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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-08-05

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  • [01] FM - NEW MINISTER

  • [01] FM - NEW MINISTER

    Newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis and her predecessor Markos Kyprianou underlined the major challenges lying ahead, as regards the Cyprus problem and the assumption of the EU Presidency by Cyprus, during the second half of 2012, at a ceremony held on Friday, following the appointment of new Ministers by President Demetris Christofias. Outgoing Minister Kyprianou thanked Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees for their support and cooperation, noting that the last three and a half years that he had served as Foreign Minister were full of challenges for him. He added that the Foreign Ministry`s task and the Minister`s duties are demanding and that they must be fulfilled with very few human and material recourses especially if you consider that we have to face a very difficult opponent, Turkey.``

    Kyprianou added that most of the goals he set when he took over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been accomplished. I leave the Ministry in good hands, Kyprianou said, and underlined that he and Marcoullis ``have a common approach regarding Cyprus` role internationally.`` On her behalf, Marcoullis said that she feels like going back home since she was a member of the diplomatic family for more than 30 years. On 16 July, 2007 the former President of the Republic, the late Tassos Papadopoulos, appointed Marcoullis as Minister of Foreign Affairs, in which position she served until the end of the Presidents term of office, the 28th of February 2008. I take over a Ministry which was in good hands, Marcoullis said. ``We face many challenges and we need to intensify our efforts so we can face these challenges, she said. I`m sure that everyone will do their outmost to succeed in their mission, she said. There are major challenges, especially regarding the Cyprus problem where we must face a very powerful opponent, which becomes even stronger, economically and politically, she said.


    Newly appointed Finance Minister Kikis Kazamias pledged to do everything possible, together with his colleagues at the Ministry of Finance, to help Cyprus overcome the economic crisis, adding we have no right to fail. Speaking during a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance where he was handed the post by his predecessor Charilaos Stavrakis, Kazamias urged all to show a high sense of responsibility at the difficult times the island is facing. He said I want to, and will try, like my predecessor, to take over the ministry and everyone to proceed towards the finishing line with success, because like people who love their country, we have no right to fail. Kazamias said he decided to undertake this difficult task, knowing from first hand, the incessant efforts in the previous years and especially the last three and a half years, in the midst of all the difficult, anti-social conditions that have shaped up the international and local economic environment.

    Stressing that now was not the time to make a go into an analysis of what has happened I pledge to do whatever I can, with all the knowledge that I have, together with your cooperation, to complete the work. Kazamias said there is work that needs to be done, adding that he will take over the social dialogue in the middle of the procedure, as a meeting was held Thursday in the presence of President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, a new one is scheduled for Monday and decisions have to be taken by Tuesday so that the relevant legislation can be prepared from Wednesday which will be forwarded to the House of Representatives for immediate approval. The leaders of trade unions PASIDI, SEK and PEO in their statements said that decisions on the package of measures in a bid to consolidate public finances will be taken next Tuesday in a meeting with the Minister of Finance and later on with President Christofias. They said the only issue outstanding is the pension programme.


    The return of Famagusta does not mean abandoning the other occupied areas of Cyprus, but will create a positive climate for the success of the efforts for a Cyprus settlement, said Friday Speaker of the Parliament of Cyprus Yiannakis Omirou, after meeting with a delegation of the Greek Parliament, and Mayors of Greek towns. The delegation is visiting Cyprus at the invitation of occupied Famagustas Mayor and municipal council and will attend a series of anti-occupation events marking the 37th anniversary since the seizure of the town by the Turkish troops in the summer of 1974. The House Speaker said that the international and European community gave priority to the issue of the return of Famagusta, because the city remained vacant for 37 years, becoming a real ghost city.

    This is a violation, not only of the principles of international and European law, but also a violation of any concept of civilization. It is an act of barbarism, ``he said. He added that with the delegation they discussed Turkey`s refusal to return, as obligate, the city of Famagusta to its lawful residents, according to Security Councils resolutions and high level agreements. Head of the bipartisan delegation, PASOK MP Pemi Zouni, said that they are participating in the anti-occupation events for Famagusta, with the hope that these events will soon be unnecessary, because the Cyprus problem will be solved in a proper way. She reiterated at the same time, that the Greek parliamentary parties support and keep pace with the struggle of Cyprus.

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