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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-07-12

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    President of the Hellenic Parliament Philipos Petsalnikos begins today a series of meetings in the framework of his official visit to Cyprus.

    The Greek official will hold in the morning a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart, President of the House of Representatives, Marios Garoyian.

    Later on, he will be received by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias.

    During his visit here, Petsalnikos will have consecutive meetings with the leaders of the Cypriot parliamentary parties.

    He will also meet with Archbishop Crystostomos II and Mayor of Nicosia, Eleni Mavrou.

    The President of the Hellenic Parliament will lay a wreath at the tomb in Makedonitissa (a Nicosia suburb) where Greek soldiers, killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion, are buried.

    He will pay tribute to Greek Cypriots killed during the anti-colonial struggle in the mid 1950s against Britain, by laying a wreath at their graves. He will also visit the cease-fire line.

    Petsalnikos will depart from Cyprus tomorrow.


    The Cyprus issue and EU-Turkey relations will be the focus of a meeting to be held today in London between Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou and his British counterpart William Hague.

    The British Foreign Secretary is expected to brief Kyprianou on his conclusions drawn from his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu last Thursday regarding the Cyprus issue.

    They will also discuss bilateral relations and the Middle East issue.

    During his visit to London Kyprianou will also meet the National Federation of Cypriots in the United Kingdom.


    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has called on the United Nations and international community to direct their efforts towards Turkey so that the road leading to a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem opens.

    Speaking at a memorial service of an 18 years old soldier killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus, President Christofias said that the clear objective is to end the occupation and colonization and restore and safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people in Cyprus, Creek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins, with a view to make the people of Cyprus the masters of their land.

    ``The solution that we seek must truly reunite Cyprus and its people, institutions, economy and territory on the basis of the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and UN Resolutions on Cyprus, he noted.

    He added that it has to be a solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality as defined by the UN Security Council Resolutions which will ensure the unity of the state, with a single and indivisible sovereignty, a single international personality and a single citizenship.``


    President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has called for unity on the domestic front in order to tackle the Turkish intransigence appearing in the direct talks aiming at reaching a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Garoyian was speaking at a memorial service for those who were killed during the coup d` etat of 15 July 1974 and the Turkish invasion that followed which was held Sunday in Limassol, on the south coast of Cyprus.

    As he said, the direct talks are at a critical hub and warned that if the Turkish side does not abandon its intransigence and continues to pursue a confederal solution, the direct talks will lead to further degeneration.

    In such a case, he added, the United Nations and the international community in general would record one more a failure.

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