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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-04-14

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    The Government of the Republic of Cyprus welcomes the report of the Committees on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that includes positive references on the Cyprus issue, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has stated.

    Stephanou said that the report constitutes the continuation of a series of positive reports and resolutions for Cyprus and the Cyprus issue. He recalled the Conclusions of the 2009 and 2010 European Councils, which underlined Turkeys responsibilities and the need to fulfill its obligations towards the EU and the Republic of Cyprus. He also recalled the last two resolutions of the European Council regarding the Cyprus issue.

    Stephanou pointed out that this is the result of the reliability of the Republic of Cyprus and is a proof that Cyprus is not isolated internationally. The policy that President of the Republic of Cyprus follows and led to the resuming of the negotiations, his clear positions of principles, the demonstration of the necessary realism in the negotiations, the President and the Governments intensive international activity, has contributed to the enhancement of the reliability of the Greek Cypriot side and the Republic of Cyprus, he said.

    Stephanou said that the Government invests on that reliability and noted that President Christofias and the Government will continue the efforts to solve Cyprus issue on the basis of the UN resolutions, the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 and the principles of the international and European law, for a solution of bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, which will give an end to the occupation and will reunite Cyprus and its people.


    Cyprus House President Marios Garoyian has said that seven years after the referendum on the Annan plan the Turkish side unfortunately remains intransigent and pursues a settlement of the Cyprus problem which is in many points worse than the one provided by the Annan plan. Speaking before the House plenary during its last meeting before the parliamentary elections to take place on May 22, Garoyian noted that direct negotiations are in a stalemate and that the positions of the Turkish side do not allow any optimism.

    Garoyian called on the international community and especially the UN and the EU to respect the decision and the will of the Greek Cypriots as expressed during the referendum of April 24, 2004, and contribute to efforts for a just, functional and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN principles and decisions, the high level agreements and the EU principles and values.

    Referring to the anniversary of the coup in Greece that took place on April 21, 1967, Garoyian recalled that juntas demise resulted in the Turkish invasion to Cyprus. Moreover on the occasion of the anniversary of the Genocide of the Armenians by the Young Turks that took place on April 24, 1915, Garoyian reiterated the appeal for its world-wide condemnation and recognition and called on Turkey to admit its crime.

    In April 2004, a UN-proposed solution plan was put to simultaneous referenda in both communities. The overwhelming majority of the Greek Cypriot community rejected the plan, saying it did not serve the interests of the country, nor did it meet the fundamental concerns of the Greek Cypriot community. The Turkish Cypriot community approved the referendum by a majority.

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