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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-07-22

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has pointed out that there is no room to successfully pursue a solution of the Cyprus problem other than the bizonal bicommunal federation, which is the form adopted by the UN, the EU and the whole of the international community, and has been negotiated by all Presidents of the Republic.

    In a speech read out by Director of the President`s Office Vassos Georgiou, at an event to mark the anniversary of the capturing of Kyrenia, now under Turkish occupation, President Christofias noted that ``we do not give up and we continue the effort with confidence for a viable and functional solution, as fair as possible, under the circumstances,.``

    ``Our aim is to achieve a solution that will terminate the occupation and settling, reunite Cyprus and its people, its institutions and economy. A solution in which all Cypriots will live harmoniously, in conditions of security, without occupation troops and foreign dependencies, with the human rights safeguarded for all. A solution that will allow us, as people of Kyrenia, to exercise the right to return to our town and our villages,`` he said.

    President Christofias added that the only way to reach such a solution was through the ongoing negotiations between the leaders of the two communities, and that the Turkish side should also give positive input to the talks, ``otherwise there will be no solution.``

    He pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side would ``not accept a solution for the sake of a solution`` and that reaffirms ``our determination to continue the struggle.``

    President Christofias said 35 years have passed since the 1974 coup and Turkish invasion of the island and that ``Kyrenia was the first to pay the price.``

    ``Unfortunately, the treason and the Turkish invasion and of course the 35 years that have passed since then, created situations making it impossible to restore things to the state they were before the tragic events. This is a reality which forces us, in order to liberate and reunite our homeland, to struggle for an historical compromise, which will however provide a prospect, permanent peace, security and prosperity for all inhabitants of the island,`` he said.


    The military coup against Cyprus in 1974 does not justify the subsequent Turkish invasion, the continuous occupation and violation of international law for 35 years now, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has stressed.

    Invited to comment on Swedish Foreign Minister Karl Bildts statements before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday, regarding the Cyprus issue, Stephanou expressed hope that Sweden would follow an objective policy during its EU presidency.

    The Cyprus problem is a problem of invasion and occupation and violation of the principles of international law, human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Cyprus by Turkey and this can not be erased by anyone, he underlined.

    Stephanou recalled that Turkish violations in Cyprus are also recorded in many UNSC resolutions.


    The European Commission approved Wednesday a series of special support measures to help Cyprus better deal with the problem of scrapie in its sheep and goat populations.

    The amount allocated for 2009 is 5,4 million Euros. For 2010 it is estimated that a further 8 to 9 million Euros will be made available for this purpose.

    The approved scrapie programme for the years 2009 and 2010 submitted by Cyprus will receive special support, including a 75% level of Community contribution to the compensation paid to the owners by the Government of Cyprus as well as costs for personnel and the destruction of carcasses.

    In order to reduce as much as possible the number of animals to be culled, the Commission also contributes to the genotyping programme so that all resistant animals are identified.


    Excavations on the west sector of the Bronze Age community of Politiko-Troullia, lying about 25 km southwest of Nicosia near Ayios Irakleidios Monastery in the copper-bearing foothills of the Troodos Mountains, which continued during summer 2009, have brought to light a series of households around a large communal courtyard.

    These produced evidence of intensive animal husbandry and crop processing, copper metallurgy and sophisticated ceramic technology during the Middle Bronze Age, just prior to the advent of cities on Late Bronze Age Cyprus, a press release issued by the Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities has said.

    According to the press release, the results from Politiko-Troullia open an archaeological window on the communities that provided the foundation for urbanised civilisation on Cyprus.

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