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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-11-20

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    House President Marios Garoyian has welcomed the convening of the Childrens Parliament, saying that it provides a forum where the childrens voice can be heard. Todays extraordinary session takes place to mark Childrens week 2010, and was attended among others by the Commissioner for the Protection of the Childs Rights Leda Koursoumba, members of Parliament, the Ministers of Education and Labour.

    The Childrens Parliament is an opportunity for young people to make a substantive intervention in the social and political structure and to raise those issues that concern them, in an attempt to shape a better future for themselves, he said, noting that this indicates maturity and responsibility. Young people, he pointed out, have both an opinion and a vision, adding that they also know how to claim their rights.

    He said that five parliamentary committees have drafted reports on topics such as the childrens rights, the Cyprus issue and social matters, with interesting conclusions and important proposals.

    Their work reflects their concerns and tells us that we can expect a lot from our children. We can invest much in the new generation, he stressed.

    Garoyian said the Childrens Parliament has been established as an institution which can highlight the concerns of the younger generation, their visions and demands.


    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has called on all interested parties to help find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, in the framework of UN resolutions and the EU acquis communautaire. This is the type of solution Cyprus President Demetris Christofias is striving for, he said, during a brief conversation with the Turkish President Abdullah Gul, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Lisbon.

    During the NATO discussions, Gul outlined his positions on EU-NATO ties, reiterating Turkeys long standing position on Cyprus participation in international organizations and in particular in NATO plans.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, which joined the EU in May 2004. Ankara continues to block Cyprus participation in various international organizations and raises obstacles in EU-NATO planning.

    The Greek Premier also said that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots must be allowed to discuss the future of their island and pointed out that the political settlement in Cyprus should serve as an example of coexistence to the world.


    In a message to mark the international day for the rights of the child, Leda Koursoumba, Commissioner for the protection of the rights of the child, has stressed the need to treat children as complete human beings, albeit with less knowledge and fewer abilities than adults, but certainly no fewer rights and no less dignity.

    No doubt there is a lot more to be done until the world is shaped in such a way that would serve the needs of the child: a world where all children will survive, develop and be protected, with their unique characters respected and with opportunities to participate in the decision making processes on issues that concern them, she said.

    If children are given the chance to formulate their own opinions, express freely their views, make their own decisions, at times wrong, enrich their knowledge and experience, then they will find support to develop their critical thinking and their self-respect.

    Cypriot society shows intense interest in children, but most times, in our effort to provide the best for them, we are only guided by our own perception of life, ignoring their own, she points out, adding that this approach needs to be revised if the goal is to create a society which focuses on the child.

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