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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-05-01

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [02] UNSG - REPORTS CYPRUS
  • [03] AEROPHOBIA - SEMINAR

  • [01] PRESIDENT - CYPRUS ISSUE

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has expressed the wish that Turkey will change its positions on the Cyprus problem and become more flexible to enable the achievement of a solution.

    In statements on the sidelines of an event co-organized by the Pancyprian Federation of Labor (PEO) and the Turkish Cypriot DEVIS trade union, to mark the International Workers Day, President Christofias expressed the wish and expectation that after the Turkish elections in June, Turkey will change its stance and respect UN resolutions on Cyprus and High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979, so that the countdown for the solution of the Cyprus problem begins.

    Replying to questions, he pledged to continue working for the solution of the Cyprus problem based on the UN Security Council resolutions, noting that UN officials are obliged to respect them.

    I want to tell people that we will continue defending principles, he said, underlining the importance of the UN Security Council resolutions for Cyprus.

    He pointed out that the UN Secretary General and his assistants here in Cyprus are obliged to respect and follow those resolutions.

    Referring on the International Workers Day, he reassured that workers were, are and will remain in the center of our attention.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN backed talks are currently underway between Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country.

    [02] UNSG - REPORTS CYPRUS

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon will most probably submit his report on his good offices in Cyprus after the meeting he will hold in June with the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, diplomatic sources have stated.

    According to the same sources, no final decision has been taken yet, but the Secretary General wishes to submit a report that will include as many detailed references as possible on the ongoing UN backed Cyprus talks, as well as the decisions the two leaders are expected to take during their meeting with him.

    The meeting is expected to take place in New York on the 20th or the 23rd of June, the diplomatic sources stated.

    If his decision becomes final, the UNSG will submit two reports, one on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by the 31st of May and the other regarding his good offices mission by the end of June.

    As regards the UNFICYP report, the same sources said that it would be a technical one, will not include any surprises and would include some references on the course of the Cyprus talks and the decision of the UNSG to meet with the two leaders after the Turkish elections in June.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN backed talks are currently underway between Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country.

    [03] AEROPHOBIA - SEMINAR

    Tackling aerophobia (fear of flying) is of great importance especially for Cyprus, which as an island is connected with the rest of the world by air transportation, Minister of Communications and Works Erato Kozakou - Markoulli has said addressing a seminar on tackling aerophobia.

    The seminar, which took place this weekend in Nicosia, was organised by Cyprus Airways and the Pancyprian Pilots Union (PASYPI). Markoulli said that 20% of people worldwide are aerophobic, adding that the Cypriot state has always been supporting initiatives as this seminar.

    She said that despite the world economic crisis, air transport records an upward trend, noting that in 2010 around 10 million flights took place in the European area.

    The aim of the seminar was to provide the knowledge and psychological support to persons who are afraid of planes, so that by the end of the two-day meeting they will be able to travel without any fear and enjoy the flight experience.

    Speakers at the seminar included distinguished professionals such as pilots and other skilled staff members of CY, specialist psychologists and others.


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