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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-12-28

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    UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe has reiterated the UN readiness to continue providing support to the efforts of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP).

    In a letter he sent to the three members of the CMP, he expresses thanks for the copy of the documentary Digging for a future referring to the work of the Committee and notes that this documentary provides a testimony to the fundamental work that the CMP is conducting to promote reconciliation between the two communities of the island.

    Pascoe stresses that the CMP remains an exemplary model of how Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can successfully work together towards building a common future for the island. Its unwavering commitment to alleviate the suffering of the families of missing persons in both communities is to be commended. He mentions also that he remembers his visit to the center of the CMP during one of his trips to Cyprus.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. As a result of the invasion, 1619 Greek-Cypriots were listed as missing, most of whom soldiers or reservists, who were captured in the battlefield.


    The Ministry of the Interior has invited all registered voters, who wish to vote abroad for the parliamentary elections of May 22, 2011, to express their interest by the end of January 2011, to facilitate preparations for the setting up of polling stations.

    Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Lazaros Savvides called on the registered voters abroad to fill in a form stating their country and city of preference, and submit it to either at local offices in Cyprus or via email at ```` or online at ```` and ````.

    Savvides said available figures indicated that previous polling stations in London, Athens and Salonica would be operating for the parliamentary elections, noting that, depending on the interest expressed, other polling stations may also be set up. Options on the form include Athens, Salonica, Patra, Volos, Ioannina, Rethymno, Xanthi, London, Manchester, Brussels, Sofia and Prague.

    In order for a polling station to be set up, there must be at least 50 registered voters for each district.

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