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by Euro Reporter
2012-04-09 10:12:59
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Partition no option for Cyprus

Greek Prime Minister Loukas Papademos stated that partition is no option for Cyprus, reiterating that a solution must be in line with UN decisions and provide for a bizonal bicommunal federation with a single international personality, one sovereignty and one citizenship. Addressing the Cyprus parliament at the end of his two-day official visit to the island, Papademos also said that the solution must provide for the evolution of the Cypriot state and not its dissolution. The Greek premier called on Turkey to undertake “decisive initiatives” towards the Turkish Cypriot side, if it really has the political will to work for a settlement in Cyprus.

“We believe that Cyprus’ EU membership and exploitation of natural gas reserves can be positive factors towards a comprehensive and agreed settlement in Cyprus to the benefit of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots,” he said. “Support to Cyprus unites Greece,” the Greek PM noted, adding that he also supports the ongoing UN-led peace talks between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. The solution must comply with Cyprus’ status as an EU member and must restore the fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots.

On attempts to convene an international conference on Cyprus, Papademos stressed that unless the internal aspects of the question of Cyprus – territory, property and the issue of Turkish settlers – are resolved, there can be no constructive discussion on such a conference. He criticized Ankara’s approach on this, saying it has to contribute towards the resolution of these issues by acting on the Turkish Cypriot side. “Greece looks forward to full normalization of Greco-Turkish relations. This however can only happen once a mutually acceptable solution in Cyprus is achieved, which will also give an impetus to Turkey’s European aspirations, provided this candidate country meets EU criteria,” he added.

Referring to the forthcoming EU presidency which Cyprus will hold in the second half of the year, he said it is high time that EU principles are applied throughout the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. Now implementation of the acquits communautaire has been suspended in the areas of the Republic under Turkish occupation, where the legal government of Cyprus is prevented from exercising its jurisdiction, as provided by Protocol 10 of the accession treaty. The Prime Minister criticized Turkey’s threats over Cyprus’ sovereign right to explore its natural gas deposits in its exclusive economic zone. Large deposits have been discovered following exploratory drilling by US based Noble Energy.


Cyprus inflation rises in March

Cyprus consumer price inflation increased in March after easing slightly in the previous month, data from Statistical Service showed Thursday. The consumer price index increased 3.40 percent annually in March, after rising 3.09 percent in February. In January, the rate of inflation was 3.12 percent.

Month-on-month, prices rose 1.26 percent in March, after gaining 0.4 percent in February. During the January-March period, the index advanced 3.2 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2011.


Cyprus Church blasts priest nabbed with drugs

The Orthodox Christian Church of Cyprus said Friday that it is "deeply distressed" over the arrest of a parish priest on suspicion of trafficking drugs to the island from abroad. The Church said in a statement that the "abhorrent actions" of Father Panayiotis Triantafillou, a Greek national who had been in charge of a suburban Nicosia parish, have scandalized the faithful and constitute a "black spot" on the Church body.

It said Triantafillou had already been suspended from his duties and that his arrest pre-empted an ongoing Church investigation into his conduct following a litany of complaints against him "regarding a variety of offenses." Police arrested the 38-year-old priest at Cyprus' main Larnaca airport late Wednesday after discovering three kilograms of marijuana in his luggage. Triantafillou had arrived on a flight from Greece.

A Cyprus court ordered Triantafillou to remain in police custody for eight days until investigators completed their probe. Local media reports said the priest told the court he was only transporting the drugs for others and that he needed the money because of financial problems he was having. He also told the court that he was remorseful and offered to assist police in their investigation.

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