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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-07-31

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    The decision not to ban the ruling AKP party in Turkey, adopted by the Constitutional Court Wednesday is a positive outcome, Marcos Kyprianou, Minister of Foreign Affairs has said.

    Speaking after a meeting with the heads of the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Cyprus, Kyprianou stressed that any political crisis in Turkey that could result in the strengthening of the military establishment, would hinder the process for the solution of the Cyprus problem.

    He also noted that the Turkish Government, despite its public statements referring to a two separate states solution of the Cyprus problem, it has shown a more conciliatory attitude.

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs also pointed out that Turkeys political system presents constitutional and other political problems that differentiate it from the political systems of other European states.

    Invited to comment on a statement the so-called prime minister of the illegal regime in the northern occupied area of Cyprus Ferdi Sabit Soyer made Wednesday, that the Turkish Cypriot community is opening up 18 new chapters in the context of its alleged harmonization with the EU, Kyprianou said that it is not true.

    The Turkish Cypriot community is not a state, nor an EU candidate, Kyprianou said, and added, This is part of the EU assistance to the Turkish Cypriot community to meet the Acquis Communautaire, and in order to facilitate its implementation after the Cyprus problem will be solved.

    Kyprianou also clarified that the Republic of Cyprus has joined the European Union in 2004, and that the Acquis Communautaire, under the Protocol 10, was suspended on the areas that are not controlled by the Republic of Cyprus.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.


    Australia welcomes the agreement between Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, to commence fully fledged negotiations towards a lasting settlement to the longstanding Cyprus dispute.

    This is stated in a written statement by Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, who notes that the opportunity to bring a lasting settlement to Cyprus should not be missed. The situation in Cyprus has endured for far too long. Australia urges both leaders to look to the future, to be flexible in their negotiations and to be prepared to compromise. The challenges ahead will be difficult but, with sufficient political will, not insurmountable.

    In his written statement, Smith says that Autralia and the Australian Cypriot community wish for a comprehensive settlement leading to a just and equitable solution to the dispute. Together with the UN, the EU and other members of the international community, Australia strongly supports the peace process and the people of Cyprus in their quest for reunification. This opportunity to bring a lasting settlement to Cyprus should not be missed, he stresses.


    A petition against the ongoing Turkish occupation of almost 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus since 1974, was delivered Thursday to President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, House President Marios Garoyian, Ambassadors of the US, Russia, France, China and Greece by a delegation of the Mayors of the District of Kyrenia as well as refugee associations and organizations.

    According to the petition, we the lawful citizens of the District of Kyrenia condemn once again the coup d etat and the Turkish invasion which led to the occupation of almost 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkish troops, thousands of people killed and missing, and the expulsion by force from their homes and properties.

    We declare that we will continue our struggle against the occupation and that we will reinforce the efforts of our leadership for the reunification of our country, under conditions of real freedom and dignity, it is added. The memorandum continues that we seek a solution to the humanitarian issue of the missing persons and the determination of their fate as soon as possible.


    International Volley Ball Federation (FIVB) Spokesman, Giorgio Mansi praised Cyprus as an ideal place for the hosting of beach volley events.

    Mansi is in Cyprus for the third FIVB Women`s Challenger event, that started Thursday in Geroskipou of the southwestern coastal city of Paphos and will wrap up on August 2. Speaking to the press, Mansi said that Cyprus is an ideal country for this kind of sport, noting that the beaches and the picturesque scenery ``attract a host of athletes from all over world.``

    Athletes said that Cyprus beach volley event should be included in the 2009 FIVB calendar. A total of 24 teams from 13 countries will compete in the main draw of the event granting 30,000 US dollars prize money. The quarterfinals will be held tomorrow, the semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

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