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Cyprus ready to work to implement Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS
2006-06-05 16:05:15

Nicosia, Jun 5 (CNA) -- Cyprus? permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis declared the government?s readiness to work with all forces and the international community to fully implement the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.

Addressing the special United Nations General Assembly meeting to assess the progress made in combating AIDS since it issued its Declaration of Commitment to a comprehensive battle against the pandemic five years ago, Mavroyiannis said Cyprus unites its voice with the international community and renews its pledge to cooperate on an international, regional and national level, even the political level, to make real the aims of the declaration.

The session ended today with a pledge to set ?ambitious national targets? this year, including interim targets for 2008.

In his speech, Mavroyiannis said five years after the declaration, the efforts of the international community to curb the pandemic are at a critical stage.

He said that although many things have been achieved, the epidemic continues to win over the international effort and stressed that 2005 marked an increased number in infections and deaths from AIDS.

Referring to Cyprus, Mavroyiannis said that HIV infections remain very low, 0,1 % of the population. He said that there are regular action plans to combat the epidemic, noting that Cyprus plans its policy on AIDS according to the EU and in coordination with European and other international partners.

Although HIV/AIDs remains low in Cyprus, he added, the government continues to closely monitor the situation with systematic research on sexual behaviour and the use of drugs.

Cyprus was represented at the special session with a delegation which included Yiannis Demetriades, director of the Gregorios AIDS clinic in Cyprus.

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