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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-10-04

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    House President and President of the Democratic Party Marios Garoyian has described as provocative and unacceptable the Secretary-Generals Special Representative to Cyprus Alexander Downers stance.

    In statements, Garoyian said he believes there is an issue with Downer which he will have to discuss with the President of the Republic as well as with political party leaders in order to convey the message that this situation cannot continue.

    Garoyian was invited to respond to press reports about Downers role that he has been allegedly using illicit practices with regard to his mission in Cyprus.

    He said that the role of UN representatives is very delicate and very important and should they should always remain within their mandate, however what we see is completely unacceptable, conveys the wrong messages and is misleading, he added.

    This, Garoyian said, is not the role of a UN representative, it is not the role of the UN Secretariat, it is not the role of those who have set to serve the principles and values of the UN and offer their services to solve the Cyprus issue, based on the UN Charter, the House President remarked.

    Those who used to sent the message in 2004 that the Greek Cypriots were going to accept the Annan Plan, are wrong if they are now still sending the message we will accept a bad solution to the Cyprus issue, that we will accept a solution that will violate human rights and fundamental freedoms, if they mean that we will accept a solution with Turkish guarantees and Turkish settlers or Turkish forces, the House President added.

    It is an unacceptable procedure, a procedure that has no boundaries and we have an obligation to protect the institutions and our country, protect Democracy and free dialogue and our own entity both as personalities and also as political parties, Garoyian concluded.

    President Christofias and Talat began on September 3, 2008, direct negotiations with a view to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The two leaders will meet again this week.


    Cyprus Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou described US New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez as ``a staunch supporter`` of Cyprus` struggle for a solution to the Cyprus problem and the reunification of the island.

    Stephanou`s comment came as press reports suggest that Menendez has expressed disappointment over Cyprus President Demetris Christofias` official visit to Cuba and his contacts there, last week.

    Although Stephanou declined to comment on press reports he however recalled that Menendez recently has visited Cyprus where he had a meeting with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

    ``Menendez is a very good friend of Cyprus, a staunch supporter of our people`s rights and of the struggle for a solution and reunification,`` the Spokesman added, noting ``Menendez reiterated this position clearly during the overseas Cypriots conference in Nicosia, as well as his support to the policy followed by the President of the Republic to the Cyprus problem.``


    A delegation of the House of Representatives, chaired by the President of the Cyprus Polish Friendship Group Averof Neofytou, departs for Warsaw on Monday for a four day visit.

    The delegation, which includes members of the House Klavdios Mavrohanas, Andreas Angelides, Roula Mavronicola and Nicos Koutsou, will visit Poland at the invitation of President of the Polish Cyprus Group at the Polish Parliament Andrzej Galazewski.

    During their stay in Poland, the Cypriot delegation will be received by the Marshal of the Sejm also known as Speaker of the Sejm of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, and will have separate meetings with deputy speaker Jerzy Szmajdzinski, Vice Marshal of the Senate Marek Ziolkowski, the Chairman and members of the Polish-Cyprus Friendship Group at the Polish Parliament.


    Public discussion on immigration issues loses its fundamental aim which is to handle a complex issue which not only Cyprus is facing but the entire European Union, said Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou.

    He was speaking when invited to comment on the different views on the issue, between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice and Public Order.

    Asylum and immigration issues are not simple issues, they are complex issues and require complex approaches and complete strategies. Such complete strategies are being mapped out and implemented by the government, he added.

    He said this policy is based on European regulations and orders as well as international laws.

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