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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-07-24

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY - KOSOVO
  • [02] CYPRUS FM- EU COUNCIL
  • [03] AHEPA PRESIDENT CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [04] CYPRUS INSTITUTE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA AGREEMENT

  • [01] BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY - KOSOVO

    Kosovo is a unique case and does not set a precedent, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said, commenting on the International Court of Justice`s Advisory Opinion on Kosovo, which concluded that Kosovo`s declaration of independence did not break international law.

    ``I welcome the International Court of Justice`s Advisory Opinion on Kosovo, which confirms that that Kosovo`s Declaration of Independence did not violate international law. Kosovo has been functioning as an independent State for 2 years. I encourage other States that have not so far recognised Kosovo now to do so. Kosovo is a unique case and does not set a precedent, Hague said.

    He noted that the delivery of the ICJ`s Advisory Opinion is an important milestone in the journey towards Kosovo and Serbia`s EU future. Kosovo and Serbia must look forward to the next stages of their progress towards becoming EU Member States, he added.

    Hague also expressed UKs conviction that Kosovo`s status as a state and with its territory defined by its existing borders is a positive force for stability in the Western Balkans and urged both Kosovo and Serbia to embrace this opportunity to reconcile and to become good neighbours.

    Kosovo and Serbia together must forge a new path built on the values at the root of the EU`s existence: democracy, rule of law and peaceful co-existence of States, he added.

    [02] CYPRUS FM- EU COUNCIL

    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou will attend a meeting of the EU General and Foreign Affairs Councils to be held on 26 July.

    According to an official press release, the Foreign Affairs Council will discuss external relations issues, focusing in particular on the Western Balkans, Gaza and the Middle East Peace Process, Iran and Sudan. In addition, the EU Foreign Ministers will discuss about EU`s relations with its strategic partners, focusing on India and Brazil. The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions on other issues, including Kyrgyzstan and European Neighbourhood Policy. Ministers will also briefly address the issue of Cuba in the light of recent developments.

    During the General Affairs Council, a presentation of the Presidency`s programme will take place. The Council will also prepare the Accession Conference at Ministerial level with Iceland. The formal opening of the accession negotiations will take place at ministerial level at an EU-Iceland intergovernmental conference in Brussels on 27 July. The Ministers will also discuss the preparation of the European Council, to be held on 16 September 2010, and issues concerning the European External Action Service.

    [03] AHEPA PRESIDENT CYPRUS ISSUE

    American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) Supreme President Nicholas Karacostas has called on the US Government to convey a strong message to Turkey that it must provide the Turkish Cypriot community with the necessary freedom to negotiate a solution, and facilitate the removal of 43,000 of its troops from the island. In addition he called on Turkey to begin the removal of its troops from Cyprus.

    Karacostas stressed that the ongoing direct talks between President Demetris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, under the scope of the high-level UN Agreement of July 8, 2006, has provided minimal tangible progress toward a settlement to reunify Cyprus.

    In a statement on the occasion of 36th anniversary of the illegal invasion and subsequent occupation of Cyprus, Karacostas said that President Christofias submits realistic proposals and Eroglus continues to present proposals outside UN parameters and European Union principles.

    We restate our call for the reunification of Cyprus, and its people, in a bicommunal and bizonal federation with a single sovereignty, single international personality and single citizenship, with its independence and territorial integrity safeguarded, and comprising two politically equal communities as described in the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. We contend that such a solution is in the best interest of all Cypriots, and must emanate from Cypriots themselves, he stressed.

    [04] CYPRUS INSTITUTE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA AGREEMENT

    The Cyprus Institute and the New Library of Alexandria signed on Saturday a Collaboration Agreement reaffirming their existing multi-level cooperation. The agreement foresees the joint organization of research and educational programmes.

    The research areas the agreement focuses on include digital libraries, studying, recording and visualization of cultural heritage and other areas of common interest. The formalization of the agreement will further strengthen joint research efforts of both institutions particularly the effort to secure competitive funding.

    The ceremony took place at the District Officers residence in Pafos, which has recently been renovated and is now the administrative headquarters of the Institute in Pafos.

    The Agreement was signed by the President of the Cyprus Institute, Professor Costas Papanicolas and the Director of the Library of Alexandria and board member of the Cyprus Institute, Professor Ismail Serageldin.


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