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by Euro Reporter
2008-08-17 10:40:29
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Hopes from Famagusta

The Mayor and the Municipal Council of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta have expressed certainty that President of the Republic Demetris Christofias will fight for a solution of the Cyprus problem with determination and consistency. This statement is included in a resolution calling for the return of Famagusta, under Turkish occupation since 1974, to its lawful inhabitants. The resolution was adopted on Saturday by the Famagusta Municipal Council, in a public meeting at Dherynia Cultural Centre, on the south of this eastern coastal city, to mark the 34th anniversary since the town was captured by the advancing Turkish troops in the summer of 1974.

The resolution calls for the return of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants and points out that a step in that direction would be the immediate return of the fenced off area of Famagusta, now under the Turkish occupation. “We consider that the Famagusta issue should be immediately put in the table as a confidence building measure that will significantly improve the climate for the promotion of the talks, and which also benefits both communities in Cyprus,” the resolution adds.

The Famagusta Municipal Council also welcomes the initiatives taken by President Christofias for the commencement of direct negotiations between the leaders of the two communities on September 3. In addition, it stresses that it supports and works towards a solution of a bizonal, bicommunal federation. The Council “considers the progress achieved so far, as well as the decision for the beginning of direct negotiation on 3 September, as steps in the right direction”.

The resolution also refers to the occupation of Famagusta as a violation of international law. “The continuing and illegal occupation of a European town violates not only human rights, but also UN Security Council resolution 550 and the high level agreements between the two communities in Cyprus”. In its resolution, the Municipal Council calls on the international community, and especially the United Nations and the European Union, to influence Ankara to change its stance on the Cyprus issue.  Finally, it calls the Turkish Cypriot leadership to proceed to the direct negotiations with good will and readiness to negotiate a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

Let’s all hope that his wish will soon become reality.

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A memorial

As the relatives of victims of the worst air disaster in Cyprus and Greece mourn their loved ones, on the third anniversary of the tragedy, the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus has vowed that there will be no cover up. A memorial service was held at the chapel of Panagia Eleftherotria and Agia Paraskevi at Mosfiloti village on Thursday, which is dedicated to the memory of the 121 persons who lost their lives on 14 August 2005, when an Helios Airways Boeing 737 aircraft, on its way to Prague via Athens, crashed into Grammatikos mountain side, north of the Greek capital, Athens.. Most of the dead were Cypriot holidaymakers. The relatives repeated their demand that those responsible for the tragedy must be brought to justice and said that all measures necessary must be taken to avert a similar disaster.


   
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