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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-01-23

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    President of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners of War Nicos Theodosiou believes that a Turkish actor, who has confessed to killing ten Greek Cypriots, must be called to testify before the Committee on Missing Persons.

    Theodosiou said that Turkish actor Attila Olgac who confessed on Thursday that he killed ten Greek Cypriots during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, must give his personal testimony, thus paving the way for other testimonies as well.

    Speaking to CNA, Theodosiou said that Orgacs confession is indeed shocking for the relatives of missing persons. He said that we have heard other similar confessions but what is different in this case is that the murderer himself confesses his crime.

    This is a real chance for the good will of Turkey to be tried, in the framework of the CMP and to see if the Committee can call this witness to give more details about this particular incident and other incidents at which he might have been present, he added.

    Theodosiou said that the information which has come out of this confession refutes what former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas was saying, that the murders of Greek Cypriots, taken prisoners during the invasion, were committed by paramilitary groups.

    Denktashs effort to exonerate the Turkish army of any blame for these murders falls through. We know from the findings of the CMP that many persons were murdered, he added.

    Theodosiou also said that he is convinced that the Turkish army keeps in its archives information which is useful in the effort to investigate the fate of missing persons.

    We hope that this confession will be used both politically and diplomatically to create the right pressure on Turkey to cooperate and give all the information it has to the families of missing persons, as the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe Permanent Representatives Committee have asked her to do, Theodosiou noted.

    The CMP, a tri-partite committee with representatives from both communities and a UN appointed member, has been involved in the exhumation and identification of remains of missing persons.


    President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed the common goal he shares with President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, to actively work together on bilateral issues and in the international arena. Medvedev was speaking after he had received the credentials of Cyprus new ambassador to Russia Petros Kestoras.

    During the presentation of the credentials, President Medvedev referred to relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus. He underlined that traditions of friendship and cooperation link Russia and Cyprus, adding that the results of President Christofias recent visit to Moscow confirm the common pursuit to cooperate actively both on bilateral issues and in the international arena, including the just settlement of the Cyprus issue on the basis of UN Security Council decisions and the agreement of all sides.

    Cyprus President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, have been engaged in direct negotiations since early September last year, aiming at reaching a settlement of the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.


    The European Investment Bank (EIB) will finance Cyprus with up to 300 million euro for infrastructure projects, the use of renewable sources and for supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, through Cypriot commercial banks, thus boosting the islands economy and social coherence.

    This was stated Thursday by EIB Vice-chairman Ploutarhos Sakelaris after a meeting he held in Nicosia with Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis.

    In statements to the press after the meeting, Sakelaris expressed the EIBs confidence in the Cypriot economy and the measures taken by the government, adding that the economy of Cyprus ``will continue to develop despite the world economic crisis.


    British Minister for Europe Caroline Flint announced Thursday that the UK would donate 50,000 euro to the UN Mine Action Centre in Cyprus.

    According to a press release by the British High Commission in Nicosia, Caroline Flint said that the UN Mine Action Centre has been a highly successful confidence building measure, helping to build trust between the communities and is now close to delivering its goal of a mine-free buffer zone.

    She noted that the work of the centre was vital in enabling the Ledra Street crossing point to open.

    Flint added that this donation would cover the running costs of the Mine Action Centre for February and March.

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