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The small but very picturesque community of Apesia lies on the south side of the Troodos mountain range, approximately 480 metres above sea level, and is protected in a valley between the rivers Garillis and Limnatis. It is a semi-mountainous area with annual rainfall of around 575ml. Apesia produces a small quantity of cereals, olives and almonds. There are also a few vineyards on the north sides of the mountains that surround the village. Carobs are ...
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Alassa village is only 12 Kilometres from Limassol on the main Limassol to Troodos road. It is built north of the Kouris dam and has a magnificent view of the dam. The village moved to its present location in 1985 because of the construction of the Kouris dam. The history of Alassa began in the 17th century BC and slowly through the years the village was abandoned. It was revived in 1881 AD as a small settlement of 23 residents. In around 1930, there was a ...
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Doros is situated on a hill of 470 metres. It is hidden and surrounded by almond trees and grapevines. Doros is 25 kilometres outside Limassol on the left side of the Limassol to Troodos road, travelling towards Troodos. The name Doros is associated with the ancient Greek word Doris which means forest. The 150 or so residents are all farmers tending their live stock and fruit orchards. The restoration of many houses, the traditional coffee shop and the ...
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Korfi is a approximately 17 Kms from Limassol. The original Korfi settlement was built approximately 2 Kms north-east of the present village, on a steep mountain side. During the heavy rainfall of January 28 1969, there were many landslides that caused a lot of destruction to the houses. The area was considered dangerous and the inhabitants were moved to a settlement built on a higher area, at 550m above sea level, which was considered safer. The new settlement consists of houses ...
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Cyprus Articles [ Elders: Cypriot media ‘scathing and pessimistic’ ]

Elders: Cypriot media ‘scathing and pessimistic’

THE CYPRIOT media on both sides of the Green Line was slammed yesterday by the visiting Elders who said the glut of negative reporting could hamper Cyprus’ latest effort to resolve the island’s decades-old divide.

“What we hear here is that the press is rather negative, skeptical, critical and we think that the role of the press in a country like Cyprus is to educate. We think that it is in the interest of everybody if there was more faith, more support, more understanding for what these two very courageous leaders [President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat] are doing,” said Lakhdar Brahimi at press conference yesterday rounding off a two-day visit to the island.

The Elders is a non-governmental organisation created in 2007 by British businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel, and aims to assist in solving conflicts across the globe. Its members include elder statesmen such as Neslon Mandela, Desmond Tutu and former US president Jimmy Carter.

Also speaking on the media’s negative role in Cyprus’ ongoing dispute, Brahimi’s fellow Elder Gro Brundtland said she had been disappointed by the way the Cypriot media tended to take a pessimistic and scathing attitude towards efforts to resolve the problem.

“It’s important everywhere to have responsible reporting,” she said.

“The media is very influential on public opinion, so one should think, what can the media do to stimulate the opportunity to reach as solution?” She added that too often the media focused more on the tragic events of the past rather than on what benefits a solution could bring in the future.

Aside from their criticism of the Cypriot media, Brahimi and Brundtland said they were encouraged by the goodwill and determination of other players in the conflict. Their visits to Athens and Ankara prior to their arrival in Cyprus had left them feeling hopeful.

“It was made very clear to us and repeated by several of those we met that they support strongly the negotiations that are going on between the two leaders in Cyprus,” Bundtland said.

She said also that the attitudes of the leaders and others they had met in Cyprus left them with the impression that a solution was not an impossibility.

“Today we have seen both leaders and we are encouraged by what we have heard,” she said, adding that they had received a “very clear sense that they had a successful second phase starting meeting yesterday. They are optimistic and determined”

But Brahimi made it clear he and his colleagues in the Elders were not naïve enough to think solving the Cyprus problem was easy and warned that the current framework for negotiations was “the only game plan” and one that was accepted by “everyone everywhere”.






(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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