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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-02-06

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - CHINA
  • [02] CYPRUS - RESEARCH AND HYDROCARBON EXPLOITATION - EGYPT - LEBANON
  • [03] LILLIKAS - OIL - EEZ

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - CHINA

    The People`s Republic of China supports the Cyprus case in the UN Security Council, Vice Chairman of the Law Committee of the National People`s Congress of China Li Changan has said, adding that his country wishes for the reunification of the island.

    Li Changan welcomed Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias, who arrived in Beijing for a official visit at the invitation of Wu Bangguo, President of the National People`s Congress.

    In his remarks, Li Changan referred to his last visit to Cyprus and his tour of the Green line in Ledra Street, noting he encountered the situation with grief.

    ``We feel the sentiments of the Cypriot people and wish for the reunification of the island,`` he added.

    Li Changan also thanked Christofias for Cyprus` support to China over the issue of Taiwan.

    Christofias underlined the importance and value of the support by a country, permanent member of the UN Security Council, for the Cyprus problem ``for which we are deeply grateful.``

    The Cypriot House President briefed the Chinese official on the latest developments regarding the possible opening of a crossing point in Ledra Street.

    ``We did not manage to open it yet. There are several security issues and there must be disengagement,`` Christofias noted, adding that he waits ``the United Nations to assume the initiative.`` He underlined that a possible opening of Ledra Street ``does not terminate the occupation and does not reunite the country.``

    ``Therefore, I must say that the fate of Cyprus and China is basically similar and parallel. China has Taiwan and we have the Turkish occupation, which must be terminated so our country will be reunited,`` Christofias said, adding that ``this brings us closer, apart from the cultural tradition and apart from the friendship created during the era of Makarios (first President of the Republic of Cyprus) and Mao Zedong.``

    [02] CYPRUS - RESEARCH AND HYDROCARBON EXPLOITATION - EGYPT - LEBANON

    Egypt and Lebanon have not reneged on the agreements they have signed with the Republic of Cyprus research and hydrocarbon exploitation in the sea area of Cyprus, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes has assured.

    Invited to comment on Turkeys stance and the statements made by Turkish politicians on the oil issue, Pashiardes said that there is no back out on behalf of Egypt or Lebanon regarding the agreements we have signed with these countries.

    [03] LILLIKAS - OIL - EEZ

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Lillikas said on Tuesday that the Republic of Cyprus is bound only by the international convention for the Law of the Sea.

    Lillikas was commenting on a statement by State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack, during Monday`s briefing, that the issue of petroleum reserves exploitation in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus ``gets very quickly into complicated issues related to the Law of the Sea.``

    ``There are international conventions for the Law of Sea, which Cyprus has signed along with a total of 146 countries and Turkey has not signed them,`` Lillikas said, replying to questions, adding that Cyprus is bound by the Convention of the Law of the Sea and the mechanisms the Convention provides for.


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