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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-10-24

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    Minister of Affairs George Lillikas said here today, is not the European countries that are going to decide about the initiative of the Finish Presidency for Turkey`s European course, but Turkey itself - the only one which can withdraw its troops from Varoshia and implement the additional Protocol extending its custom union with the new state members, including Cyprus.

    Lillikas added Turkey should convince it behaves in a European way, implements in deeds all its obligations undertaken over EU and to respect the acquis communitaire and the European law, so that its accession course can proceed.

    In statements made at Larnaca Airport before departing for Paris where he will meet with French Minister Delegate for European Affairs Catherine Colonna, Lillikas sai that all ``our partners wish for a positive ending of the initiative of the Finnish Presidency``.

    He added ``the first who are interested and make strong efforts for this initiative to have results, is us, Cyprus``.

    Lillikas pointed we have given our positions on the issue written to the Finnish Presidency and we have even discussed ``technical aspects of different ideas as they have been represented to us``.

    He expressed the hope to be conciliation and positive stance from Ankara`s side so that the Finnish initiative can have results.

    Commenting on Turkey`s optimism for accession to the European Union , Lillikas noted that Cyprus supports Turkey in its aspirations to become a member of the EU. ``In this way, we believe the benefits for Cyprus, Europe and Turkey are being served``.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.


    Greek Court of First Instance Prosecutor Eleni Raiou has launched criminal prosecution for capital offence against all persons responsible for ``Helios`` Boeing 737-300 crash in Athens on August 14 2005 killing all 121 persons on board.

    After examining the Greek Air Accident Investigation & Aviation Safety Board report on the crash, Raiou launched criminal prosecution on the grounds of homicide with malicious intent.

    Commenting Raiou`s decisions, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos pointed out the Greek legal system is different than the Cypriot one.

    Replying to a question, Papadopoulos said that the Greek legal system is different becuase it allows the prosecution against every person responsible, while according to Cypriot law the prosecution should concern specific persons.

    Furthermore, Cyprus Civil Aviation`s Department expert Andrew Varley continued his testimony before the Commission of Inquiry into the causes of the crash, in Cyprus, attributing the crash to the ``human element``, adding that this tragic incidence could happen to anyone, even if the aircraft was examined by the world`s best Civil Aviation authority.


    Īne million, four jundred and fifty thousand pounds has been raised so far during the third day of the annual fund-raising charity, Radiomarathon, which was launched on Monday morning in aid of children with special needs. (One Cyprus pound is currently trading at about 1.5 US dollars)

    The event for children with special needs will end at midnight Tuesday.

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