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UN go public over new flag and anthem for Cyprus
2003-01-27 16:24:07

Nicosia, Jan 27 (CNA) -- With full page ads in the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot press, the United Nations announced today the competitions "for the design of a flag and the composition of an anthem for Cyprus, which will be part of a comprehensive settlement".

The UN announcement said the two competitions are "open to all people" and artists should work for free but will receive recognition through public announcement.

It said "joint entries from Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are particularly welcome" while entrants should bear in mind that both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, "as equal partners in a new state of affairs, should be able to identify with their flag and anthem".

Accordingly, it added, "the flag and anthem should reflect commitment to a common future in a spirit of mutual respect, tolerance and reconciliation in an independent and united Cyprus".

It said "H.E. Mr. Glafcos Clerides and H.E. Mr. Rauf Denktash, have together asked the UN to seek submissions through open public competition for the design of a flag and the composition of an anthem for Cyprus".

"It is envisaged that the flag and anthem would be part of a comprehensive settlement to be submitted to separate referenda", the announcement said.

The guidelines for the flag competition are that the design should be striking, easily recognizable, pleasing to the eye and simple enough for a child to draw, the flag should be rectangular, sized 2:3 and lettering should be avoided.

Flag designs should be accompanied by a brief description of the rationale behind the concept while the publication or use of design in a public place is prohibited until after the competition has been finalised and a flag selected.

Regarding the anthem competition, the UN announcement said it is chiefly for music, and not for lyrics and if they are included, they should be in both Greek and Turkish. Among the guidelines are that the composition should be easily recognizable and the length of the composition not more than 60 seconds or less than 30 seconds.

There should be a legible copy of the score, as well as a copy of the piano score should be recorded and any lyrics must be in Greek or Turkish with an English translation provided. Anthem compositions should be accompanied by brief descriptions of the inspiration behind the composition. The use of the composition in public is prohibited until three months after the competition has been finalised and an anthem selected.

The announcement said bilateral committees comprising an equal number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and chaired by the UN will examine the flag designs and anthem scores entered and will make recommendations by consensus to the two leaders for their consideration from among the entries received.

Entrants whose flag design or anthem composition are ultimately selected for inclusion in the comprehensive settlement will be advised by registered mail and will receive recognition through public announcement but will not receive any financial remuneration from the competition organisers.

Competition entries should be received between January 27 and 17 February.|

The existing flag of Cyprus, which came into being when the island gained independence from Britain in 1960, has a white background with a yellow map of the island and two olive branches. It was designed by a Turkish Cypriot artist.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.


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