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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-02

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] MOONEYS DISAPPEARANCE INVESTIGATIONS
  • [02] STATE DUMA PRESIDENT SUPPORT JULY 8TH AGREEMENT
  • [03] CMP RELATIVES OF MISSING PERSONS
  • [04] BARNET LEADER RYANS APPOINTMENT

  • [01] MOONEYS DISAPPEARANCE INVESTIGATIONS

    Cyprus police have found a body, in the mountainous area of Orkonta, west of the capital Nicosia, as they continue their search for a missing US diplomat Thomas Mooney.

    Initial reports suggest that the body may belong to Mooney, who has been missing since last Thursday.

    No official confirmation of the identity of the body has been announced either from the US embassy or the Cyprus police.

    Cypriot Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas said on Monday that the authorities were investigating all possibilities regarding the disappearance of US diplomat Thomas Mooney and the discovery of his car and a body.

    Palmas said the diplomat`s car has been found along with a body, noting that the authorities were investigating all possibilities and it would be too risky to make any comment yet.

    Asked if the body had been identified as that of Mooney, Palmas said "while all indications point in that direction, I cannot say so."

    [02] STATE DUMA PRESIDENT SUPPORT JULY 8TH AGREEMENT

    The solution of the Cyprus problem is afforded a special place in Russias foreign-policy priorities and Moscow has repeatedly promoted proposals to help progress towards this goal, Chairman of the Russian State Duma, Boris Cryzlov, has stressed.

    In an interview with CNA, Gryzlov, who was recently on an official visit to Cyprus at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart Demetris Christofias, said that Moscow does not have any ``selfish`` interests regarding Cyprus and pursues a just solution based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions while it continues its efforts through its contacts with all interested parties. At the same time, he expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between Moscow and the other UN SC permanent members on the Cyprus issue.

    The Russian official advised both communities in Cyprus not to keep on looking back or being held captive to outdated stereotypes but to look forward to the perspective of creating a common future to all Cypriots.

    Only through the implementation of the basic provisions of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions for Cyprus, a way can be found for a lasting peace and security on the island, Gryzlov stressed, saying that Russia supports the implementation of the July 8th, 2006 agreement, between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

    [03] CMP RELATIVES OF MISSING PERSONS

    The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) announced that it will notify the families of 28 persons, listed as missing, whose remains have been exhumed recently in Cyprus.

    ``Following a lengthy and thorough process, the CMP has been informed of the positive identification of 28 missing persons by the two laboratories involved - the laboratory of forensic genetics of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the CMP Anthropological Laboratory,`` a CMP press release issued here Monday says, adding that the work in both laboratories was carried out by bi-communal teams of scientists.

    The CMP notes that the families concerned, with whom all arrangements will be made regarding the eventual return of the remains of their loved ones, will be personally notified by the CMP members.

    [04] BARNET LEADER RYANS APPOINTMENT

    Councillor Mike Freer, Leader of Barnet Council, says in a press release that he was ``appalled`` at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown`s appointment of MP Joan Ryan as the government`s special envoy to Cyprus.

    ``When Prime Minister Brown announced change would be his watchword, I was hoping we would see a change in the failed and misguided policy on Turkey and Cyprus,`` he notes.

    Freer adds that ``appointing Joan Ryan underlines that this government will continue its biased approach against a just and fair solution with ultimate aim the division of Cyprus.``

    ``I suspect the appointment is more to do with helping Ms Ryan hold onto her super marginal seat at the next general election than finding a lasting solution,`` he says.


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