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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-03-22

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    Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II crossed to the northern Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, to visit the holy monastery of Apostle Andreas, located in the Karpass Peninsula, on the northeastern tip of the island.

    This is the first time the Archbishop has crossed into the occupied areas since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The Archbishop, accompanied by the bishop of Karpasia Christoforos, crossed the dividing line from Saint Dometios crossing point without stopping for any ``formalities``. During his stay in the occupied areas, his car is escorted by a vehicle of the so-called police of the occupation regime.

    Chrysostomos` first stop was the Holy Monastery of Apostle Varanvas, where he visited the tomb of Varnavas, the founder of the autocephalous Church of Cyprus. He expressed hope for the speedy reunification of the island.

    The Archbishop was met at the Church by the self-styled minister of tourism Ersan Saner.

    In a brief discussion, the Archbishop recalled that during his childhood he used to play with Turkish Cypriots from a nearby village.

    ``We hope those days, when we got along just fine and had fun, will return,`` he remarked, to which Caner replied: ``we all need it. We all need a peaceful island.``

    Caner said that older people, among whom his father and grandfather, spoke Greek fluently whereas young Turkish Cypriots do not due to the lack of contact with Greek Cypriots.

    The Archbishop will visit the church of Saint Triada, in Rizokarpaso and the holy monastery of Apostle Andreas.


    The Council of the European Union believes that Turkey should be committed seriously to relations of good neighbourliness and to the peaceful settlement of disputes, since relations of good neighbourliness is one of the issues that will be taken into consideration in Turkeys accession negotiations.

    This position is included in a reply of the EU Council to a question by Greek New Democracy Euro MP Marietta Giannakou, as regards violations by Turkish fighters of Athens FIR.

    In its reply, the Council notes that it is aware of the problem and points out that Turkey, an EU candidate state, should accept the principles and goals of the EU, as defined by the various conventions.

    The Council notes that the outright commitment to relations of good neighborliness as well as commitment to peaceful settlement of disputes has great significance and is a long-term priority in the reviewed partnership for accession.


    Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou will hold a meeting on Friday in Washington with his US counterpart Hillary Clinton, to discuss the Cyprus problem, the ongoing UN-led peace talks as well as bilateral relations.

    On March 30th he will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York.

    The Cypriot Foreign Minister will also meet Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, with whom he will sign a memorandum of cooperation between Cyprus and the UN regarding the facilitation of UN peace operations.

    Moreover, he will participate in the international conference of donors for Haiti, to take place at the UN headquarters. In Washington, he will hold meetings with high ranking officials of the National Security Council and members of the US Congress Committee of Foreign Affairs. His programme also includes a speech at the Centre of Foreign Policy in Washington and meetings with the US press.


    Over 200 companies so far have asked to be included in the bicmmunal Directory of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Businesses, the compilation of which has been undertaken by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

    According to a press release issued by the CCCI, the project is an effort to develop real cooperation between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot businesspeople, in the framework of the project ``Economic Interdependence``.

    The basic goal of the project, which is financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-ACT), is to promote economic interdependence between the communities, through strengthening business and economic relations among the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot businesses.

    The activities of the project, which started in April 2009 and is expected to be completed by July 2011, include carrying out a survey of the existing situation as regards to interdependence between the two communities, the development of ideas and activities for further economic cooperation and convergence.

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