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London Taxis Are Advertising Holidays To Occupied Areas O...

Tourism of the occupied area of Cyprus is advertised by the famous London black caps Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (11.09.12) reports that the breakaway regime took another step in introducing tourism of the occupied area of Cyprus to the world by putting advertisements at the famous black caps (black taxis) which are “a symbol” of London”, according to the paper. In addition an advertisement of the “north Cyprus tourism”, under the slogan “simply north Cyprus”, is shown at the invoice issued by the taxi drivers who also distribute tourism brochures to their clients. Kibris writes that this is taking place in the framework of the tourism campaign which has been launched since a year by the self-styled ministry of tourism. According to the paper, the advertisement of tourism of the occupied area of Cyprus, which has started just after the end of the Olympic Games in London, is placed in 105 cabs that are gathered as a convoy at Stradford area, which is near the Olympic village.PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 11, 2012 | post #1)

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Cyprus President Allegedly Threatened With A Knife

“Eroglu: They have threatened Christofias with a knife because we had a coffee together” Under the above title, Turkish daily Zaman newspaper (09.09.12, online) reported that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has evaluated the latest situation in the Cyprus talks and “the efforts for the future of the Turkish Cypriots” in an interview with Turkish Cihan Haber news agency. Eroglu alleged that President Christofias was threatened with a knife because he had a coffee with him and that the knife had been sent to President Christofias, as well as to Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou and Democratic Rally (DISY) President Nikos Anastasiades in an envelope. Eroglu argued that President Christofias denied his request to permit some settlers from Turkey (members of the Black Sea Cultural Association) to cross over to the government-control led area of Cyprus and pray at Hala Sultan Mosque. He also alleged that there is a young generation which is growing up with feelings of enmity against the Turks in the government-control led area of Cyprus and referred to ELAM party, which, he said, does not even accept having a coffee together with Turks. Referring to the accession of the Republic of Cyprus into the EU, Eroglu noted that EU officials have told him that Turkey said nothing in 1995 when the decision for Turkey’s Customs Union with the EU and the commencement of accessions negotiations with Cyprus was taken. Noting that the current Cypriot EU term presidency was a result of that decision, Eroglu reiterated the allegation that the EU had committed a big mistake. Eroglu said that during a meeting he had a few months ago in London with the British former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, the latter told him that they had committed two mistakes: the one was the accession of Cyprus into the EU and the second the recommencement of the Cyprus talks after the rejection of the Annan Plan by the Greek Cypriot community. Eroglu alleged that the accession of a divided Cyprus into the EU “zeroed the hopes for an agreement”, because “the Greek Cypriots do not need to agree with us after they are members of both the UN and the EU”. Eroglu alleged that the Turkish Cypriots had been deceived both by the EU and the UN Secretary-General and reiterated that they are in full harmony with the AKP government in Ankara. Noting that seven technical committees exist now in the Cyprus negotiations, Eroglu referred to the forthcoming presidential elections in the Republic of Cyprus and noted that they will wait and see the policy of the new Cyprus President. Reiterating that the open-ended negotiations could not continue and that a time limit should be put in the negotiations, Eroglu added: “We have a Plan B and a Plan C. We have an established state now. Having a state strengthens me at the negotiating table. In spite of this, Turkey and we are in favour of an agreement. However, we are not pursuing any kind of agreement…” Eroglu said that filing an application to the UN for the recognition of the “TRNC”, breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, is out of the question at the moment and as long as the Cyprus talks continue. He said that there are two ways of solving the Cyprus problem: the one is by reaching an agreement and the other by securing the world to see that there will be no agreement. He added: “Applying to the UN for recognition takes time. First, states which will recognize us should come to surface. It is a reality that as long as you sit at the negotiating table absolutely no state will recognize you. Even if they intent to recognize you, they will not do it thinking that they would constitute an obstacle for the negotiations. After it is definitely decided that no result could be taken any more from the negotiations, you could request from some states to recognize you. No one will recognize you as long as the negotiations continue…(I/Ts.)”P IO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 10, 2012 | post #1)

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Cyprus Problem Should Not Be Swept Under The Carpet

