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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-02-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS EGYPT OIL EXPLORATION
  • [02] CYPRUS GERMAN EU PRESIDENCY T/C
  • [03] FRANCE TURKEY EU
  • [04] CYPRUS TURKEY UN

  • [01] CYPRUS EGYPT OIL EXPLORATION

    Cyprus has no reason to be concerned that Egypt will not keep the agreement it has signed with the Republic for exploration and exploitation of possible oil and natural gas deposits in the sea south and west of the island, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said.

    Replying to questions, the Spokesman said Egypts position for full implementation of the agreement it has signed with the Republic of Cyprus remains firm.

    Invited to comment on the intention of Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul to meet in Ankara with his Egyptian counterpart to discuss the issue of oil explorations, Pashiardis said our side has no reason to be concerned that Egypt will not keep the agreement it has signed with the Republic of Cyprus.

    On the contrary, we have every reason to believe, and we are absolutely certain, that the friendly country of Egypt will be consistent with the agreement it has signed with Cyprus, he concluded.

    Cyprus, an EU member state since May 2004, has signed agreements for the delimitation of its Exclusive Economic Zone with Egypt and Lebanon. Turkey, which has been occupying 37% of Cyprus territory since her invasion of the island in 1974, has reacted with threats as regards the governments intentions for exploration and exploitation of possible oil deposits or natural gas in the sea area off the island.

    [02] CYPRUS GERMAN EU PRESIDENCY T/C

    The Cypriot government is in a frequent communication and negotiation with the German Presidency of the EU concerning the issue of the so called direct trade between the Union and the Turkish Cypriot community, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said.

    He noted that our effort and pursuit is to find a solution to this issue which will fully correspond and completely satisfy the affirmed aim of trade with the areas of the Republic of Cyprus which due to the invasion and occupation are not under the effective control of the Cypriot government.

    Pashiardis said that the aim is economic unification which is a contributing factor in the reunification of Cyprus.

    [03] FRANCE TURKEY EU

    There has been no progress on the Turkish part concerning the opening of Turkish ports to Cypriot ships, according to the Spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    According to the Spokesman`s statements which were published on the French Ministry`s website things have not changed on the Turkish side.

    He reminded that the European Council drew certain conclusions from Ankaras attitude having to do with the pace of negotiations with Turkey, deciding to freeze the negotiations on certain chapters.

    [04] CYPRUS TURKEY UN

    The aggressor accusing his victim of taking measures to defend itself constitutes the ultimate expression of provocation, stresses Cyprus` Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis in a letter rejecting Turkish allegations of rearmament efforts of the Republic of Cyprus.

    In his letter to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary General, circulated as a document of the General Assembly, Mavroyiannis rejects the deliberate and preposterous fabrications contained in the letter of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime of the occupied part of Cyprus, noting that it is yet another by-proxy attempt by Turkey to divert attention from its own responsibilities.


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