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Comment Local News July 6, 2014

Beach regulations blatantly ignored

By Maria Hadjimichael

PARALIMNI and Sotira municipalities, which have illegally destroyed sections of their beaches, have recently been forced to defend their actions in parliament.

But these discussions at the House environment committee, which evolved over the past month, were full of contradictions and irrational conversations among the different participants. It goes without saying that the outcomes of these meetings stand as typical examples of justice (environmental justice in particular) in Cyprus.

In the Ayia Thekla area, Sotira municipality disturbed…

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Beach regulations blatantly ignored
Local News May 16, 2014

Full speed ahead for Biden visit

By Elias Hazou

A FLURRY of diplomatic activity is underway ahead of the visit next week of US Vice President Joe Biden to the island followed by the expected visit of Secretary of State John Kerry.

This week US Ambassador to Cyprus John Koenig has been seeing leaders of Greek Cypriot parties, including of main opposition AKEL.

He has also reportedly met six times with Kudret Ozersay, the chief Turkish Cypriot negotiator. Ozersay told Kibris newspaper that the Turkish Cypriots…

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Full speed ahead for Biden visit
Local News May 12, 2014

Famagusta at the centre of Biden’s visit (updated)

By Elias Hazou

US VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden is due on the island next week, the government confirmed on Monday.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Biden was visiting at the invitation of President Nicos Anastasiades.

The visit was confirmed by the White House, who issued a press release on Monday saying that the vice president will visit Cyprus on May 21, following a visit to Romania. Biden will be escorted by his wife, Dr Jill Biden. The US vice president…

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Famagusta at the centre of Biden’s visit (updated)
Local News May 10, 2014

Call for return of Varosha is not a slogan, Anastasiades says

PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said last night the return of the fenced area of Famagusta (Varosha) was a priority and not a slogan, and is perhaps “the knife that will cut the Gordian Knot” of the Cyprus problem.

The President made the remark in a speech at the 4th Clergy-Laity Congress of the Diocese of Constantia-Ammochostos at Paralimni.

In his speech, Anastasiades said the economic situation on the island did not lessen the desire for a solution. “The Cyprus problem was,…

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Call for return of Varosha is not a slogan, Anastasiades says
Local News April 18, 2014

Orthodox worshippers flock to Famagusta

By Constantinos Psillides

THOUSANDS of Greek Cypriots, most refugees, flocked to the Ayios Giorgos Exorinos church in Famagusta where they attended a Good Friday service at their historical place of worship for the first time in decades.

The service, the first since 1957 at the church in the medieval town, should send a message of hope and reunification, said leaders of both major parties AKEL and DISY on their way to the thronged church and its courtyard.

More than 4,000…

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Orthodox worshippers flock to Famagusta
Local News April 18, 2014

Huge interest in Good Friday service

By Stefanos Evripidou

THE GOOD Friday Service to be held today at the Ayios Giorgos Exoronis church in Famagusta, the first in over half a century, is attracting plaudits and interest from home and abroad.

Mayor-in-exile Alexis Galanos told state broadcaster CyBC yesterday that foreign ambassadors would be joining worshippers planning to attend the service, whose numbers are swelling by the day, while the European Commission and academics from across the divide welcomed the move.

According to Galanos, an estimated…

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Huge interest in Good Friday service
Local News April 17, 2014

Famagusta Good Friday service ‘a grand event’, despite changes to route

By Staff Reporter

THE Good Friday service at the Ayios Giorgos Exoronis church in Famagusta, the first since 1957, should be seen as a message of reconciliation, Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos said yesterday.

Around 3,000 people, including foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the service tomorrow.

“It is indeed a grand event, much bigger than us,” Galanos told a news conference.

“It is not just the emotional side of the issue and the fact that it has been embraced by…

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Famagusta Good Friday service ‘a grand event’, despite changes to route
Local News April 13, 2014

Varosha: the big push

By Jean Christou

WHILE ORDINARY Cypriots from both sides have managed to pull off an historic confidence-building event for a Good Friday church service in Famagusta, politicians and diplomats have been slugging it out all week over the return of Varosha.

The historic event – the first Easter service at the Ayios Georgios Eksorinos church in 57 years – is a testament to what can be achieved in Cyprus away from zero-sum games such as the tug-of-war over Varosha.

Famagusta…

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Varosha: the big push
Comment April 4, 2014

Our View: Financial aspect of Varosha return must be given serious thought

CONFIDENCE-BUILDING measures, it was reported, were discussed during the Eroglu-Anastasiades meeting but little else was revealed. The Anastasiades government continues to campaign for the return of the fenced part of Famagusta, as the measure that would give big momentum to the talks, but it seems that little thought has been given to the practicalities of such a major move.

Working out of the practicalities with the Turkish Cypriot side would require negotiations which, given the pace at which these…

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Our View: Financial aspect of Varosha return must be given serious thought
Local News April 1, 2014

Historic Good Friday service in Famagusta

By Constantinos Psillides

A GOOD Friday service will be held at the Saint George Eksorinos church in the walled city of Famagusta, the first one since 1957, according to Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos.

Galanos announced the historic service after meeting with Turkish Cypriot ‘mayor’ of the town Oktay Kayalp. According to Galanos, invitations will be sent to ambassadors and officials from both communities, including archbishop Chrysostomos and Turkish Cypriot Mufti Dr Talip Atalay.

“This is a great moment for us…

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Historic Good Friday service in Famagusta

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