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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-12-11

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has stressed that his only goal is to reunify Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974, and free the island from the continuous military occupation and Ankaras policy to illegally bring Turkish settlers to the occupied areas of the island.

    Addressing Friday evening a bicommunal event organized by the left wing ruling party AKEL and the Turkish Cypriot Republican Turkish Party, during which Slovak Ambassador Anna Turenikova was honored, President Christofias said that the policy followed by current Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu is a policy aiming at the creation of two states in Cyprus, in defiance of the UN resolutions.

    Stressing that there should be no foreign armies in Cyprus, he said that with former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat they had agreed that they support the demilitarization of Cyprus.

    I would like to assure my Turkish Cypriot compatriots, my comrades at the Republican Turkish Party and the whole Turkish Cypriot community that for me, my presidency, has one and only meaning and goal: to reunify of our country, to free it from the occupation and illegal settlement, to create a country for Cypriots, a homeland in which Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will be living equally as their own masters in their homeland and not as servants of any foreigners, he stressed.

    Referring to the policy followed by the Turkish Cypriot leader on the Cyprus issue, he said that it is much different than the one followed by his predecessor.

    Unfortunately, Eroglus policy is a policy of two states, he said recalling that Eroglu, in a speech he delivered last week, he spoke about two states and two peoples on the island.

    He said that the solution of the Cyprus problem provides for one state, a bizonal, bicommunal federation, in which both communities of Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will equally participate, as defined by the UN resolutions.

    President Christofias underlined that human rights of all Cypriots should be respected and not violated on the name of bizonality.

    A formula must be found, he said, that would safeguard the human rights of all Cypriots, otherwise no solution can be found and the unacceptable and tragic situation will continue for both communities.

    Concluding, he expressed his gratitude towards the Slovak Ambassador for the support and help she offers to the two communities.

    On May 16th 1989 five Greek Cypriot politicians and three Turkish Cypriots met in Prague, capital of former Czechoslovakia, marking the beginning of the bi-communal dialogue of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties.

    The idea to bring Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot politicians together belongs to former Ambassador of Czechoslovakia in Nicosia, Emil Keblusek, of Slovak origin.

    The Embassy of Slovakia continues assisting the political parties of the two communities of Cyprus in meeting regularly and discussing different aspects of the Cyprus issue. The meetings take place at the former Ledra Palace Hotel, in the UN buffer zone. Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Christofias is engaged in direct talks with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite the country under a federal roof.


    A cooperation agreement was signed Saturday between the cities of Nicosia and Moscow.

    A press release issued by the Nicosia Municipality says that the cooperation programme was signed between Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou and Speaker of the Moscow Duma Vladimir Platonov and concerns the period between 2011 - 2013.

    According to the announcement, the cooperation programme is based on the principles of mutual relations as expressed in the Nicosia Moscow friendship and cooperation protocol, signed in 1997. This protocol provides for the enhancement of good relations between the two cities and the promotion of initiatives and partnership relations between them.

    More specifically, mutual priorities include the fields of city management and natural environment, commercial and economic cooperation, culture and historic heritage, tourism and sports.


    The number of doctorate holders in Cyprus on the 1st December 2006 is estimated at 2.160, of which 528 (or 24,4%) are women, according to the results of an ad hoc survey carried out by the Statistical Service. An official announcement says that a number of 1.732 (or 80,2%) have been born in Cyprus, while the number of those holding a Cypriot citizenship (either by birth or by naturalization) stands at 1.900 (or 88,0%), while 172 are citizens of Greece and 88 of other states.

    Their age distribution is as follows: 272 are less than 35 years old, 1.328 are 35 54 years old and 560 are 55 69 years old. Out of the total of 2.160 doctorate holders, 636 (or 29,4%) have been awarded their doctorate degree from universities in the United Kingdom, 496 in the United States and 320 in Greece, while 76 from the University of Cyprus.

    The average age at the award of the doctorate degree is 32 years old, both for males and for females. A doctorate degree in natural sciences is held by 21,5%, in engineering and technology by 20,0%, in medical and health sciences by 16,5%, in agricultural sciences by 3,3%, in social sciences by 25,0% and in humanities by 13,7%.

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