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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-25

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    Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and advisor to the Turkish Cypriot leader Kudret Ozersay have visited the area of Tylliria, on the northwest, to see the progress of the construction work for the opening of a crossing point, which would facilitate movement to and from the islands northern Turkish occupied areas.

    The crossing point is under construction in Kato Pyrgos/Limnitis, on the northwest, where a 5.7 klm road is been constructed.

    Iacovou and Ozersay arrived in the area, which lies in the UN-controlled buffer zone, on board a UN helicopter to observe the work being done.

    Andreas Karos, the President of the Committee for the opening of the crossing point, said that the project is progressing satisfactorily, noting that more than 100 workers are on site, working, on a daily basis.

    Construction work for the crossing point will be completed in 15 days and this will please the local residents, he added.

    Leader of Kato Pyrgos Community Council, Costas Michaelides, said roadwork is expected to finish by the end of September.

    For the past 45 years, Greek Cypriot residents in the area of Limnitis, on the northwest, have to travel to Pafos, on the western coast, and Limassol, on the south, in order to reach the capital Nicosia. Opening a crossing point at Limnitis would make this journey far shorter. It will also facilitate movement between the islands northern Turkish occupied areas and the southern government controlled part of the country.

    On March 29 2010, Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat attended a ceremony on Limnitis road to mark the beginning of construction work in the presence of UNSGs Special Advisor to Cyprus Alexander Downer, US Ambassador to Nicosia Frank C. Urbancic and others.


    The government has given its permission for the departure from Cyprus of a ship, sailing to Singapore and Sudan, which had been detained to allow the Cypriot authorities to inspect its cargo and certify its legality. The Cypriot government has issued an export permit for the cargo of Santiago, which has been anchored off the port of Limassol, on the southern coast, since June 11. Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Antonis Paschalides announced that the government issued the export permit for the military equipment on board the ship - under the flags of Antigua and Barbuda - to be transported to Singapore.

    Further more, he announced that the explosives on the vessel can be exported to Sudan, as the competent authorities have verified that no export permit is required for this type of material. Asked about compensation Sudan is seeking from Cyprus for the detention of the ship, Paschalides said that Cyprus as an EU member has to follow this procedure in a responsible way and be certain firstly about the validity of certain documents and secondly, about their legality.

    He thanked all the departments of the other Ministries which have worked together with the Ministry of Commerce on this issue and assured that the government has handled the whole issue in a responsible manner. Police Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos has told CNA that a port and marine police vessel which was monitoring the enforcement of the government decision with regard to Santiago has been released. Santiago is expected to refuel and leave Limassol.


    Representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot educational organisations have stressed the importance of the role of education and educators in the islands two communities, as far as efforts to reach a political settlement is concerned. They were speaking during an event entitled the role of education in a reunited Cyprus, hosted here by the Slovak embassy in Cyprus in the presence of the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou. In her address, Vasiliou said inter alia that education in a reunified Cyprus should build in a practical way on the relationship between the people from the two communities, and promote a common future.

    She noted that that Europe has much to teach us on the issue of the role of education, adding that it is often said that European integration is essentially a process that promotes peace. Vasiliou also said that education for a reunified Cyprus and education in a reunified Cyprus cannot have exactly the same goals, noting that preparation for peaceful coexistence is an element of education before a solution is found, and should focus on the effort to reconnect the population after the violent separation of the past decades. She went on to say that Education in a reunified Cyprus should build in a practical way on the relationship between the people from the two communities, and promote a common future. Vasiliou stressed that for Cyprus truly to face the challenges of a new European and global society and economy, a solution must be found to its political problem.

    In their speeches, representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot educational organisations expressed the common position that the role of education and educators in both sides of the island is very important in the efforts towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem with the view to reunify the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. However, they admitted the existence of many obstacles which have to be removed through a joint effort due to the fact that for 36 years the younger generations of this island, both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot children have been living separately. They have also expressed their will and determination to work and contribute to this direction with the aim to solve the problem and bridge the differences away from nationalist and racist tendencies.


    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou will pay a two day official visit to Kuwait on 27-28 June.

    According to an official announcement, Kyprianou will hold a meeting with Kuwait Foreign Minister Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, during which they will review the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Kuwait. Kyprianou will also brief his counterpart on the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem.

    International and regional issues as well as the relations between EU and Gulf Cooperation Council, will also be discussed between the two Ministers.

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