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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-01-20

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    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said that a solution to the Cyprus issue would constitute a historic, important step which would be in the interest of Cyprus, Europe and Turkey.

    Speaking during a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Barroso on Monday, Barroso said that under this context, Turkeys support to the negotiations, currently underway in Cyprus for a comprehensive settlement, is significant.

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have been engaged in direct negotiations since early September last year, aiming at reunifying the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

    Barroso assured Erdogan that the Commission fully backs Turkeys efforts for accession. He welcomed the progress made in the opening of two more chapters and called on Turkey to revive efforts to promote reforms and continue the countrys modernization.


    Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II inaugurated on Monday a photographic exhibition, titled Hostages in Germany, in the presence of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

    The focus of the exhibition is the looting of Cyprus cultural and religious heritage in the northern Turkish occupied areas of the country by Turkish antiquities dealers and mainly the well known art dealer Aydin Dikmen. The exhibition reveals the extent of looting at 50 churches in an area from Karpass peninsula and Famagusta town on the east to Kythrea, Nicosia, Karavas and Morphou, on the north and northwest of the island.

    Addressing the event, Archbishop Chrysostomos II stressed that the photographs shock our consciences.

    The photographs depict church relics which were found in 1997, when the German police and Interpol swoop in the apartments of the well known Turkish antiquities dealer Aydin Dikmen in Munich. A German court decided in 2004 that the evidence which had been presented was not enough to prove the Cypriot origin of all the stolen treasures. The court was however convinced about the Cypriot origin of 169 photographs, the Archbishop said.

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