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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-08-22

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    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the Greek Cypriot side was ready to proceed with the opening of a crossing point at Limnitis - to facilitate movement to and from the northern Turkish occupied areas of the Republic - and clarified that this issue was not linked to any other issue, including that of Pyla.

    Regarding recent incidents in the mixed village of Pyla, during which unknown persons defaced a Turkish Cypriot monument, Stephanou said the government ``condemns any provocative action in this sensitive area, no matter where it comes from.

    The government, he added, is investigating the incident in cooperation with the UN, which have the responsibility of the area,`` which borders the occupied part of the country and where Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots live.

    Asked about the timing of the incident, as the Turkish Cypriot side is trying to link the issue of Limnitis with that of Pyla, Stephanou said ``our position is well known that the issue of opening the Limnitis crossing point is not linked to any other issue.``

    He added that the issue of Limnitis has been defined as a priority by the leaders of the two communities and that ``we are keeping this priority and are working in the direction of opening the specific crossing point the soonest possible, because it will serve both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.``

    ``Significant preparation has already been made and we believe that soon we will have some developments,`` Stephanou said, adding that ``we are ready to work and we are working in this direction, so that the crossing point can open soon or at least secure the decision to open the crossing point.``

    ``What is important is the decision to open the crossing point because thereafter specific work will have to be done, which may take some time,`` he pointed out.


    Forty-six international human rights activists set sail today from Larnaca Port to Gaza, aiming to break the Israeli sea blockade on the civilian population of Gaza.

    The activists from 17 countries sailed in two wooden boats and are expected to reach the shores of Gaza, patrolled by the Israeli navy, on Saturday.

    Among them are Greeks, Americans, British and Palestinians. One of the leaders of the mission, Greek journalist Petros Yiotis said that they are carrying a message of hope and support to the Palestinians who are hostage in Gaza. If we are not allowed to go through, we will return to Larnaca, otherwise we will hold various events with Palestinian organisations.

    He thanked the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus as well as Larnaca Port authorities for assisting the members of the mission.


    For the first time, the annual World Press Photo Exhibition will be in Cyprus next month.

    The World Press Photo 2008 exhibition will be hosted at the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) headquarters from 25 September to 15 October. The event is co-organised by the EAC and the Dutch embassy in Nicosia and is part of efforts to promote relations between Cyprus and The Netherlands.

    World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 1955 the organisation is known for holding the world`s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest.

    The annual World Press Photo Exhibition is the best known of World Press Photos activities and a leading event in the organisations calendar. Every year following the contest, the winning images go on show. The tour programme takes in over 80 cities worldwide.


    Popular Cypriot composer Achilleas Lymbourides has passed away, at the age of 88.

    Born in Nicosia in 1920, Lymbourides studied music and violin. He is considered to be a pioneer composer of Cypriot folk songs. Lymbourides contribution to the theatre and journalism in Cyprus has been long and significant. He died on Wednesday.

    Lymbourides composed many popular Cypriot folk songs, most popular of which are ``Ta mavra mathkia``, ``I Drosoula``, ``To aeroudin``, ``To matsikoridon``, ``I vrisi``, ``San gyr i mera tze se do``, ``I koufi tis elias`` and ``I milia``, which deal mainly with love.

    Lymbourides wrote plays and translated famous foreign plays into Greek

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