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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-05-03

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEFENCE MINISTER PASSES AWAY
  • [02] PRESIDENT - DEATH OF DEFENCE MINISTER
  • [03] SPOKESMAN - TURKEY
  • [04] HOUSE PRESIDENT - ARCHBISHOP OF GREECE

  • [01] DEFENCE MINISTER PASSES AWAY

    Cyprus Defence Minister Nicos Symeonides passed away Thursday morning at the Intensive Care Unit of Nicosia General Hospital, where he was admitted a month ago, with symptoms of infection of the urinary system.

    Symeonides, who was 68 years old, was first admitted to Nicosia General Hospital on January 5 with symptoms of pneumonia. He later suffered a heart attack while undergoing a biopsy on his lungs.

    [02] PRESIDENT - DEATH OF DEFENCE MINISTER

    Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has expressed his deep sorrow at the death of Defence Minister Nikos Symeonides on Thursday.

    Papadopoulos expressed sincere condolences to the family of the late minister and paid tribute to the vision he had for the islands defences.

    I express my deep sorrow for the death of Defence Minister Nikos Symeonides. I have been following with great anxiety the difficult times he was facing in the past few months, and was being kept informed about his health, he said in a written statement, issued here today.

    Papadopoulos notes that Symeonides worked with vision for the islands defences and made every effort to strengthen them and apply important administrative changes in the National Guard, the reservists and the Ministry he headed.

    His death deprives me of an honest friends and a valuable associate, the President says.

    [03] SPOKESMAN - TURKEY

    Cyprus is not indifferent to the political situation in Turkey, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis has said, pointing out that political developments in this neighbouring country cannot justify Ankaras intransigence on Cyprus.

    Speaking after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Pashiardis said that ``Naturally developments in Turkey not to leave us indifferent, given that they affect developments in the Cyprus problem, since it is well-known that the policy and the final decisions on the Cyprus problem are taken in Ankara.``

    [04] HOUSE PRESIDENT - ARCHBISHOP OF GREECE

    The solution of the Cyprus problem is mainly up to Turkey, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos has said. Christodoulos, on an eight-day official visit to Cyprus, has met with House President Demetris Christofias, who briefed him on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem. Christofias ``analysed various aspects of the Cyprus problem, the solution of which is mainly up to the neighbouring country, Turkey,`` the Primate of the church in Greece said. He added that ``the analysis by Mr Christofias was very important and detailed for us and it shed light on many aspects of the problem.``

    Christodoulos said that both he and the Primate of the Cypriot Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, assured Christofias that ``the two Churches will stand by their people`s efforts to solve their problems.`` ``We thank him for the opportunity we had, which enriches even more our experience during this most important visit to the island,`` Christodoulos concluded.

    A House of Representatives press release issued after the meeting says that Christofias ``presented a historical review of the problem and a thorough briefing on the latest developments in Cyprus and also referred to the continued efforts for rapprochement between the two communities, including the efforts taken by political parties.`` ``Christofias and Christodoulos exchanged views on developments in Turkey concerning the Turkish presidential elections and how these may affect the prospects for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, in the framework of wider international developments,`` the release writes


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