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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-24

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

  • [01]Monday, 24 November 2003 Ceremony to mark commencement of the process for the destruction of stockpiled anti-personnel mines
  • [02] Foreign Affairs Ministry condemns Constantinople terrorist attacks
  • [03] Restored Bayraktar Mosque in Nicosia to reopen

    [01] Ceremony to mark commencement of the process for the destruction of stockpiled anti-personnel mines

    The National Committee for the Implementation of the Ottawa Convention, which was established following a decision of the Council of Ministers, is announcing the holding of a ceremony, on December 2, 2003, to mark the commencement of the destruction of stockpiled anti-personnel mines. On the following day, December 3, the Committee is organising a Seminar on the Ottawa Convention and its implementation on a global scale and by the Republic of Cyprus. It is important to note that the ceremony on December 2, will also mark the official launching of the process leading to the Convention's First Review Conference - the 2004 Nairobi Summit on a "Mine Free World". The fact that Cyprus has been chosen for the global launch of this important process is undoubtedly an honour for Cyprus. At 13.30 on Tuesday, December 2, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Tassos Papadopoulos, will launch the process for the destruction of 4,000 stockpiled anti-personnel mines. Remarks will also be made by the President- Designate of the Convention's First Review Conference, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch, by Ms Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1997), of the "International Campaign to Ban Landmines", by the Minister of Defence, Mr. Kyriakos Mavronicolas and by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Sotos Zackheos. Officials representing intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations dealing with the implementation of the Ottawa Convention, as well Ambassadors accredited to Cyprus, state and government officials, the military leadership, as well as representatives of political parties and organizations will attend the ceremony. The Seminar on the Ottawa Convention will be held at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 09.00 to 11.30 am on December 3, 2003. It will be attended by all foreign officials who will be present at the ceremony for the destruction of stockpiled anti-personnel mines and Cypriot officials involved in the implementation of the Ottawa Convention. The ceremony and the Seminar are being organised in cooperation with the "Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining", which oversees the implementation of the Ottawa Convention. The Ottawa Convention, on The Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti- personnel Mines and on their Destruction was ratified by the Republic of Cyprus in January 2003 and put into effect on July 1st 2003.

    [02] Foreign Affairs Ministry condemns Constantinople terrorist attacks

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the double terrorist attacks in Istanbul, which resulted in the grave loss of innocent lives and the wounding of hundreds of civilians. On behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the Government of Turkey, the Government of the United Kingdom, and all other Governments whose nations have been affected. The Cyprus Government reiterates its abhorrence and strong condemnation of terrorism, which transcends national borders, religions and cultures. The Cyprus Government reconfirms its position for concerted international efforts in the fight against terrorism which runs counter to human values.

    [03] Restored Bayraktar Mosque in Nicosia to reopen

    A ceremony to mark the reopening of a Turkish mosque, named "Mosque of Bayraktar", took place last Friday at the Constanza Bastion in Nicosia's Venetian walls. The mosque was built in 1820 on the western edge of the Constanza Bastion, and in 1990 restoration work was undertaken following a Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers. The restoration of the Bayraktar Mosque to its present form has been made possible with grants by UNOPS and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Speaking at the ceremony, Interior Minister Mr Andreas Christou said the event was "a symbolic step towards reconstructing a united Cyprus" and expressed the Government's gratitude to UNOPS for its contribution to the restoration of the mosque. "Allow me to express the conviction that all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Latins, Maronites and Armenians can and should live together, side-by-side, accepting and respecting each other's religious and cultural background", Mr Christou noted, adding that "the concepts of division and partition have no place and no meaning in a united Europe". Present at the ceremony were, inter alia, the Turkish Cypriot religious leader Seyh Nazum, the Mayor of Nicosia Mr Michalakis Zambelas, a Christian Orthodox cleric representing the Cyprus Church, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry Mr Kyriakos Triantafyllides, and Muslims who came from the Turkish- occupied areas. Seyh Nazum, who spoke at the ceremony, praised the Interior Ministry and the Interior Minister Mr Christou, in particular, for their significant role in the restoration of the mosque, and thanked all those who had contributed to the implementation of the project. In remarks to the press after the ceremony, Mr Christou said the exact date for reopening the Bayraktar Mosque, which "will be very soon", would be decided collectively by the Nicosia Mayor and Seyh Nazum.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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