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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-09-26

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS - SYRIA - SHIP
  • [02] SPOKESMAN - OCCUPIED AREAS
  • [03] CYPRUS - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
  • [04] SPOKESMAN - US STANCE

  • [01] CYPRUS - SYRIA - SHIP

    Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas said on Wednesday that Cyprus did not wish for its excellent relations with Syria to be affected by the case of a ship sailing from closed port of Famagusta to a Syrian port, and would exhaust all efforts in order to settle the matter.

    Palmas also said the issue should be clarified by a meeting on Wednesday in New York between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and Syria.

    ``We have longstanding excellent relations with Syria. Our aim is not to have any disorder,`` he said, adding that ``of course a very serious problem has arisen and we will try, as the Republic of Cyprus, to exhaust all the margins, through dialogue, on all levels, so that the issue regarding this serious development is settled.``

    Replying to questions, Palmas said the Government would exhaust all the means at its disposal to create again positive circumstances in the relations of the two countries.

    [02] SPOKESMAN - OCCUPIED AREAS

    The Cypriot Government considers the so-called compensation commission for Greek Cypriot properties in the Turkish occupied areas to be a ``gimmick`` aimed at causing unrest and problems for the Republic of Cyprus and counterbalancing the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas said on Wednesday.

    Commenting on press reports that the so-called commission of the occupation regime had begun notifying the lawyers of Greek Cypriot interested parties that they would soon be summoned to settle their cases, Palmas said the state could not officially know what contacts were being made privately between those wishing for an amicable settlement.

    [03] CYPRUS - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    Cypriot Minister of the Interior Christos Patsalides said on Wednesday that illegal immigration from the Turkish occupied areas of the island was one of the most serious problems faced by the Republic of Cyprus today.

    Patsalides could not say exactly how many illegal immigrants were crossing the ceasefire line into the government-controlled areas of the Republic every year, noting however that available data indicated that they reached a few thousand.

    [04] SPOKESMAN - US STANCE

    Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas said that ``we must show self-restraint`` regarding the US stance on the Cyprus problem.

    Palmas was commenting on remarks by US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicolas Burns after a meeting in New York with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Dora Bakoyiannis that now is the time to get the international process on Cyprus rolling again and get some momentum behind this process, and that the United States were ``really dedicated to that.``


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