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President Anastasiades addressing the 69th session of the UN General Assembly
Cyprus and its citizens deserve much more than a divided country, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has said addressing the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, on Friday.

In his address President Anastasiades reiterated his sincere commitment to work vigorously and with resolve for a settlement and asked for a show of genuine will by Turkish Cypriots in the negotiations.
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The President of the Republic participates in the opening of the 69th Summit of the UN General Assembly
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, participates in the opening of the 69th Summit of the UN General Assembly, in New York, during which speeches were made the first day (Sept. 24) by the President of the General Assembly and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Mr Sam Kahamba Kutesa and the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon.

Following the normal practice, the general debate was opened by the President of Brazil, Mrs Dilma Rousseff, followed by the speech of the President of the United States, Mr Barack Obama.
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Address by the Minister of Energy Mr Y. Lakkotrypis at meeting on “Regional Cooperation in the Area of Safe and Environmentally Friendly Offshore Oil and Gas Activities” - 26/09/2014
It is with great pleasure that I join you today at this important international meeting on the safety and environmental protection from offshore oil and gas activities, organized in Nicosia by the British High Commission and the Cyprus University of Technology. I am delighted and honored to welcome you all to our beautiful island and, of course, to be given this excellent opportunity to converse with you directly.

For Cyprus, the safety and the protection of the environment from offshore hydrocarbons activities are priority issues. The same applies, I am certain, for all our friends in the Eastern Mediterranean. Our common region, after all, has been blessed with the discoveries of substantial quantities of natural gas, which in combination with all the potential hydrocarbon findings, confirm that the area is a new promising source and a possible alternative transport route, for worldwide and European oil and gas supply.
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Diplomatic Courier: Ιnterview with Govt Spokesman Mr. Nikos Christodoulides
This past February, Russian armed forces invaded and later annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. This bold move shocked the world, but in reality this invasion was just a case of history repeating itself. A nearly identical scenario took place in Cyprus 40 years ago, and that event—like the division of Ukraine—has yet to find a resolution.

In July of 1974, Turkey illegally invaded Cyprus—purportedly in defense of the Turkish-Cypriot minority—and took control of more than 30 percent of the island. During the invasion, Turkey forcibly expelled Greek-Cypriots from their homes and segregated Cypriots along ethnic and religious lines. Today, Turkey continues to violate international law in its occupation of the north of Cyprus. But after decades of unsuccessful settlement talks, the Cyprus issue has finally started to gain momentum. Nestled between Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, and Libya, Cyprus occupies a valuable geostrategic position in the Mediterranean. Its location, coupled with the recent discovery of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, has catapulted the island into the spotlight, giving Cypriot allies such as the United States much to talk about.
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President Anastasiades talks to CNN on the ongoing gas exploration in Cyprus' EEZ
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http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/23/business/cyprus-president-energy-gas-oil/index.html?c=&page=1

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