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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-22

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    Our firm goal is to end the Turkish occupation of our country and reunify Cyprus under a bizonal, bicommunal federation, President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has stressed.

    Addressing an event in Pafos, in memory of Cyprus` first President the late Archbishop Makarios III, President Christofias said that the struggle for vindication is supported by the principles of international law, relevant UN resolutions, as well as EU principles and values.

    We seek an honorable compromise to reunify Cyprus, its people, the land, the institutions, society and the economy. We seek a just, viable and functional solution, he underlined.

    Our firm goal, he went on to add, is to end the occupation and reunify Cyprus on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, for one state with one and only sovereignty, a single citizenship and international personality, that will respect and implement human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    The Cypriot President referred to the proposals submitted recently by the Turkish Cypriot side on the chapter of governance, which is under discussion at the UN led Cyprus talks.

    He reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side has unanimously rejected those proposals describing them as unacceptable. They included, among other terms, the creation of two FIRs in a reunited Cyprus and the allocation of rights, which European citizens enjoy, to Turkish nationals on the island.

    Turkeys communication tactics were addressed immediately by our side in a factual and effective manner, the President pointed out.

    President Christofias warned that the Greek Cypriot side must not abandon the negotiations, despite the fact that the proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side are unacceptable, since this would be the best present for Turkey, which would intensify its propaganda.

    He also referred to the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 between Makarios Denktash and Kyprianou Denktash, saying that the agreement for a bizonal, bicommunal federation was not a choice for the Greek Cypriot side, it was a solution of necessity to help reunite Cyprus.

    President Christofias recalled that the two High Level Agreements were adopted later on by a series of UN Security Council resolutions as well as by the EU, something which supports the fundamental position that the solution of the Cyprus problem must be based on the relevant UN resolutions.

    The High Level Agreements commit the Greek Cypriot side and we must remain consistent with this commitment, he noted.

    As regards his recent visit to Athens, where he held a series of meetings with the Greek leadership, he said that there was an identity of views and full support of our efforts through the bicommunal dialogue to achieve a peaceful and agreed solution based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    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. They held their first round of intensive talks last week and are scheduled to enter a second round on January 25.


    The position of Russia on a political settlement in Cyprus has never changed and arbitration efforts of the past to solve the problem, such as the Annan plan, have collapsed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said at a press conference to sum up international developments that shaped 2009.

    In reply to a relevant question by CNA, Lavrov said that regarding the Cyprus settlement, our position has never changed and it is based on the same principles, which are implemented in any other conflict and particularly the principle that the sides must agree in peace, without any outside pressure, without any artificial and strict time limits and of course without any arbitration.

    He said that an arbitration effort had been attempted in the framework of the so called Anan plan and collapsed, adding that this proves once again that it is necessary to return to the fundamental principles which have been recorded in the Security Council resolutions.

    In this context, he continued, we actively welcome the negotiation process underway between President Christofia and Talat, describing at the same time as very good practice the fact that the leaders of Cyprus two communities continue the discussions moving from simple issues to difficult concerns.

    As he explained, this allows trust to be enhanced to the extent that simple matters are resolved, while at the same time preconditions to address more difficult issues are created.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has reiterated that the judgment of the British Court of Appeal on a property case involving a Greek Cypriot refugee and a British couple, over property in Turkish occupied Cyprus, is ``very important both from a political and a legal point of view.

    Stephanou said that it is essential to make the most out of this judgment in the efforts undertaken by the Greek Cypriot side to defend the human rights of Cypriot citizens, pointing out however that the most important thing is to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    In reply to a question regarding statements by the Secretary-General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer in relation to the judgment, the Spokesman said that what is important is how we interpret and utilise this judgment.

    He noted that as the President had said since day one, the government would make the most out of this particular judgment both politically and legally, expressing at the same time the view that a public discussion on how this judgment can be applied is not in the interest of Cyprus or the efforts to reach a political settlement, the property issue included.

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