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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-12-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Turkey is the only problem in our region, House President says
  • [02] Cyprus is becoming a much more powerful EU country, says Polish

    MEP


  • [01] Turkey is the only problem in our region, House President says

    Turkey is an expansionist state conspiring against the interests of Hellenism, President of the House, Yiannakis Omirou, stated, adding that both the European and international community must realize as soon as possible that the problem lies in Turkey, who is a destabilizing factor.

    In statements to the Press, after he had visited earlier today Michalakis Parides military camp, Omirou said that the Turkish threat is present, threatening the historic continuation of Hellenism in Cyprus, and for as long as occupation and Turkish threat exist, Greece and Cyprus must jointly confront Turkey, for the future of Hellenism.

    He expressed deep appreciation and gratitude to Greek officers, permanent staff and soldiers serving in Cyprus. Omirou indicated that Greeces military presence in Cyprus is based on the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, but blood ties, as well as historical, religious and linguistic ties linking Cyprus to Hellenism are much more powerful than any contractual obligations. Turkeys expansionism threatens Hellenism in general, as revealed by Turkeys former Foreign Minister Mesut Yilmaz who said that Turkish secret agents set forest fires in Greece during 1990s, in an attempt to destroy the countrys natural resources and wealth, Omirou said.

    We do not wish to maintain bad relations with Turkish people on the contrary we want friendly relations. But we must realize that the prevailing state of affairs in Turkey, unfortunately, still maintains an expansive state, conspiring against the interests of Hellenism, House President underlined.

    [02] Cyprus is becoming a much more powerful EU country, says Polish MEP

    Polish MEP Artur Zasada said Wednesday he feels that Cyprus is becoming a much more powerful country within the EU.

    Speaking after a meeting with President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou, the Polish MEP expressed the hope to visit again Cyprus during next the year, not only because of Cyprus EU Presidency in the 2nd semester of 2012, but also because he feels that Cyprus is recognized and becoming a much more powerful country in the EU.

    Zasada who was arrested last March by Turkish occupation forces in Cyprus, in the churchyard of Agia Zoni, which is situated within the fenced-off area of Famagusta, occupied by the Turkish military since the 1974 Turkish invasion, said that he now feels as a friend of Cyprus and here he feels like home.

    The House President thanked the Polish MEP for his initiatives and actions in the Parliament, concerning Cyprus and the target for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will end the occupation, based on the principles of European law.

    He added that Zasada has made important efforts for Cyprus, pointing out the need for application of European law in the case of Cyprus.

    We had agreed to remain in contact for the promotion of common goals, concerning not only the Cyprus problem but also the broader European perspective, said Omirou.

    He also noted that Cyprus, during its Presidency of the Council of the EU, could cooperate even closer with the EP and Poland, which completes its EU presidency by the end of 2011.


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