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 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, Feb 21 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 22/02/2005 to 23/02/2005 --------------------- The weather on Tuesday and Wednesday will be mostly sunny weather with light to gentler northwesterly to southwesterly breezes. The temperature will range from 8 to 20 degrees inland, from 12 to 22 near coastlines and from 2 to 10 over Prodromos mountains.
Outlook for Thursday and Friday: 24/02/2005 to 25/02/2005 ------------------------------- The weather will be mostly sunny with light to gentle easterly breezes. The temperature will remain at the same level.
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 Cyprus government hopes ''election'' result will contribute to solution
Cyprus government hopes ''election'' result to contribute to solution
Nicosia, Feb 21 (CNA) The Cyprus government has expressed the hope the result of the so-called elections in the Turkish occupied areas will in fact and in essence denote an intention to proceed in good faith for a solution and the reunification of the country.
Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, in a statement on the outcome of the ''elections'', also noted that so far the Turkish Cypriot policy seems to be directed to efforts to accentuate the divisive policies of the Turkish side.
Responding to a question during today's briefing on these efforts, Chrysostomides referred to pressures on the European Union to adopt a regulation on direct trade between the island's occupied areas and the EU ''which in our view is a divisive measure than a unifying one''.
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 Cyprus government evaluates voting in Turkish occupied areas
Cyprus government evaluates voting in Turkish occupied areas
Nicosia, Feb 21 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Government considers that yesterdays illegal elections in Cyprus' occupied north constitutes a method on the part of the Turkish Cypriots to express their political wishes in relation to the solution of the Cyprus problem, Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.
Chrysostomides told his daily briefing ''the Cyprus Government follows and evaluates political activities in the occupied areas, including yesterdays voting. This evaluation is taking place in the light of the further course of the Cyprus problem and the prospects for resuming the process for a right solution.''
Furthermore he said ''the Cyprus problem is not only nor mainly a bi-communal dispute. It is par excellence an international problem and its international parameters can only be resolved with Turkey.''
Chrysostomides said ''the Cyprus Government considers that yesterdays voting constitutes a method on the part of the Turkish Cypriots to express their political wishes, inter alia, in relation to the solution of the Cyprus problem.''
''However, because an effort is being made by members of the Turkish Cypriot leadership to monopolize the desire for a solution, it is important to say that it is the form and content of a solution that is of value and not just finding any solution,'' he added.
He said ''the Greek Cypriot side fervently desires and consistently pursues the reunification of Cyprus through a democratic solution which would unify society, the institutions, the territory and the economy in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation where the rights of all its citizens will be respected.''
''While it is undisputable that this is also the wish of the Turkish Cypriot community, unfortunately it is not what can be deduced from the positions expressed by the Turkish Cypriot leaders who won yesterdays voting,'' Chrysostomides said.
He noted that ''the legal and political stand of the Cyprus Government vis-a-vis the voting in the occupied areas is identical with that of the Security Council, as stated in its resolutions, mainly resolution 550 (1984), which condemns such procedures in the occupied areas as acts that tend to consolidate the division of Cyprus.''
Chrysostomides said ''Turkeys role in relation to the present and the future of the Turkish Cypriots remaining in the occupied areas should also be taken very seriously into account.''
''Therefore the decisive participation of Turkish settlers in the voting should not be ignored,'' he added, noting that ''according to data available to us, Turkish settlers constitute the majority in the occupied areas. Moreover, the overwhelming active presence of more than 35.000 Turkish soldiers should not be overlooked. These facts have an important if not decisive effect on the kind and the quality of positions of the Turkish Cypriot leadership, which is reinforced by the outcome of the voting.''
Chrysostomides noted that ''the Cyprus problem is not only nor mainly a bi-communal dispute. It is par excellence an international problem and its international parameters can only be resolved with Turkey,'' and expressed the wish that ''the political processes under way in the occupied areas, even under the adverse conditions in which they take place, will contribute to the creation of those conditions for the resumption of the negotiations to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem under the auspices of the United Nations and in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council.''
''Such a solution should restore the unity of Cyprus and its people, its institutions and economy in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation which will respect the human and democratic rights of all Cypriots and which would allow it to function as an equal and creative member of the European Union,'' he said.
''Our firm target is the reunification of our country the soonest possible. It is with this aim and in the framework of the creation of prerequisites for the resumption of negotiations on the Cyprus problem that the Government has taken a series of measures to support our Turkish Cypriot compatriots unilaterally and through the European Union,'' he said.
Asked if the Government disagrees with the European Commission's position that the result of the elections showed that Turkish Cypriots are committed to Cyprus' reunification, the Spokesman reiterated the wish ''that they are indeed committed to Cyprus' reunification through a right solution that will not have any divisive elements, will respect the human rights of everyone, will function democratically and will secure the country's full independence for one creative presence within the EU.''
Invited to say which references by Turkish Cypriot leaders annoyed the Government, Chrysostomides said the Government categorically denies references such as ''the Greek Cypriot side does not want a solution'' and efforts to exploit the referendum's result.
As regards the Commission's position, the Spokesman said these references are usual on the part of the EU ''but we oppose the effort to promote the Direct Trade Regulation or 'special measures'.''
Responding to another question, the Spokesman said the Commission's press release does not mean legalisation of illegality, and noted that it is repeatedly stated in the press release that the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime is not recognised.
Asked if Mehmet Ali Talat, whose party increased its deputies in the 50-seat parliament from 19 to 24, is the person with whom the Greek Cypriot side can negotiate, the Spokesman said ''this we will see in due time.''
He also noted a statement by Talat that the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community will emerge by the ''presidential elections''.
 Britain: ''Election'' result stresses T/Cs commitment for solution
Britain: ''Election'' result stresses T/Cs commitment for solution
by Kyriakos Tsioupras
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