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

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  • [03] MINISTER - UDI
  • [04] CNA - ABNA-SE AGM


    President Demetris Christofias has expressed the gratitude of the people of Cyprus for the unwavering and principled position of Kenya as regards the Cyprus problem, and for its support to their efforts in international organizations.

    In a toast at the official dinner in honour of Vice President and Minister for Home Affairs of Kenya, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, President Christofias said his presence in Cyprus, in the context of his first official visit, will be an important step towards strengthening relations between the two countries.

    Welcoming the Vice President, his spouse and the delegation to Cyprus, President Christofias said VP Musyoka had studied in Nicosia and has spent his student years on the island. It should be recalled that the ties between our two countries, said Christofias, date back to the time before our independence, commencing with the relationship that was developed between the historic leaders of both our countries, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Archbishop Makarios. Since then, our fraternal relations remain solid.

    Your visit to Cyprus, said President Christofias, gives us the opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen the bonds of friendship between our people and our states and further promote the deepening of our bilateral relations in all fields. The presence of businessmen from Kenya highlights the potential for cooperation in the trade and economic fields, of which we should take advantage.

    President Christofias said that in recent years, friendship groups in our countries parliaments have been established and the Republic of Cyprus offers a number of scholarships to Kenyans on an annual basis.

    He noted the 52 year old presence in Kenya of the Orthodox Archbishopric which was founded by Archbishop Makarios and currently operated by the Metropolitan of Kenya Makarios, who honours us with his presence today. The work of the Orthodox Metropolis of Kenya, which operates the only Seminary under the Patriarchate of Alexandria in Africa, as well as the Educational Institute, is remarkable, he said.

    Humanitarian assistance from Cyprus, said President Christofias, is offered directly to the people of Kenya, mainly through the Orthodox Metropolis of Kenya. Help is also offered by various institutions and volunteers, professionals and ordinary citizens of Cyprus. This, he said, is proof of the historical and traditional ties between the two countries. Cyprus donations are also important, as they are in line with EU policy towards the countries of Africa and in the framework of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

    Christofias said Kenya receives aid from the European Union, mainly for support of rural development and the strengthening of the road networks. Kenya wishes to reach an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, which we also encourage, particularly because of the economic importance of its agricultural exports to Brussels. We believe in this goal and during Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, during the second half of 2012, we will work towards this end, he added.

    President Christofias expressed the gratitude of the people of Cyprus for the unwavering and principled position of Kenya as regards the Cyprus problem, and for its support of our efforts in international organizations.

    He stressed that the Greek Cypriot side attends the talks with a positive attitude and makes constructive proposals at the talks, despite the difficulties which the Turkish side generates and despite the threats of Turkey and the continued illegal occupation of 37% of our territory and colonization of by Turkey.

    I hope that we can realize the reunification of Cyprus within the framework of a viable and functional solution, and that can reunify the country, its people, its institutions and economy based on the principles of international law and on the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation, with political equality as stated in the relevant resolutions of UN Security Council, he said.

    This, he added, is the only solution that will create a better future for ourselves and for our children. Partition is a disaster for the people of Cyprus; it is a disaster for both Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, he pointed out.

    We urge the Turkish Cypriot leader to work on the agreed basis of the talks. We call on the Turkish side to demonstrate, through actions that it is working towards the reunification of Cyprus and that it wants to bridge, instead of maintaining and expanding, with the proposals which it submits, the gap observed at the talks between the two sides.

    President Christofias also called on Turkey to cease its provocative and aggressive behaviour as a result of our hydrocarbon exploration in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

    Concluding, he said we will continue to counter Turkeys negativity through our intensive international campaign for support as well as the Turkish sides negative stance at the negotiating table by defending basic principles, as well as good will and flexibility.

    Cyprus, which joined the EU in 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    Following a decision by Nicosia to begin natural gas and oil exploration in its exclusive economic zone, Ankara has deployed warships in the Eastern Mediterranean and has signed an illegal agreement with the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus to delineate what it calls continental shelf.

    Peace talks are currently underway to find a negotiated settlement that will reunify the country, under a federal roof.


    House President Yiannakis Omirou has urged the international community to toughen its stance on Turkey which blackmails with possible collapse of the UN-led Cyprus peace talks, under the guise of energy search in Cyprus exclusive economic zone.

    In his address at the 4th summit on energy, organized by the Economist held Monday in Nicosia, Omirou said Cyprus expects the European Union in particular to exert greater pressure on Turkey, to force the country to comply with international law and its European obligations, including those towards Cyprus.

    ``Turkeys vindictive reaction, including an illegal and void agreement with the Turkish Cypriot regime for delineation of its alleged exclusive economic zone, is devoid of any legitimacy, like other transgressions the country commits undisturbed against Cyprus,`` he pointed out.

    The so-called agreement contravenes the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which Turkey refuses to ratify.

    [03] MINISTER - UDI

    Minister of Education and Culture Giorgos Demosthenous has denounced the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, in the northern Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, on November 15, 1983.

    In a message on the anniversary of the secessionist act by the Turkish Cypriot regime, the Minister notes that ``this secessionist act aimed to create new faits accomplis in Cyprus with an ultimate goal to abolish the Republic of Cyprus``.

    The self-styled regime declared independence unilaterally on November 15, 1983, an action condemned by the UN Security Council and the international community as legally null and void.

    The illegal declaration followed the partition of the island after the Turkish military invaded Cyprus in 1974, occupying one third of its territory ever since.

    [04] CNA - ABNA-SE AGM

    Delegates to the 20th General Assembly of the Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA -SE), organized in the southern coastal town of Limassol by Cyprus News Agency, discussed Monday problems and challenges facing news agencies today.

    The list of speakers included Jean-Pierre Gallois, AFP Regional Director for Middle East based in Nicosia, Erik Nylen, Secretary General of European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), Dimitra Letsa, Head of International Relations of ANA-MPA and Korinna Patelis, Assistant Professor in Media Ethics and Regulation of the Department of Communications & Internet Studies of the Cyprus University of Technology.

    In his speech, Gallois said, inter alia, that news agencies are today called to adapt to the new environment created by the new technologies and the Internet.

    He noted that the Internet, mobile phones and social networks have in recent years radically changed the production and consumption of news content and led to the creation of `citizen journalism`.

    He said that although the ``citizen journalism`` is not a threat to news agencies in the near future, however, agencies should upgrade their services, utilizing new technologies and maintaining their significant advantage of reliability.

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