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A Greek woman was among those injured in yesterday’s vehicle attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona that left 13 people dead and dozens injured.

“She is in the city’s hospital in a critical condition”, a close relative told Greek private tv station SKAI.

The injured woman “was planning to leave Barcelona the next day.” (Photo-EPA)

The relative added that the unfortunate woman “was planning to leave Barcelona the next day.”

All Cypriot tourists who are in Barcelona on organized trips via travel agencies in Cyprus, are accounted for and are all in good health, the Head of the Cypriot Travel Agencies has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the country’s News Agency.

The Embassy of Cyprus in Madrid has contacted all Cypriots who reside permanently in Barcelona and so far there has been no information about any of them being among the victims.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has condemned the “heinous terrorist act” in Barcelona.

‘Condemning in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist act in #Barcelona. My sincere condolences to the government & people of #Spain’ he wrote in his personal account on twitter.

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos expressed his disgust at the “barbarous terrorist attack” in a message of condolences to Spanish King Felipe VI and the Spanish people.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed “solidarity with the Spanish people and sympathy with the families of the victims.”


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Our very own UK Greeks/Cypriots celebrate August 15th or Dekapentavgoustos

Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos or the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God on August 15th or Dekapentavgoustos each year.

It is a national and religious holiday (in Greece and Cyprus) including our very own UK Greek & Cypriot community, attending local Church services. That marks the ”falling asleep,” repose or kimisis of the Virgin Mary, mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast also commemorates the Assumption of the body of the Theotokos into heaven.

The Greek Orthodox believe the doctrine of the Assumption, which teaches that at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (i.e. both physically and spiritually) into heaven to live with her son Jesus Christ, forever.

(Pic) Thank you to Fr Joseph Paliouras from The 12 Apostles,
Greek Orthodox Church, Hertfordshire, 15th August 2017


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Forty-three years ago to this day the Turkish military launched its second offensive against the Republic of Cyprus, in full violation of international law, including the UN Charter, despite the ceasefire that had been agreed.

The Turkish army launched the second phase of the invasion on August 14, 1974, occupying the best part of Mesaoria, Famagusta, Karpasia and Morphou

The Turkish army invaded Cyprus on July 20, 1974, and launched the second phase of the invasion on August 14 of the same year, occupying the best part of Mesaoria, Famagusta, Karpasia and Morphou.

The Turkish side continues to disregard calls by the international community relating to Cyprus and continues to hold the city of Famagusta hostage of its illegal military occupation. Dubbed a “ghost town”, Famagusta’s fenced off section – called Varosha – remains to this day deserted, abandoned to the elements.

Turkish troops invaded Cyprus on July 20, 1974, five days after the legal government of the late Archbishop Makarios III was toppled by a military coup, engineered by the military junta then ruling Greece. Two unproductive conferences in Geneva followed; the first between Britain, Greece and Turkey and the second with the additional attendance of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot representatives. Three weeks after the ceasefire of July 22, and despite the fact that talks were still being held and just as an agreement seemed about to be reached, the Turkish army mounted a second full-scale offensive. As a result, Turkey increased its hold to include the booming tourist resort of Famagusta in the east and the rich citrus-growing area of Morphou in the west.

All in all, almost 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus came under Turkish military occupation. Nearly one-third of the population, some 200,000 Greek Cypriots, were forcibly uprooted from their homes and properties, thousands were killed during the hostilities, over 1,000 persons were listed as missing while thousands of Greek Cypriots and Maronites remained enclaved.

Numerous UN resolutions have demanded respect to the independence, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus, the return of the displaced to their homes, and the withdrawal of foreign troops from the island, but all resolutions have been ignored by Turkey.

The latest effort to reach a Cyprus settlement was concluded last month in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana without result. Cyprus Since then, President Nicos Anastasiades repeatedly said that he is ready to return to the negotiating table if Turkey accepts the termination of guarantees and intervention rights and is ready to withdraw its troops from the island.


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The implementation of an Agreement, signed between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom nearly four years ago, to regulate land development within the British Bases has entered its final stages.

Former Foreign Secretary William Hague sitting (L) – Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs sitting (R)- President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades standing at the back

 

The Agreement allows a large part of the Bases area to be included in the town planning zones, so they can be developed. Specifically, 78% of the BB territory, around 200 square kilometres, that includes private properties, will fall under the regulation.

