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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-04-21

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] HOUSE PLENARY RESOLUTION CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT VOTING
  • [03] DEFENCE MINISTER - CYPRUS FILE REPORT

  • [01] HOUSE PLENARY RESOLUTION CYPRUS PROBLEM

    The House plenary has adopted unanimously a resolution on the Cyprus problem, calling on the European Parliament and the national parliaments of the EU member states to exert pressure on Ankara in order to contribute to efforts for a solution of the Cyprus problem. The resolution was adopted during the last plenary session ahead of Mays parliamentary elections.

    In the resolution, the House states that the Turkish side is to be blamed for the lack of progress in the ongoing UN-led direct talks because the proposals it puts forward at the negotiating table are not in line with the agreed framework of the negotiations as provided by UN resolutions and decisions, international law and European principles. MPs note the fact that no substantial progress has been made despite all the efforts made by the Greek Cypriot side.

    The resolution stresses that the Cyprus problem is a problem of invasion and occupation, of violation of human rights and freedoms of the whole of the Cyprus people and violation of international and European law. The MPs underline the need for a just and viable solution, based on UN resolutions, the 1977 and 1979 High Level Agreements between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities providing for a bizonal bicommunal federation, EU law, a solution that will reunify all the people of Cyprus.

    [02] HOUSE PRESIDENT VOTING

    The President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has called on voters to go to the polls in next months parliamentary elections, following recent surveys suggesting that the coming elections will be marked by high abstention.

    ``The parliamentary elections of May 22 take place at a time when Cyprus faces serious problems,`` Garoyian said, addressing the last House plenary session before the elections, adding ``the Cyprus problem is in a particularly delicate and crucial phase and the consequences of the global financial crisis create new pressing problems to the Cypriot economy and the Cypriot people.`` ``Abstaining from the elections means refraining from assuming responsibility. It means abolishing the most important right the citizens have,`` he added.

    Garoyian called on the young people to ``take the country`s future in their own hands,`` noting that they have many options. ``There is the rewarding vote, the punishing vote, the rejecting vote; the applauding vote, the vote of support, the vote of criticism and the correcting vote. They will decide, but surely abstention is not a responsible option,`` he added.

    [03] DEFENCE MINISTER - CYPRUS FILE REPORT

    Defence Minister Costas Papacostas has expressed the conviction that a House Committee report on the Cyprus File will help establish, in a documented manner, the facts that led to the 1974 Turkish invasion. Papacostas was speaking at a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defence during which he was handed a copy of the report by the Chairman of the House Committee on the Cyprus File, Marinos Sizopoulos.

    Papacostas said the report will help people learn, in a documented manner, exactly what happened prior to the events that led to the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    Sizopoulos said that the delivery of the report is an expression of the Committees appreciation for the important contribution of the Minister of Defence and the leadership of the National Guard to the work done by the Committee on the file of Cyprus. He also noted tha the report was delivered on the anniversary of 21st of April, 1967 when a coup d` etat overthrew the legal government in Greece.


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