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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-07-06

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    House of Representatives President Marios Garoyian said that the Greek Cypriot side is ``ready for an honourable and fair compromise,`` a solution providing for a bicommunal bizonal federation, adding that the Turkish side is pursuing a settlement ``based on the terms of Turkey and its strategic schemes, which will not even serve the interests of the Turkish Cypriots.``

    Speaking at a memorial service for soldiers killed during the Turkish invasion, Garoyian said ``we press on steadfastly and consistent with our positions, with political will to reach a solution,`` adding that the same good will must be shown on behalf of the Turkish side if a solution is to be found.

    Garoyian noted that the key to a settlement was in Ankara and that the international community should turn to Turkey and exert pressure.

    Referring to the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, Garoyian said that ``despite the good will of our side and despite the flexible efforts of the President of the Republic, the Turkish side is insisting on its intransigent positions.``

    He added that developments so far did not lead to the conclusion that there were favourable circumstances that would allow for substantive direct negotiations aiming at a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Garoyian said that the leaders of the two communities would be meeting again on July 25 and expressed hope that by then the working groups and technical committees will have intensified efforts so that the meeting would produce substantive results and determine progress.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said on Sunday that the reunification of Cyprus can be achieved in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality, as set out in UN Security Council resolutions, and expressed hope that sufficient progress will be made so that the process for a settlement of the Cyprus solution can move forward

    Speaking at a memorial service, Stephanou pointed out the need ``to be more than ever faithful to the aims of our struggle and be realistic in our pursuits, without of course dismissing rights and principles,`` adding that the aim of President Demetris Christofias` policy is to break the deadlocks.

    Referring to the ongoing process to reach a settlement, Stephanou said ``the aim of the dialogue is to prepare the ground for direct talks between the President of the Republic and the Turkish Cypriot leader for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, which will terminate the occupation and settling, reunite the territory, the people, the institutions and the economy of our country.``

    ``The reunification of our homeland can be achieved in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality, in which there will be political equality, as set out in relevant UN Security Council resolutions,`` he said.

    He added that during their next meeting on July 25, the leaders of the two communities will review the work of the working groups and technical committees and will decide whether or not to begin direct negotiations.

    ``Our hope and expectations is for sufficient progress to have been made so that the process can move forward,`` Stephanou concluded.


    The European Championships in Shotgun begin at Nicosia`s Olympic Shooting Range with a total of 388 athletes from 40 countries, including Turkey, which covering the disciplines of trap, double trap and skeet, in the last shooting sport event before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

    The Championships will be inaugurated with an opening ceremony which will take place on Sunday by Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides and European Shooting Confederation President Unni Nicolaysen.

    From the list of participants, Russia has the largest team comprising 40 athletes, followed by Great Britain with 37, Italy 33 and Germany with 30, with the smallest in terms of participation being Andora, Serbia and Switzerland with two athletes. Turkey will participate in the Championships with 20 athletes. Cyprus will compete with eleven athletes.

    According to the programme, the closing ceremony will take place on the last day of the competition on July 13. The awarding ceremonies will take place after the completion of each event.

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