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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-07-18

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [02] ARCHBISHOP - RUSSIA
  • [03] FM - LEBANON
  • [04] CYPRUS - SAILING - GOLD

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - CYPRUS PROBLEM

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said that during the meeting he will be having on July 25 with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat they will be reviewing the work carried out by the working groups and will decide on future steps.

    Speaking at an event on Thursday evening, President Christofias said ``the situation now in the Cyprus problem is more optimistic than ever despite the fact that the difficulties and problems in efforts for a settlement have not been overcome.``

    The President pointed out there was still much work to be done and ``that is why we must be patient and steadfast on the principles of a solution, showing at the same time the necessary determination and flexibility.``

    ``Our hope is to reach a settlement the soonest possible, which will liberate our people and create the basis and preconditions for a common homeland for Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Armenians, Maronites and Latins,`` he said, adding that finding a solution is the main aim and priority of the government.

    President Christofias said the solution should be fair, viable and functional, terminating the Turkish occupation and settling, and securing the reunification of the island and its people, with respect of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    [02] ARCHBISHOP - RUSSIA

    Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II met in Moscow on Thursday with Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and Vice President of the State Duma Yuri Volkov, in the context of an official visit to Russia.

    ``We asked to see Mr. Lavrov in order to thank him and the Russian government once again for their help to the people of Cyprus,`` the Archbishop said, adding that ``the tragedy of Cyprus is not over.``

    He noted that ``when our leadership feels that it has a superpower on its side it certainly has courage and can freely negotiate the fate of our people,`` and thanked Russia for its stance of principle in the quest for a settlement.

    In a press release, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Lavrov expressed his high appreciation for the mission of the Cypriot Orthodox Church in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem. Lavrov expressed gratitude for the Cypriot Church`s cooperation in the plan to erect a Russian Orthodox church in Limassol.

    [03] FM - LEBANON

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou discussed the Cyprus problem, the situation in the Middle East, bilateral relations and the recent creation of the Union for the Mediterranean during his contacts in Lebanon.

    According to an official press release, the Lebanese officials reaffirmed Beirut`s support to a bizonal bicommunal federation solution to the Cyprus problem, in line with UN Security Council resolutions.

    During the meetings, Kyprianou and the Lebanese officials discussed bilateral relations and the Union for the Mediterranean, and examined ways to cooperate in the management of natural resources and tackling natural disasters.

    The Lebanese officials furthermore expressed their gratitude for the assistance Cyprus provided during the 2006 crisis, and noted that Cyprus is Lebanon`s voice in the EU.

    [04] CYPRUS - SAILING - GOLD

    Cyprus secured two gold medals in the International Sailing Federation`s (ISAF) Youth Sailing World Championship 2008 held in Arhus, Denmark.

    Pavlos Kontides won the gold in Laser and Michalis Malekkides one top honours in Windsurfing RS:X. Kontides secured the gold medal by race 10.

    Kontides, as noted in the ISAF website became the first ever two-time winner of the ISAF St Lawrence Trophy, presented to the winner of the Boys One Person Dinghy event an incredible achievement considering the sailors to have come closest to it in the past (by winning one gold and one silver medal) are Russell Coutts (NZL), Ben Ainslie (GBR), Dean Barker (NZL) and Dan Slater (NZL)!

    Malekkides won race 10, but the decisive action came in race 11, when he finished second, while his main rival Greece`s Thiseas Kampas only managed to finish 14th.


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