Talat: Cyprus problem should not become dirt swept under the carpet; AEL-Fenerbahce match expresses the reality in Cyprus Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (07.09.12) reports that former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat has argued that the Turkish Cypriots are experiencing a great dispiritedness and stopped hopping for a solution to the Cyprus problem. In statements to a television station, Talat claimed yesterday that the Turkish Cypriots received many slaps when the Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan plan and when their expectations from President Christofias were not materialized. He added that they were disappointed now with the current Turkish Cypriot policy. Talat referred also to the current regional problems which Turkey is facing and argued that Turkey is the country, which is harmed the most from the events in Syria. Talat said that Turkey should also get rid of the PKK issue, which he described as “terror”. He noted that it is normal for Turkey’s interest to be drawn away from the Cyprus problem within these “extremely intensive problems” and added: “However, it must not be forgotten that the Cyprus problem is a bleeding wound. This problem must not become dirt swept under the carpet”. Talat said that this dirt under the carpet will start smelling badly when years pass and expressed the belief that this is the reason why Turkey wants a solution in Cyprus. He alleged that Turkey has been offering great support to the solution in Cyprus since 2003 and that many taboos have collapsed during this period. Talat went on and referred to two Greek Cypriot politicians: the former Foreign Minister and candidate in the 2013 presidential elections, George Lillikas and the former President of the Republic, Glafkos Clerides. He claimed that no one could have predicted that Lillikas could become such a “big racist” and alleged that President Clerides had been a “hawk” during his first term in the presidency and a “dove” in the second. Referring to the politics in the occupied area of Cyprus, Talat argued that 2013 could become a year of early “elections” and that the problems in the National Unity Party (UBP) could be intensified. Talat said that there is no real “government” now in the occupied area of Cyprus and that they try to implement immediately whatever officials from Turkey tell them without producing any ideas. He argued that the “government” should discuss with Turkey its economic issues and create resources. “Turkey is not our enemy”, he added alleging that “no other country outside Turkey will give us financial resources”. Referring to the football game between the teams of AEL and Fenerbahce, Talat noted that many things have been said regarding the political meaning of this match and added: “These could be debated, but Fenerbahce – AEL match expresses the most concrete reality of Cyprus. We have to dedicate this match to those who say that we are not without alternatives in the Cyprus issue. However, there is another reality. Let us continue to discuss the issue of whether Turkish Cypriots’ supporting AEL could be regarded as strange. We should not forget the reality that if Cetinkaya [Translator’s note: a Turkish Cypriot football team] plays a match with Fenerbahce, many Turkish Cypriots will support Fenerbahce”. Talat argued that this situation shows a crisis of identity and expressed the view that this crisis will be deepened as long as the non-solution of the Cyprus problem continues.(I/Ts.)P IO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 8, 2012 | post #1)

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Cyprus President Meets British Foreign Minister William H...

It is a great pleasure to be here in Cyprus, for the first time actually, that I have been here as Foreign Secretary. The UK has a very close and important relationship with Cyprus. So many of our citizens are studying, holidaying and working in each otherʼs countries and we will continue I hope to develop the strong personal connections, and deepen those strong connections between the people of the UK and the people of Cyprus. I had a very valuable discussion with President Christofias both on the excellent work his officials are doing on the EU Presidency, which I think is being handled well and which we are doing our best to help with, and of course as always on the shared vision of the benefits for all Cypriots that flow from a resolution to the Cyprus problem, something that we always have in our minds. So, I look forward to developing my contacts with all of those who can help make that vision a reality. I know that much is always expected of Britain here and quite rightly and we are ready to maintain and deepen our active involvement in the future. I am looking forward to attending the meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers later today. That is what Iʼve come to do but itʼs been a pleasure to call on the President on the way to that meeting. Q: How concerned are you at the lack of progress in the Cyprus negotiations? A: Across the world, certainly across the whole of Europe, people are always concerned. This is something that the world wants to see resolved. Of course there has to be a resolution, a settlement by Cypriots for Cypriots and we must always respect that and understand that. So we hope of course that faster progress will be made in the future and we will help in any way we can with that, but we have to respect the fact that it is for Cypriots to decide. Q: Do your think that the recent hydrocarbons discovery off the coast of Cyprus will contribute to the settlement of the problem or hinder the peace process? A; I think thatʼs a very important question and as you question suggests it should be something that helps for the settlement. It should be. It should be regarded in that way by all involved and we have supported the rights of Cyprus to develop resources, but I hope that doing so can somehow be an incentive for a settlement to the problem rather than a disincentive. Q: Regarding the murder of a British family in the French Alps … A: This is obviously a terrible and tragic event. We are working closely with the French authorities on this. Our Ambassador in Paris has been to the region, our consular staff are there, particularly helping with the welfare of the little girls involved, so we are doing everything we can to assist. Our police are in touch with their counterparts in France. I donʼt have anything new to tell you about that but our officials from the Commonwealth and Foreign Office are working there hard on this. Q: Any speculations about the motive? A: Itʼs not for me to speculate about the motive. There is a lot of police work going into that, but he hasnʼt got anything new to announce at the moment about that.PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 7, 2012 | post #1)

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Five Thousand Home Owners In Occupied Areas Of Cyprus Sel...

