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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-23

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    A political settlement in Cyprus cannot come from the Greek Cypriots without Turkeys good will and Ankaras willingness to achieve this objective, Cyprus President has stressed, commenting on the outcome of Sundays parliamentary elections.

    He also said that Nicosia as well as Athens have been monitoring developments in Turkey, not only now but also prior to the parliamentary elections, and will exchange views on this.

    We believe it is premature and irresponsible to draw any conclusions at this early stage, as far as political developments in Turkey are concerned, Papadopoulos said, when asked to comment on the election results.

    He pointed out that irrespective of what happens, developments will have repercussions on the question of Cyprus as well.

    Our position remains firm. I hope that the wish for the democratization of the country and for normalization of its accession course towards the European Union will have more positive developments with regard to Turkeys positions on Cyprus, he added.

    Concluding, the President pointed out that we all know that the Greek Cypriots will not solve the question of Cyprus without Turkeys good will and willingness to do so.

    He also said that this is a very difficult task.

    Turkey, which does not recognise the legal government of the Republic of Cyprus, occupies the islands northern part since its troops invaded in 1974.


    Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos confirmed here Monday that he will announce formally his bid for re-election today. I can confirm that today I will announce formally my candidacy, which as you know has already been decided and already announced, he said in statements to the press during a visit to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

    Responding to questions about Februarys presidential elections, he said his decision to seek re-election is given and wondered why there is still doubt about his intentions. Officially, I have said so a month ago. The formal announcement of my decision is a necessary procedure, he explained.

    Asked about efforts by his former coalition partners to maintain the election campaign within civilised limits, the President said this was a matter of self-restraint and added adjectives used during the campaign will show our political maturity. As far as I am concerned, I shall not utter a bad word about either AKEL or its General Secretary, apart from restoring facts which might, at some instance, be presented the wrong way, he added.


    The remains of missing persons in Cyprus, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, were laid to rest in the past few days, in a somber but also a very emotional atmosphere, as relatives of missing bury their loved ones, 33 years after the Turkish invasion of the island. The burials took place after the Committee on Missing Persons identified, through scientific means, the identity of remains unearthed in graves on both sides of the divided island.

    Three Greek Cypriot missing persons were buried on Sunday, another two were laid to rest on Saturday and today and tomorrow families will say the last farewell to another two persons, listed as missing since 1974, whose remains were located in recent exhumations by Cypriot forensic experts, working with foreign scientists at the Anthropological Laboratory of the CMP in the UN controlled area of the now defunct Nicosia airport.

    Speaking at one funeral, House President Demetris Christofias said it would be an affront to those who sacrificed their lives for their country if we were to compromise with the Turkish occupation and the division of the country. He also stressed the urgent need for a political settlement that would reunite the country but pointed out categorically that the contents of a solution will not be sacrificed for the sake of a speedy settlement.


    The primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II is in Egypt for a series of meeting, including one with President Hosni Mubarak. Speaking on departure, he said he would be talking to the Patriarch of Alexandria and All of Africa Theodoros, the Patriarch of the Coptic Church Shenouda and other religious and political leaders in the country.

    He will also visit various monasteries and other religious sites and see members of the Cypriot community in Cairo and Alexandria, in addition to meeting a representative of the Moslem community.

    Whenever I travel abroad for religious purposes, my main concern is to raise the question of Cyprus and explain to my interlocutors what the situation is on the island, so that they know that Turkey continues to occupy Cyprus northern areas, he told journalists as he was leaving for Egypt on Sunday evening.

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