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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-08-23

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    The overseas Cypriots have reiterated their determination to intensify their efforts until the final solution of the Cyprus problem.

    This was stated in a resolution adopted here by the overseas Cypriots, in the framework of the 22nd Conference of the Central Council of the World Federation for Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), and the 4th Conference of the World Organisation for Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK).

    By the resolution, the overseas Cypriots expressed unreserved support to the struggle carried out by the people of Cyprus for national and physical survival of Cyprus``. They also welcomed the agreements achieved by the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, and especially, the 25 July 2008 agreement for the beginning of full-fledged negotiations on September 3``, with the aim to reach a mutually accepted solution to the Cyprus problem.

    They also expressed hope the agreement achieved between President Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat for a unified and federal Republic of Cyprus with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality, and the progress achieved so far by the Working Groups and Technical Committees, ``to create the conditions for an auspicious outcome on the direct talks``.

    As it pointed out in the resolution, ``Turkey is obliged, by its EU course, to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, to implement the EU Customs Union Agreement and to set a timeframe for the withdrawal from Cyprus of the Turkey`s troops and the settlers``.

    Cypriots of the Diaspora expressed support to the Greek Cypriots decision to reject the UN-proposed solution plan (the Annan plan) in April 2004. They also declared their will and insistence to support President Christofias, the National Council, and the Cyprus political leadership, and called them to work together, ``with the maximum unity, in order to achieve, under the UN auspices, an agreed, just, viable and functional solution, without strict timeframes and arbitration``.

    The resolution also refers to the principles, upon which a solution should be based.

    According to the resolution, ``the solution of the Cyprus problem should end the Turkish military occupation, remove the Turkish settlers, respect and guarantee the basic freedoms and human rights for all the legitimate citizens of Cyprus, implement the EU and international law principles for all the Cypriots. It should also be based on the UN resolutions for Cyprus, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, between the two communities.

    In addition, the solution should guarantee the unity, sovereignty, and independence of Cyprus, and provide the full demilitarization of the island. A solution that provides for a federal Republic of Cyprus without foreign armies and any rights of intervention, with a single international personality, a single sovereignty and a single citizenship``. Finally, the solution should provide ``effective international guarantees for its implementation``.

    By the resolution, the overseas Cypriots condemned the appeals by a small number of Greek Cypriots to the so called compensation committee created by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied areas. The Cyprus government deems that the so called committee for compensation and restoration of the Greek Cypriot property set up by the puppet regime in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas consists an illegal mechanism, which provides compensations and not a full recovery of the properties and residences of the Greek Cypriot displaced persons.

    Finally, the resolution welcomes the adoption of Confidence Building Measures, like the opening of Ledra Street`s crossing point, the cooperation agreements in the fields of environment, cultural heritage, crisis management, and crime. At the same time, it calls on for the adoption of more measures, like ``the return of Famagusta, under Turkish occupation since 1974, to its lawful inhabitants``.

    On July 25 Christofias and Talat decided to start full-fledged negotiations on September 3, with the aim to reach a ``mutually accepted solution to the Cyprus problem which will safeguard the fundamental and legitimate rights and interests of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots``.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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