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The agenda of the next meeting between the two leaders, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, has been agreed between the two negotiators Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami at a meeting they had on Thursday.

The agenda of their next meeting has been agreed

The discussion during the meeting between Mavroyiannis and Nami which took place in the presence of UN SG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide was “very productive,” CNA sources have said.

The same sources added that the agenda of the meeting between the two leaders next Tuesday has been agreed.

This was the last meeting between the two negotiators before the leaders` meeting.


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AEK and PAOK have advanced to the Greek Cup final after seeing off Olympiakos and Panathinaikos respectively in quite turbulent circumstances this week. The two teams that trace their origins in Constantinople will meet in a Cup final after 34 years.

AEK and PAOK have advanced to the Greek Cup final after seeing off Olympiakos and Panathinaikos

AEK managed to defend its 2-1 lead from the first leg in Piraeus losing 1-0 at home on Wednesday but eliminating Olympiakos on the away goals rule.

The Reds were dominant almost throughout the second leg at the Olympic Stadium but only found a way through eight minutes from the end with Alaixys Romao. This set the game on fire in the last few minutes, with Oscar Cardozo missing a huge chance to send Olympiakos to the final as his header hit the upright on the 90th minute.

Playing in front of some 40,000 fans, AEK saw its goalkeeper Yiannis Anestis get sent off in injury time, and the completion of its substitutions meant that striker Hugo Almeida was forced to put the gloves on and become an emergency keeper for the last couple of minutes of the game. Olympiakos’s Manuel da Costa also got ejected for a second bookable offense right at the end.

The Reds protested loudly against the referee for his calls, and their sports director Francois Modesto threatened one of the match’s officials.

In Thessaloniki on Thursday PAOK overturned its 2-0 loss from the first leg in Athens triumphing 4-0 in a match where it had everything going its way, including luck and a number of referee decisions.

Panathinaikos was the better team in the first half and missed at least five major chances (mainly via Viktor Klonaridis) to silence the Toumba Stadium, but it was PAOK that led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a marvelous free-kick on the 14th minute.

The second half was all PAOK, with three goals coming from Leo Matos, Evgen Shakhov and Aleksandar Prijovic, while the Greens were reduced to 10 men on the 70th minute (with the score at 2-0) due to a (harsh) second yellow card shown to Niklas Hult.

The match was interrupted for three minutes in the first half as a flare thrown from the stands breezed past Panathinaikos’s Lucas Villafanes.

The Cup final will take place on Saturday May 6, probably in Larissa.


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Eleftheria Arvanitaki

Eleftheria Arvanitaki is the voice of contemporary Greece. With a career spanning more than three decades, she has been a tireless ambassador of the Greek music scene to world and ethnic music festivals across the world, receiving high acclaim.

The clarity and emotional strength of her voice, combined with the lyricism and sophisticated instrumentation of her music, which blends traditional and contemporary influences from Greece and the Mediterranean basin, aim straight at your heart whether or not you understand the words.

Eleftheria’s appeal, like music itself, knows no borders. Whether performing at the much-awaited summer tours at open theatres across Greece or in world esteemed concert halls such as the Southbank Centre in London or the Carnegie Hall in New York, Eleftheria’s performances have been selling out, receiving worldwide recognition.

Highlights of Eleftheria’s international acclaim include an invitation in 2004 to represent Europe in Philip Glass’s project “Orion”, which toured the world, an invitation by the Pope in 1999 to sing in the celebrations of the ‘Giubileo della Terra’ series of events in Rome, singing for Athens 2004 Olympics, and collaborations with artists such as Cesaria Evora and Teofilo Chantre from Capo Verde, Dulce Pontes from Portugal, the American-Armenian composer Ara Dinkjian, the Spanish group Amaral, and the famous Spanish Grammy awarded, song-writer and producer Javier Limon for her album “Mirame”.

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Demands by the Turkish side at the Geneva Conference on the Cyprus problem last January and onwards have led to difficulties in the UN-led peace talks, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos has said.

Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos

He pointed out however that the Greek Cypriot side will continue to show political will and will keep trying with all means available for progress in the negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus.

Papadopoulos was talking to the press after today’s meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus issue. The political leaders were briefed by President Nicos Anastasiades on the talks, which resumed last week following a two month suspension because the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci walked out condemning a decision taken by the Cyprus House on the 1950 enosis (union) referendum.

He said that the National Council also exchanged views on the situation in Turkey following the referendum on April 16 for constitutional reforms as well as Ankara`s provocations in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone ( EEZ). Turkey has issued a navigational warning (NAVTEX) and has reserved an area within the territorial sea, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Cyprus off the coast of Famagusta for the conduct of seismic surveys, between 21 April and 30 June 2017, by the survey vessel “BARBAROS HAYREDDIN PAŞA” and support vessel “BRAVO SUPPORTER”.

Papadopoulos described the meeting as fruitful, saying that the exchange of ideas took place in a very good atmosphere.

Invited to comment on statements about a stalemate in the talks, he said that convergences and progress were made in the past, but now “we are faced with some difficulties and our side is showing good will to help overcome them.”

He added that the Greek Cypriot side will not abandon the negotiating table and the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, and will intensify these efforts for progress to take place.

Papadopoulos also said that soon there will be another meeting of the National Council.

