Browse through our Interesting Nodes for Greek Maritime Issues Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923)
HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Tuesday, 21 March 2023
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Interesting Nodes
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts

Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 97-12-23

Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Church vows to continue search for stolen treasures
  • [02] Kasoulides proposes meeting with Cem
  • [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange future discussed

  • 1510:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Church vows to continue search for stolen treasures

    Nicosia, Dec 23 (CNA) -- The Church of Cyprus will continue to seek and retrieve through various means religious or other treasures stolen from Cyprus' Turkish occupied part, Archbishop Chrysostomos said here today.

    The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus also called on UNESCO, the UN body dealing with culture, to try and put an end to cultural ethnic cleansing in the Turkish occupied areas.

    Speaking at a press conference, a day after 32 stolen pieces of mosaics and frescoes returned to Cyprus, the Archbishop said the only way to stop smuggling of art treasures from occupied Cyprus is to end the island's division.

    He said the Church was first notified that the treasures were located in Germany in August and by the end of November many items were confiscated from Turkish Cypriot art smuggler Aydin Dikmen.

    "So far 210 items have been found and the German authorities said they would return them to us once we prove our ownership," the Archbishop said.

    The Archbishop refrained from disclosing any details about either the cost of retrieving the treasures or the means applied to achieve this but said the information available does not implicate any Greek Cypriots.

    The press conference heard that UNESCO cannot intervene in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus because it does not recognise the self-styled Turkish Cypriot "authorities".

    Replying to questions, the Archbishop said "there are no international legal means to apply to for the return of our treasures". He noted the difficulties in bringing home stolen treasures "when the people (Greek Cypriots) who were forced out of their homes are prevented from returning by the Turkish occupation troops."

    "The only way to put a halt to this cultural ethnic cleansing is to end Turkey's illegal occupation of the island," the Archbishop said.

    He also said he would suggest to the Holy Synod that it bestows on Tasoula Hadjitofi, Cyprus' Honorary Consul in the Netherlands, the medal of Apostle Barnabas, the founder of the Church of Cyprus, for her untiring efforts to retrieve stolen treasures.

    Hadjitofi said it was important to publicise the plundering of Cyprus' cultural heritage in the occupied areas, but stressed the need to have solid evidence before any procedure is instigated for the return of art treasures.

    Speaking at the press conference, Attorney General Alecos Markides said the government has requested the German authorities to have Dikmen extradited for criminal offences.

    He also said the destruction of the cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus cannot take place without the tolerance of the occupation regime.

    Police chief Panicos Hadjiloizou said there is cooperation with the German police on two counts, to collect information about the case in hand as well as Dikmen's extradition.

    CNA MM/MA/1997

    [02] Kasoulides proposes meeting with Cem

    Nicosia, Dec 23 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has proposed a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ismail Cem, to exchange views on the solution to the Cyprus problem.

    "Only if there is a public exchange of views and positions between Turkey and Cyprus, will Ankara be convinced to advise Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to change his position on the solution to the Cyprus problem," Kasoulides said today.

    The Foreign Minister said he has proposed to Cem to meet "when and where" he wants, not to negotiate a Cyprus settlement but to exchange views.

    Kasoulides revealed he had conveyed a similar invitation to Cem in the past, through a third party which he did not name.

    His proposal was rejected, he said, as the Turkish Foreign Minister replied he did not want to give the impression that negotiations were taking place behind Denktash's back.

    Elaborating on the reason why he made such a proposal, Kasoulides said that over a meeting the two countries could clarify their intentions on the Cyprus issue.

    "If Turkey has the wrong impression on the government's intentions, then we could clarify them and visa versa," he added.

    Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and continues to occupy 37 percent of the island's territory.

    CNA KK/MA/MM/1997

    [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange future discussed

    Nicosia, Dec 23 (CNA) -- Measures to promote Cyprus as a regional and international stock market and economic centre were discussed today, during a meeting the Finance Minister had with officials and members of the Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE).

    It was decided that a committee comprising officials of the government and the CSE, as well as brokers, will study the measures and submit them at a meeting scheduled for January 15.

    Finance Minister, Christodoulos Christodoulou, said the CSE operation and its prospects were discussed as well as the introduction of new incentives.

    Christodoulou said the possibility of off-shore companies investing in CSE company stocks and of Greek companies introducing their shares to the CSE were discussed.

    He added that other issues, mainly regarding tax incentives that would attract the introduction of shares were also under scrutiny.

    The Finance Minister expressed the hope the package of incentives will be announced in mid January.

    CNA MA/RG/1997
    Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2023 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    cna2html v1.04c run on Tuesday, 23 December 1997 - 18:37:08 UTC