A total of three municipalities and sixteen communities in the districts of Limassol, Larnaca and Famagusta will benefit from this Agreement providing for the lifting of restrictions on the development of privately owned property by locals within the nonmilitary areas of the Akrotiri and Dhekelia bases.

The historic Agreement was signed on 15 January 2014 by the Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides and Foreign Secretary of the UK William Hague during an official visit paid by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades to London.

“The agreement also brings a fresh air of optimism for the residents of the British Bases and those who have property in the Bases since it opens up great economic prospects for development and activity”, President Anastasiades stressed in a written statement issued then.

Following the signing of the Agreement, intensive consultations were undertaken between the competent authorities of Cyprus and the British Bases with the aim to prepare and adopt the Planning Policy. To this end, a committee was set up consisting of representatives of the Department of Town Planning and Housing as the coordinating body, District officers, the Union of Municipalities and Communities, the Ministries of Communications and Works and Agriculture and representatives of the Administration of the British Bases.

The process of preparing the Planning Policy, which proved to be very demanding and time-consuming, has gone through various stages and has now reached the stage of assessing the environmental impact on the basis of the agreed Preliminary Planning Policy, prepared after taking into account the concerns and suggestions of the local communities as expressed during open meetings and gatherings that have taken place.

The Environmental Impact Assessment is the sixth out of eight stages of the first phase of the preparation of the Policy. At the next stage, the Department of Town Planning and Housing along with the Administration of the Bases will prepare the final text of the Planning Policy which will be submitted to the Commander of the Bases for final approval. The eighth and final stage foresees the publication of the Policy in the Official Gazette of the Bases and the Republic.

The second phase relates to the period of appeals, during which any interested party can, within four months from the date of publication of the Policy, submit a written appeal to the Governor of the Bases. The appeals will be examined by the Governor in cooperation with the Department of Town Planning and Housing. The Governor has the final say as to whether or not it should be modified. The final Policy will be published in the Official Gazette of the Bases and the Republic and can be revised every 5 years.

A competent source that closely follows the whole procedure has told CNA that “all the procedures were followed, consultations were held, and legal issues raised due to the region`s status have been addressed and now we have reached the completion of the Local Plan of the region, expected to be published by the end of 2017”.

The same source noted that the President of the Republic shows special interest and asks to be kept up to date on the progress of the implementation of the Agreement.

The Head of the Environmental Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development Division of the Environment Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irene Constantinou has told CNA that the Department of Town Planning and Housing has assigned I.A.C.O. Environmental & Water Consultants Ltd company to prepare the study for the assessment of the Impact on the Environment from the Planning Policy.

Constantinou noted that the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment, as it is called, should be submitted to the Department of the Environment by October and the Department will post it on its website and invite all interested parties to a public consultation.

She said that the views and proposals to be submitted during the public consultation and the comments of the 10-member competent committee advising the environmental authority in accordance with the relevant legislation will be taken into account during the assessment procedure by the Department of the Environment for its final report/approval.

Speaking to CNA, Mayor of Ipsonas Pantelis Georgiou, who represented the Union of Municipalities in the Commission which undertook the preparation of the Planning Policy, said that the Municipality has welcomed this Agreement since the very beginning, noting however that the publication of the Planning Policy has already been delayed.

He said that landowners have been asking to be informed about the time of the publication of the Policy, noting that British Bases do not disclose much information about this.

According to the Mayor, the British do not want anything more than residential development and some light industrial zones, adding that when asked about tourist development in Limassol area, given that a casino will be built, the answer from the Bases is negative.

He said they get the same negative answer when they ask to establish higher education units. He also said that the Policy has to be consistent with the one in force in the Republic of Cyprus.

Georgiou said that the problem arises from the fact that the final decision on what will be allowed and what will not be allowed lies in the hands of the Governor of the Bases and expressed concern that this may result in unequal treatment between landowners in the Republic of Cyprus and those living in the British Bases area.

He warned that if this is going to be the case, then measures and actions will be taken to rectify this injustice.

On his part, the Mayor of Deryneia, Andros Karayannis said that the municipality expressed its reservations at the very beginning whether the British military authorities would allow any development near the area of St. Nicholas, Strovilia which lies in the municipal limits of Deryneia.

He told CNA that despite the efforts made by the competent government bodies “unfortunately, we are constantly stumbling against efforts by the representatives of the British Bases in Dhekelia-Agios Nikolaos bases to protect their military installations by insisting on issues of security and environmental protection who always adopt a negative attitude. ”

The Executive Secretary of the Union of Cyprus Communities Panayiotis Damianou told the CNA that it is important that the development in these areas follows the pattern of development that exists in the Republic of Cyprus with regard to the issuance of planning and building permits.

