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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-02-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus House delegation holds contacts with Australian Parliament
  • [02] President signs Book of condolences at Embassy of Egypt
  • [03] Contractor to deliver

  • [01] Cyprus House delegation holds contacts with Australian Parliament

    The Presidents of both Houses of the Australian Parliament expressed today their understanding concerning the position of the Republic of Cyprus on the Cyprus issue as well as the prospects of Cyprus talks, while meeting in Canberra with House President Yiannakis Omirou and the members of the House inter-party delegation.

    The Cypriot delegation arrived this morning in the Australian capital and met with the President of the Senate John Hogg and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper. Earlier, the House delegation met with the members of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and the Committee chairman, MP Michael Danby.

    Speaking after the meeting, Omirou said the Australian side showed great interest in recent developments in the Cyprus issue, Turkeys threats against the Republic of Cyprus and the last meeting on Cyprus, at Greentree, NY.

    The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu for the fifth time in January 2012, in Greentree, New York, to discuss the prospects of Cyprus talks.

    The President of the Cyprus House noted that both Presiding Officers, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee were also interested in the recent discovery of hydrocarbon reserves, in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and in its potential contribution to a Cyprus solution.

    On Turkeys EU accession prospects, Omirou said he explained to his Australian interlocutors that the Republic of Cyprus does not object, but insists on Ankara meeting concrete requirements, set by the EU.

    Omirou also referred to the continuous support of all Australian governments and political parties for a Cyprus solution, based on international law and the Security Council resolutions.

    [02] President signs Book of condolences at Embassy of Egypt

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has expressed on behalf of the government, the people of Cyprus, and himself most sincere condolences for the loss of human lives, as a result of clashes between the fans of rival football teams in Port Said, last week.

    Christofias signed on Wednesday the Book of Condolences at the Embassy of Egypt, in Nicosia. In his message of condolences, he wrote: On behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, as well as on my own behalf, I would like to extend our most sincere condolences for the loss of so many innocent lives, as a result of clashes between the fans of rival football teams in Port Said, last week. At this moment of mourning I express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and the friendly people of Egypt.

    In statements after signing the book, Christofias said that ``we share the pain of the friendly people of Egypt, with which we have developed long-standing fraternal relations, for the loss of so many lives and even more casualties.``

    That is why, he added, ``my presence here is a proof of this fraternal relation

    [03] Contractor to deliver

    The newly renovated conference centre Filoxenia, which will be used by the Cyprus Presidency of the European Council, will be handed over on Wednesday, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, Deputy Minister to the President for European Affairs, announced Wednesday.

    He was speaking during the opening ceremony of a two-day training seminar for employees of the Cyprus News Agency and the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

    Mavroyiannis said next to Filoxenia, the Cypress Media Centre will operate during Cyprus EU presidency in the second half of 2012.

    Ambassador Mavroyiannis, also told delegates at the premises of the Cyprus Academy of Public Administration, which is organizing the seminar that the official website of the presidency will be ready and will operate on an experimental basis in about a month.

    However, he said, the site will not officially function before Cyprus assumes the EU Presidency, as no country can set its website functional before the end of the previous presidency.


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