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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-01-08

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    Minister of Foreign Affairs Markos Kyprianou said on Thursday that if the Turkish Cypriot side follows a constructive stance, then a solution of the Cyprus problem will be feasible in 2009, noting that its stance should be in line with the agreed basis for a settlement, namely a bizonal bicommunal federation, with one international identity, sovereignty and citizenship.

    In statements before departing for a visit to Rome and Central and South America, Kyprianou said ``the speed and time of completing the process depends on the positions presented.``

    Commenting on remarks by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat that the issue of properties is the main problem being discussed at direct negotiations with President of the Republic Demetris Christofias, Kyprianou said that ``all issues are serious because all issues together will make up the solution and the viability of the solution.``

    Regarding the reaction of Greek Cypriot political parties to the posting on the webpage of the so-called presidency of the Turkish occupied areas of a joint statement by President Christofias and Talat on the situation in the Gaza Strip, Kyprianou said ``what has been agreed on, regarding this issue, has not been observed and that is why it has been criticised by the government and the political parties.``

    Referring to the situation in the Gaza Strip, Kyprianou expressed concern. He also expressed hope that there would be a response from both sides to the Egyptian peace plan, supported by the EU.

    ``We are also concerned about the failure of the international community, if not to impose, to at least secure a ceasefire,`` he said, adding that ``the humanitarian aspect in Gaza is truly tragic at this point.``

    Kyprianou also said that Cyprus is willing to use all its contacts and provide assistance wherever and whenever necessary.


    Tests, carried out by the State Laboratory, have shown severe contamination in samples of water used by special equipment at a private clinic, where newborn babies have contracted Legionnaires disease, three of whom have died while the rest are still in hospital.

    The State General Laboratory has announced the results of the lab tests carried out on samples taken from the Hippokration private hospital on 30 November 2008 to detect the bacterium of Legionella.

    According to an announcement issued Wednesday by the Laboratory, the aim of the tests was to determine the cause and the source of the contamination of the infants born at the Hippocration clinic between December 17 and December 27.


    AKEL (Progressive Party of the Working People) is set to elect its new Secretary General on January 21st, who will replace current Secretary General and President of the Republic Demetris Christofias.

    The Secretariat of the Central Committee of AKEL will propose to the party Political Bureau that the Central Committee plenary meets on 21st of January to elect the new party leader.

    The decision was taken by the Secretariat of AKEL Central Committee on Wednesday, during a meeting chaired by the party Secretary General Christofias.

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