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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-09-12

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FOREIGN MINISTER - MISSING PERSONS
  • [02] SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS TALKS
  • [03] BAGHDATIS - CHALLENGER D` ORLEANS

  • [01] FOREIGN MINISTER - MISSING PERSONS

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou has called on Turkey to fulfill its obligations emanating from international law and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concerning the issue of missing persons in Cyprus.

    Kyprianou, who visited the Anthropological Laboratory of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) and the Judicial Genetics Laboratory of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, said he was shaken by his visits and assured that the government would support the work being carried out.

    Replying to questions, Kyprianou pointed out that the issue of determining the fate of missing persons was independent of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, since it is a humanitarian issue and should be prioritised as such.

    He noted that the government would discuss the issue of missing persons with other countries and international organisations, and pointed out the significance of the technical and financial support of efforts to speed up the procedures.

    Kyprianou said the issue of missing persons was not limited to exhumations, and pointed out the responsibilities of Turkey.

    ``We want Turkey to meet its obligations emanating from international law and the ECHR decisions, and cooperate in determining the fate of persons who went missing in Turkey,`` he said.

    Referring to his two visits, Kyprianou said ``it was a very interesting and shocking experience,`` adding that the work being carried out regarding the exhumation and identification of remains was very important, both for the families of the missing persons as well as the Cypriot society as a whole.

    ``It is a very difficult task and especially time-consuming. The government supports this effort in every way,`` he said and expressed appreciation to all those involved.

    [02] SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS TALKS

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said the government would be observing the commitment to avoid statements that may affect the climate and the process of direct negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem and thus would not be commenting on remarks by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

    Stephanou expressed hope that Talat would do the same, adding that ``during this period we will be very careful,`` in order to maintain ``a good climate that will help the negotiations.``

    Asked if the government agreed with remarks by the UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer that Thursday`s talks were productive and fruitful, Stephanou said Downer was clear and ``what he said reflects the truth.``

    Replying to other questions, Stephanou said President of the Republic Demetris Christofias would be informing the leaders of political parties in separate meetings about Thursday`s negotiations.

    [03] BAGHDATIS - CHALLENGER D` ORLEANS

    Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis qualified for the quarter finals of the Challenger d Orleans.

    He beat Thursday French Gary Lugassy with 2-1 (1-6, 6-1, 6-2).

    Baghdadis, who returned to the tennis fields after four months of absence due to an injury, will face Friday late in the afternoon French Sidorenko Alexandre at the quarter finals.


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