Damianou pointed out that it is not clear how the applications for planning permission by derogation will be dealt with, noting that this should be clarified.

President of the Council for Registration of Real Estate Agents and  President of the Cyprus Association of Estate Agent Entrepreneurs Marinos Kineyirou said these properties within the boundaries of the British Bases, irrespective of their exact location, have been underestimated and blocked in a way and are considered to be second-class areas.

The Agreement aims to change this unfair situation for the owners of these properties so that they can use their property in the same way as landowners in the rest of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. To achieve this, the current restrictions on the development of these properties since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 need to be lifted, he said.

He also expressed his reservation as to whether the Agreement would be implemented at the end of the day, explaining that the British seem to link the implementation of the Agreement with the solution of the Cyprus problem.

CNA has also sought a comment from the UK High Commission in Nicosia, regarding the progress in the implementation of the Agreement but has so far received no response.

The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri, on the southwest coast, and Dhekelia on the east side of the island are British overseas territory. The areas, which include British military bases and installations, as well as other sites, were retained by the British under the 1960 treaties which established the Republic of Cyprus.


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”The one I’ve been waiting for and finally won best gentlemen’s stylist 2017!”

Tas Anastasis Panteli had written on his Facebook Page, celebrating receiving a gold award from this year’s British Hair and Beauty Awards.

He couldn’t hold back his excitement at the award Greek Cypriot hairdresser Tas is the proprietor of Pure Hair and Beauty Enfield and has long participated in the English awards.

Tas registered for the Best Male Grooming Barber Grooming/Barber award back in March shortlisted by the judges down to the final five through reviews and industry achievements over the last year.

Tas speaking to London Greek Radio described the decision-making process of the judges in the Final:

”For the first Round judges look at all entered salons and look at salon/individuals reviews, Round 2 would consist of mystery clients whether it be a haircut or even stopping by salons for advice and judging the service they received during their experience.”

Tas Panteli receiving his gold award from this year’s British Hair and Beauty Awards

What would have been the criteria they scored the finalists?

”The judges have a pre defined criteria to score each finalist by, all judges score independently and don’t work in a group to score the finalist. This year the awards had 5 judges scoring the finals who would submit their score to be added up and the highest collective score would be awarded GOLD, Silver or Bronze. This year I did try to be different I included a variety of haircuts from young and trendy to old and stylish and I also used different hair types and race to show how diverse my style can be. I also included a lot about me and what I have done in the industry and to help others with my skills, I have spent time at the homeless shelter cutting hair for the homeless and I have also visited local collages to teach students different haircuts and share my knowledge of experience with them.”

Tas, what does winning the award mean to you?

”Winning the award for me was a great recognition of the passion I have for my industry and profession, goes to show you don’t have to be a massive west end salon to be recognised! But it has taken a long time but I enter every year and make it to the finals of the English hair and beauty award, but don’t win! But now we pick up the British award so goes to show if you stay focused on what you want it eventually comes to you.”

If you were ever offered it, would you ‘say Yes!’ to being rewarded your own hairdressing reality programme on television…

”I think a reality TV show in a hair salon would be hilarious especially if they focus on all the customers coming in and out, I can tell you some really funny stories and I’ve also had some cringe worth conversations with clients over their private life’s but would all make good viewing.”

And a ‘fun’ question, which famous Greek or Cypriot singer/celebrity would you like to cut their hair?

”So many of our singers I’d love to get in the salon chair both male and female some because they are great singers and others because I would love to sort their hair out! But the main one would be Paschalis Terzis as he’s one of my favourite singers plus his eyebrows always look like they need a trim!”

Here at London Greek Radio would like to congratulate Tas, on receiving his award and may he long continue to prove he is a ‘cut above the others’.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

The 19th World Conference of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK), the International Coordinating Committee – Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the World Conference of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) is taking place in Nicosia, between August 21-24.

Τhe President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will open the conference in the evening of August 21

According to a relevant announcement, distributed by PIO, the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will open the conference on the evening of August 21.

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Affairs Fotis Fotiou, House President Demetris Syllouris, Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus and Greece’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of issues of Greeks abroad, Terence Quick will also address the conference.

Heads of POMAK Andreas Papaevripides, PSEKA Philip Christopher, and NEPOMAK Antonia Savvides will also speak during the event.

