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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-08-26

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    The government is handling with caution and in a responsible manner Turkeys reactions to Cyprus search for hydrocarbons in its Exclusive Economic Zone, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said, pointing out that the government defends its sovereign rights on the basis of international law.

    Asked if this issue affects the ongoing direct negotiations on the Cyprus question, Stephanou said that Turkish reactions in Turkey and Cyprus northern Turkish occupied to surveys the government is conducting in its Exclusive Economic Zone are well known, adding that Nicosia will continue to exercise its sovereign rights.

    The government handles all provocative moves coming from Turkey. We do not accept the opening of energy chapter in Turkeys EU accession negotiations, as long as Ankara continues this provocative attitude towards an EU member state, the Spokesman stressed.

    Stephanou said that the government is handling the issue in a responsible manner because one cannot rule out the possibility that Ankaras moves aim at creating tension which will divert attention from the peace effort aiming at a negotiated settlement in Cyprus.

    The government, he added, defends its sovereign rights on the basis of international law.


    There is no direct sea route between Lebanon and Cyprus Turkish occupied areas, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said, commenting on Turkish Cypriot press reports that the first illegal journey, by a ship, from the port of the occupied town of Famagusta to Tripoli, Lebanon, had taken place.

    There is no direct route between Lebanon and the occupied areas. Representations have been made and are being made. There is however a sea route from Turkey, the occupied areas, Syria, Lebanon and vice versa the Spokesman explained.

    He noted that Turkey is trying and will continue to try to upgrade the status of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus through various means. We are in continuous contact with Lebanon, we are making contact, representations and we will continue to do so, he added.

    As long as there is an abnormal situation in Cyprus, with the occupation and Turkeys efforts to upgrade the illegal regime, we will have to address Turkeys policy which maintains that there is a second state in Cyprus, he pointed out.


    The first team of firefighters, members of Civil Defence and volunteers, who assisted efforts to put out raging fires in Greece, returned to Cyprus on Wednesday on a Greek Air Force C130 plane, which landed at Andreas Papandreou Military Airbase near Paphos, on the western coast.

    The team was welcomed at the airbase by Minister of Justice and Public Order Loucas Louca, accompanied by Civil Defence Commander Christos Kyriakides and Fire Department Director Andreas Nicolaou.

    On Wednesday, a total of 106 persons returned to Cyprus, 57 firefighters, 25 Civil Defence members, 14 members of the Cyprus Rescue Team and 10 members of the Emergency Volunteer Department, along with six vehicles.

    Later on in the day, 32 more firefighters, 20 Civil Defence members and eight reporters with their crews, are expected to return to Cyprus.


    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis has stressed that Turkey should realize that there will be no special treatment as regards its obligation to normalize its relations with the Republic of Cyprus, noting that agreements are there to be respected, otherwise one must face the consequences.

    Bakoyannis said that Turkey, which maintains occupation troops in Cyprus since 1974, determines the extend of flexibility of the Turkish Cypriot side at the negotiations, which began September last year, under UN auspices, with the aim to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    She noted that in December, Turkeys compliance with the Ankara Protocol and its obligation to normalize its relations with the Republic of Cyprus would be assessed.

    Turkey must realize that there will be no special treatment, the Greek Foreign Minister underlined.

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