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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-03-27

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] President: Preconditions for the return of Famagusta defined by UN
  • [02] Downer: No information about opening of Varosha
  • [03] FM presented with St Mark's cross
  • [04] Tight security measures for APOEL-Real match

  • [01] President: Preconditions for the return of Famagusta defined by UN

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has made it clear that the preconditions for the return of Varosha (the fenced off area of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta) to its legal inhabitants are explicit and defined by the UN.

    Christofias referred to possible moves by the Turkish side, when invited to comment on a report by the Turkish daily Milliet about a possible opening of Varosha on July 1st, when Cyprus will assume the six monthly rotating EU presidency.

    The President noted that there has been a lot of speculation with regard to Milliet's report, adding that one can expect anything from the Turkish leadership.

    "As far as we are concerned, the conditions for the return of Varosha are crystal clear and have been defined and reaffirmed by the UN Security Council," he stressed.

    He recalled that he submitted in 2010 a three-tier proposal with regard to Famagusta that concerns all sides, Turkish Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkey, but which has not been accepted.

    "From there on everything else is likely to be ploys, possible scenario which no-one can rule out. It is unproductive and not right to discuss such hypothetical scenario," he added.

    Christofias advised Famagusta citizens to remain calm and cautious and trust the political leadership.

    The city of Famagusta was captured by the invading Turkish forces in August 1974. It was sealed off and remains uninhabited, under the direct control of the Turkish military.

    The Republic of Cyprus has since declared the ports in the occupied areas closed since it cannot exercise its full control over them, as a result of the continuing Turkish occupation.

    The fenced-off section of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta called Varosha - was abandoned by its lawful inhabitants, as they fled the advancing Turkish troops.

    Varosha remains since 1974 a sealed area, a ghost town, since the Turkish army does not allow visitors or the lawful inhabitants of the area to visit it.

    In July 2010, the Cypriot President proposed the return of the fenced-off area of Varosha, in Famagusta, to the administration of the United Nations, combined with the opening of the port of Famagusta under EU auspices for use by the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots alike and the restoration of the medieval part of the town of Famagusta. The Turkish side has rejected the proposal.

    UNSC resolution 550, adopted in 1984, calls upon all states to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus and considers attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks are currently underway between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus with an aim to reunify the island.

    [02] Downer: No information about opening of Varosha

    UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, said Tuesday that he has no information as regards possible moves by the Turkish side to open Varosha, the fenced - off area of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta.

    Downer, who was asked to comment on reports by the Turkish daily ``Milliyet`` that Turkey would open Varosha on July 1st, when Cyprus will assume the six monthly rotating EU presidency, said that nor the Turkish Cypriot side, nor the Turkish side have informed him about that possibility.

    ``I checked on these stories which I've read in the Media over the last couple of days, I checked up on that, but let me say that I have had no information from the Turkish Cypriot side in relation to this nor did (Turkish FM) Mr Davutoglu even mention the issue of Varosha of Famagusta``, he said. Downer added that the issue was not even raised during a meeting he held last week in Brussels with Turkish Foreign Minister Mehmet Davutoglu.

    [03] FM presented with St Mark's cross

    The Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodoros II, who is currently visiting Cyprus, presented on Tuesday the Cyprus Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Markoullis with St Mark's Cross for her support to the Patriarchate.

    Speaking to CNA following a meeting he had with Cyprus Minister, Patriarch Theodoros said that he wanted to express his gratitude for all her support, noting that the award is just a small gift of appreciation for her devotion and assistance.

    He also expressed his appreciation to the support offered by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, with whom he will meet on Wednesday.

    [04] Tight security measures for APOEL-Real match

    The Cyprus Police are taking stringent security measures for tonight's soccer game between Nicosia APOEL FC and Real Madrid for the Champions League quarterfinals.

    The match is set to start at 21.45 local time (1845 GMT) at GSP Stadium in the capital Nicosia and the second leg will be held in Santiago Bernabeu on April 4.

    Nicosia Police Chief Kypros Michaelides told CNA today that a total of 270 policemen will be on duty tonight and will be patrolling the stadium.

    He explained that the Police will first check all fans to ensure the validity of their tickets and right afterwards they will go through a body check to remove any dangerous items they attempt to carry into the stadium.


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