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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-08-01
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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>
 CHRISTOFIAS CYPRUS ISSUE KUWAITPresident of the Republic Demetris Christofias has said Monday that for the Cyprus problem to be solved, all sides must show and act on the necessary good will, which is the basic element needed to achieve a solution.
Receiving the credentials of the first resident Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Cyprus, stationed in Nicosia, Ahmad Salem Ahmad Al-Wehaib, he also said the Government of Cyprus counts on the valuable support of the esteemed Government of Kuwait, in the framework of international organizations, towards finding a viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the United Nations Resolutions.
Presenting his credentials, Al-Wehaib said the Kuwaiti people and the Government of the State of Kuwait are satisfied with the development of the friendly relationship and cooperation between the two countries during the past years and are looking forward to further developing and strengthening these relations in the interests of the two peoples and countries.
I wish to assure Your Excellency that during the accomplishment of my mission, I wish to do my best to contribute to the consolidation and strengthening of the relations of friendship and cooperation which so happily exist between our two countries, he added.
Kuwait, he said, is fully committed to the United Nation Charter and to the principles of sovereign equality, non interferences in the internal affairs of others, peaceful coexistence and peaceful resolution of disputes. Based on our commitment to these principles Kuwait has always supported all UN Resolutions and initiatives aimed at protecting the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus, he remarked.
Receiving the credentials, President Christofias assured the government will assist the ambassador in the performance of his duties and will work in further enhancing bilateral relations by building upon the long-lasting friendly relations that exist between our two countries.
The establishment of an Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Nicosia and the opening of an Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Kuwait this autumn only affirms the common desire to further develop the relations of our two countries. I look forward to this, specifically in the political, economic, tourism, educational and cultural fields as well as the health sector. In this broader context of strengthening the ties between our two countries, I also wish to reiterate my invitation to His Highness, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, to visit Cyprus, the President added.
President Christofias said Cyprus, being at the easternmost corner of the European Union, a bridge between Europe and the Middle East, can make a valuable contribution in addressing regional and global challenges and providing new opportunities for dialogue between our cultures. The recent developments have brought about new challenges for our common neighbourhood, which can be dealt with through cooperation and joint action. We would welcome a more enhanced political dialogue in favour of the stability of our region, both at the bilateral and regional levels within the framework of EU-Gulf Cooperation Council relations and we feel that there is great potential for creating new prospects for cooperation in favour of peace and stability, he added.
Christofias expressed deep gratitude to the people and the Government of the State of Kuwait for the sincere and strong support they offered to Cyprus in the difficult years that followed the Turkish invasion of 1974. The Government of Cyprus counts on the valuable support of the esteemed Government of Kuwait, in the framework of international organizations, towards finding a viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the United Nations Resolutions. Unfortunately, he said, within the Organization of the Islamic Conference, recent developments as regards Cyprus, cause concern. Therefore, Cyprus would appreciate the contribution of Kuwait in cooperation with other friendly countries in the OIC, to discourage policies that are counter-productive towards the prospects for an agreed solution of the Cyprus issue.
President Christofias said since the beginning of the direct talks between the leaders of the two communities, which started in September 2008, the Greek Cypriot side has demonstrated constantly its political will for a mutual and sincere compromise that would lead to the reunification of the island. Through our consistent and constructive stance in the talks and the feasible we submit, we aim at finding a viable and lasting solution based on the agreed basis.
The talks, he added, are also taking place within an agreed procedure of Cypriot ownership under the Good Offices Mission of the United Nations Secretary-General. There is no question of imposing arbitration or artificial timetables. The agreed and mutually acceptable solution will be put before the people of Cyprus for approval in separate simultaneous referenda.
The key to achieve the reunification of Cyprus as soon as possible is the commitment to this basis both in words but also in substance. At the meeting between the leaders of the two communities and the Secretary-General on 7 July 2011 in Geneva, we agreed to the intensification of the talks to achieve progress by October on all negotiating chapters,`` he noted.
President Christofias said that unfortunately, within days after the Geneva meeting, Prime Minister Erdogan, single-handedly undermined what has been agreed there. He dismissed the return of Varosha, Morphou and the Karpas, essentially ruling out any form of territorial adjustment, and stated that the withdrawal of Turkish troops is excluded from his agenda. At the same time, in essence he made clear that Turkeys main goal is not the solution of the Cyprus problem, but rather the upgrading of the illegal regime in the occupied part of Cyprus.
I firmly believe that if we are to solve the Cyprus problem, all sides must show and act on the necessary good will, which is the basic element needed to achieve a solution. Turkey should also implement its obligations it has undertaken vis-a-vis the Republic of Cyprus and the EU, including its obligation to actively support the efforts to achieve a solution, the President stressed.
He assured that we will continue to submit realistic and reasonable proposals, in good faith, with the aim to achieve further progress, adding we hope that the same good faith will be demonstrated by Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led negotiations began in 2008 between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, in an effort to reunify the island under a federal roof.
President Christofias and Eroglu met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in Geneva, on July 7th, and according to Ban`s statement after the meeting, they agreed to enter into an intensive period of negotiations on the core issues of the Cyprus problem, with an aim of achieving convergences before meeting again in New York, next October.
 OMIROU - NAVAL BLAST - CYPRUS ISSUEPresident of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou reaffirmed that we will keep being attentive in order to safeguard that all responsibilities will be attributed for the deadly blast at the naval base near Limassol. He noted that those responsible must be punished in paradigm so that the common sense of justice is fully pleased.
Thirteen people were killed and dozens were injured when a massive explosion occurred at the naval base, Evangelos Florakis, near Limassol, on the southern coast, in the early hours of July 11th. The blast badly damaged the islands main power plant, at Vasiliko, resulting in daily power cuts. A one-man investigation commission, set up by the government, is already examining the circumstances that have led to the massive explosion.
Speaking at a memorial service for Policeman Andreas Michaelides who lost his live during the 1974 military coup in Cyprus, House President also referred to the Cyprus problem, noting that there is an imperious necessity to change our tactic and strategy in the negotiations.
Omirou said that UN Secretary Generals statements after the meeting with President of the Republic and Turkish Cypriot leader in Geneva on July 7th, ``relay to deadlines and indirect arbitration``. House President denounced Ankaras intransigence and unacceptable stance on the Cyprus problem, noting that her tactic violates democratic principles, the UN resolutions and UN Chart.
 SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS ISSUE - ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOSPresident Christofias strategy regarding the Cyprus problem safeguards our reliability and is convincing of our genuine determination to reach a solution, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said.
Addressing the memorial service for the first President of the Republic, the late Archbishop Makarios III, Spokesman said that Presidents strategy is based on principles and pragmatism.
Stephanou said that bizonal bicommunal federation is the agreed basis for solution between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides since 1977 , adding that there must be no wishful thinking on that. All Presidents of the Republic proceeded with negotiations on the basis of this solution and this is what President Christofias does as well, Spokesman said, noting that moving away from a federal solution, will lead to abandonment of all UN Resolutions on which we base our efforts and therefore our struggle will be harmed. Furthermore, he said, this will give the Turkish side the opportunity to cease responsibility and put forward a solution of two separate states in Cyprus.
Stephanou also referred to life and work of Makarios III and noted that ``we bear the responsibility to justify Cyprus and our people, we bear the responsibility towards those who left and the younger generations to liberate and reunify our homeland.``
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