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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-08-26

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FM - TURKEY - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
  • [02] FM - TURKEY - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
  • [03] GAZA - ACTIVISITS - CYPRUS
  • [04] ANORTHOSIS - GREECE - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • [01] FM - TURKEY - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has said that Turkey is encouraging illegal immigration to Cyprus and called on the European Union to pay attention to this fact.

    Commenting on a European Commission report on the EU Green Line Regulation, Kyprianou said that Cyprus is taking all necessary measures to combat illegal immigration through the Green Line, which divides the southern government controlled areas and the northern Turkish occupied areas of the Republic.

    The Minister stressed that the main responsibility lies with Turkey.

    The Greek Line Regulation regulates trade between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, through the line that divides the two communities since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    According to press reports, the European Commission deems that Cyprus is not effectively monitoring the Green Line as far as illegal immigration is concerned.

    Kyprianou noted that the Green Line does not constitute an external border, but a cease fire line.

    ``The Green Line is not a border. It is a demarcation line, a cease fire line. The Republic of Cyprus is a unified state, member of the EU. There are some particular conditions and a specific approach is needed, he said.

    The Republic of Cyprus, he added, is taking all necessary measures to prevent illegal immigration but the primary responsibility lies with Turkey, which not only encourages this by giving so-called visas to the Turkish Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied areas, but also allows or encourages illegal immigration.

    He added that the government of Cyprus would expect the European Commission to emphasise to Turkey its responsibilities.

    [02] FM - TURKEY - ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has said that Turkey is encouraging illegal immigration to Cyprus and called on the European Union to pay attention to this fact.

    Commenting on a European Commission report on the EU Green Line Regulation, Kyprianou said that Cyprus is taking all necessary measures to combat illegal immigration through the Green Line, which divides the southern government controlled areas and the northern Turkish occupied areas of the Republic.

    The Minister stressed that the main responsibility lies with Turkey.

    The Greek Line Regulation regulates trade between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, through the line that divides the two communities since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    According to press reports, the European Commission deems that Cyprus is not effectively monitoring the Green Line as far as illegal immigration is concerned.

    Kyprianou noted that the Green Line does not constitute an external border, but a cease fire line.

    ``The Green Line is not a border. It is a demarcation line, a cease fire line. The Republic of Cyprus is a unified state, member of the EU. There are some particular conditions and a specific approach is needed, he said.

    The Republic of Cyprus, he added, is taking all necessary measures to prevent illegal immigration but the primary responsibility lies with Turkey, which not only encourages this by giving so-called visas to the Turkish Cypriot regime in the Turkish occupied areas, but also allows or encourages illegal immigration.

    He added that the government of Cyprus would expect the European Commission to emphasise to Turkey its responsibilities.

    [03] GAZA - ACTIVISITS - CYPRUS

    Activists members of the Free Gaza Movement from all over the world, who have traveled from Larnaca, Cyprus, to the Gaza strip to take humanitarian provisions to Palestinians and declare their support for their human rights, will return to Larnaca on August 28.

    A press release issued by the Movement said that activists hope to undergo a security check before leaving, to verify that nothing is included on the boat that could be construed as a threat to Israeli security.

    [04] ANORTHOSIS - GREECE - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Cypriot football Champions, Anorthosis of Famagusta, departed Tuesday for Athens for tomorrow`s second match with Olympiakos for the Champions League third qualifying round.

    If the Cypriot refugee club, currently based in Larnaca after the occupation of Famagusta during the 1974 Turkish invasion, defends its stunning 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the first leg match, it will be the first Cypriot football club ever to enter the prestigious Champions League`s group stage.

    The match will take place Wednesday at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus at 21:45 local time (18:45 GMT). Anorthosis will be supported by 1,557 funs, since the two clubs finally agreed that Anorthosis should be awarded tickets equaling to 5% of the stadium`s capacity.


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