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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-09-14

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Monday that Cyprus feels the absence of Yiannos Kranidiotis, especially at the present stage of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and Turkey`s EU accession course.

    Speaking at an event organised by the University of Cyprus and the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies in memory of Yiannos Kranidiotis, President Christofias said that, despite of the fact that his life was cut short, Yiannos Kranidiotis sealed the political developments of the `80s and `90s, and established himself as a politician and diplomat, who successfully combined technocratic training with political activity and contemporary European thought.

    President Christofias referred to Yiannos Kranidiotis` instrumental role in Cyprus` EU accession course, and the significant political heritage he left for both Cyprus and Greece. He added that ``the posts Yiannos Kranidiotis was called on to undertake in two very crucial decades for Greece, Cyprus and Europe testify the faith the Greek state, great political leaders of the age and various governments had in him.``

    He recalled the words of Yiannos Kranidiotis that the course towards a Cyprus settlement is a step-by-step process which ``demands collectedness, moderation, insistence, perseverance and patience,`` noting that ``with the main aim of reuniting our homeland, we share and put his words in practice.``

    President Christofias noted that the University of Cyprus has its own special reasons for honouring Yiannos Kranidiotis, who had close ties with the educational institution and was a member of its first Board of Directors.

    Fifty-two-year-old Yiannis Kranidiotis, with his son Nicholas and another four persons, were killed during a flight to Romania on the Greek Prime Minister`s Falcon jet, in September 1999, when the plane lost altitude.

    Kranidiotis, born in Nicosia in 1947, was an advisor on the Cyprus issue to late Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou from 1981 to 1984, while he also served as Secretary of European Affairs at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister and alternate Foreign Minister of Greece until his death. Kranidiotis was also the author of several books and articles focusing on European, Cypriot and Greek affairs.


    Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos handed over to Ambassadors or representatives of the UK, Russia, China and France to Cyprus a resolution approved during an anti-occupation demonstration organized by Famagusta Municipality, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the seizure of the town of Famagusta by the Turkish troops.

    A press release issued by Famagusta Municipality said that Galanos, who was accompanied by members of the Municipal Council, asked the foreign diplomats to convey to their governments the rightful demand of the Municipal Council and all the people of Famagusta to return the town to its legitimate inhabitants, according to resolution 550 (1984) of the UN Security Council and the High Level Agreement of 1979.

    UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha (the fenced off area of Famagusta) by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN.

    Famagusta was captured by the advancing Turkish troops during the second phase of the Turkish invasion, in mid August 1974. Since then, it has remained sealed off, under the control of the Turkish military.


    The four-day 59th session of the European Regional Committee of the World Health Organisation (WHO) began on Monday in Copenhagen, presided over by Cypriot Minister of Health Christos Patsalides, who noted that the purpose of the session was to discuss health issues concerning Europe, exchange views on policies adopted, and promote cooperation between member states, in order to achieve the aim of promoting common action and policies.

    In his speech, Patsalides said the world is facing many challenges linked to the global financial crisis, rapid demographic changes, social inequality and environmental changes, adding that the consequences on health could be devastating if they are not properly managed.

    The meeting will discuss the improvement of health management, the broader policies concerning the workforce in the health sector, the implementation of international health regulations, and the role of the WHO European Regional Office regarding readiness to effectively tackle a pandemic of influenza A (H1N1).

    Patsalides also said the election of the new Director of the European Regional Office was of great importance and praised the work of outgoing Director Marc Danzon, who served two terms as Regional Director.

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