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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-06-25

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    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has set a meeting of the National Council for July 2, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus problem.

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Wednesday after a Cabinet meeting that the President will brief the political parties participating in the National Council on developments in the Cyprus problem and he will also exchange views with them.

    Asked if the Council was being convened due to the forthcoming meeting of President Christofias with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, Stephanou said the meeting would be held on July 1 and the President would be discussing its outcome with the Council.

    Stephanou added that President Christofias would be holding a press conference on July 3 on the work of his government during the first 120 days since his election.

    The Council comprises parliamentary parties and acts as an advisory body but the President is not bound by its decisions.


    Cypriot House President, Marios Garoyian, has welcomed a European Court of Human Rights ruling which found Turkey guilty of human rights violations in Cyprus.

    He was commenting on three Court rulings, two of which said Ankara, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part, is responsible for the killings of Greek Cypriots Anastasios Isaak and Solomos Solomou in 1996, during an anti-occupation rally. The third ruling said Turkey is guilty of human rights violations in the case of Greek Cypriot teacher Eleni Foka, who was forced to flee her home and school in the occupied areas. The Court decisions valuable and powerful political and legal instruments to the Republic of Cyprus, which it can use to its benefit. Such decisions are of crucial importance for the forthcoming pending cases before the European Court, he said.

    Turkey, he pointed out, is responsible for violating human rights and for what is happening in the Cyprus occupied areas, adding that the Court did not accept Ankaras arguments that the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus is accountable for what happens in the occupied part of the country. «Turkey is in the dock because it is responsible for the invasion, the continuing occupation, and the systematic violation of human rights in Cyprus,» he said.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou welcomed the results of a recent Eurobarometer survey, according to which 69% of Cypriots say they trust the government while 26% express a negative opinion.

    The results of the Eurobarometer are very positive for the President of Cyprus as well as for the government. They constitute a continuation of previous surveys which reflect a common and positive view regarding the Presidents policy on the Cyprus question and on domestic issues, he said.

    The survey was carried out between between March May 2008 in all EU 27 and was published Tuesday.

    Stephanou described as very positive the fact that the government of Cyprus and the President of the Republic are highly trusted by the citizens.

    The Spokesman noted that the government and the President now have an even bigger responsibility to continue and intensify further the positive work they have achieved since assuming power in March this year.


    The FIA World Motorsport Council confirmed this morning that the Cyprus Rally will return to the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) next year.

    The 2009 FIA Cyprus Rally will be round 3 of next years WRC calendar and will take place between the 13th and 15th March. It has also been confirmed that the Cyprus Rally will be one of 4 events rewarding points for the Junior and Production WRC championships for 2009. So spectators at the Cyprus event will get the chance to see the top WRC, J-WRC and P-WRC drivers in action. A Cyprus Rally featuring WRC, J-WRC and P-WRC drivers is a mouth-watering prospect for rally fans everywhere.

    The FIA World Motorsport Council also voted to approve a major change regarding the future shape of the WRC. This is the adoption of a new rotation system, where each event will take place every two years, thus increasing the total number of WRC rallies to 24. With this new system, 12 rallies will take place in a year, rather than the current 15, which will reduce costs and attract new manufacturers teams.

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