Five thousand persons who illegally bought estates in the occupied area are selling the houses because they did not receive title deeds Under the title “Great blow to the estate sector”, Turkish daily Havadis newspaper (06.09.12) reports that around five thousand persons who bought houses in the occupied area of Cyprus, are selling the houses and are fastly leaving the breakaway regime mostly because they did not receive title deeds for the estates they bought. According to the paper, among them are many British who are selling the houses and they are getting away. The paper who notes that the breakaway regime is described as “a dangerous region” for persuading of estate in some internet sites, writes that among the “victims” are many Turkish Cypriots who live abroad. The paper further writes that foreigners are leaving the occupation regime not only due to the problems exist regarding the title deeds, but also because the decisions taken on the issue by the “state” are postponed and because of the bureaucracy. The paper also writes that more than two thousand foreigners are facing financial issues and problems with the building contractors.PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 6, 2012 | post #1)

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Politics Overtakes Football Match Between Cyprus And Turk...

Ozgurgun politicizes AEL-Fenerbahce football match; Comments on statements by Foreign Minister Marcoullis Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (05.09.12) reports that Huseyin Ozgurgun, self-styled foreign minister of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of Cyprus, commented yesterday on the football games between the teams of AEL from Limassol and Fenerbahce from Istanbul within the framework of the UEFA Europa League and on statements made recently by Foreign Minister, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis . In statements to illegal TAK news agency, Ozgurgun argued that Turkey will never become interlocutor of the Greek Cypriots and that playing a football match is not tantamount with holding political contacts with a country. Ozgurgun reacted to the invitation, which he said was made by President Christofias to Turkish Cypriot leader Eroglu to watch the AEL-Fenerbahce game in Lekfosia as a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus. Ozgurgun alleged that inviting the “president of the TRNC” to watch the match like “an ordinary citizen” was an insult to the Turkish Cypriot “people” and tantamount to saying to the Turkish Cypriots that “I do not recognize the people you elect, you cannot have elections, you can be nothing more than a minority”. Ozgurgun alleged that the Greek Cypriots mix politics with sports and that nationalism, economic problems, pressure by the Church and the will of the Government have an influence in this. According to Ozgurgun, it would not be an “anomaly” if two leaders, who carry out negotiations, watched a match together, but the message which President Christofias wanted to give and could not say it openly was that “the Greek Cypriots and the Republic of Cyprus represent Cyprus, a team of (Cyprus) will play with Turkey and I will watch the game only with Abdullah Gul”. Ozgurgun alleged that Turkish Cypriot teams have asked many times to play matches with Greek Cypriot teams, but they received a negative answer. He argued that in order for the two “people” to come closer, first they should attach importance to activities in the fields of sports, culture and art. He claimed that the Greek Cypriots do not want to do this, that they only cooperate with a small minority from the “TRNC” and that no agreement could be reached with this mentality. Ozgurgun alleged that the “TRNC” has a “state structure” in every field and in every issue, it carries out sports activities and has a football league, but UEFA is also committing what he described as “a mistake” on the issue of the so-called embargo in sports. Ozgurgun said that he considers as an insult against the entire Turkish Cypriot “people” the statements recently made by Foreign Minister Marcoullis regarding the Turkish Cypriots. Arguing that Minister Marcoullis had said that “we have to take the support of ordinary Turkish Cypriots”, Ozgurgun claimed that this statement showed that it would not be possible to reach an agreement with the Greek Cypriot side and that the Greek Cypriots will never accept very important established UN parameters such as the two equal founding states, the political equality of the two “peoples” and bi-zonality.(I/Ts. )PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 5, 2012 | post #1)

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Turkish Settlers Carry Out "Fake Marriages" In Occupied A...

