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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-10-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - TURKEY - OCTOBER 28 ANNIVERSARY
  • [02] CYPRIOT FM LONDON VISIT
  • [03] CYPRUS - LIFE - PROGRAMME

  • [01] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - TURKEY - OCTOBER 28 ANNIVERSARY

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has expressed the hope and wish that Turkey will realize its interests, wihdraw the soonest possible its troops from Cyprus and accept a solution of the Cyprus question that will serve the interests both of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

    In statements after the doxology held on the occasion of the anniversary of 28 October 1940, when Ioannis Metaxas said ``no`` to Mussolini`s request to allow Italian troops to enter Greece, and invited to comment on Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat`s statements about the establishment of a state in Cyprus comprising two constituent parts, President Christofias said he did not want to comment Talat`s statements in public.

    If I have something to say to Mr. Talat, I will do so when we meet, he added.

    Replying to a question about the issue of guarantees, Christofias stressed that Cyprus, as a modern state member of the European Union, does not need any guarantees, and guarantors. And this is the position that I am promoting, he added.

    At the same time, he called for unity in Cyprus, after the public debate on the issue of guarantees by the political leaders of Cyprus.

    Regarding todays anniversary of 28 October 1940, President Christofias congratulated the leadership and the people of Greece and paid the tribute to the people ``who fought and died in the field of honour.

    He added that ``we here in Cyprus continue our struggle against the expansionism of the Turkish military forces.

    On his part, in statements at the sideline of the ceremonies for the anniversary of October 28, Demetrios Rallis, Greek Ambassador to Cyprus, pointed out that the Government of Greece fully supports Cyprus President Demetris Christofias` efforts and initiatives to solve the Cyprus problem through the process of direct negotiations.

    Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Christofias and Talat are engaged in talks with a view to finding a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country.

    [02] CYPRIOT FM LONDON VISIT

    Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou will hold a meeting Wednesday with his British counterpart David Miliband.

    In statements prior to his departure to London, Kyprianou said he will discuss with Miliband how Britain could enforce the process of direct negotiations which began between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, aiming at reunifying the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

    We will exchange views on the Cyprus issue and especially how Britain can support and enhance the process, he said.

    [03] CYPRUS - LIFE - PROGRAMME

    The European Commission has approved the funding for 143 new projects under the first call for the LIFE+ programme (2007-2013), the European fund for the environment. The projects are from across the EU and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, environmental policy, and information and communication. Overall, they represent a total investment of 367 million euro, of which the EU will provide 186 million euro.

    Regarding Cyprus, the EU will finance a project by the Ministry of the Interior, aiming at facilitating the implementation of the EU directives regarding waste management of electric devices and forms of packing. Following the first call under the LIFE+ programme, the Commission received over 700 proposals from public or private bodies from the 27 EU Member States.


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