Replying to a question on possible efforts made by some to attribute responsibilities to the President, as well as to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Papadopoulos said that he is not aware of who is trying to attribute such responsibilities.

He underlined that the Greek Cypriot side is showing real political will and the President himself has taken bold decisions in the past in order for the dialogue to move forward. He also said that at this point it is not wise to get involved in a blame game and should remain focused on the aim to reunify our country.

Asked what steps have been taken to address the Turkish provocations in Cyprus` EEZ, he said that too many things have been done with respect to developments at any given time. Papadopoulos said that that patience and unity should prevail.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.


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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed today hope that the new round of talks will lead to convergences between the two sides, that will bring about a Cyprus settlement.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L)-Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci (R)

Speaking on Tuesday, at the Presidential Palace, the President underlined that convergences need to be in line with EU principles and values, as well as the international law and must lead to a functioning state, without disregarding the concerns of any side.

President Anastasiades met on Tuesday with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, in the framework of UN-led talks for a Cyprus settlement. This was the first meeting between the leaders of the two communities after a two-month intermission.

Upon his return to the Presidential Palace, following a 3-hours meeting, the President welcomed the resumption of talks and said that they had a constructive exchange of views. He announced that the leaders agreed to the dates of their four next meetings, with the first one taking place on April 20.

According to the President, the negotiators of the two sides will meet on Wednesday, in order to bring forward their proposals for the continuation of the dialogue.

Asked if the Turkish side accepted a proposal for drafting a “triptych” with convergences and divergences, the President replied that “based on the triptych there will be further deliberations between the negotiators and of course between the leaders”.

The President was also asked if UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide will assume a different role in the current stage of negotiations and replied negatively. If both sides wish so, they will submit certain questions to Eide, in order to provide them with examples or opinions, he added.

Commenting on the issue of setbacks in previous convergences, coming from the Turkish side, the President of the Republic said that this will be discussed between the negotiators and between the leaders in their four next meetings.

The President said, moreover, that they also discussed a possible continuation of the Geneva Conference, noting however that progress on pending issues needs to precede such a conference.

We are not against a conference that will discuss guarantees and the presence of Turkish occupation troops on the island, as long as it is not according to Turkey`s preconditions, but rather the result of a dialogue between the two leaders, President Anastasiades underlined.

He also dismissed the notion about a formal or informal timetable and said that reaching a settlement depends on the genuine will of each side. “Therefore, there is no timetable, nor an upgraded role for the United Nations” he underlined.

Asked finally if the issue of natural gas was raised during today`s meeting by the Turkish Cypriot leader, President Anastasiades replied that nothing similar was discussed “nor would it be possible for me to accept negotiating the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

On April 4, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus announced that talks would resume, following consultations with both sides and other deliberations.


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APOEL achieved a great victory over Omonia in the derby of Nicosia, and in combination with the results of the other two games of the Group A of the Cyprus League, the team from Nicosia extended its lead from Apollon and AEK.

APOEL has extended its lead from Apollon and AEK

The results of match day 4 of the second phase of the championship are as follows:

Group A: APOEL-Omonia 1-0, Anorthosis – Apollon 3-1, AEL-AEK 2-1.
Standings: APOEL 71, Apollon 64, AEK 62, AEL 58, Omonia 54, Anorthosis 42.

Group B: Doxa-Ethnicos 3-3, Karmiotissa-Nea Salamina 2-0, Ermis-Aris 2-1.

Doxa-Karmiotissa 3-0, Aris – Ethnicos Achnas 0-1, Nea Salamina-Ermis 19:00.
Standings: Ermis 41, Nea Salamina 37, Ethnikos 34, Karmiotissa 33, Aris 30, Doxa 27.


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The Cyprus House plenary passed on Friday, by 30 votes in favour and 20 against, a bill tabled by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party for a legislative amendment to shift decision-making power on school celebrations from the Parliament to the Ministry of Education.

Thirty MPs vote in favour and twenty against DISY’s bill

The bill was tabled by three DISY MPs Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis, Georgios Karoullas and Annita Demetriou, in the aftermath of a dispute caused by the introduction of a brief annual commemoration of the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum in state schools, prompting Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to withdraw from the reunification talks until the decision was rescinded.

The UN announced on Tuesday that talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11.


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Talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11, the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, announced on Tuesday.

Archive photo: President Anastasiades (L) – T/C Leader Mustafa Akinci (R)

According to a press release issued by the Secretary-General`s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus “Cyprus talks will resume following consultations with both sides and today’s meeting between the Secretary-General and the Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci in Brussels”.

It adds that leaders will resume negotiations on Tuesday 11 April, at 10am local time (07.00 GMT) and the meeting will be held under the auspices of Eide.

The resumption of talks was announced earlier by Espen Barth Eide, who posted on his twitter account that “After consultations with @AnastasiadesCY & @MustafaAkinci_1 following Sunday`s dinner, we have agreed that #CyptusTalks resume 11 April”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades has described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House is set to vote on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April.

The UN Secretary General Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide hosted a dinner last Sunday for President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. In an announcement, issued after the dinner, the UN noted that the two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots and exchanged ideas about the way ahead.

Furthermore, the announcement said that Espen Barth Eide would continue his interaction with them in order to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible.


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