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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-19

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] NEW JUSTICE MINISTER APPOINTED
  • [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [03] BICOMMUNAL EVENT CHILDREN
  • [04] EXCAVATIONS IDALION

  • [01] NEW JUSTICE MINISTER APPOINTED

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has appointed lawyer Loucas Louca to the post of Minister of Justice and Public Order, to replace Kypros Chrysostomides, who resigned Wednesday, Government Spokesman announced here today.

    Louca was born on December 28, 1955 in Marathovouno village of Famagusta district, on the east, and now lives in Aglantzia, a Nicosia suburb. He is married with Demetra Iacovidou and has two children, Nicolas and Danai, 17 and 11 years old, respectively. He is a graduate of Pancyprian Gymnasium and studied law at University of Athens. He runs his own law office since 1982.

    The assurance of the new Minister before President Christofias will take place on Monday morning.

    Chrysostomides resigned his post in the wake of an escape by Antonis Prokopiou Kita, sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and murder. Kita was in a private hospital when he escaped on December 12. An inquiry is underway into the circumstances of his escape.

    [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT CYPRUS PROBLEM

    President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian believes that now is the time for the UN and the international community, with determination, to show that Turkey must end its unyielding stance, if there is to be a functional and viable solution to the Cyprus issue. Commenting on statements by the Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan that Ankara wants to see deadlines in place with regard to the Cyprus issue, Garoyian said that Turkey has been saying for a long time that it wants to bring back the Annan plan, a UN proposed solution plan which the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots have rejected but the majority of the Turkish Cypriots have approved.

    Speaking at the House, Garoyian said that if a deadline is to be set, this must be in respect of efforts by the international community "to end Turkeys games". He said Turkey has been arrogant and utterly intransigent. Now is the time for the UN and the international community to decisively show Turkey that it must end this kind of policies and attitude, if there is to be a functional and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, he stressed.

    He said Turkey is trying to deviate from the actual dimensions of the Cyprus issue which are the violation of international law and UN resolutions, in defiance of EU principles and values. Ankaras policy, he added, leads neither to reunification nor to a common future for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Garoyian called on the international community judge for themselves the positions President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have tabled during the negotiations and see who is to blame for the deadlock and the lack of progress.

    [03] BICOMMUNAL EVENT CHILDREN

    A bicommunal event, under the title Circle of Love, dedicated to children with special needs, will take place here on January 9, 2009, under the auspices of the first lady of Cyprus Elsi Christofia and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talats spouse Oyia. The aim of the event is to raise funds for institutions who care for children with special needs in both communities in Cyprus.

    The two ladies, Christofias and Talat, gave Friday a joint press conference at Ledra Palace, during which they spoke about the event and the goals set. During the press conference a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot student read the joint communiqu?, issued for the event, in Greek and in Turkish, respectively.

    As the joint communique said during the event 10-15 year old Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot pupils will form a big circle around the old town of Nicosia, which will be illuminated with the lanterns the students will hold. The circle will close at the Ledra Palace where groups from both communities will perform dance and song routines. The participation of each student is voluntary and will contribute to fund-raising.

    [04] EXCAVATIONS IDALION

    A team of 32 graduate and undergraduate students and volunteers from six countries have taken part in a seven-week excavation and field school program in Cyprus.

    According to a press release by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, the team completed the 2008 season of excavation organized by the Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, in Nicosia district. The team worked under the direction of Dr. Pamela Gaber.

    Work was done in the Lower City South area of Ancient Idalion in the Sanctuary of the Paired Deities. In previous seasons in this area fragments of limestone sculptures have been found.


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