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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-01-24

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - MISSING
  • [02] GOVERMENT - APOSTOLIDES CASE
  • [03] SPOKESMAN - RUSSIAN FM - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [04] ĪBAMA - PERSONAL ENVOY - CYPRUS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - MISSING

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has assured that the government will continue its efforts so that the fate of all missing persons is ascertained.

    In a speech during the inauguration of a new wing at the Museums of the Saints Rafael and Marina Church, in Xylotymbou villate, Christofias stressed that we want and demand that this issue is solved once and for all.

    He also noted that documents about the history of missing persons from Xylotymbou are exhibited in these museums.

    Meanwhile, House President Marios Garoyian unveiled on Sunday the Monument in memory of those who lost their lives and of the missing persons of Sia village. Garoyian said that the reunification and the safeguarding of our just cause and rights remain our consistent, nonnegotiable goal.

    He also stressed that the Cyprus settlement must be just, functional, viable and based on international law principles and UN decisions as well as the values and principles on which the EU is funded.

    Garoyian rejected any solution providing for two states, which is pursued by Turkey, adding that we have accepted a bizonal bicommunal federation with the right content as a historic compromise.

    [02] GOVERMENT - APOSTOLIDES CASE

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the recent British Court of Appeal ruling, which has vindicated a Greek Cypriot refugee who was claiming back his property in Turkish occupied Cyprus usurped by a British couple, proves that occupation and the de facto division of the island does not serve either Greek Cypriots or Turkish Cypriots.

    As regards Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talats statements on this issue, Stephanou said that we must be reserved in statements concerning the Orams case stressing at the same time that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can safeguard their present and future through a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem that will terminate occupation and will reunite the country, the people, the institutions and the economy.

    Stephanou assured that the government will continue to work towards this direction.

    [03] SPOKESMAN - RUSSIAN FM - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    The Cyprus government has welcomed statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, noting that they have proven once again Russias fervent interest in the question of Cyprus.

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou noted that Lavrof reiterated the positions of the Russian Federation on the Cyprus question that are based on principles and particularly on the UN Security Council resolutions.

    Furthermore he said that Lavrov reiterated the Russian Federations support to the ongoing negotiating process in Cyprus between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat with a view to reach a mutually agreed settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    Lavrov also reiterated Russian Federations support to the tactic followed during the negotiations, Stephanou said describing also as important his statement about Russias insistence that the Cyprus problem must be solved without any arbitration, without any pressures from outside and without any artificial timetables.

    Stephanou thanked the Russian Federation for its clear positions of principle on the Cyprus questions, noting the fact that Russia is a UN Security Council Permanent Member with an important role in the international political scene.

    Responding to questions the Spokesman said that the Cyprus government cannot accept the exertion of pressures and that the settlement should come from the Cypriots for the Cypriots, adding that this does not mean that Turkey has no responsibilities and that the international community cannot play a role in efforts to reach a settlement.

    Stephanou underlined that the EU and other powerful countries must exert pressure on Turkey to change its stance and work towards the right direction for a Cyprus settlement on the basis of the UN resolutions, the international and European law principles, the 1977 and 1979 High Level Agreements providing for a bizonal-bicommunal federation.

    [04] ĪBAMA - PERSONAL ENVOY - CYPRUS

    US President Barack Obama is set to appoint a personal envoy on the Cyprus problem, after having secured that positive opinion of the Greek American community during a meeting of its leadership with Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe, National Security Council

    The Greek American leadership asked and received assurances that no pressures will be exerted on Cyprus to accept a settlement that will not be compatible with the UN resolutions and the European acquis communautaire and noted that they do not disagree with the appointment.

    Randall told them that President Obama has asked his assistants to keep him informed about developments in the Cyprus question and gave her instructions to ask Greek American leaders if they agree with the appointment of a presidential envoy.


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