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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-04-26

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has said that the Cyprus problem will be solved, and expressed hope that peace in the region would start being implemented from Cyprus.

    Addressing the congregation on Saturday night at the church of Saint George in Kellaki village, for the Easter liturgy, President Christofias said ``the Resurrection brings life-giving messages, the message of the triumph of life over death, love for life, and peace over war.``

    ``I wish to believe that tonight we were not brought here due to tradition alone, but that we will proceed and we will carry with us all year round the messages of the Resurrection, peace and love, unity in this country. It must mean the Resurrection of our homeland, for peace to triumph in our country, to reunify the island and justify the sacrifices of our dead, to justify our missing persons, our enclaved and the people as a whole, who are waiting and suffering for so many years,`` he said.

    President Christofias sent everyone ``a message of love and respect,`` adding that ``the Cyprus problem will be solved, despite the fact that our region is in flames.``

    ``I wish, hope and believe that peace in the region will start to be implemented from this sacred land, our Cyprus,`` he said.


    The Council of Ministers will discuss during Tuesday`s meeting preparations regarding the six-monthly rotating EU presidency by the Republic of Cyprus, in the second half of 2012.

    The meeting will take place in the afternoon and will be chaired by President Demetris Christofias.

    Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, will be in Warsaw today, to meet Polish officials, in view of the assumption of EU Council trio Presidency by Poland, Denmark and Cyprus (July 2011 - December 2012)

    During his contacts, Emiliou will discuss the coordination of the trio presidency, the Cyprus issue, bilateral relations, Turkey`s EU accession course, the situation in North Africa and the Middle East and other issues of mutual interest.


    The Republics Central Elections Commission announced on Tuesday that a total of 531.136 Cypriot Citizens have the right to vote in the parliamentary elections of 22nd of May.

    The number of enclaved voters (Greek Cypriots who live in the Republics northern Turkish occupied areas) in the districts of Kyrenia and Famagusta will be announced at a later date.

    Voters for Nicosia district amount to 191.516, for Kyrenia district 28.280, for Famagusta district 107.914, for Larnaka district 53.598, for Limassol district 109.294 and for Paphos district 40.534.


    Cypriot shooter Antonis Andreou has won the gold medal in the mens final in Skeet, at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Beijing, China.

    Andreou finished on the highest step of the podium after equaling the world record, hitting 125 out of 125 targets in the qualifying rounds.

    Entering the medal match with two targets of advantage on his followers, the Cypriot athlete scored 22 out 25 targets, closing the competition in first with a total score of 147 hits.

    A second Cypriot shooter, Giorgos Achilleos, completed the event with 145 of 150 targets (22/25 in the medal match) and had to compete in a shoot-off with Denmarks Jesper Hansen and Norways Tore Brovold, where he finished fourth with 145 + 1 targets.

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