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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-05

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [02] CYPRUS - UN - TURKISH VIOLATIONS - PROTEST
  • [03] GREEK PM - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] ATHENS ACADEMY - CYPRIOTS - AWARDS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    President Demetris Christofias has ruled out any notion of accepting an interim agreement in the ongoing effort for a political settlement in Cyprus, stressing at the same time that ready-made plans from abroad will also be rejected.

    The President appealed for unity on the domestic front, pointing out that times are difficult. I can tell you this from first hand experience.

    I want to assure you once more that there can be no interim agreement, nor any ready-made plans from abroad. This is the meaning of Cypriot ownership of the talks, the President said addressing a reception by the Union of Cyprus Journalists to usher in the New Year.

    President Christofias referred to the international aspect of the problem, stressing that the essence of the question of Cyprus is the Turkish invasion, the continuing occupation and the illegal presence of Turkish settlers in the northern occupied areas. All these have led to the division of our homeland, he pointed out.

    The President called for self-criticism, saying that Cypriots must learn from the past.

    At the same time, he stressed the need for unity on the domestic front, and whished 2010 to be the year of the reunification of the island.

    The barbed wire of shame which cuts through Cyprus for the past 35 years must be removed, he said.

    Finally, President Christofias congratulated and thanked journalists for their work, and expressed his support to the representatives of the media.

    President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunify the island. Next week, they will begin intensified talks in a bid to make headway towards a solution.

    [02] CYPRUS - UN - TURKISH VIOLATIONS - PROTEST

    Cyprus has strongly protested to the UN violations of the international air traffic regulations and the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by military aircraft of the Turkish Air Force and called for their immediate cessation.

    The violations were recorded from 1 October to 26 November last year.

    In a letter addressed to the UN Secretary General, Cyprus Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael said that Turkeys policy of non-observance of rules and regulations governing international aviation continues to gravely jeopardize flight safety and perpetuate insecurity and apprehension on the island

    [03] GREEK PM - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has called on Turkey to make positive steps to help find a negotiated settlement in Cyprus, which has been divided since Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern areas in 1974.

    The Greek PM also said that in Cyprus, as in other areas where disputes exist, the past overshadows prospects for a bright future and added our aim is to establish a stable political framework and regional alliances to enjoy a better future, without fear.

    In a speech in Belgrade, Papandreou stressed that Turkey must demonstrate that it respects principles of good neighbourliness and the peaceful settlement of disputes and pointed out that it has to make positive steps to resolve the Cyprus problem.

    [04] ATHENS ACADEMY - CYPRIOTS - AWARDS

    The Athens Academy has awarded prizes to two Cypriots for their distinguished work.

    The awards were given out during a festive session of the Academy in late December.

    George Moraris was awarded the prize for the best lyrics edition for his poetry collection entitled Rosmarinos, which refers to rosemary.

    A six-volume edition published by the Agios Neophytos Holy Monastery, in Paphos, on the western coast of Cyprus, entitled Writings of Agios Neofytos the Hermit was also awarded a prize.


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