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Cyprus Mail: News Articles in English, 02-05-26

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Sunday, May 26, 2002


  • [01] Refugee to sue UK estate agency over Kyrenia house
  • [02] LTV to join sport training centre project
  • [03] 'Largest ever' Ecstasy haul

  • [01] Refugee to sue UK estate agency over Kyrenia house

    By Soteris Charalambous

    ANNA Violari, a refugee from western Kyrenia, is to take an estate agent with offices in the UK and the occupied north to court for trying to sell her property illegally.

    She is taking her action through the European courts both individually and through a group under the banner of the former residents of Kyrenia.

    Violari's actions were prompted when her son, Chris, saw a picture of his mother's house on the Unwins Estates website offered for sale at 40,000.

    "Words cannot convey the feelings I felt when I saw the pictures of my house," Violari told the Sunday Mail. "I feel the pain of being made a refugee all over again."

    Violari took legal advice and confirmed yesterday that she is taking the estate agent to court. "I am very angry. How can an estate agent sell a property without title deeds? This house belongs to my family. They didn't ask us. Can you imagine how angry I feel? Don't these people realise they are committing a crime?"

    Unwins Estates have offices in both the north of Cyprus and England. It is estimated that more than 1,000 Britons now live in the occupied areas of the island, some of them in houses owned by Greek Cypriots.

    "How can they buy our houses? They know these properties belong to Greek Cypriots," Violari said yesterday. "Are they doing it on purpose? Would they buy houses in occupied Palestine from an Israeli?"

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [02] LTV to join sport training centre project

    By Soteris Charalambous

    THE CYPRUS Sports Organisation (KOA), the Cypriot Olympic Committee (KOE) and Lumiere TV are this week expected to announce a partnership aimed at making Cyprus one of the most popular training centres in the world for world-class athletes preparing for the Athens Olympics in 2004.

    The partnership has led to the formation of LTV Sport Ltd., a company that will act as the agent of sports organisations in countries wishing to use Cyprus as a training base. The firm has already invested 25,000 in Cyprus Sports Facilities, a ring-bound guide book showcasing the facilities and venues available on the island.

    Sports organisations representing athletes from Britain, Australia, Japan, Russia, Sweden and Italy have already confirmed their interest. Fifteen British swimmers and their coaches are currently based in Nicosia, training at the Olympic swimming pool complex.

    LTV Sport has negotiated contracts with hoteliers and facility owners on the island and is co-ordinating the operation using specially developed software that allows international sports organisations to check on the availability of facilities before booking them for their athletes.

    LTV hopes to use the partnership to establish working relationships with foreign sports organisations, with the objective of creating future sporting events to which LTV will own the broadcast rights.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

    [03] 'Largest ever' Ecstasy haul

    By Stefanos Evripidou

    THREE Britons were arrested in Ayia Napa late on Friday night after Drugs Squad officers found 1,603 Ecstasy pills in an apartment. Police said it was the largest ever seizure of Ecstasy on the island.

    Paul Kenneth Fogarty,29, Kirk Nicholson, 27, and Zoe Hazel Cox, 27, had spent two days in the club resort before being arrested on suspicion of trafficking and possession of illegal drugs with intent to supply. Famagusta District Court yesterday remanded all three in custody for eight days.

    Acting on a tip-off from Interpol, the three were put under surveillance the day after their arrival. The next day, officers armed with a search warrant found 1,603 Ecstasy pills in a nylon bag in the drawer of an apartment they raided.

    Police told the court that Fogarty allegedly admitted to being a user of the drug but said he brought the drugs to deliver them to another Englishman in Ayia Napa.

    Nicholson and Cox have denied any involvement.

    Copyright Cyprus Mail 2002

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