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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-18

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    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias briefed President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on Friday on the recent developments on the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with Van Rompuy, President Christofias said that he made a thorough analysis on the change in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, the resumption of the direct talks, ``through difficulties`` as he indicated, the future prospects and also the attitude and policy of Turkey on the whole issue (Cyprus problem).

    ``It`s a promise I gave to President Van Rompuy when he had visited Nicosia, to keep him informed on the developments of the Cyprus problem`` said President of the Republic, noting that Van Rompuy ``has shown warm interest regarding the developments``.

    ``I gave him a thorough analysis regarding the change in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community, the talks that have resumed through difficulties and the potential perspectives`` he stated, adding that he has also analyzed the attitude and policy of Turkey.

    Christofias pointed out that the EU president ``has really shown great interest`` and ``he asked many questions,`` adding that they will be in continuous contact and that he expects Van Rompuy to pay an unofficial visit to Cyprus in order to continue the discussion and to further develop their contact.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has reaffirmed his commitment to the creation of a peaceful, united and prosperous homeland for all its residents, irrespective of their ethnic origin, adding that ``our will for a solution is given and proven.``

    In an address at the end of term event at the Rizokarpaso high school for Greek Cypriots in the Turkish occupied areas, which was read out by the Director of his Office Vassos Georgiou, President Christofias said that ``the effort is hard`` but noted that ``we press on with faith, drawing strength and courage from your example, the enclaved persons, you who stand sound in your home and keep the hope for the reunification of our homeland and people alive.``

    Our desire is the achievement of a solution of the Cyprus problem that will unify the country and its people, House President Marios Garoyian has said, addressing the event adding that the solution of the Cyprus problem must secure conditions of freedom, democracy and justice for all.

    In his address, read out by Andreas Himonides, Communication Officer at the House of Representatives, Garoyian expressed his admiration and said he was proud for all those people living in the Rizokarpaso area, occupied since the Turkish invasion of 1974, and pledged to do his utmost to help solve any problems they face. Referring to the Cyprus problem, the House President said that our desire is the achievement of a just, viable and lasting solution.


    large-scale fortified building complex, which could be interpreted as the Palace of ancient Idalion or its Administrative Center, has been excavated by the Department of Antiquities.

    According to an announcement, issued on Friday by the Ministry of Communications and Works, the twentieth excavation season of the Department of Antiquities systematic excavations at the site of ancient Idalion has been completed. Throughout the twenty-year investigations a total area of two thousand square meters has been investigated on the foothills of Ampileri hill, which was the west acropolis of ancient Idalion.

    In this area, a large-scale fortified building complex has been excavated, which could be interpreted as the Palace of ancient Idalion or its Administrative Center. This building complex contains a triple olive-press (unique in its kind throughout the eastern Mediterranean), roads that lead to the complexes courtyards from the external gate, towers and impressive storage buildings, houses and military installations.

    The Ministry of Communications and Works noted that the Idalion fort is considered to be the largest palace or administrative center identified so far in Cyprus. It is strictly defensive in character with interior towers that control the interior streets and the large rectangular courtyards. Wings with two-storey rooms surrounded the courtyards. The ground floor rooms had storage areas were large storage vessels (pithoi) were kept for the storage of wine and olive oil, the areas main products. Inscriptions that record tax collecting in kind from the ancient citys inhabitants have been found in many of these storage rooms.


    The 2010 European Compak Sporting Championship / European Cup Final and Handisport competition have begun at the Nicosia Olympic Shooting Range.

    The opening ceremony took place on Friday under the auspices of Justice and Public Order Minister Loucas Louca who welcomed the foreign athletes and expressed certainty that the organizers will fully respond to the needs of the games. President of the International Federation FITASC Jean-Francois Palinkas expressed certainty about the quality of the games.

    Chairman of Nicosia Shooting Organization Costakis Xenophontos, Chairman of Cyprus Shooting Sport Federation Demetris Lordos, Latsia Mayor Panariotis Kyprianou, Cyprus Olympic Committee Chairman Ouranios Ioannidis and Chairman of Cyprus Sport Organization Nicos Kartakoullis also addressed the opening ceremony.

    On Friday, the athletes shot the first 75 discs in all categories, while on Saturday they will shoot 75 more and on Sunday 50 more.

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