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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-10-20

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    President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has assured that the Greek Cypriot side has the will to work for a solution of the Cyprus problem, as confirmed by the way President of the Republic Demetris Christofias is handling the problem.

    Speaking at an event in Athens to mark the 48th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus, Garoyian noted that the Greek Cypriot side is seeking a settlement that will provide for the evolvement of the Republic of Cyprus and not a new state with Turkish intervention rights.

    He furthermore called on the UN, the EU and the international community in general to exert pressure on Turkey to abandon its intransigence and contribute towards a just, functional and viable settlement.

    ``We are ready for an historic compromise, a bizonal bicommunal federation solution. We reject a solution providing for a confederation or two states,`` Garoyian pointed out.

    The House President referred to the good will of the Greek Cypriot side, noting that ``unfortunately there are no such signs from the other side.``

    ``Both the political and military leadership of Turkey and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat insist on promoting implacable and intransigent positions,`` he pointed out.

    Referring to the direct talks between President Christofias and Talat, Garoyian said ``now is the time that the Turkish side will have to prove that it sincerely wants a solution of the Cyprus problem.``

    He added that President Christofias is attending the talks with good will for a settlement, based on the principles and resolutions of the EU, the high level agreements and the principles and values of the EU.

    ``We will not accept a solution based on Turkish terms,`` he said, adding that ``if the direct talks provide a real opportunity to reach a just, functional and viable solution of the Cyprus problem, it certainly must not be lost but we would be making a major historical and political mistake if we accepted the theory of the last chance.``

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou assured on Monday that President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias had no intention of abandoning direct talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to solve the Cyprus problem.

    Stephanou noted that the Greek Cypriot side was participating in the process with the sole aim of achieving a just, viable and functional settlement, and pointed out that if the Turkish Cypriot side did not want a solution, this would become apparent through the process.

    ``The Greek Cypriot side wants a solution of the Cyprus problem and so far has proven its will to reach a settlement, with the reasonable positions it is expressing and the rational positions it is submitting at the direct negotiations. And it is at the table of the direct negotiations that each side will be judged,`` Stephanou said. He pointed out that the process is still in its early days and that the basis of the solution is already agreed on by the two communities, ``a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality.``


    The Greek Parliament supports the efforts for a solution of the Cyprus problem, the President of the Hellenic Parliament Demetris Sioufas has said. Speaking after a meeting with Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian, Sioufas said: I would like to express, on behalf of the Hellenic Parliament and Greece in general, our support towards our common strategic target for a just, viable and functional solution of the Cyprus problem that will safeguard the rights of all the lawful citizens, and will ensures the cooperation between the two communities.

    At the same time, Sioufas pointed out that the solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, based on the UN resolutions and the principles of the European Acquis, is our steady target, in order the last wall of division in Europe to fall.

    Sioufas also expressed support towards the direct negotiations process between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and wished that a solution will be achieved at the end of that process.


    Andrew Cahn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), has explored ways to deepen and further promote economic and commercial relations between the United Kingdom and Cyprus, during his short visit to the island.

    During his stay in Cyprus last week, Cahn launched the Cyprus UK Business Association, met government officials and business leaders and attended a workshop in Limassol, on the south coast, on exploring ways to increase business links between Cyprus and the UK in the financial and legal services sector.

    Cahn, who is the head of the organisation for promoting British exports abroad and attracting foreign direct investments to Britain, said in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that giving further impetus to commercial links between Cyprus and the UK was one of his objectives in visiting Cyprus.

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