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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-11-23

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    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said the most defining question on the Cyprus issue is what kind of a solution does the Turkish side want.

    Stephanou made the statement when invited to comment an interview by UN envoy Alexander Downer to Politis newspaper that he is under the impression that Turkey wants a solution.

    The Spokesman pointed out that Turkey should prove that it wants, is pursuing and is working towards a solution, just as it is described in the High Level Agreements of 1977-1979 between the two communities and by UN resolutions and one that will restore the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people of Cyprus.

    He pointed out that this is the question and expressed regret that so far we have not seen this kind of willingness on the part of Turkey.

    The Spokesman referred to the recent incident when two ships under foreign flag that were conducting an exploratory survey on behalf of Cyprus the Republic of Cyprus within its EEZ, 27 miles off the south coast of the island were forced by a Turkish warship to cease their operations and withdraw within the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus, under fear for the lives of their crews and the integrity of the ships.

    This incident, said Stephanou, prompted the government to protest to the UN and other organizations.

    This is not the appropriate behaviour of a state which wants to contribute to solving a longstanding problem, helping to bring peace to eastern Mediterranean, he added.

    Asked if Turkey has made representations to Russia over the signing of the political declaration between Russia and Cyprus, the Spokesman said he was not aware of any representations, noting however that the Republic of Cyprus has every right, like any other state which respects itself, to develop international relations and sign agreements.

    The President of the Republic said Stephanou, is not only the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side but also has to serve the vested interest of Cyprus and he is doing so through intense international activities.

    The declaration signed with Russia, he added, and especially the political declaration which refers to the Cyprus issue, does not affect the vested interest of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    The peaceful, viable and functional solution of the Cyprus issue should rationally, serve the vested interest of Turkey, and Turkey must understand that it should cooperate and constructively contribute to a solution to the Cyprus issue in order to serve, primarily, the interests of the people of Cyprus, the Spokesman concluded.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the islands northern third.


    Former President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the Nicosia General Hospital, suffering from acute respiratory failure, according to a statement issued by the ICU.

    It said the former President has been given the necessary treatment and that ``his condition has improved.``

    According to the ICU statement, Papadopoulos` planned departure to the US for treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Florida will be ``re-evaluated.``

    Papadopoulos, 74, was admitted to a private Nicosia clinic on Wednesday, November 19, suffering with lower back pain.


    The Foreign Minister of Croatia Gordan Jandrokovic arrived in Cyprus for an official visit between 23 and 25 November on the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart Marcos Kyprianou.

    According to a press release, during his official visit to Cyprus, Jandrokovic will hold a meeting with Cyprus Foreign Minister, as well as official meetings at the Foreign Ministry. He will also meet with the President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian.

    Jandrokovic will also have a meeting with the members of UNFICYP from Croatia.


    Georgia`s Bzikibi with their song Bzz...! won the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest that was held in the coastal town of Limassol.

    Georgia secured a total of 154 points, and was 19 points ahead of Ukraine`s young star Victoria Petryk. Lithuania`s Egle Jurgaityte came third with 103 points.

    Cyprus entry ``Gioupi Gia`` performed by Elena Manouri and Charis Savva ranked 10th, scoring 46 points.

    The 6th Junior Eurovision song contest took place at ``Spyros Kyprianou`` arena in Limassol.

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