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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-09-13

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  • [01] Pilgrims - Apostle Andreas
  • [02] Morphou Bishop - Enthronement
  • [03] Environment Minister - Brussels
  • [04] Cypriot MP - Council of Europe meeting

  • 0945:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Pilgrims - Apostle Andreas

    Nicosia, Sep 13 (CNA) -- More than one thousand Greek Cypriots crossed today to the northern Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus to visit the monastery of Apostle Andreas.

    The 1.082 pilgrims, who were of all ages, gathered early today at Ledra Palace check point in Nicosia, holding candles.

    Police measures were taken to make sure that things would run smoothly after information that groups objecting to the visit might try to obstruct it.

    Members of the Pancyprian Anti-occupation Movement had earlier this week announced their intention to attempt to cross into the Turkish- occupied areas, demanding their right to free movement and free performance of their religious rites.

    The roads to Ledra Palace check point were blocked by Police and only those whose names were in official lists prepared by the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs were allowed to pass.

    The pilgrims crossed into the Turkish occupied part of the divided city to be transferred in Turkish Cypriot buses to the monastery, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island.

    Protestors objecting to the pilgrimage gathered to the area close to Ledra Palace chanting patriotic songs and stressing: "We do not wish to become tourists to our own homes."

    Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island which resulted in the illegal occupation of 37 per cent of the island's territory.

    An illegal entity unilaterally proclaimed in the Turkish occupied north is recognised by no other state but Turkey.

    A number of UN resolutions have both denounced the illegal proclamation and called upon states not to recognise any other government but that of the Republic of Cyprus while they have also called for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the island.

    CNA MM/GG/MCH/1998

    [02] Morphou Bishop - Enthronement

    Nicosia, Sep 13 (CNA) -- New Morphou Bishop Neophytos was officially enthroned today during a special ceremony held at the Evangelismos church in Nicosia, officiated by Primate of the Church Archbishop Chrysostomos in the presence of President Glafcos Clerides.

    The 38-year-old Bishop was elected last month by the overwhelming majority of the Holy Synod, the abbots and elected representatives of the people.

    He replaces Bishop Chrysanthos who passed away in January 1996. Bishop Neophytos is from the Turkish occupied village of Zodia, in the Morphou district, which has been partially occupied by Turkish troops since their invasion in 1974. He is based temporarily in Evrychou village, west of Nicosia.

    The Bishop has a degree in law and in theology. Speaking at the ceremony, Morphou Mayor Antigone Papadopoulou referred to the tragic consequences of the Turkish invasion and said the people of Morphou trust their new Bishop.

    CNA MA/GG/1998

    [03] Environment Minister - Brussels

    Nicosia, Sep 13 (CNA) -- Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Costas Themistocleous, leaves for Brussels today to participate in the 4th unofficial meeting of the Environment Ministers of countries that have applied for European Union (EU) membership.

    Issues such as EU enlargement procedures, EU financial aid in harmonisation, the laws and policies of countries aiming to join the Union, as well as the global climate change will be discussed at the meeting.

    Themistocleous, who is heading a delegation, is participating at the invitation of the EU Environment Commissioner and will speak on climate change.

    CNA MA/GG/1998

    [04] Cypriot MP - Council of Europe meeting

    Nicosia, Sep 13 (CNA) -- The head of the Cyprus delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, MP Panayiotis Demetriou, left today for Paris to participate in the meetings of the Assembly presidency and the heads of delegations.

    The meetings, to be held September 14, will deal with issues such as the Assembly report, that Demetriou will present at a session in Strasbourg on September 21-25.

    The situation in Albania, elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Council of Europe 1999 budgets and Yugoslavia's application to become a full member will also be discussed.

    CNA MA/GG/1998
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