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30 September 2017

1. UN Chief says good offices Mission available if Cypriot sides ready to re-engage

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated on Saturday he is ready to deploy his Good Offices mission if the two Cypriot sides demonstrate their readiness to re-engage in fresh talks for the settlement of the Cyprus problem. "The Secretary-General reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to Cyprus, including the availability of his good offices for a resumption of the talks as soon as the sides demonstrate their readiness to re-engage," a readout issued after a meeting between Guterres with Turkish CYpriot leader Mustafa Akinci said.

2. We seek a viable solution to end occupation and unite Cyprus, says Palmas

Our aim is to achieve a viable solution that will reunite the island divided since 1974 Turkish invasion and put an end to the Turkish occupation leading the country to a new era, Deputy Minister to President Vassilis Palmas has said. In his address at a national memorial service for two soldiers from the village of Potamiou, who were killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion and for the missing of the community, Palmas said that our equitable demand is at last for Turkey to assume its responsibilities so that the investigation into the fate of all missing persons to continue unhindered and in a more effective way.

3. Justice Minister calls for unity to counter Turkish intransigence

Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou called for unity in order to counter Turkish intransigence vis-à-vis a Cyprus settlement.  Speaking on Sunday at a memorial service, in Nicosia, for the soldiers who lost their lives defending the Cypriot capital during the 1974 Turkish invasion, Nicolaou said that the national cause needs to become the “patriotic common denominator of all our collective aspirations”.CNA
 
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