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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-01-04

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    Cyprus FM Marcos Kyprianou has said that Turkey cannot expect to join the EU while violating the international law and the European principles, values, and occupying part of the territory of an EU member state.

    He added that he does not think that anyone doubts about this not even Turkey itself. Kyprianou was commenting on statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who said that not dilemmas should be set out for Turkey to choose between the EU and Cyprus, because when Turkey faces such dilemmas it sometimes surprises with its decisions which are not the ones expected.

    Kyprianou noted that Cyprus does not belong to Turkey, nor does Turkey have rights in Cyprus so as to have to chose Cyprus.

    Turkey illegally occupies an independent EU and UN member state and must abide by EU resolutions, withdraw from Cyprus and help to the settlement of the Cyprus problem. That is its obligation, he underlined.

    He said that the road forward is clear for Turkey, it has to abide by her obligations towards the EU, including the settlement of the Cyprus problem which is an international obligation, and in this way it will facilitate its European course.

    I dont think that Turkey will not understand this, he said noting that Turkey cannot have a special treatment as regards its accession course.

    This has been made clear from even those which fervently support Turkeys accession course. So it is clear what it has to do, he added.

    Kyprianou was speaking after a meeting he had with representatives of parliamentary parties responsible for foreign policy issues. He said that they discussed foreign policy issues and challenges for the Republic of Cyprus in 2011. He said that they discussed about the Foreign Ministrys priorities and its diplomatic activities, developments in the Middle East, Cyprus relations with countries in the region and how these can further develop, issues of economic diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, developmental and humanitarian help and problems faced in the Islamic Conference Organization due to Turkeys propaganda.

    Kyprianou also said that they exchanged views on European issues and the EU Cypriot Presidency of 2012 as well as about recent developments such as the violation of religious rights in Cyprus occupied areas.


    Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II has sent a letter of condolences to Patriarch of the Coptic Church of Egypt Shenouda, after the deadly bomb attack in Alexandria.

    In his letter, the Archbishop condemns the ``barbaric and criminal terrorist attack`` and expresses condolences to the Patriarch and the Coptic Church of Egypt, and the families of the victims.

    He furthermore supports the arrest and exemplary punishment of the terrorists.


    The rate of inflation for December 2010 reached 1.6%, on an annual basis, while for the whole year it reached 2.4%, according to an announcement issued on Tuesday by the Statistical Service.

    The Consumer Price Index for December 2010, decreased by 0.18 units or 0.16% to 114.45 units compared to 114.63 in November 2010.

    This is mainly due to decreases in the prices of certain fresh vegetables, potatoes, chicken, clothing items and airfares.

    Increases have been recorded in the prices of petroleum products, electricity, gas and cigarettes.


    The remains of a large building complex area (200 mē) dating to the Roman period were discovered during excavations at the site of Vlou, located 2,5 km northeast of Anogyra village (Lemesos District).

    According to an announcement by the Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Communications and Works, the excavations, which have been completed, were conducted by the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences under the direction of Dr V.A. Goroncharovskiy.

    It says that it is probable that the site was part of a rural sanctuary of Apollo (4thcentury BC 4th century AD).

    During previous field seasons, two service rooms and a main cult room and courtyard on the central axis of construction were excavated. The courtyard has now been uncovered entirely (about 65 sq. m).

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