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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-24

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    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has stressed that the solution of the Cyprus problem requires patience.

    Speaking during his visit to Pyrgos of Tilliria on the northwest of Cyprus and while talking to the soldiers that serve their military obligations there, President Christofias noted that the Greek Cypriot side is giving a fight for a solution and reunification. This struggle requires patience and insistence, in order to break the will of the conqueror, he said expressing his conviction for that.

    By keeping our faith to the just of our position, you have to be sure that eventually, Cyprus and its people will be reunified, President Christofias added.

    Talking with the residents of Pyrgos and referring to the issue of the Limnitis crossing point, on the northwest, President Christofias expressed his sadness because the crossing point has not opened yet, due to the stubbornness of Turkish militaries, who raise some preconditions that our side cannot accept for security reasons.

    I am not saying that the crossing point will not open, nor that we are close to open it, President Christofias clarified, noting that the opening of the crossing point is high on his agenda, and that he raises the issue in every meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, in the framework of the direct talks.

    Christofias also clarified that it would have been a mistake, if the opening of the Limnitis crossing point was a precondition for the opening of the rest crossing points. It is not only an emotional issue, but it is also a political one, he said and pointed out: We have to work hard in order to break the Turkish occupation and the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to come closer. If eventually the two communities isolate, the game will be lost.

    Finally, President Christofias said that he raised the issue during his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader. I told Talat that as we are not fully satisfied from the progress achieved so far at the direct negotiations, we can encourage the peoples confidence and refresh their expectations by opening the Limnitis crossing point, sending at the same time the massage that we really want and work for the solution, President Christofias said.

    President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged in direct negotiations since early September this year, aiming at reuniting the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.


    Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian has reiterated the Greek Cypriot sides determination to fight until the day when Cyprus will be liberated, its` people will be reunified and the conditions will be created for a peaceful homeland, where security, prosperity and perspective will be the main characteristics.

    Speaking on the sidelines of his visit to Andreas Zakou camp of the Hellenic Forces Regiment on Cyprus (ELDYK), Garoyian noted that 2008 has been a difficult year for Cyprus. However, ``it has been the year that direct negotiations with an aim to find a mutually accepted solution to the Cyprus problem, began, he added.

    House President stressed that the finding of a solution will not be an easy task, due to the Turkish sides intransigent stance. The Turkish side does not allow room for optimism by its positions and by its sterile attitude, he said and added that Turkish side does not aim at reunifying the people and the institutions of Cyprus, but it aims at creating the conditions for a confederation, and for two people and two separate religious in the island.


    The water shortage the island is facing has not been resolved despite the fact that the flow in the dams during the last 24 hours has reached 1,5 million cubic meters of water, said Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Michalis Polinikis.

    Expressing his satisfaction for the heavy rainfall across the island, he said the rain has been a small respite for agriculture.

    Polinikis said his Ministry will complete its plans for the construction of desalination plants for potable water.


    CNA wishes its subscribers and associates Merry Christmas.

    CNA will be closed on Christmas day and the following day, 26 December.

    The agency will reopen on Saturday, December 27.

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