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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-23

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  • [04] CING - DNA DAY


    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed on Friday Cypriot President Demetris Christofias` commitment for the resumption of the Cyprus UN-led talks, as expressed after the change in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot Community.

    According to an official announcement, President Christofias had today a telephone conversation with the UN Chief.

    ``The Secretary General of the UN expressed gratification and welcomed the immediate declaration and commitment of the President of the Republic, after the change in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, to continue the talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions and on all that has been agreed on between the two communities as the basis of the negotiations. He (Ban) congratulated Christofias for the efforts he exerts for a solution,`` an official press release issued today writes.

    On his part, Christofias, ``reiterated to the UNSG his commitment and his readiness for the immediate resumption of the negotiations and expressed hope that the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Dervis Eroglu will observe the agreed basis and the talks will resume from the point they left off.``

    The President underlined once more that the role of Turkey in the efforts to achieve a solution ``is decisive,`` adding that ``consequently, Turkey must respect the relevant UN resolution and play a positive role in the solution of the Cyprus problem.``

    President Christofias and the former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began UN-led talks for a mutually agreed settlement to the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The process was interrupted on March 30 ahead of the so-called ``presidential elections`` in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus.


    Cyprus plays an important role in the international shipping scene, President of the Republic of Cyprus has stressed.

    Addressing the 21st Annual General Meeting of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC), in Limassol, President Christofias said that Cyprus is a world maritime power and a modern, qualitative and complete maritime complex.

    President Christofias stressed that the government will continue and intensify its efforts to lift the unacceptable restrictions Turkey imposes to Cyprus flag and Cyprus related vessels

    According to the Ankara protocol and to the international law in general, Turkey acts against the law, and it is criticized systematically, especially by our EU counterparts, whom the interests are negatively affected by that illegal behavior, he said.


    The Accession of the EU to the Council of Europe`s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, the jurisdiction of the EU Court and the Stockholm Programme, were the main issues discussed during Fridays Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, in Brussels.

    Cyprus was represented at the meeting by Minister of Justice and Public Order Loucas Louca.

    Cyprus thanked the European Presidency and the European Commission for the initiative to promote the accession of the EU to the Council of Europe`s Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, noting that some relating issues require further consideration.

    [04] CING - DNA DAY

    The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), which has participated in the research for decoding the human DNA, has organised a press conference on the occasion of the International DNA Day, which is celebrated on the 25th of April.

    The Institutes Chief Executive Medical Director, Dr Phillipos Patsalis, said Friday that the DNA research offers many medical and socioeconomic benefits and contributes to the diagnose of many diseases.

    Recalling that on the 25 of April 2003 an international scientific team decoded the human DNA, he said that the Cypriot Institute participated in that research.

    Dr Patsalis said that the Institute is the cornerstone of the genetics science in Cyprus, since it has the largest and most technologically developed research infrastructure in Cyprus and the region in the sectors of neurology, genetics, biomedical and medical sciences of an international reputation.

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