It is added that the Central Council of Overseas Cypriots will be received by President Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace. Moreover, members will be briefed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Energy and Finance, as well as by the Presidential Commissioner on issues of their competence.

Leaders or representatives of political parties will address the Conference’s second day, while Overseas Cypriots will also meet with other governmental and non-governmental authorities.

A press conference is scheduled on Thursday, August 24, at the Filoxenia Conference Center.


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The process for a Cyprus settlement which ended in Crans-Montana can be resurrected but this will not happen by the UN but through an agreement by the sides, UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus said on Thursday after a farewell meeting he had with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide sitting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar

Asked if the UN believe that  the negotiating process which ended in Crans-Montana is dead or can be extended, Eide said that the process that led in Crans-Montana ended in Crans-Montana, and that was what the SG said but that doesn`t mean that it cannot be resurrected.

“What I am saying and I think the leaders agree with – I am not speaking on their behalf but it is my sense that it is a shared understanding – that it will not be resurrected by the UN. The resurrection will have to happen from here in harmony and through agreement by the sides. and if they agree the SG is there,” he noted.

Asked if it is difficult now to have a new process or a new attempt, Eide said that “you should not give up hope. On the other hand, I cannot with confidence say that I think it is just around the corner. We are here to help. We will always be available and the SG has said that he remains available if the sides want it.”

“We are not planning an initiative. I think that`s natural. We had Crans-Montana. We believe that we did what we would to facilitate this process but if there is a shared, joint request by the sides and by the guarantors, the UN of course – it is part of its mandate – would be available to help. But the decision has to be made here,” he noted, adding that the international community now needs to be convinced that there is a real intent to try again.

He said that if ever a new chance comes along in the future, it would be good to preserve as much as possible the Guterres framework which is the outcome of months of preparation. “If we were able to answer those six questions at the same time, simultaneously, I think we would have a strategic deal. But I don`t think you should give up with the idea,” he said.

Eide said that this was his last meeting in this format with Anastasiades. He noted that they had a good, friendly conversation about their shared experience in this process.

He said he has mixed feelings about leaving Cyprus. “I think we achieved a lot in this process and I think that Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci with our help and with all the international support and the support from people here in Cyprus managed to bring this process further than any pair of leaders before them,” Eide noted.

At the same time, he added, “we cannot hide the fact that we did not succeed in solving the problem. I would rather leave after having assisted the leaders in actually achieving a settlement that could be implemented.”

He noted that these are large and complicated issues and that what`s left of this phase is a better understanding of where an agreement could be found, if ever there will be a new attempt and if somebody would try again, I hope that the achievements that have been achieved over these past years, particularly the past 27 months which is the time that the Anastasiades-Akinci talks started in May 2015 till Crans-Montana and the conclusion of the Conference on Cyprus.

“We want to record all these and we will make sure in the report that I will submit – I will work with the SG and then he will submit it to be more formal to the SC. We will take down all that we can say of course respecting the boundaries of the sides. We will try to record all that was achieved and also where we think we could have been going so that the work has not been lost,” the diplomat said.

Eide refrained from responding to a question about the Turkish stance during the last dinner in Crans-Montana, noting that things have been said about that and he does not think it would contribute to anything to continue that now.

He said that his focus now is to finalise his job here with the reports to the SC, noting that they will make a public report and their own internal lesson learned.

Asked about his message for the Cypriots, he said that Cyprus is a great country with a rich culture and with the benefit of having the potential of being a united country with several rich cultures coinciding.

He expressed the conviction that Cyprus would be better off united. “I think you would be stronger together, I think you will be richer together, economically but also culturally, you will be safer together,” he noted.

He stressed that it is up to the Cypriots, who “need  to take their faith in their own hands. We cannot do it for them. We are not asked to do it for them. We are asked to be here and be helpful as facilitators but at the end of the day it is up to the Cypriots and the leaders of course like Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci”, noting also the role of the society.

If people want change, they need to stand up for change, he stressed, noting that this is not the only legitimate view and that it is not illegitimate to think that things are better as they are, but he disagrees with this.

He said that he has been strengthened in his conviction that a united federal Cyprus is the best option for all the people in Cyprus.

Referring to his cooperation with the leaders, the negotiators and their negotiating teams, Eide said that the fact that they sometimes disagree on certain issues is normal, because you cannot expect an envoy to be constantly in full agreement with both sides if they are in disagreement with each other.

