ALP resolute on Cyprus and FYROM

first_imgThe Australian Labor Party took the opportunity to reconfirm its position on the Cyprus situation at last week’s annual party conference. A motion moved by Federal MP Steve Georganas and seconded by Amanda Fazio MLC (NSW) was passed en bloc without debate, confirming that “Labor will work to facilitate a just settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on UN resolutions respecting sovereignty, independence and the territorial integrity of Cyprus, and resulting in the demilitarisation and reunification of the island for the benefit of its entire people.” Following the conference, Steve Georganas told Neos Kosmos that the resolution continued a long-standing tradition of the ALP conference to reaffirm its commitment to resolving the Cyprus issue with the United Nations. “It’s more of the same, but it sends a very strong message, said the Member for Hindmarsh. “It’s been part of the ALP national conference since the 1960s to clearly state the party’s position on resolving the issue under the auspices of the UN.” Mr Georganas confirmed that in relation to FYROM, no draft resolutions were moved, and that to his knowledge, no discussion on the ALP’s position on FYROM took place at the conference. In the week that saw the International Court of Justice ruling against Greece for breaking its obligations under the 1995 Interim Accord with FYROM, Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos that Foreign Minister Rudd’s comments made last month in Adelaide reinforced the ALP and the Australian Government’s continuing position in regard to the ongoing dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Asked to confirm Australia’s position on the naming issue, Mr Rudd said at the Adelaide Foreign Aid Forum that “the Government’s position is that Australia only recognises the name ‘FYROM’ and added that Australia’s position on the issue “would remain until a naming solution is found and agreeable with FYROM and Greece”. Asked to comment on reports of some Australian state politicians promoting Skopje’s position on FYROM’s dispute with Greece, Mr Georganas said: “Members of state parliaments can do what they want, they can jump up and down, but the reality is, if a decision is made on this issue it will be made by the Federal Government and the Foreign Affairs Minister. “The Labor party’s position on FYROM is the same as the governments position, and is Australia’s consistent position.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Cardinals’ seven inactive players include running back Marion Grice, linebackers Desmond Bishop, Thomas Keiser and Glenn Carson, plus defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, tight end Troy Niklas and defensive end Calais Campbell.Carson and Niklas are both sidelined by ankle injuries, while Campbell is dealing with an MCL strain that may cost him another week or two.The other four Cardinals are healthy scratches. Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — And the answer is…. Yeah, we still don’t know.The question, as it had been all week leading up to Sunday, was who would quarterback the Arizona Cardinals against Washington at University of Phoenix Stadium, which is sold out for the 88th consecutive game.As of 90 minutes before kickoff, that decision — at least publicly — had not been made.All three quarterbacks, however, are active, meaning Carson Palmer is in uniform for the first time since Week 1 against San Diego, the game when he injured his right throwing shoulder. Drew Stanton, who had started each of the past three games and gone 2-1, is available as well. He passed the league’s concussion protocol on Friday after getting knocked out of the game at Denver in the third quarter.Rookie Logan Thomas is the healthiest QB on the roster, and he very well could get his first NFL start. The fourth-round pick out of Virginia Tech completed one of his eight pass attempts in relief of Stanton last week. Of course that single completion was an 81-yard touchdown to Andre Ellington.“Honest to God, first time in 20 years, I really don’t know whose starting,” head coach Bruce Arians said following practice on Friday. “I know whichever quarterback comes out and is in the huddle, he’s going to play a great game. There’s no doubt in my mind about that.”Arians added he would have no hesitation sending Palmer out on the field to begin the game despite more than a month of inaction.“Mentally, he’s very, very sharp,” the second-year coach said. “He’s stayed really on top of everything that way. If you see (him at practice) he’s always behind, dropping, taking his steps or getting his reads, so he’s mentally, he’s getting every rep. It’s just the physical part of it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more