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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-08-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT - HELIOS AIR CRASH
  • [02] MEMORIAL SERVICE HELIOS AIR CRASH
  • [03] UNHCR AID LEBANON CYPRUS

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT - HELIOS AIR CRASH

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said that investigations into the cause of the air tragedy that hit Cyprus a year ago, should be carried out with legality and order, otherwise their findings will not be valid.

    On August 14, 2005, an Helios Airways Boeing 737, on its way to Prague via Athens, came down in Grammatiko area, near the Greek capital, killing all 121 people on board, mostly Cypriots.

    Speaking after Sundays memorial service in Paralimni, home of 12 of the victims, President Papadopoulos said as it has been already been pledged from the first day of the air crash, the case will be investigated in depth, responsibilities will be detected where there are and attributed to those to whom they belong.

    Everything should be carried out legally and properly so that the procedure does not become invalid, he added.

    Asked whether he is satisfied with the course of the investigations, President Papadopoulos said they cannot be accelerated, since they follow a certain time frame, according to law.

    All should be done with legality and order, otherwise, the findings of the investigations will be invalid, he pointed out.

    The Cypriot President also expressed his deep sorrow for the loss of so many people on board the tragic flight, adding words are not enough to express sympathy in such a tragedy. I hope God gives them comfort.

    Former Minister of Health, Andreas Gavrielides, in his eulogy, expressed the hope that Cyprus will never again experience such a tragedy.

    Following the memorial service, Kykkou Bishop Nikiforos laid the foundation stone for a church to be built in the memory of the victims.

    [02] MEMORIAL SERVICE HELIOS AIR CRASH

    Memorial services were held in the free areas of Cyprus for the 121 victims of last years air tragedy, when an Helios Airways Boeing crashed near Athens, killing all on board, mostly Cypriots.

    Around 190 relatives of the victims, depart for Athens, to hold on Monday the first annual memorial service at the site of the crash in Grammatiko, Greece.

    Hundreds of people gathered at the main squares in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca, on Saturday where they lit candles in the memory of the victims.

    In Larnaca, relatives and friends of the victims lit 121 candles and held banners which said "Your memory is inextinguishable - the 121 victims demand justice".

    The Helios Airways Boeing 737, was on its way to Prague via Athens, when it came down in Grammatiko area, near the Greek capital, 14 August, 2005.

    [03] UNHCR AID LEBANON CYPRUS

    Three aircraft, chartered by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where expected to arrive at Larnaca airport carrying humanitarian aid to be distributed in Lebanon.

    A UNHCR press release said that due to the continuing difficulty in delivering humanitarian aid to Lebanon by air or road, the United Nations started moving aid by sea from Cyprus to Beirut.


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