“Overall we have developed a high degree of respect for each other. I think I have learned to understand at least some of the particular sensitivities that comes with being a Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot or Greek Cypriot, and things that might easy from the outside are less easy when you see it from the inside. And I say that with empathy and understanding”, he noted.

Eide also said that when Cypriots discuss the future it is relatively easy to discuss future arrangements, when they discuss the present it becomes a little bit more difficult and when they try to agree on the past it is absolutely impossible.

He brought as an example the settlement of property issues, “where you have strong personal memories of loss on both sides” and the past comes back into the present .

He also said that everyone should be critical of their own efforts and that “one thing we could collectively collect upon, that means the UN and the sides and everybody involved, is that maybe this process was too secretive”.

Eide said that given that it took quite some time, maybe it would be better with hindsight to have some more transparency and some more sharing of what was actually happening.

The fact that even though a lot of progress was made, they were unable to say what that progress was made people, understandably, suspicious, he explained. It also made it easier for those people who have the conviction that there should not be a solution to tear it apart and take it down, he added.

Eide said that you either have a short, quick and effective secret process or you have a long and more transparent process.

The Norwegian diplomat said that some more involvement by the broader society would have been helpful, noting that civil society came on the stage relatively late. He noted that he knows many-many people on the economic side, business leaders, trade union leaders who were determined to help for a settlement but who didn`t want to raise their voice.

Eide noted that more work could have been done to prepare the people for the reality that a solution will not be absolutely perfect from either side. “A solution entails an element of compromise. You have to accommodate and meet each other,” he said.

Asked if it was a mistake that the security issue was left to be discussed at the end of the process, Eide noted that they were engaging with it for years in a brainstorming format and in a shuttling format.

He said that there was a concept available for a fundamental change in the 1960 system, a fundamental change in the system of guarantees, an end of the right of intervention, a massive reduction of troops but also that would entail a security structure which with some foreign involvement, UN, EU and others, that would be helpful in alleviating the fears of both communities.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.  The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.


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The UK Government has repeated its position that it is ready to accept any possible agreement between the remaining parties involved on the Cyprus security and guarantees issue.

A Foreign office spokesman said that “on security and guarantees, we always made clear that we are open to whatever arrangements the two sides and the other Guarantor Powers could agree on in order to meet the security needs of a reunited Cyprus.”

The position is outlined in a letter, dated 26 July, to member of the UK Cypriot community, Doros Partasides, a distinguished photographer and active member of the community who along with other UK Cypriot refugees from the occupied part of Cyprus had asked the Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan for the UK Government’s support at the Conference for Cyprus that took place last month in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

The member of the Cyprus desk at the Foreign Office signing the letter states: “It is disappointing that the Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana ended without agreement. The Government continues to work for a just and lasting settlement in Cyprus that will benefit all Cypriots. We are encouraging all parties to reflect on the outcome and consider next steps.

“On security and guarantees, we always made clear that we are open to whatever arrangements the two sides and the other Guarantor Powers could agree on in order to meet the security needs of a reunited Cyprus”.

UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana took place between June 28-July 6 but failed to reach any fruitful results.

The talks, under the auspices of the UN, aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.


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Government says it is monitoring information about Turkish actions meticulously

The government is meticulously following information as regards the steps taken by the Turkish side on the Cyprus problem and is getting ready to take specific actions which will be announced once they have been implemented, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides

 

Christodoulides was replying to journalists’ questions at the Presidential Palace, on Friday. Asked whether the minutes of what happened at the final dinner in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, have been sent to the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the EU, he replied that “everything referred to by the President of the Republic in his relevant statement on the specific issue has been implemented.”

 

Replying to another question, Christodoulides said that “under current circumstances we consider that it is important that” UNFICYP`s mandate “has been renewed for six months, until January 31.”

 

He also said that there are some very important references in the relevant resolution aproved by the UN Security Council, including the reference to resolution 1251 which describes the format of the solution, the fact that there are enhanced references to the fact that negotiations take place in the framework of United Nations resolutions, as well as the reference calling for the return to the status quo in Strovilia and for not acting in a way which would change the status quo.

 

On the reference for a technical review of UNFICYP, he explained that it is not the first time that such a review will take place and he spoke of a new approach on the part of the US administration on peace keeping missions, adding that there will be reviews for all missions.

 

At the same time, he informed that a number of countries, among which a big one, have expressed their readiness to contribute to Cyprus’ peace keeping mission with human resources.