Turkish settlers carry out “fake marriages” in the occupied area of Cyprus in order to gain the occupation regime’s “citizenship” Under the front-page title: “They carry out fake-not real marriages for the citizenship”, Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi (03.09.12) reports that many Turkish citizens (settlers) who are illegally living in occupied Cyprus carry out fake marriages in the occupied area of Cyprus in order to gain the occupation regime’s citizenship and be able to settle in the island and to be exempted from working permission. According to the paper, many of those Turkish citizens conduct an “agreement” with persons who are older than them in order to get married with them in exchange for money and then they look for ways to gain the occupation regime’s citizenship. The paper adds that as soon as those persons get the certificate of marriage to their hands, they submit it to the so-called “immigration department” which informs them that they could not be deported from the “country”. The paper writes that the so-called authorities are aware of those fake marriages and underlines also that the majority of those who carry out this marriages do not live together as a couple, but separately.(AK)PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Sep 4, 2012 | post #1)

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Overseas Cypriots Conference Focuses On Cyprus Problem

“We will never abandon the effort for the vindication of our people despite the obstacles and the disappointment created by the developments or the lack of progress on the Cyprus issue”, the Government Spokesman Mr Stefanos Stefanou stated yesterday. Speaking yesterday afternoon at the Overseas Cypriots Conference, Mr Stefanou said, inter alia, that the main mission of the enlightenment policy is the promotion of the solution of the Cyprus problem. All the governments of Cyprus after 1974 made specific efforts and undertook specific initiatives in the enlightenment and internationalizati on of the Cyprus problem, acknowledging the importance of the promotion of the problem in the international region. Referring to the essence of the Cyprus problem, Mr Stefanou underlined that the Cyprus problem is primarily an international problem, a problem of invasion and occupation of the largest part of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey. The solution of the Cyprus problem must be such so as to have as main ingredient the eradication of the source of the problem, which is the occupation and the de facto division. Regarding the Greek Cypriot side’s positions on the content of the solution of the Cyprus problem, Mr Stefanou said the long term positions of the Greek Cypriot side are in full compliance with the UN resolutions and referred specifically to resolution 1251, the content of which is fully in line with the positions of the Greek Cypriot side. He noted that over the years the Greek Cypriot side has acted in this framework and within this framework it has become clear that it is Turkey which digresses from the solution framework, ignores the UN resolutions and does not implement them. “This is why we call on the international community to move towards the implementation of the resolutions, which the international organization has approved. It is clear that Turkey does not comply with the resolutions and we must make our position prominent in the framework of the UN resolutions”, he said. Referring to the Cyprus peace negotiations, he said the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr Dervis Eroglu reneged on his commitment towards the UN Secretary-General that he would continue negotiating from where the previous negotiator of the Turkish Cypriot community Mr Mehmet Ali Talat had left off, and began to reopen issues that had been discussed and on which converge had been reached. “This is a classic example of how the Turkish side uses obstructionist tactics and operates in a dilatory manner in terms of the efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem. Mr Eroglu backed down on the points of converge and continued to constantly raise new issues at the negotiating table”. These, he said, “constitute examples of the Turkish side’s mistrust, inconsistency and delaying and negative stance”. With regard to Turkey’s negative stance, Mr Stefanou cited, as an example, its attitude vis-à-vis Cyprus’ hydrocarbon exploitation within the Republic’s EEZ. He said the Republic of Cyprus was supported by the international community on this issue, with the exception of Turkey, which threatens, questions and attempts to create new faits-accomplis, on the sea this time. He also made reference to Turkey’s negative stance towards Cyprus during its EU Presidency. “However, the Republic of Cyprus supports the accession of Turkey to the EU, without of course this being a ‘blank cheque’; and the President of the Republic has clarified many times that Turkey will not accede to the EU if it does not terminate the occupation”, Mr Stefanou pointed out. He added that Turkey itself is undermining its European perspective and “it is Turkey itself which creates, maintains and deepens the problems”.PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 31, 2012 | post #1)

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Armenian Church In North Cyprus To Become Cultural Centre

Illegal YDU to turn the Armenian Church in occupied Lefkosia into a cultural centre Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (30.08.12) reports on statements by Dr. Irfan S. Gunsel, director of the “board of trustees” of the illegal Near East University (YDU), who has stated that they have launched works in order to turn the Armenian Church and Monastery in occupied Lefkosia (is found at Arabahmet street and it was built in the 8th century), into a Cultural Centre. According to Gunsel, illegal YDU after the tender which opened by the Vakif Foundation which owns this historical church, has gained the right of the use of the church for 10 years. He also added that the illegal YDU has decided to turn the church into a cultural centre were a lot of cultural events will take place, something that the Vakif Foundation has also wanted.(AK)PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 30, 2012 | post #1)

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Cyprus Government Reviews Free Electricity Policy For Occ...

