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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-12-15

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    The government of the Republic of Cyprus has welcomed the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1898 (2009) for the renewal of the mandate of UNFICYP (UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) for six more months.

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou told reporters Tuesday that the government considers the Resolution to be a balanced one, since it reaffirms all previous UNSC resolutions, especially Resolution 1251, which describes the framework for a solution in Cyprus.

    Stephanou said that the Resolution notes that the responsibility for the achievement of an overall and lasting solution lays first and foremost on Cypriots.

    It also reaffirms the fundamental role of the UN for helping out the two communities of Cyprus and reaffirms the basis for the solution, which is a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality as defined in the relevant UNSC resolutions, the Spokesman added.

    He went on to say that the resolution reaffirms that any new planning regarding UNFICYPs operations is linked with the solution of the Cyprus problem and calls upon the Turkish Cypriot side and the Turkish forces to restore the status quo at Strovilia as it was before the 30th of June, 2000.

    Stephanou said that the resolution underlines the importance of the implementation of Confidence Building Measures, it positively notes the agreement for the opening of the Limnitis crossing point and calls upon the two communities to explain to all Cypriots the many and important benefits that would come as a result of the achievement of a Cyprus solution.

    The government of the Republic of Cyprus expresses its gratitude towards the UN and its Secretary General for their good offices in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, he went on to say.

    Furthermore, he stressed the willingness of the Greek Cypriot side to continue efforts for the achievement of a just, viable and functional solution, that would end the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, that would reunify the country and its people, that would restore human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Cypriots and end Turkeys policy to illegally bring to the island Turkish settlers.

    The Spokesman was also asked about the government`s announcement to start informing the people about the provisions of the agreed framework for a Cyprus solution.

    ``When we talk about a federation, we want our society to know the basic characteristics of a federative system, which are its differences from the unified state, confederation etc``, he said.

    Asked when this campaign will begin, he said, the soonest possible, but he did not elaborate further.


    The plenary of the House of Representatives has begun Tuesday a three-day debate on the 2010 state budget with speeches by parliamentary party leaders or their representatives.

    The budget provides for revenue, excluding loans, of about 5 billion and 729 million EUR, which is higher than the budget of 2009 by 6.6%. Expenditure, excluding the paying off of loans, is estimated at 7 billion and 922 million EUR, more than that of 2009 by 3.6%.

    Presenting the budget to the House last Thursday, Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis said the 2010 state budget was responsible and balanced, with a social vision, it was development-oriented and included no new taxes.

    ``This is the budget that will get us out of the financial crisis,`` he said.

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