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6 avril 2010

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has congratulated the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus on their joint statement (30.3.2010), which he believes highlights their stronger than ever commitment to a solution of the Cyprus problem.

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has also welcomed the joint statement of the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus on the progress achieved in the talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

 »I welcome the joint statement announced by the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat. It shows the level of commitment and responsibility that the two leaders are putting in the settlement talks. The statement shows also the important progress achieved since the full fledged negotiations started on 3 September 2008, » Barroso said. He added that “these achievements clearly demonstrate that a settlement is in reach and that there is a chance to finalise the talks in the next few months. »

President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek has welcomed the joint statement of the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, as well.

 »The settlement of the Cyprus issue is very important for both Greek and Turkish Cypriots and for the European Union as a whole. Despite the considerable challenges posed by the talks, I praise the commitment, courage and determination shown in the negotiations. This is a ‘win-win’ situation. I encourage both parties to continue and go ahead with the process after the upcoming elections, » Buzek says in a statement.

Buzek recalls that the European Parliament issued a resolution on Turkey’s 2009 progress report, which states that the settlement of the Cyprus question will bring greater stability, prosperity and security to the Eastern Mediterranean and allow for the rapid improvement of EU-NATO relations as well as unblocking Turkey’s own accession process to the European Union.

The US State Department has expressed its support towards the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus for their “courageous efforts” to find a solution in Cyprus.

Invited to comment on the joint statement issued Tuesday by the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, a State Department official said that “as the leaders take a break in the negotiations, we want to take this opportunity to reiterate our support for their courageous efforts to find a solution”.

“We were encouraged to hear this week that the leaders have made important progress on EU matters and the economy, in addition to their earlier convergences in governance and power-sharing. The two leaders have shown great courage in pursuing these negotiations, and what they have achieved is significant”, he added.

The State Department official noted that “President Obama has made clear our support for a just and lasting settlement that reunifies the island into a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation”.

The leaders of the two communities, namely President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunify the island.

Joint Statement of the two Leaders

(30 March 2010)

We have been engaged in a serious effort to find a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem in the shortest possible time. We express our appreciation to the United Nations Secretary General for his mission of Good Offices entrusted to him by the Security Council and for his efforts aimed at finding a mutually agreed solution of the Cyprus problem.

After many meetings that have taken place to date, and our discussions on all aspects of the Cyprus problem, we are encouraged by the important progress we have made so far on the Chapters of Governance and Power Sharing, EU Matters and the Economy and we are convinced that with perseverance we shall achieve a comprehensive settlement.

We underscore the fact that negotiations are being conducted under the overriding principle of the “integrated whole approach”, which means that “nothing is agreed unless everything is agreed”.

We are convinced that our mutual concern for the common good of the Greek-Cypriots and the Turkish-Cypriots and our will for a comprehensive solution will soon lead us to an exhaustive discussion of the remaining aspects of the Cyprus problem and the overcoming of the divergent positions soon, so as to achieve a mutually acceptable solution that will be put to separate simultaneous referenda.

Whilst the negotiations remain confidential, it is recognized that the leaders may explain to their communities the progress made so far and the differences that still need to be resolved.

Cyprus News Agency

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