The Government is considering ways to address the issues raised by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) regarding the supply of free electricity to the occupied areas, the Government Spokesman Mr Stefanos Stefanou has noted. In statements to the press last Saturday afternoon, Mr Stefanou said "after the invasion, the Republic of Cyprus and the EAC, for obvious political reasons, until the mid 90’s, supplied electricity to the occupied areas. During this period the Turkish Cypriots developed their own infrastructure in the occupied areas, which is why the power supply to the occupied areas has been very much restricted and the supply maintained is to certain areas. As regards the issue of the Pyla community since 1964 after the intercommunal riots, the then Government of Cyprus had decided for political reasons to supply free electricity to the Turkish Cypriots and this practice continued after the invasion in 1974. All governments, aware of the political sensitivity of the issue, supply the electricity. The EAC had raised the issue of the increased cost due to the growth the area experienced and is experiencing, which has increased the cost for EAC in relation to the supply of free electricity. Having regard to the letter the EAC sent to the Foreign Ministry, a Ministerial Committee has been summoned and addressed the issue during two sessions. The examination of the whole issue has not been concluded, and bearing in mind that the political circumstances that led to the decision for free electricity several decades ago persist, solutions are being sought." Asked if there is exploitation by Turkish Cypriots regarding the supply of free electricity, Mr Stefanou said that "there are several distortions from which many people are benefiting. This is an issue that also has to do with the development that the region has had, which has created new conditions from a financial and a commercial perspective, and many are taking advantage of this special status. It is an issue that we take into account through the perspective of its political sensitivity to see what solutions can be given to the specific issues raised by the EAC. " Invited to say why the occupation regime’s outposts were being supplied with electricity, Mr Stefanou noted that "it is not we who supply them with electricity. Since Turkish Cypriots in some parts of the occupied areas receive electricity, the regime is taking advantage of that. " Asked if the Government is willing to bring about a change, Mr Stefanou said "on a practical level and in light of the political circumstances, the Government is conferring in order to see how to deal with the whole issue." Responding to a journalist’s remark that beyond a political aspect the issue also has an economic aspect and that there are Greek Cypriot families which have serious difficulty in paying off the electricity bill, Mr Stefanou said "the issue is not new”. “We should not be underestimate the political conditions and political realities that are of great importance, having regard to the facts of the invasion, occupation and the efforts made by the pseudostate, in one way or another, to make its presence known or upgrade its presence”, he added. He also said that "in terms of the issues that have to do with population groups facing difficulties in paying off electricity bills, it is known that we are in constant contact with the EAC. The EAC has made several moves in this direction, but the two things are completely different.”PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 28, 2012 | post #1)

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Turkey Must Abide By It's Obligations To Cyprus Regarding...

The proposals submitted by the Turkish side show that its goals remain immovable: disintegration of the Republic of Cyprus, creation of two equal state entities, loose co-federation, maintenance of conditions of strategic control of Cyprus by Turkey through the guarantees, return of the Anan Plan with a different name and finally, proclamation of the solution as primary law, so that there are permanent derogations from the acquis communautaire; namely, permanent violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Yiannakis L. Omirou, stated yesterday, addressing the memorial service of Doros Loizou. The provocative statements made by Turkish officials and the subordinate Turkish-Cypriot leadership reaffirm the Turkish provocativeness and rapacity, while the threats against the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus for hydrocarbons exploration within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus reveal the real Turkish intentions, Mr Omirou added, stressing that this reality imposes the need to move along three parallel lines: 1. Briefing of the international and European community on the Turkish manipulations. Demonstration of the Turkish intransigence, so that it becomes clear that it is Turkey that does not allow the achievement of progress, Withdrawal of concessions/retrea ts. 2. Immediate reform of the policy at the negotiations and the strategy in the overall management of the Cyprus issue. Preparation of a solution blueprint and submitting it to the international and European community. 3. Turkey’s European course is the key leverage, the powerful weapon, the damoclean sword we have to force Turkey to rationalize its behaviour and conform to the regulations of international and European law. It is imperative to make clear to our partners that the Turkey – EU accession dialogue should not progress further, if Turkey denies fulfilling its obligations towards the Republic of Cyprus, which also include the obligation to cooperate for a solution on the basis of the UN resolutions and the principles on which the European Union is founded. It must not be expected that the Turkey – EU accession dialogue will continue uninterrupted, while Turkey maintains its delaying stance and continues to flagrantly scorn its obligations towards the Republic of Cyprus. At the same time, we should ask for a more active involvement of the EU in the efforts and processes for the solution of the Cyprus issue, Mr Omirou concluded.PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 27, 2012 | post #1)

