Cyprus leaders discuss executive of united country at UNbacked talks

10 September 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today discussed issues related to the election of the president and vice president of a united republic as they continued United Nations-backed talks on unifying the Mediterranean island. Both sides put forward new “bridging proposals,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer told journalists following the talks between Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in Nicosia. But he declined to give any details. “I think you will understand and respect the fact that these sorts of negotiations work best if the leaders are able to discuss these things with a degree of privacy,” he said, noting that the discussions on the proposals, which followed earlier disagreement on the issue, will continue next week.“We are pleased with the way it’s progressing,” he added.UN peacekeepers have been deployed since 1964 to prevent inter-communal fighting on the island. In May last year, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”The partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.After today’s talks the two leaders attended a reception for Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot artists whose works, produced with UN backing, adorn the walls of the world body’s premises in Nicosia, including the room where the two leaders met. read more

SC instructs AG to draft rule document in Ranjans contempt case

The AG had been instructed by the Supreme Court to examine the statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake which was reportedly critical of the court. The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Attorney General (AG) to draft a rule document to show cause on the contempt of court allegations against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake.The Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court earlier this month that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt in a statement made by Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake. The Deputy Minister had made the statement in Parliament. The Supreme Court had wanted the AG to see if the statement made by the Deputy Minister is one which can be charged for contempt of court and the Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that at a glance, there is a prima facie case of contempt.The case has been postponed for July 30. (Colombo Gazette) read more