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Cyprus House President says solution should meet interests of both communities
2007-02-22 12:05:55

Nicosia, Feb 20 – Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias has stressed that “our goal has been and will always be the settlement of the Cyprus problem to meet the interests and concerns of both communities, in the form of a bizonal, bicommunal federation within the framework of the 1977 and 1979 High Level Agreements, and pertinent to UN Resolutions and European law.”

Mr. Christofias, who was meeting with President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr. Rene Van Der Linden, also said: “In the meantime we will continue to work for furthering rapprochement with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots, and promoting their economic advancement, provided of course that the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus is not undermined in order to upgrade the illegal entity in the occupied area.”

He then noted that Cyprus, being both a member of the Council of Europe and a member of the European Union and also situated at the crossroads of three continents, is in a position to play an important role in promoting peace and stability in the wider region through the excellent relations it maintains with neighboring countries.

“The close ties of Cyprus with the Council of Europe, since our country's accession to this organization back in 1961, and the support the Council of Europe has extended to Cyprus after the difficult years which followed the Turkish invasion and occupation of a substantial part of its territory cannot be overlooked,” he added.

Mr. Christofias also underlined the importance of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights with regard to Cyprus and stressed: “More recently, the Parliamentary Assembly adopted a very strong resolution concerning Turkish settlers illegally transferred to the occupied part of Cyprus by Turkey, in order to alter the demographic character of the country, and also a Recommendation on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the enclaved Greek Cypriots and Maronites.”

The House President further stressed that it is certainly not only history that brings Cyprus and the Council of Europe's paths together. ''It is also our common vision regarding peace, security and stability in the wider Mediterranean area, the Middle East and the world in general,” he added.

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