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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-05-25

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    Cyprus highly appreciates the fact that Australia stood by it during difficult times and has been supportive of Cyprus efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has said in Canberra.

    According to an official press release, President Chistofias, who was speaking during an official dinner given in his honour by Australias Governor General Quentin Bryce, said that he considers his visit in Australia extremely important, being the first official visit of the President of the Republic of Cyprus since 1995, adding that it is a visit that highlights the deep-rooted relations between our two countries and peoples.

    Cyprus and Australia enjoy a very close and friendly relationship based on our shared values and principles and the brotherly relations between our two peoples, he noted, adding that we highly appreciate, in this regard, the fact that Australia stood at our side during the difficult times of our history and has been supportive to our efforts to reach a just, viable and lasting solution of the Cyprus problem and reunify our homeland.

    He also conveyed the solidarity of the people of Cyprus to the people of Australia, who suffered the consequences of the floods in the States of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, the Yasi cyclone and the fires in Western Australia.

    President Christofias proceeded to express deepest appreciation to Australia and the Australian people who provided shelter and compassion and have been hospitable to our compatriots who sought a better life, peace and harmony in this country, either as early immigrants or as refugees following the Turkish invasion in 1974.

    Today, he said, Australia is home to the second largest Cypriot community outside Cyprus. Both our countries feel legitimately proud because the Cypriot community is a vivid and important part of the Australian society and contributes to the social and cultural richness and the economic development of their second homeland, he added.

    Concluding, he expressed the conviction that this visit will mark the further deepening of relations between Cyprus and Australia, between Cypriot and Australian people.


    A spokesperson for the UK Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that reviewing British Sovereign Bases in Cyprus does not include pulling out of the bases.

    Strategically, the bases in Cyprus are very important for Great Britain, the spokesperson has told CNA.

    She added that the matters which will be discussed as part of the review will concentrate on what we have there, how do we use what we have, can we have a better use of what we have and at a lower cost, is there a need for change and if there is such a need, what changes should be made and how should we go about them.

    She also noted that this new review is the result of a previous one which covered all areas of the Ministry of Defence. It was pointed out that the Cyprus Bases review required an independent participation. Thats why the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Foreign Secretary William Hague will take part the spokesperson said.


    Cyprus, represented by 118 athletes competing in 10 sports, is participating in the 14th Games of the Small States of Europe, to be held in Liechtenstein from May 30 to June 4.

    During a press conference, Cyprus Olympic Committee President Ouranios Ioannides said that the Cypriot team is departing for Lichtenstein and the goal is to retain its top ranking in gold medals and in the total number of medals.

    According to a COC announcement, Ioannides said this would be a difficult target to achieve, noting that in the past, Cyprus ranked first in only 5 out of 13 games. He added, however, that it is encouraging that the country topped the bill during the past four sports events, saying that the aim for this year is to repeat this success.

    Cyprus will participate in the 14th Games of the Small States of Europe in athletics, cycling, judo, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and beach volleyball.

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