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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-07-31

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS CONDEMNATION - CONDOLENCES QANA MASSACRE
  • [02] AKEL EURO MP EUROPEAN LEFT - QANA MASSACRE
  • [03] CYPRIOT MINISTERS OIL SLICK
  • [04] BAKOYIANNIS - CYPRUS PROBLEM - TURKEY

  • [01] CYPRUS CONDEMNATION - CONDOLENCES QANA MASSACRE

    The Cypriot government condemned in the strongest and most resounding manner, the Israeli bombing of the Lebanese village of Qana which resulted with the death of civilians, including a large number of children and women, said Deputy Minister to the President and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis.

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has sent a message of condolences to the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon, expressing his repulsion and deep regret for the death of innocent civilians in Qana, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

    In his daily briefing, the Spokesman repeated the governments appeal for an immediate ceasefire and to create the conditions of permanent ceasefire as a precondition to start a peace process which will lead to a solution of the current crisis.

    He said the governments position is and remains that armed violence, wherever it comes from, does not solve anything, instead it exacerbates political problems.

    Pashiardis pointed out that Cyprus, as a country which neighbours Israel and Lebanon, is also a victim of a similar invasion and occupation and has every reason to support every effort to restore peace in this so sensitive and tried region.

    The Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued here Monday, called for an immediate ceasefire and for urgent action on the part of the international community to secure permanent and lasting peace.

    It also said President Papadopoulos has sent a message of condolences to the President and Prime Minister of Lebanon, expressing his repulsion and deep regret for the death of innocent civilians in Qana, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

    The government of the Republic of Cyprus unreservedly condemned the unjustified attack of Israel in Qana which resulted with the death of tens of civilians, including children and women.

    Israels action, is a flagrant violation of International law principles and fundamental humanitarian values, the statement added.

    [02] AKEL EURO MP EUROPEAN LEFT - QANA MASSACRE

    Leftwing AKEL party condemned in the strongest manner the Israeli bombing of Qana village in south Lebanon which killed scores of civilians, including children and women, describing as ``an insult to humanity the hypocritical attitude of the US in preventing the Security Council decide an immediate ceasefire.``

    During a press conference, AKEL Euro MP Adamos Adamou, who chairs the delegation of the European Parliament for the relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, and deputy Dinos Hadjinicolas, who participated in a European Left delegation to Beirut, strongly criticised the US as well as the EU for their stance during the Lebanon killings.

    [03] CYPRIOT MINISTERS OIL SLICK

    Cyprus is not in danger at the moment from a 20 thousand ton oil spill in the Lebanon waters, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Fotis Fotiou and Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Michaelides said.

    Fotiou described the situation as serious, adding however that it must be handled directly and if this is not done then the Eastern Mediterranean could be under threat.

    Speaking in Larnaca, Fotiou said that ``south-west winds are pushing the oil slick towards Syria and Turkey`` and that Cyprus has agreed with Brussels and asked various countries which have relevant expertise and equipment to coordinate action to handle the situation.

    [04] BAKOYIANNIS - CYPRUS PROBLEM - TURKEY

    Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Dora Bakoyiannis has described as an ``important obligation`` of neighbouring Turkey the full implementation of the Ankara Agreement and expressed the hope that even at the last moment Turkey will make all necessary actions that will allow the Union to constructively continue negotiations with the country.

    Addressing the deliberations of a meeting of ambassadors in Athens, Bakoyiannis repeated Greece`s dedication to an overall, just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem, based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, and founded on UN decisions and the new realities following Cyprus` accession to the EU.


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