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Cyprus Partition Will Cause More Problems

It is obvious that Turkey seeks to make partition permanent, taking advantage of the infertile time lapse, the Government Spokesman Mr Stefanos Stefanou has noted. Speaking yesterday morning at the memorial service of Panayiotis Lazarou Nestoros, who was missing since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and whose remains have been identified through the DNA method, Mr Stefanou reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side must remain consistent with matters of principle and that statements about a resumption of the negotiation process on a new basis or a change of the process will lead to partition. He also made reference to the identification process for the missing persons, reassuring that the Government will continue to support the process and pointing out that the relatives have the right to know about the fate of their beloved and the Government will fight for that right. The Spokesman criticized Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot leadership for their stance and noted that the Greek Cypriot side must remain consistent with matters of principle, the UN resolutions on Cyprus and the agreements reached with the Turkish Cypriot community. Views in favour of either starting the negotiations on a new basis or changing the procedure, he added, “will not only not pave the road towards a settlement but will also give Turkey the perfect alibi to annul the basis for a solution and to officially bring the issue of partition to the table, something that will cause new problems, new adventures and new risks for our people”. Thirty-eight years of occupation and de facto partition are a lot, Mr Stefanou stated, adding that time does not work in favour of a settlement and that is why efforts must continue to curb Turkish intransigence, terminate the occupation and reunite the country, regardless of the difficulties, problems and disappointment of not reaching a solution. The solution of the Cyprus problem will generate future prospects for the people and create the preconditions for permanent peace, security and prosperity for all Cypriots - Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins, he concluded. PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 20, 2012 | post #1)

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Cyprus Problem - Treaty Of Guarantee

NO. 5475. TREATY OF GUARANTEE. SIGNED AT NICOSIA ON 16 AUGUST 1960 The Republic of Cyprus of the one part, and Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the other part, I. Considering that the recognition and maintenance of the independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic of Cyprus, as established and regulated by the Basic Articles of its Constitution, are in their common interest, II. Desiring to co-operate to ensure respect for the state of affairs created by that Constitution, Have agreed as follows: - Article I The Republic of Cyprus undertakes to ensure the maintenance of its independence, territorial integrity and security, as well as respect for its Constitution. It undertakes not to participate, in whole or in part, in any political or economic union with any State whatsoever. It accordingly declares prohibited any activity likely to promote, directly or indirectly, either union with any other State or partition of the Island. Article II Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom, taking note of the undertakings of the Republic of Cyprus set out in Article I of the present Treaty, recognise and guarantee the independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic of Cyprus, and also the state of affairs established by the Basic Articles of its Constitution. Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom likewise undertake to prohibit, so far as concerns them, any activity aimed at promoting, directly or indirectly, either union of Cyprus with any other State or partition of the Island. Article III The Republic of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey undertake to respect the integrity of the areas retained under United Kingdom sovereignty at the time of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, and guarantee the use and enjoyment by the United Kingdom of the rights to be secured to it by the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with the Treaty concerning the Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus signed at Nicosia on to-day's date. Article IV In the event of a breach of the provisions of the present Treaty, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom undertake to consult together with respect to the representations or measures necessary to ensure observance of those provisions. In so far as common or concerted action may not prove possible, each the three guaranteeing Powers reserves the right to take action with the sole aim of re-establishing the state of affairs created by the present Treaty. Article V The present Treaty shall enter into force on the date of signature. The original texts of the present Treaty shall be deposited at Nicosia. The High Contracting Parties shall proceed as soon as possible to the registration of the present Treaty with the Secretariat of the United Nations in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the United Nations. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have signed the present Treaty. DONE at Nicosia this sixteenth day of August, 1960, in English and French, both texts being equally authoritative. For the Republic of Cyprus: Ο Κ&#93 3;Π&# 929;Ο Υ Μ&#91 3;Κ&# 913;Ρ Ι&#92 7;Σ F.kucuk For Greece: G. CHRISTOPOULOS For Turkey: Vecdi Turel For the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Hugh Foot www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 19, 2012 | post #1)

