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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-03-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESDIENT - TALKS - CENSUS
  • [02] NUCLEAR PLANTS - TURKEY - EUROPEAN COUNCIL
  • [03] COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION - CONFERENCE

  • [01] PRESDIENT - TALKS - CENSUS

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said that the Turkish Cypriot side does not submit constructive positions at the negotiating table, in the framework of the UN-led direct talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    The President, who was addressing at the Presidential Palace a group of students and professors from the Universities of Athens, Palermo and Nancy, said that the Turkish Cypriot side does not accept to hold a census in the northern Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus under international observation, that would indicate the real number of illegal Turkish settlers, brought to the occupied part of Cyprus by Ankara in order to change the demographic structure of the island.

    Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu is asking us to accept the so-called citizenship he has granted. This is unacceptable and we cannot be talking about bridging positions because this must be based on logic, on legality, he said.

    Noting that the real number of illegal settlers is unknown, he said that the Greek Cypriot side asks for a census to take place in Cyprus under international observation but the Turkish side does not accept this.

    They do not want to do that. They accept a census to take place but not under international observation. This is one of the issues we are discussing now. We believe that when a census takes place under international observation we will know the real number of settlers living in the occupied areas, he noted.

    Referring to the chapter on properties, he said that the Greek Cypriot sides position is that the legal owner of the property must have the first say on the future of his/her property, while the Turkish Cypriot side does not agree with this position.

    He said that former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat accepted that the solution of the Cyprus problem must be based on one state, adding that we were close to an overall agreement on the chapter of governance and power sharing.

    President Christofias said that the international community does not seem to understand that the Greek Cypriot side has made an historic compromise in order to achieve the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus, noting that this historic compromise was the acceptance of the transformation of the unified Cypriot state to a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    There is no other alternative, he said, than to continue efforts on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus, the high level agreements of 1977 and 1979, for a peaceful reunification of our island in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, with political equality as outlined in the relevant UN resolutions, for one state with one and single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality, a state functional and viable.

    Referring to the events in 1974, he said that Turkey was in no way justified in invading Cyprus, spreading death and destruction, and continuing until today to occupy part of the island.

    He also said that the UN and the EU have not shown the necessary will to implement in Cyprus the principles of international law for the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus after Turkeys military invasion in 1974.

    Some states, he continued, have now begun operations in Libya, noting that in Cyprus there has been a Turkish invasion and there is a continuous occupation of 37% of Cyprus territory but, despite numerous UN resolutions, the international community never thought of activating chapter 7 of the UN Charter (Action with respect to threats to the peace, breaches of the peace and acts of aggression) since they are allies with Turkey, the country which imposes injustice in Cyprus.

    [02] NUCLEAR PLANTS - TURKEY - EUROPEAN COUNCIL

    Cyprus Government has expressed its major concerns about Turkeys nuclear plans and has called on her European partners to show a decisive stance towards Ankara.

    Cyprus positions on Turkeys plans to construct a nuclear plant in Akkuyu in the Turkish southern province of Mersin, were presented at the EU Council of Ministers of Energy in Brussels by Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides, following the disaster in Japan on March 11.

    Only a few days after the disaster in Japan, Turkish Prime Minister spoke with utterly arrogance about his governments plan to build a nuclear plant in Akkuyu, completely disregarding the international reactions and concerns on nuclear accidents, Paschalides said, adding that it is extremely important for the EU to take into consideration Cyprus positions.

    Minister of Commerce also said that it is necessary for the EU to commence a dialogue with all member states as well as neighboring countries which have or plan to construct nuclear plants in their territories, in order to secure the levels of safety in case of a nuclear accident.

    [03] COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION - CONFERENCE

    A two-day Conference and Workshop will take place on March 28 and 29 in Nicosia, promoting Cyprus as an international commercial arbitration centre. The Conference will be titled International Arbitration: Present Practice and Future Trends, President of the Cyprus section of the International Chamber of Commerce Vasilis Rologis has told a press conference.

    The aim, he said, is to establish Cyprus as an international commercial arbitration centre for all business sectors. According to Rologis, Cyprus has an abundance of professionals, such as legal practitioners and accountants, who can take on the role of arbitrators, noting that an added bonus will be the use of Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) premises throughout Cyprus for arbitration purposes.

    There are over 300.000 registered international companies operating in Cyprus, he said, adding that now it will become known that they can use Cyprus as their country of choice for any international arbitration they might need. Rologis also thanked President of the Republic Demetris Christofias who is to open the Conference, adding that the participation of the President of the International Court of Arbitration John Beechey is also a great honour for Cyprus.


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