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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-19

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    The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to accept an invitation from Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos for a meeting, in their capacity as leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas has said.

    Ban Ki moon, Palmas said, has urged Talat to contribute to the creation of those preconditions that would help open new crossing points to and from the Turkish occupied areas of the country.

    Answering questions during his daily briefing, Palmas said that the government is aware of the fact that UNSG and Talat had a telephone conversation last week.

    We are not in a position to know the exact contents of the telephone conversation. We do know that the UN SG has called on Mehmet Ali Talat to accept President Papadopoulos invitation for a meeting and of course to make every effort to create those circumstances and preconditions that would lead to the opening of crossing points, to and from the occupied areas, he added.

    He also said that he is not in a position to know Talats reaction, adding that so far no date for a meeting between the two leaders has been set, nor has there been any contact with the other side.

    Asked whether President Papadopoulos has already contacted UN Secretary General, Palmas said that the two have communicated through correspondence.

    ``President Papadopoulos has sent him a letter congratulating him on his appointment. In that letter he expressed some of our positions, he concluded.

    Cyprus, an EU member state since May 2004, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.

    Papadopoulos and Talat agreed in July last year to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.


    Cyprus and Greece should change the negative situation created by the 1974 Turkish invasion of the island, Marietta Giannakou, Greek Minister of National Education and Religion has said. She will represent the Greek government at events marking 33 years since the Turkish invasion and subsequent occupation of Cyprus` northern third. ``The invasion has had negative repercussions, in spite of the fact that Cyprus is today a member of the EU. We want to change these results, both governments working together in collaboration,`` she said.

    Giannakou said that she has ``a lot to discuss`` with her Cypriot counterpart Minister of Education and Culture Akis Kleanthous. ``We live in an era of constant changes, affected by knowledge, technology and globalisation,`` Giannakou said, adding that ``our interest lies in cooperation.``

    Welcoming Giannakou, Kleanthous said that the concerns and challenges of contemporary times in Cyprus` and Greece`s educational systems are common. He expressed hope that he will have a good cooperation with Giannakou and that ``we will be able to draft a plan of action for the two Ministries for the coming years to maximize the results.``


    Relatives of victims of an Helios Airways crash have been given access to extracts of a report of an inquiry into the 2005 air crash to help them file lawsuits in Greek courts. The documents handed to the relatives relate to possible civil responsibilities and are part of the minutes of the inquiry into the cause of the crash, carried out by a one-man commission, here in Nicosia.

    Lawyers of interested parties can obtain all available evidence from the Law Office of the Republic. Attorney General Petros Clerides said on Wednesday that the evidence would be made available by noon on Thursday at the latest.

    On 14 August 2005, an Helios Airways Boeing 737, on its way to Prague via Athens, crashed into the mountain side north of the Greek capital killing all 121 passengers and crew on board, most of them Cypriot holidaymakers.


    Cyprus national tennis team will face Bulgaria for the Davis Cup, between 20 - 22 July at the National Tennis Centre in Nicosia.

    The matches determined by today`s draw are: Photos Kallias Vs Ivaylo Traykov and Marcos Baghdatis Vs Yordan Kanev tomorrow at 16:30, while the doubles match between Marcos Baghdatis and Petros Baghdatis Vs Ivaylo Traykov and Ilia Kushev is set for Saturday 18:00. On Sunday, Marcos Baghdatis will face Traykov and Kallias Kanev. Both matches are scheduled to begin on 16:00. Tennis champion Marcos Baghdatis, 18th in ATPs ranking, will lead the Cyprus team against the Bulgarian team.

    Speaking at the Official Draw ceremony, President of the Cyprus Tennis Federation Philios Christodoulou said that the Cypriot Federation considers it ``a pleasure and a privilege to host Bulgaria for this prestigious event.`` ``We are very happy to have you with us today and look forward to an exciting Davis Cup tie, always in the spirit of fair play,`` he added.

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