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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-01-24

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    Archbishop Christopher of Prague arrived in Cyprus on Saturday for a Peaceful Visit, which he said ``offers the opportunity to become better acquainted with the problems and the concerns and hardships of the faithful of the two local Orthodox Churches.``

    On Sunday, Archbishop Christopher and his entourage followed a liturgy at a church in Chloraka, Paphos.

    Later on in the day, Archbishop Christopher led the vespers at the Monastery of Saint Neophytos, in Englistra village. He was received at the Monastery by Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II and the Prior of the Monastery Bishop Leontios.

    At the end of the vespers, Archbishop Chrysostomos II pointed out the importance of unity among Orthodox Christians and the fraternal relations of the two local Churches. He also referred to the launching of the official programme of the Peaceful Visit on Tuesday, with a reception and doxology at the Archbishopric.


    The Greek Cypriot side will insist on the UN Security Council decisions, providing for a Cypriot-owned and Cypriot-led process for the solution of the Cyprus problem, without suffocating timeframes and arbitration, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said.

    In a written statement, ahead of Wednesdays meeting in Geneva between the Cypriot President Demetris Chrisofias, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Stephanou said ``in Geneva our side will insist on the UN Security Council decisions which determine the UNSG`s mandate and provide for a Cypriot-owned and Cypriot-led process without suffocating timeframes and arbitration.``

    ``The President of Republic will outline once more our view concerning the time and the content of an international conference, which will solely deal with the international aspects of the Cyprus problem.``

    With regard to suggestions made that the President should be escorted by the National Council (the top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus problem), Stephanou said that no member of the National Council, or the President, have raised such issue during the Council`s meeting last Wednesday. He added that in Geneva the President will be escorted by the negotiating team.


    The support to the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of China and the Republic of Cyprus constitute the foundation of the common efforts and struggles of the two countries, Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian has stressed.

    The Cypriot Speaker and a delegation from the House of Representatives comprised by Parliamentarians Yiannakis Thoma, Averof Neofytou, Andreas Angelides, Fedias Sarikas and Demetris Syllouris, held a meeting in Tianjin with Zhang Gaoli, member of the political bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Tianjin Municipal Committee. During the meeting, the Cyprus issue, the economic, commercial and parliamentary relations between Cyprus and China, were examined.

    Garoyian told Gaoli, who paid an official visit to Cyprus last November, that since the last time he informed him on Cyprus issue, there has been no progress due to the Turkish intransigence and approach.

    ``Turkey`s arrogance as well as its cynicism continue, Garoyian said, noting that Turkey believes that due to the fact that it is a powerful country it can impose its conditions on other countries.

    Garoyian thanked Gaoli for Chinas firm support on Cyprus issue and reiterated that Cyprus will continue to support the position for one China. The position, as he said, ``for the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of China and the Republic of Cyprus. This is the foundation of our common effort, of our common struggles``, he pointed out.

    Referring to the bilateral economic relations, Garoyian said that the two countries can further develop those relations and can discuss ways to enhance investments in Cyprus and China. ``We should see how mutual investments can emerge, how the industries can cooperate and how the Republic of Cyprus, as an EU member state, can assist Chinese businesses to expand in the EU and the Middle East``, he said.

    Gaoli called on the Cypriot and Chinese businesses to invest in China and Cyprus respectively.


    Cypriot track field athlete Antonis Arestis won the gold medal in 200m racing, raising the Cypriot flag in the highest mast at the IPC Athletics World Championship, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    Arestis, who competed on Sunday in category T46, came second during the preliminary racing and ended first during the Final Heats, recording a time of 22,25 sec, a Cyprus National Paralympic Committee announcement says.

    It is noted that Arestis is the first track field athlete of the CNPC to win a gold medal in World Championships.

    Arestis will compete in the preliminary racing of the T46 category of 400m this Thursday, January 27, while the finals will take place on Friday, January 28, at 6 pm, New Zealand time.

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