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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-07

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Wednesday that ``our aim and vision is the just solution of the Cyprus problem, the termination of the occupation, the reunification of our homeland and people, the return to our ancestral homes and the construction of a fairer society.``

    He added that ``only with the peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem, in the framework of a bizonal bicommunal federation, will we be able to safeguard all which we have secured so far as a country and people, and a peaceful and happy future for all, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.``

    President Christofias said ``our struggle is difficult and hard because we have before us the harsh and intransigent stance of Turkey,`` and pointed out the need for ``the greatest possible unity on the home front.``

    ``We will continue the effort and struggle to achieve a solution which will be fair under the circumstances, viable and functional. We will continue the struggle, based on principles,`` he added.

    Referring to the global financial crisis, President Christofias said ``the government and society are called upon to defend the conquests and the welfare of the people of Cyprus,`` adding that the aim is, through a social dialogue, to secure the growth prospects of the economy, reduce unemployment and purify the public finances, taking into consideration the people and their needs.

    ``Despite the great financial difficulties, we are continuing to implement our government programme and the results are already tangible, with the strengthening and expansion of the welfare state, in order to actively promote social solidarity and support, by priority, the vulnerable groups of the population,`` he said.


    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and the members of the National Council have decided to call a three-day meeting of the Council in late April, to discuss developments in the Cyprus problem in detail.

    Speaking after Wednesday`s National Council meeting, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said that the President briefed the members of the Council on the latest developments and views were exchanged, adding that the new meeting of the National Council will be held on April 26, 27 and 28.

    Replying to questions, Stephanou said that the members of the National Council were fully briefed on the course of the negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem, and the positions of both sides.

    Asked about possible changes in the positions of the Turkish Cypriot side if Dervis Eroglu wins the so-called elections in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic later this month, Stephanou said he preferred not to comment on a hypothetical scenario. ``When we have the facts before us, we will be able to evaluate them,`` he noted.

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