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 Nearly 5,000 Cypriots cross the divide
Nearly 5,000 Cypriots cross the divide
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- Police have said that nearly 5,000 Cypriots crossed Wednesday from the northern Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus into the southern government-controlled part of the island and vice-versa.
Most of them, nearly 3,000, were Turkish Cypriots who entered the free areas of the Republic for the day, following a partial easing of restrictions on their freedom of movement by the illegal occupation regime.
 Annan discusses Cyprus in Austria
Annan discusses Cyprus in Austria
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Apr 24 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has discussed the question of Cyprus with Austrtian government officials, it was announced in New York.
 Greece welcomes crossings in Cyprus
Greece welcomes crossings in Cyprus
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Apr 24 (CNA) -- Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou has welcomed the easing of restrictions on free movement between Cyprus' northern Turkish-occupied areas and the southern government- controlled part of the island.
''Something very important happened on Wednesday. Thousands of Cypriot citizens crossed from one to the other side. We welcome this, we hail contacts between people,'' he said.
 Crossing of Cypriots continues
Crossing of Cypriots continues
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are queuing at check points on either side of the divide to cross from the southern government-controlled areas to the northern Turkish- occupied part of the island and vice versa.
This is the second day Cypriots are expressing an interest in visiting a part of their country, many had not seen before because the continuing Turkish occupation of Cyprus has prevented them from doing so.
The crossings take place after an announcement by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime to ease restrictions it had imposed on the freedom of movement of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. The regime continues to demand that Greek Cypriots show their passports to move freely in the areas of the Republic under Turkish occupation, part of their own country.
So far about 70 Turkish Cypriots have crossed into the free areas of the Republic and many Greek Cypriots are waiting to go to the occupied north.
Greek Cypriots have told CNA that they were encouraged by Wednesday's events and said they felt moved by the prospect of seeing their homes and villages after 29 years of Turkish occupation.
It is estimated that so far about 120 Greek Cypriots have expressed an interest to visit the occupied areas.
Some Turkish Cypriots said they would visit the shops in Nicosia, others said they would seek information about acquiring passports of the Republic and birth certificates while others said that they would visit their villages.
Police officers are out in force to keep law and order and have put up tents to make waiting easier for everybody.
 Ancient coins repatriated
Ancient coins repatriated
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- Italy has returned to Cyprus 161 4th century BC silver coins, illegally exported from the island which the thieves tried to sell through the Internet.
The return of the coins, apparently illegally removed from the Amathus area on the southern coast where one of the island's ancient kingdoms thrived, was the culmination of concerted action between the Italian and the Cypriot authorities, that stopped the sale.
 US welcomes measures in aid of a political settlement
US welcomes measures in aid of a political settlement
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- The US has welcomed the easing of restrictions on free movement in Cyprus, stressing however that the ultimate goal remains a negotiated political settlement that would last.
US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Washington backs the principle of freedom of movement and is supportive of genuine measures aiming at increasing contact between the island's two communities.
 Turkey should recognise Armenian genocide, says Christofias
Turkey should recognise Armenian genocide, says Christofias
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias has called on Turkey to recognise the Armenian genocide of 1915 as a first step in the respect of international law and order which Ankara has to make, if it wants to align itself with the realities of today's world.
The call came from the House President as he addressed a commemoration meeting to mark 88 years since the genocide, organised here last night by the Armenian Metropolis in Cyprus.
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 Poos says crossing of divide ''good omen'' for settlement
Poos says crossing of divide good omen for settlement
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) European Parliament Rapporteur on Cyprus' accession to the European Union Jacques Poos said he hoped the failure of The Hague talks is only an accident and that a unified Cyprus can enter the European Union the soonest.
 Government welcomes easing of restrictions on free movement
Government welcomes easing of restrictions on free movement
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- The government welcomed today the easing of restrictions on free movement of Cypriots, which the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus had imposed, and described this development as ''positive.''
Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides stressed however that such moves do not constitute the solution of the Cyprus question and reiterated the government's resolve to find a negotiated settlement.
He said by around lunchtime today about 300 Turkish Cypriots crossed from the northern Turkish occupied areas into the southern government controlled part of the island.
 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Friday and Saturday 25/04/2003 to 26/04/2003 --------------------
The weather on Friday and Saturday will be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms. The wind will prevail southwest to west moderate 4 bf during daytime and west to northwest 3 during nighttime. The state of sea will be up to moderate. The maximum temperature over inland and the coastal areas will range from 18 to 22 C and the minimum from 8 to 12 C while over the mountains the temperature will range from 6 to 15 C.
Outlook for Sunday and Monday 27/4/2003 to 28/4/2003
The weather on Sunday will be mainly fine but a local thunderstorm during afternoon is not to be excluded. The temperature will note a small rise. On Monday the weather will be fine and the temperature will rise further.
 Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
 Government says easing of restrictions not solution
Government says easing of restrictions not solution
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Defence Kyriakos Mavronicolas sent the message today that the easing of the restrictions on the free movement of Cypriots, which the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus had imposed, was not a solution of the Cyprus problem, adding that efforts to reach a settlement would continue.
 Greek and Turkish Cypriots continue to cross divide
Greek and Turkish Cypriots continue to cross divide
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) - A total of 1,628 Turkish Cypriots had crossed into the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus by 1800 local time today (1500 GMT), after the easing yesterday of restrictions on the free movement of Cypriots, which the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus had imposed.
A Police press release says by the same time today, a total of 4,437 Greek Cypriots had crossed over into the areas under Turkish occupation.
Of the 1,628 Turkish Cypriots, 1,323 crossed into the free areas from the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia and 305 through the Pergamos checkpoint.
 House President leaves for Brussels on April 28
House President leaves for Brussels on April 28
Nicosia, Apr 24 (CNA) - President of the Cypriot House of Representatives Demetris Christofias departs for Brussels on April 28 to participate in the 15th meeting of the European Parliament President with the presidents of parliament of the countries participating in the enlargement process.
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