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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-10-15

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


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  • [01] UNSG - OPENING OF LIMNITIS CROSSING POINT
  • [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - EVENT TO HONOUR THOSE KILLED DURING INVASION

  • [01] UNSG - OPENING OF LIMNITIS CROSSING POINT

    The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the opening of the crossing point at Limnitis in Cyprus, which he believes would lead to increased interaction and cooperation between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, Spokesperson of the Secretary General stated here today.

    The Spokesperson said that Ban Ki-moon congratulates both communities and their leadership on this important achievement.

    The Secretary-General hopes that this will help strengthen the climate of trust and goodwill necessary for the UN-supported negotiations to achieve a mutually-acceptable and lasting settlement as soon as possible, he added.

    For the past 45 years, Greek Cypriot residents in the area of Limnitis, on the northwest, had to travel to Pafos, on the western coast, and Limassol, on the south, in order to reach the capital Nicosia. The opening of the crossing cuts this journey down to under an hour.

    The crossing point opened today in the presence of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, both of whom hailed this development.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    The leaders of the two communities have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunify the island.

    [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT - EVENT TO HONOUR THOSE KILLED DURING INVASION

    President Demetris Christofias expressed his readiness to work for the evolution of the Republic of Cyprus to a United Federal Republic of Cyprus and for a solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, with political equality as defined by the UN resolutions.

    Speaking during an event at the Presidential Palace to honour those killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion, the President said we are ready for a compromise that ends the occupation and the division of the country. A compromise that will be based on European and international law, respects human rights and the fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots. A compromise that will safeguard the unity of the country, the unity of the people, and the unity of the institutions and the economy. A state with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality.

    President Christofias pointed out that the means which will help achieve the vision of freedom and reunification is dialogue with the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community and the leadership of Turkey.


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