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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-08-01

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    Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas described as unacceptable and condemnable statements by Chief of the Turkish General Staff General Yasar Buyukanit as regards what President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias has said concerning the Turkish occupation army in Cyprus.

    Palmas said that the aggressive attitude of the Turkish army and its decisive role in the political life of Turkey and of course the decisive role it unfortunately plays as regards the Cyprus question and the withdrawal of the Turkish troops from the occupied part of Cyprus are being confirmed.

    Buyukanit had condemned all those who see Turkish armed forces in Cyprus as an occupation force, noting that the Turkish army is in Cyprus to protect the life and properties of Turkish Cypriots.


    The remains of another 23 Greek Cypriots, who were listed as missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, have been identified and are being returned to their families for a proper burial, Elias Georgiades, the Greek Cypriot member of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) has told CNA. He also said that the process of exhumation and identification in the southern government controlled part of the country and the northern Turkish occupied areas continues with a view to be completed in the next three years.

    We have been informed by the forensic experts working at the laboratory that these 23 remains have been identified with the DNA method and more remains are expected to be identified by scientific methods, he said. Georgiades noted that notification of the next of kin has already begun and this is done in a very discreet and delicate manner as the issue is extremely sensitive for those involved.

    The president of the Cyprus Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners of War Nikos Theodosiou told CNA that 300 remains have been exhumed to be identified by the forensic experts from Cyprus and abroad. We are trying to speed up the process as many relatives are very elderly. We are seeing a repetition of the process that took place two to three weeks ago a new cycle which will last a long time as exhumations and identifications continue, Theodosiou added. He said this work is expected to be completed within the next two to three years, provided there are no interruptions, noting that the stalemate that existed two years ago has ended since the CMP has been reactivated and work has begun in earnest.


    Cyprus has registered one of the lowest rates of euro area unemployment in June 2007 at 3.9%.

    According to figures published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, euro area unemployment stood at 6.9%.

    In June 2007, the lowest rates were also registered in the Netherlands (3.3%), Denmark (3.5%) and Ireland (4.0%). Unemployment rates were highest in Slovakia (10.7%) and Poland (10.2%).

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