv, Ukraine in early 2014 that culminated in the overthrow, universally acknowledged to have been engineered by the CIA, of Ukraine’s elected president and Parliament in February 2014. Putting in power an ultra neo-Nazi government, that in particular voiced hatred against all things Russian…and Jewish. Which MSM, TV news or newspapers, says so?

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We can stop the consolidation of power of the global military/security industrial complex, its war party associates, and specifically the US, UK and EU deep state political and financial elite that no doubt exists. We must elect new leaders, it’s that simple.

To quote Noam Chomsky “….power is always illegitimate, unless it proves itself to be legitimate. So the burden of proof is always on those who claim that some authoritarian hierarchic government is legitimate. If they can’t prove it, then it should be dismantled.”

Implicit in this statement is change by either elections or revolutions.

The French people have shown us when enough is enough by their persistent resistance to their government.

Do Europeans support the notion that the countries of the EU be the nuclear war playground of the United States?

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I am reliably told that Theresa May told Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith, Steve Baker, Jacob Rees Mogg, David Davis et al at Chequers that she will quit if they vote for her deal, including the backstop they hate.

But she gave no specifics. So there is not a lot of trust she would actually quit.

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