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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-08-17

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    The Municipality and organizations of the occupied town of Morphou since Turkish invasion in 1974 handed over Monday to the Ambassadors of the five UN Security Council permanent members a resolution requesting the contribution of their countries on the search for justice and peace in Cyprus.

    The resolution was handed over on the occasion of the 35th anniversary since Morphou was captured by the advancing Turkish troops in the August 16, 1974.

    The Mayor and the Members of the Municipal Council of the occupied town visited consecutively the Embassies of USA, Russia, France and China, the UK High Commission and the EU Permanent Representation.

    Speaking after the meeting with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Shumskiy, Morphou Mayor Charalambos Pittas stressed that the Resolution condemns above all the ongoing Turkish occupation reminding the five permanent members of the UN SC of their responsibilities.

    Indeed, UN have a responsibility for the ongoing violation of human rights in Cyprus, Pittas said, noting that the Morphou representation during their meetings with the Ambassadors underlined that the UN SC and its five permanent members are obliged to exeet more pressure on the Turkish side to cooperate for a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    He also said that the property issue was discussed during the meetings.

    We said that it is even more unacceptable now when negotiations are taking place, the other side to continue the illegal exploitation of our property and to continue the destruction of our cultural heritage, he said.

    The resolution which is also signed by cultural and sports organizations of Morphou refers to the ongoing occupation of Cyprus by Turkey for 35 years, the violent partition of the island, the violation of human rights, the Turkish settlers, the destruction of the cultural heritage and the exploitation of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied areas.

    Among others, the Municipality of Morphou, requests from the five UN SC permanent member states to contribute towards a just, viable and functional solution that will end occupation and settlement of the island, will restore the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus, will abolish any rights for foreign military intervention to Cyprus and will unite the territory, the people and the institutions in the framework a bizonal bicommunal federation with a single sovereignty and one international personality, based on the UN resolutions for Cyprus and compatible with the International Law and the principles of the EU.


    Papua New Guinea Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane has said his country supports efforts for the reunification of Cyprus based on Security Council resolutions.

    He was speaking during a ceremony last week where he received the credentials of Cyprus New High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, based in Canberra, Yiannis Iacovou.

    An official statement issued here Monday, said Iacovou briefed the Governor-General on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue with emphasis on the direct talks, as well as the governments readiness to further develop bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of both countries.

    Sir Paulias assured the new High Commissioner that Papua New Guinea supports Security Council resolutions on Cyprus as well as efforts to reunite the island. As far as bilateral relations, he expressed his countrys readiness to develop them in areas of common interest.


    Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou told CNA that restoration works on the forefront of the buildings inside buffer zone in Ledras street would begin at the end of this month or beginning of September.

    In statements to CNA, Nicosia Mayor said that the Municipality is ready to start the work but the summer holidays postpone the commencement of the project for late August or early September. During the works, support will be provided to the buildings and if there is necessity for more technical support it will be done, Mavrou added admitting the delay that has occurred. We planned to begin just after the opening of Ledras street crossing point, she said.

    Ledra Street, which was the main shopping street of the capital Nicosia, has opened on April 3, 2008 for the first time in nearly 40 years, facilitating movement to and from the islands northern Turkish occupied areas.


    Cypriot world skeet champion shooter George Achilleos ranked second at the 2009 ISSF Shotgun World Championships in Maribor, Slovenia winning the silver medal.

    Achilleos fired a total score of 123 out of 125 targets (50/50) in the Final Mens Skeet competition while American Vincent Hancock captured the gold with 149 hits out of 150 (25/25).

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