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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-10-30

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    Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian has said that the stance of the Turkish side does not leave any room for a successful outcome of efforts to achieve a Cyprus settlement that will be viable and functional and will really create the preconditions for the establishment of peace, stability and prosperity of all the people of Cyprus.

    In statements after a meeting here with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece Aleka Papariga, Garoyian said that the Greek Cypriot side will continue with insistence and patience to be positive, constructive and creative, submitting proposals that will fully abide with the UN resolutions and the EU principles and values.

    Our proposals and positions, Garoyian noted, aim at the creation of all those preconditions with a view to establish a functional and viable state.

    Garoyian reiterated that the Turkish side holds the key for the achievement of progress and an agreed settlement to the Cyprus question, on the basis of international law principles, the UN resolutions and the European law.


    Turkey violates human rights in Cyprus for the past 34 years, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael, the countrys Permanent Representative to the UN, stressed on Wednesday.

    The Cypriot people have collectively been denied the basic right to peaceful existence as a result of the use of military force against Cyprus in 1974, by Turkey, contrary to all rules of international legal order, and the subsequent occupation of a substantial part of its territory, Hadjimichael said in his address to the Third Committee at the 63rd Session of the General Assembly.

    He also stressed that approximately 43,000 Turkish troops maintain this occupation today and with it the human rights abuses it entails. The Turkish invasion resulted in mass violations of human rights, including the denial of the right to property; massive colonisation through the unlawful implantation of 160,000 mainland Turkish settlers; the destruction of cultural and religious heritage; usurpation and unlawful exploitation of property belonging to the nearly 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees; suffering of a great number of families whose relatives are missing and whose fate is still unknown, and forcible division, along ethnic lines, he said.

    He additionally pointed out that these and other massive violations of human rights of Cypriots have been repeatedly condemned by resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and by the European Court of Human Rights.


    Egypt might be in a position to supply Cyprus with liquefied natural gas in 2013, an official press release issued here today said, adding that this was the outcome of contacts Cyprus Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides had in Cairo earlier this week.

    According to the press release, during the meetings the two sides decided to designate action groups to discuss further the issue of supplying Cyprus with liquefied natural gas from Egypt. The first meeting is expected to take place during the last two weeks of December.

    The Cairo meetings took place following a ministerial decision in June 2008, with regard to the purchase and supply of natural gas to Cyprus, and after an invitation from the Petroleum Minister of Egypt.


    Expenditure for research and development in Cyprus in 2006 has increased compared with previous years according to the results of the ad hoc survey carried out by the Statistical Service for the collection of data on scientific research and experimental development (R & D).

    The Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus has announced that total R & D expenditure in Cyprus in 2006 is estimated at 61,4 mn which corresponds to 0,43% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), compared to 54,4 mn or 0,40% of the GDP in 2005 and 46,5 mn or 0,37% in 2004.

    According to a press release issued by the Statistical Service, despite the increase of 12,7% recorded in R & D expenditure in 2006 relative to 2005, the share of the GDP of Cyprus devoted to R & D activities continues to be low compared to other countries.

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