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North Cyprus Leader Justifies Second Cyprus Invasion

Eroglu argues that if the second phase of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus had not been carried out, their efforts would have been in vain Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (17.08.12) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has alleged that if the second phase of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus had not been carried out, the Turkish army and the Turkish Cypriot “fighters” would not have succeeded and the exerted efforts would have been in vain. “If today we have a state on a piece of land, bi-zonality and security, this is thanks to the second phase of the peace operation”, argued Eroglu addressing a ceremony yesterday in occupied Lefka village. Eroglu alleged that it is not possible for the Turkish Cypriots to give concessions from their freedom, sovereignty and bi-zonality because they have some problems. “No one has the right to ask from us to follow a stance which will bury the next generations into darkness”, he added. Alleging that the Greek Cypriots could come to the “road of peace and agreement” in case the United Nations and the European Union follow the “right path”, Eroglu said: “We are slowly coming to the end of our patience. We will either end the Cyprus problem with an agreement within the certain framework of a timetable after the Greek Cypriot presidential elections, or we will go our way and they will go their way. There is no other solution. All of us should support and say this”. Eroglu argued that all Turkish Cypriot parties should support the lifting of the so-called embargoes and stop seeing the Cyprus problem as a field of political rivalry. Eroglu alleged that if he signed an agreement as President Christofias wants, he would betray his “people” and the struggle given by these “people”. He claimed: “Christofias put forward views which will eliminate our sovereignty, our land, our security, the economic system we have established. It is not possible for me to say yes to these. Very well, what will happen? If the Greek Cypriot leader who will be elected continues the same way, it will not be possible to reach anywhere. If they come to reason and abandon their delaying tactics, we could reach an agreement…In case the UN and the EU follow the right path, I hope that the Greek Cypriot side could come to the path of the agreement. Otherwise, that is, if the Greek Cypriot side is left alone, if the realities are not told to them, it would be daydreaming to expect that an agreement will be reached soon in Cyprus…There are two separate peoples and states in Cyprus. We will search the way of an agreement having as starting point these realities. An agreement in which Turkey’s guarantees will continue and bi-zonality will not be watered down. We have extended our hand of peace and we are expecting the Greek Cypriot side. Either they will come or let them stop preventing us anymore and doing injustice to us…”(I/Ts.)PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 17, 2012 | post #1)

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The Return Of Morphou Is Paramount To A Solution Of The C...

The position that the President of the Republic maintains both in public and also within the framework of the negotiations is that there can be no settlement of the Cyprus problem without the return of Morphou under Greek Cypriot administration, the Presidential Commissioner Mr George Iacovou stated yesterday. According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Mr Iacovou was addressing members of the Morphou Municipality and of organized groups of the occupied town, who visited him at the Presidential Palace in order to hand over the resolution they submitted to the Embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, requesting that it would be conveyed to the President of the Republic. Mr Iacovou specifically asserted: “As you very well know, but I have to say it because it is our position and that of the President, both in public as well as at the negotiations, there can be no solution without the return of Morphou under Greek Cypriot administration, and this falls within the wider framework of protecting the rights of Greek Cypriots, either these are the four freedoms or the claim that the solution must accommodate the right of Greek Cypriots for a very large majority to live under Greek Cypriot administration.” He also noted that on days like these, while Greek Cypriots demand justice and their human rights, Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders display hostility and intransigence, “and we have to deal with it”. Handing over the resolution to Mr Iacovou, the Mayor of Morphou Mr Charalambos Pittas said their resolution informs the Security Council Permanent Members of their determination, despite the 38 years of occupation, to continue, for as long as it takes, struggling and pursuing their inalienable right to return to Morphou. Mr Pittas also said that “we are ready for a solution the soonest possible but not any type of solution, because first and foremost there is the human and national dignity which no one can offend in any way”. He added that the resolution calls for a settlement that would be as just as possible but also viable and functional, and reunite the country and its people. The delegation also handed the resolution yesterday to the European Commission representation to Cyprus. In statements to the press, Mr Pittas said Europe, as a whole, has responsibility and should also show sensitivity for the continuing occupation in Cyprus.PIO www.cyprusexpat.co .uk  (Aug 17, 2012 | post #1)