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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-10-07

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    President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian said here today that the Cyprus problem has been the focus of parliamentary activity abroad during the past legislative period.

    Speaking Wednesday at a press conference on the work of the House of Representatives during the Third Session of the 9th Legislative Period, Garoyian said that the members of the Cypriot Parliament have embarked on a campaign to brief their interlocutors about the latest developments regarding the Cyprus issue and the different aspects of the problem.

    He added that they have highlighted, at the same time, the commitment of the Greek Cypriot side to reach an agreed, functional and viable solution of the Cyprus problem based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, on the basis of the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, relevant UN resolutions and EU values and principles.

    ``We have also outlined Turkish intransigence, which has led to poor results only in the first round of direct negotiations. We have called on our interlocutors to make an effort and exercise substantive international pressure on Ankara, which still holds the key to the solution of the Cyprus problem, he stressed.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said on Wednesday that cooperation, coordination and close contact with Greece is a dire necessity, adding that the Cypriot government would work with the new Greek government to face the challenges ahead, especially in view of Turkey`s evaluation by the EU in December.

    Replying to questions regarding the composition of the new government in Greece, Stephanou said ``the formation of the government is the absolute right of the Prime Minister in Greece, and the President in Cyprus.``

    ``Cooperation, coordination, close contact with Greece is a dire necessity, and our government will work with this new government of Greece in order to establish close contact, coordination and common action to face the challenges ahead, especially now, in view of December, with Turkey`s evaluation,`` he said. He added that new Prime Minister George Papandreou also expressed the same wish when he met with President of the Republic Demetris Christofias in Cyprus recently, and during a telephone conversation after the victory of PASOK in Sunday`s elections in Greece.

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