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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-26

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT - GREEK FM - NEW YORK CONTACTS
  • [02] ARCHBISHOP - OCCUPIED CHURCHES

  • [01] PRESIDENT - GREEK FM - NEW YORK CONTACTS

    President Demetris Christofias has briefed Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on his contacts in New York in the framework of the UN General Assembly. In a 35-minute telephone conversation with Papandreou, Christofias briefed the Greek PM on his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his lunch with the Representatives of the Permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as the separate meetings he has had with heads of state and government, whom he briefed on the Cyprus problem and on Cyprus` exploratory drilling in the Republics Exclusive Economic Zone.

    Christofias and Papandreou also discussed the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, as well as the Turkish threats over the exploratory drilling in the Cypriot EEZ.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Following a decision by Nicosia to begin natural gas and oil exploration in its exclusive economic zone, Ankara has deployed warships in the Eastern Mediterranean and has signed an illegal agreement with the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus to delineate what it calls continental shelf.

    Drilling has already begun and is being carried out by Houston-based Noble Energy, off Cyprus south-eastern coast.

    [02] ARCHBISHOP - OCCUPIED CHURCHES

    Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II has indicted Turkey for the destruction of holy sites in the northern Turkish occupied areas of the island, calling on the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, Elias, to assist in any way possible and to exert pressure on the matter in the international arena. The Archbishop, who paid an official visit to the Orthodox Church of Georgia, at the invitation of Patriarch Elias, was speaking at a concelebrating ceremony on Sunday in Georgias capital, Tbilisi.

    He said that more than 500 Orthodox churches and monasteries in the occupied areas are in a miserable condition. Some of these churches and monasteries have been destroyed, others have been transformed into mosques, night clubs, army camps even stables. Our holy icons and other religious items have been sold to Europe and America, he noted. He said that the Church of Cyprus has been long demanding a permit from the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in order to repair these churches and monasteries, however there has been no response so far.

    The Archbishop also referred to the Cyprus problem, noting that Turkey illegally invaded Cyprus in 1974, occupying 37% of the country, adding that it wants to take over the occupied areas and the rest of Cyprus. Turkey, he pointed out, is implementing ethnic cleansing tactics in Cyprus, by driving away all Christian Orthodox from their homeland and bringing Muslim settlers from Anatolia, changing the demographics of the whole of Cyprus.


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