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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-07-25

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    The National Council will convene on September 14 and 15 to continue the discussion on the course of the ongoing UN-led direct talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to find a political settlement and on the progress report on Turkey`s EU accession course.

    Speaking after the National Council, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said President of the Republic Demetris Christofias briefed the members of the Council in detail on the course of the talks, based on documents submitted, adding that in September the members will be presenting their views.

    The National Council is the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem, and comprises leaders and representatives of parliamentary parties.

    Replying to questions, Stephanou said all political parties submitted positions and views on Turkey`s EU accession course, verbally or in writing.


    President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has called on the UN and the EU ``to at long last bring Turkey before its responsibilities and its obligations towards the international community and international law and order.``

    ``In view of the progress report on Turkey`s EU accession course in December, we wish to clearly warn that Ankara`s accession course will not be smooth if it continues to refuse to comply with its obligations towards the EU and the Republic of Cyprus, emanating from the Ankara Protocol and the Statement of September 2005. Yes, Turkey will pay a huge price if it continues its intransigent and provocative behaviour,`` he added.

    Addressing an event in memory of Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus, Garoyian said ``we are ready for an honorable and just compromise but we do not accept illegitimate solutions and closure of the Cyprus problem that will not bring justice, will not terminate the occupation, will not restore the unity of the state, the people and the institutions, and will not terminate the influx of illegal settlers, we do not accept a solution to emerge from a virgin birth or provide Turkey with guarantee or intervention rights.``

    ``We are ready for an historical compromise, a solution of a bizonal bicommunal federation. We reject a confederation or two-state solution,`` he said, adding that Turkey ``wants a solution based on its own terms and strategic plans, a solution that will not even serve the interests of the Turkish Cypriots.``


    Cypriots appear to be among the most pessimistic and worried Europeans as regards the financial crisis, according to a Eurobarometer survey.

    In particular, 73% of the Cypriots who have participated in the survey, anticipate that the worst as regards employment is still to come, in comparison to 61% in the EU27. The percentage as regards concern in Cyprus is the biggest in the Eurozone and the fourth biggest in the community after the three Baltic countries.

    A percentage of 7% of those interviewed in Cyprus said that they have lost their jobs during the crisis. This is one of the lower percentages among the EU27 along with Luxembourg.

    To a question if a member of their family or a friend has lost his job, 30% of the Cypriots interviewed replied affirmatively, while the average relevant EU27 percentage reached 36%. Moreover, 13% of those interviewed in Cyprus responded that one of their colleagues was fired due to the crisis. This is one of the lowest percentages in the community (EU27 average reached 24%).

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