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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-25

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT UN CYPRUS TALKS
  • [02] UNSG CYPRUS SOLUTION
  • [03] TRAFFICKING GOVERNMENT EFFORTS
  • [04] CANCER CHRISTODOULA MARCH

  • [01] PRESIDENT UN CYPRUS TALKS

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias said on Saturday that the UN Secretary General agreed with the government that talks for a solution of the island`s political problem should continue from where they left off, noting that it was necessary at this point to reaffirm the basis of the negotiations.

    Replying to questions on the sidelines of an event at the Presidential Palace, President Christofias said that the UN Secretary General ``supports the basis, which we have already set`` with former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, which is ``a bizonal bicommunal federation, with political equality, as defined by the UN, for a federation with a single state, a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and of course a single international identity.``

    He added that ``we have a new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community,`` namely Dervis Eroglu, ``who has his own thoughts and views,`` and expressed hope that Eroglu would continue the talks from where they left off.

    ``Our first duty is to go to the talks, let Mr. Eroglu make his statements and we our investigations. From there on the permanent members of the Security Council and in general the international organisation and the EU must take a stance,`` the President pointed out.

    President Christofias said that his conversation with the UN Secretary General was ``positive`` and that the UN chief congratulated him on his ``immediate reaction`` and his position for the resumption of the talks ``the soonest possible, from where they left off.``

    Replying to questions, President Christofias said ``Turkey is finding the Cyprus problem in its way and is facing many difficulties,`` adding that ``developments in the occupied areas are such that any optimism we have created, through the difficulties of almost two years of bicommunal talks, is now being questioned.``

    ``So it is necessary to make an in depth analysis of the facts, an in depth analysis of Turkey`s policy, an in depth analysis of Eroglu`s policy,`` he said.

    [02] UNSG CYPRUS SOLUTION

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his conviction that, with the strong leadership of the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem could be reached.

    Ban Ki-moon held Friday telephone conversations with President Christofias as well as with the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community Dervis Eroglou and the outgoing Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. According to a UNSG spokesman, during his conversation with Demetris Christofias, Ban stressed that the important progress made on the talks to date needed to be safeguarded and further strengthened.

    The Secretary-General also expressed his conviction that, with the strong leadership of President Christofias, a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem could be reached.

    In addition, the Secretary-General said he would raise the Cyprus issue as one of the top priorities during his meetings with Turkish authorities, during his planned trip to Turkey.

    [03] TRAFFICKING GOVERNMENT EFFORTS

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias assured on Saturday that he and the government ``will continue our efforts with unrelenting intensity and interest`` until the phenomenon of the trafficking of persons is eradicated.

    Addressing an event at the Presidential Palace against the trafficking of persons, President Christofias said that ``the trafficking of persons is a criminal phenomenon that knows no boundaries`` and noted that ``the existence of the phenomenon insults human dignity and ruins the principles and values of the civilised world, and thus its eradication cannot be one-dimensional, disjointed, partial.`` ``It is well known that one of the main priorities of our government is to eradicate this nefarious crime. We are working hard in this direction and we have already recorded some significant successes,`` he said.

    The President noted that the trafficking of persons ``has become the third largest and fastest developing criminal industry in the world.``

    ``So let us all renew our will to work together against this phenomenon, which insults human dignity and our civilisation. And tonight provides us with the opportunity to join forces to this end,`` he concluded.

    [04] CANCER CHRISTODOULA MARCH

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has stressed that the improvement of the health status of the people of Cyprus is a key goal of his Government.

    President Christofias was speaking here on Sunday at the opening ceremony of the 35th annual Christodoula march in aid of cancer patients organized by the Cyprus Anticancer Society. He said, inter alia, that the main aims of Christodoula march are to raise awareness regarding cancer issues, spreading the message that cancer concerns everyone as well as to contribute to the financial backing of the work done by the Cyprus Anticancer Society.

    He added that Christodoula march is a leading force in the effort to combat cancer and a chief event of social solidarity, genuine altruism and voluntary assistance to cancer patients and their families. President Christofias described as remarkable the fact that people of Cyprus actively participate in Christodoula march every year, showing in practice their readiness to provide support and love to their fellow sufferers and their families.


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