 

Asked to comment on a statement made by the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq that if the parties in Cyprus are willing to consider new confidence building measures in relation to reports from the Turkish Cypriot press that the fenced-off part of the city of Famagusta, known as Varosha, will be opened, he recalled that the recent measures announced by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are actually the actions of Turkey.

 

Therefore, under no circumstances do they constitute confidence building measures, he pointed out.

 

He referred to the relevant paragraph of the High Level Agreement of 1979 and UN resolutions 550 of 1984 and 789 of 1992 which refers very specifically to the need to return the fenced-off city to the United Nations.

 

e assured that the government follows and evaluates all information meticulously on a daily basis.

 

It is within our duties to do this and to approach all matters seriously, he said. At the same time, he noted that “even at this very moment we are preparing specific actions on the part of the Republic of Cyprus, which due to the seriousness with which we approach all issues, will be announced after they are implemented.”

 

Asked whether the government would advise refugees from the fenced – off city what to do if Turkey gives access to them to go and live there under Turkish occupation, the Government Spokesman noted that of course it will as it did in the matter of the invitation by the Turkish occupying army for the return of Maronites to their occupied villages. In that case, he recalled, we have expressed our position clearly.

 

We are a responsible government and we will certainly express our position so that the Cypriot people can be informed.

 

Replying to a question on whether Greek Cypriots should change their attitude as Akinci suggested he said that “we do not feel the need to make such type of personal attack.”

 

This, he added, can be derived from the fact that together with Greece we were the only side to submit very specific proposals in Crans-Montana.

 

He further commented that in Akinci’s statements there is no reference to President Anastasiades’ challenge and invitation to say whether UN Special Adviser’s Espen Barth Eide’s allegations are true as regards the conversation during the final dinner at the Swiss resort.

 

Christodoulides also said that Akinci is obviously trying to create a confrontation within the Greek Cypriot community by making references to AKEL Secretary General Andros Kyprianou and stressed that the government “will not respond to Mr Akinci’s challenge.”

 

“Despite the fact that certain different approaches are absolutely respected and are legitimate it would never be right to give a picture of division within the Greek Cypriot side,” he pointed out, urging everyone to be careful in their public statements.

 

Replying to a journalist’s comment that Akinci’s criticism has focused on President Anastasiades, the Government Spokesman pointed out that this is due to Akinci’s inability to refer to very specific facts as regards the positions expressed in Crans-Montana.

 

He gave the example of the chapters on security and guarantees, and territory. He added that in the context of the discussion it was clear that the return concerned part of the Turkish occupied town of Morphou.

 

Referring to the issue of the Maronite villages, he noted that the Turkish side’s position was against the will and true wish of the people of those villages.

 

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.  The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

 

The Security Council established UNFICYP through resolution 186 (1964) on 4 March 1964 and has renewed the mission’s mandate for six-month terms since then.

 

The fenced – off Varosha part of the once thriving holiday resort, on the eastern coast of Cyprus, has been fenced off since the 1974 Turkish invasion and according to the UN the Turkish military is responsible for it. Repeated attempts to hand the fenced off area of Famagusta – known as Varosha – to UN administration and its Greek Cypriot legal inhabitants have so far failed due to the stance of the Turkish army.

 


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The Cabinet in Cyprus gave on Wednesday the green light to a proposal allowing state universities to establish businesses based on their research outcomes, Education and Culture Minister Costas Kadis said.

“It is a very important decision, which makes our universities even more modern, bringing them closer to the productive fabric and the country’s economy,” Cyprus Education Minister Kostas Kadis stated

In statements at the Presidential Palace, Kadis said that during today’s meeting the Cabinet approved the legal framework allowing universities to make the most of the scientific research outcomes, the innovations, the scientific knowledge which results from state universities in Cyprus and turn it to products and services which could be marketed to benefit the country’s economy and society.

“It is a very important decision, which makes our universities even more modern, bringing them closer to the productive fabric and the country’s economy, a decision which we believe will create new jobs, will boost the economy.” In essence, he added, “we follow the examples of countries which have advanced on the basis of such policies.”

Kadis pointed out that the great progress achieved by Israel in the area of knowledge society has been based in such synergies.

Replying to a question as to which areas this will focus on he said that there are no exceptions and no limitations. Wherever there are any outcomes they will be able to be put to use on a business level or on a services level to the benefit our economy and society, he noted.


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