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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-08-16

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] MORPHOU MUNIFICPALITY - PETITION
  • [02] OMIROU - CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [03] CYPRUS - ELECTRICITY
  • [04] APHRODITE CUP - CYPRUS

  • [01] MORPHOU MUNIFICPALITY - PETITION

    The Municipality and organised bodies of the Turkish occupied town of Morphou are to hand over on Tuesday a resolution to the embassies of the five UN Security Council permanent members, the EU Representation, the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and the President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou.

    The resolution will be delivered on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the occupation of the city by the advancing Turkish troops, on August 16, 1974.

    Later today, a memorial service will be held in memory of those who perished during the invasion at Faneromeni church in Nicosia.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The Turkish offensive was launched in two phases - on 20 July and on 14 August.

    Turkey has refused to comply with repeated UN calls to withdraw its occupation troops and in spite of several rounds of peace talks, no political settlement has been achieved, due to Turkeys intransigence.

    President Christofias is currently engaged in talks with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Dervis Eroglu in a bid to find a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country under a federal roof.

    [02] OMIROU - CYPRUS ISSUE

    House President Yiannakis Omirou has said that proposals put forward by the Turkish side at the negotiations for a political settlement of the Cyprus problem reveal that the Turkish goals remain firm and unchanged. Speaking during a memorial service for Yiannis Shiammas, who was killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Omirou said that three years after the beginning of direct negotiations the Turkish intransigence continues.

    He noted that the proposals of the Turkish side provide for the dissolution of the Republic of Cyprus, the establishment of two equal state entities, a loose confederation, the maintaining of Turkeys strategic control of Cyprus through guarantees and the revival of the Annan plan under a different name, a UN-proposed solution plan, the product of arbitration, rejected by the overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriots and approved by a majority of Turkish Cypriots. Moreover they provide for a settlement which will become EU Primary Law, to allow permanent derogations from the acquis communautaire, permanent violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Omirou added.

    Omirou stressed that the Greek Cypriot side must move towards three directions. It must inform the international and European community about Turkish manoeuvres and pinpoint the intransigence of the Turkish side, which does not allow any progress. We must warn that if there are no effective interventions and pressures in the direction of Turkey, the process of the talks will fail, he added. He said that tactics at the negotiating table and the strategy in the overall handling of the Cyprus problem must be reviewed.

    Omirou stressed that Turkeys European course must be the basic lever of pressure and the main weapon to convince Turkey to rationalize its behaviour and comply with international and European law. What we have to do is to follow a strategy that will make clear to our partners that Turkeys accession talks with the EU cannot move on if Turkey refuses to fulfill its obligations toward the Republic of Cyprus, which include its obligation to cooperate for a settlement on the basis of UN resolutions and the principles on which the EU is founded, he added.

    [03] CYPRUS - ELECTRICITY

    No power cuts are expected on Tuesday, Director of the Transmission System Operator (TSO), Christos Christodoulides told CNA today.

    Power cuts are not likely to happen today, as was the case in the past three days, Christodoulides noted, provided that no unpredicted breakdowns occur and weather temperatures remain moderate.

    Power supply conditions, he explained, have not changed in recent days, adding that people should continue saving energy.

    Daily power demand was limited, at around 700 MW, Christodoulides said, due to moderate weather conditions and the holiday period.

    [04] APHRODITE CUP - CYPRUS

    The National Tennis Centre in Nicosia will be hosting from September 6 to 10 the Aphrodite World Tennis Cup, which has become an institution for Cypriot tennis.

    The Aphrodite Cup has been upgraded to grade 4 of the International Tennis Federation, thus attracting high level tennis players, this year with the participation of at least 45 countries.

    According to the Cyprus Tennis Federation, games will be played in the morning and afternoon, and the finals will be played on September 10, followed by the closing ceremony.

    Entrance to the courts will be free.


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