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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-10-01

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS - MILITARY PARADE
  • [02] CMP - EURO MP - MISSING PERSONS

  • [01] REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS - MILITARY PARADE

    The Republics armed forces, the National Guard, which acts as a deterrent, consolidates the feeling of security among the people and provides the country with the ability to continue efforts, through peaceful means, to solve the Cyprus issue, President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos has stressed, after the military parade to mark 47 years of independence.

    In his statement, Papadopoulos congratulated the National Guard leadership and officials on the excellent appearance during the parade, noting that the the deterrent, which the National Guard offers, strengthens the feeling of security among the people and gives us the ability to continue our efforts through political negotiations to solve the Cyprus issue. Today, he added, we celebrate the 47th anniversary of our independence, adding I repeat once again, we are entitled to and are proud of everything which we have achieved so far, in common and collectively, through hard work. The President expressed reserved optimism for tomorrow and appreciation for yesterday and today.

    In his statement, Greek Defence Minister Meimarakis pointed out that cooperation between Greece and Cyprus is excellent, frank, substantive and on many levels and reiterated Greeces support. Meimarakis said it was an honour for him to represent the government of Greece at todays celebrations to mark the islands independence anniversary and thanked the government and the people of Cyprus for their support in handling the devastating fires that raged in Greece this summer. This is proof of our strong, brotherly bonds which unite our people, the Greeek Minister said, adding that todays parade also confirmed these bonds. The excellent formation, the high morale of all those who participated proved that the Republic of Cyprus defences and security are in very good hands.

    Participating in today`s parade were infantry, artillery and naval forces and members of the Greek military contingent stationed in Cyprus in accordance with the 1960 Treaty of Establishment of the Republic, the police, the fire brigade, the forestry and the civil defence services. Present were also a military police unit, comprising mainly reservists, and a special unit of commandos, set up 1996, of well trained regular members of the armed forces. Commando units, naval forces and various branches of the Republic`s armed forces also paraded.

    [02] CMP - EURO MP - MISSING PERSONS

    Member of the European Parliament Ewa Klamt is visiting Cyprus from the 1st to the 4th of October 2007, following her appointment by the European Parliaments Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) as Member responsible for following the development on the ``Missing Persons in Cyprus``. Her appointment follows the adoption of a resolution on the issue of the missing persons in Cyprus by the European Parliament last March.

    In her capacity as rapporteur of the LIBE Committee, she is entrusted with following all issues related to the problems of missing persons in Cyprus, from a humanitarian perspective. According to the resolution of the European Parliament, her work should be undertaken in close cooperation with the Commission.

    The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) welcomes MEP Ewa Klamts appointment and will do its utmost to facilitate her mission in Cyprus. She will meet with people from both communities concerned with the issue of the persons unaccounted for, including relatives of missing persons and representatives of family associations, as well as officials of the CMP. She will also tour the CMP anthropological laboratory in the United Nations Protected Area and visit exhumation sites on each sides of the cease-fire line.


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