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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-06-09

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    The US will not recognise any government other than the Republic of Cyprus on the island, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried has stressed.

    Speaking at the official dinner of the 17th annual Cyprus Conference, organised by the International Coordinating Committee - Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the World Council of Hellenes (SAE), he also stressed that the American policy on Cyprus ``has been, is now, and shall remain clear and consistent`` in supporting ``a settlement establishing a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation which will reunify Cyprus and its two communities into one country.``

    ``We support and will continue to help energise and guide the UN process to reconcile differences and find common ground leading to a final settlement,`` he said.

    ``And let me stress to you unequivocally: We do not and will not recognise any government other than the Republic of Cyprus on the island of Cyprus. We are clear about this - none of our policies are aimed at or imply `creeping recognition` of any other political entity. Cyprus is one country. We have, and will have, only one Embassy, one Ambassador,`` he said.

    As regards the current situation in Cyprus, he said that both the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots set forth essentially the same goal, namely a common identity and future as Cypriots in one country. ``We must not let this moment pass. The Republic of Cyprus has an opportunity now that, if lost, may not recur - to join its people together again as Cypriots in a united nation, not as opponents, but as partners. We would like both sides to consider the end state to which they aspire - a bi-zonal, bi-communal, federation - and work backwards on how to get there,`` he said.


    New Minister of Justice and Public Order Sophocles Sophocleous took over his duties at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice and Public Order, in the presence of his predecessor Doros Theodorou and members of the staff of the Ministry.

    Sophocleous said that he takes over his duties with feelings of emotion and liability.

    He noted that he will continue ``a political route that has been based and must be based on collectiveness and cooperation between the Minister, the Permanent Secretary, the Police and of course the mass media.``

    ``If this chain is tight, then we will all win the bet which is to upgrade the quality of life of the citizen, by combating issues such as drugs, road accidents, criminality, law offences and others,`` he added

    Theodorou said that anyone who is not ready to come and leave such a post cannot be a politician and that he was ready for this.

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