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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-09-07

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    Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian has expressed the need for a stable and determinative management of direct talks aiming to reach a Cyprus settlement and for a stable and firm stance towards Turkish policies.

    Garoyian said that the Cyprus question is in a new, particularly critical phase during this period and that with the beginning of direct negotiations between Cyprus President and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat the time of truth has come.

    He said that it has to be ascertained whether Turkey has the will for a Cyprus settlement on the basis of international law principles, the UN principles and decisions, the EU principles and values and the international law rules.

    Unfortunately, Garoyian said, direct talks begin during a period during which the Turkish side is intensifying its intransigence and hardening its stance.

    He noted that during the last period the Turkish side has intensified its intransigent positions and it is obvious that the goal of Turkey is to achieve a settlement of two states.

    Garoyian said that the President of the Republic proceeded to the first meeting of direct negotiations with a clear political will for a settlement of the Cyprus question, on the basis of UN principles and resolutions, the high level agreements and the EU principles and values.

    Garoyian said that President Christofias has submitted clearly positions in the framework of the principles for a settlement of the Cyprus question deriving from the decisions and the relevant resolutions of the UN, while his good will to work for the success of the direct negotiations was also made clear.

    Unfortunately the Turkish Cypriot leader has not shown the respective political good will, he said, adding that his opening statement fully confirms the negative and intransigence stance of the Turkish side.

    Despite all efforts to appear as conciliatory and positive, Talat submitted to the negotiating table the well known Turkish positions, aiming at reaching a settlement of two states, he added.

    He said that obviously Ankara does not have the will to solve the Cyprus question adding that the Turkish Cypriot leader spoke overtly for a partnership of the two constituent states and for Turkish guarantees, while he meticulously avoided to refer to the form of the pursued settlement, as defined by the UN resolutions and did not make any reference to the bizonal- bicommunal federation.

    It is obvious that Turkish side is trying with the beginning of the negotiations to undermine and falsify the basis on the negotiations and the framework of a Cyprus settlement, Garoyian said, adding that such positions and manoeuvres do not certainly allow any optimism for the future of the direct negotiations.

    He called on the UN to exert their pressure on Ankara so that it turns back to the basis and the framework of the negotiations and the basis of a Cyprus settlement, as defined by the resolutions of the international organization and the high level agreements of 1977 and 1979.

    If Turkey does not change its position and goals and continues to dictate and impose its policy on the Turkish Cypriot community, direct talks will reach a deadlock Garoyian concluded.

    President Christofias and Talat began on Wednesday direct negotiations with a view to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion


    G/C ``Cyprus Green Party`` (CGP) and T/C New Cyprus Party(NCP) support the reactions and disagreements of Antinuclear Platform of Mersin, and anti-nuclear initiative SINYAD in Turkey, against the Turkish plans to build nuclear plants for electricity production near the areas of Akkuyu and Sinop.

    ``The reaction of our friends in Turkey is in parallel grounds with our reaction as we believe that Nuclear Energy is harmful, dangerous and very expensive source of energy``, both parties pointed out during a press conference held here, today.

    ``Radiation is demolishing the quality of life of the nearby residents. This area is huge and in the instance of radiation leak will harm tenths of kilometers around the nuclear plants``, both, Deputy Secretary General of CGP Savvas Philippou and NCP`s Leader Murat Kanatli underlined, adding that ``Chernobils accident is still creating problems to people and the thousands of dead or still born with various diseases due to freed radiation in the atmosphere, forbids the repetition of the same error``.

    Furthermore, they said that ``We are well aware of the high cost of common sources of energy. Oil is getting fewer and its price will increase continuously. Coal, anthrax and other sources are also polluting atmosphere and increasing the problem of greenhouse phenomenon``.

    ``We, the Cyprus Green Party and New Cyprus Party, Greek and Turkish Cypriots, will fight together for a clean environment with clean energy sources. Nuclear is NOT an answer for us`` the two parties concluded.


    Defending world champion team of Italy needed a last-minute goal to reach a 2-1 victory against national team of Cyprus, here, on Saturday at Antonis Papadopoulos stadium.

    Antonio Di Natale, with his second goal of the night, secured an undeserved three points in this highly entertaining game in Group Eight.

    The defending champions were given an almighty scare by Cyprus players who ran them ragged at times.

    Di Natale opened the scoring with a shot to give Italy the lead after only eight minutes on the clock.

    The goal came against the run of play with Cyprus missing several golden opportunities to score first.

    Omonia winger Efstathios Aloneftis equalised on 28 minutes from close range after a scramble in the box as the Italians failed to deal with a low cross from Marios Nicolaou.

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