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12 February 2017
1. Cyprus problem among issues discussed between UNSG -Turkish President
The Cyprus problem was among the issues discussed during the meeting held on Saturday in Turkey between UNSG Antonio Guterres and Turksh President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The Secretary-General and the President also discussed the latest developments in the peace process in Cyprus", a UN Spokesperson said.
2. House President: Turkey places obstacles in efforts for Cyprus solution
Ankara`s actions reveal its real intentions in Cyprus which `certainly do not aim at a just solution of the Cyprus problem`, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has stressed. Speaking at the national memorial service of the EOKA heroes (National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters 1955-59) Stylianos Lenas, Demetrakis Christodoulou and Sotiris Tsaggaris, the House President said that the solution of the Cyprus problem is the most crucial issue for our country, but noted that this goal does not unfortunately depend only on the Greek Cypriot side.
3. Committee on Missing Persons discovers misidentification
The Committee on Missing Persons has discovered a misidentification of remains of a missing person in Cyprus. A CMP announcement says that it has recently finalized the analysis of a set of remains that had been exhumed in 2015 and that DNA analysis of these remains, conducted by Bode Cellmark Forensics in Maryland, USA, indicated that they belonged to a person who had already been identified and returned to relatives in 2009.
4. Minister: Solution must provide for withdrawal of Turkish troops
The solution of the Cyprus problem must provide for the withdrawal of Turkish troops and the abolishment of the system of guarantees, Minister of Agriculture Nicos Kouyalis has said. Meanwhile, Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou said that Turkey`s demand for Turkish citizens to enjoy the four fundamental freedoms is against EU treaties and would have a devastating consequences in the survival struggle of Hellenism in Cyprus.
5. Cabinet Secretary notes President`s efforts for a Cyprus settlement
The President of Cyprus succeeded in putting at the negotiating table all aspects of the Cyprus problem, the Secretary to the Council of Ministers, Theodosis Tsiolas, said on Sunday. Speaking during a memorial service in Deryneia, in the eastern part of Cyprus, Tsiolas added that if Turkey contributes in a positive way, we will soon have a clearer picture of the progress in negotiations.CNA