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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-10-03

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    Accepting a solution on the basis of the Turkish terms is out of the question House of Representatives President Marios Garoyian has said , adding that compromising does not mean submitting to the terms of the conqueror.

    Garoyian, who was speaking during a service for the burial of the remains of missing soldier Costas Pamis in Strovolos said that 36 years after the Turkish invasion of the island, Cyprus struggle has not been vindicated, adding that the Turkish side now shamelessly puts forward worse positions that the ones it proposed before 2004.

    Referring to anyone investing in the exertion of pressure on the G/c side, House President said that the Cypriot people will not accept a suicide solution despite being presented with a last chance dilemma or being blackmailed.

    Cyprus has been de facto partitioned since the Turkish invasion in 1974. A new round of UN led negotiations begun in 2008 and is still ongoing between Cyprus President and the leader of the T/c community.

    Costas Pamis was a soldier in the 256th Infantry Division stationed at Karavas Lapithos area when on August 6th 1974 it was decimated by Turkish troops. He has been considered as missing since his remains were discovered during a recent excavation of the area.


    No one can question the clarity of our positions on the Cyprus problem Deputy Government Spokesman Christos Christofides said here , noting that the Governments actions on a daily basis prove that it is urgently working for a solution despite being frequently faced with disappointing positions, attitudes and behaviours hindering its efforts.

    Christofides, who was speaking at a memorial service in Strovolos for all of Republic of Cyprus heroes, said that although the Turkish leadership repeatedly alleges that it wishes and works for a solution to the Cyprus problem, it also campaigns throughout the world towards the international approval and recognition of the occupied areas as a separate state.

    The contradiction, he said, is more than evident. Christofides spoke of the recent proposals put forward by President Christofias stating that it was an effort to achieve a breakthrough and speed up negotiations and that they constitute a clear example of G/c will to find a solution soon.

    Referring to the proposals he said they find ways out for specific issues such as the speeding up of negotiations, the best possible handling of the issue of properties, Turkeys accession prospects and the development of relations between the T/c community and the EU without violating the Republic of Cyprus sovereignty and international and European law.


    Russian tourism in Cyprus will significantly increase during this and the coming years estimated today Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides.

    Paschalides, who wrapped up a three day visit to Moscow, where he met top tourism agents and officials said that by August 31st Russian visitors to Cyprus had reached 157.000, marking an increase of 50% comparing with the same period last year. By the end of the year the increase is expected to hit the 60% mark, he said.

    He added that the establishment of three more Cyprus Consulates in the large cities Samara, Yekaterinburg and Krasnodar in combination with a coordinated policy of development of the Cypriot tourist product within the Russian periphery as well as the specialization of the product to appeal to large groups of Russians such as religious and athletic tourism are expected to boost efforts.

    Russia is Cyprus second best client after Britain, said Cyprus Tourism Organisation (COT) General Manager Lefkos Phylaktides, adding that Russian tourists spend an average of 900 Euro per head as opposed to 600 Euro per head spent by British tourists.

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