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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 97-09-22

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  • [01] "Nikiforos" to proceed as planned
  • [02] CERCO General Assembly opens
  • [03] President Clerides to meet Denktash Friday
  • [04] UN announces meeting on security
  • [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange

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    [01] "Nikiforos" to proceed as planned

    Larnaca, Sep 22 (CNA) -- Greece's navy and airforce will take part in the National Guard military exercise, code-named "Nikiforos '97", Defence Minister, Costas Eliades said today.

    Speaking on departure for Athens, Eliades dismissed Turkish threats against Cyprus if Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles were installed on the island, as attempts "to create tension".

    He repeated the government proposal for the island's complete demilitarisation. He said the issue would be brought up by President Glafcos Clerides during discussions on security issues with Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash.

    During his three-day stay in Athens, Eliades will meet with his Greek counterpart, Akis Tsohatzopoulos to discuss matters relating to the joint defence pact agreed upon by the two countries in November 1993.

    The Cyprus radio reported that Tsohatzopoulos is expected to watch the last stage of the National Guard manoeuvres, expected to take place between October 10-15.

    National Guard Commander, Lieutenant General Nicolaos Vorvolakos, will accompany Eliades to his Athens contacts.

    CNA MAN/MCH/GP/1997

    [02] CERCO General Assembly opens

    Nicosia, Sep 22 (CNA) -- The 20th General Assembly of the Organisation of the National Mapping Agencies of Europe (CERCO) opened here today.

    Seventy-four participants representing 24 European countries and three organisations are taking part in the four-day General Assembly, which is organised by the Lands and Surveys Department of Cyprus.

    Among the participants are the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, the Ukraine, Poland and Spain.

    The delegates will exchange views on issues such as the creation of European basic geographic data, standardisation, copyrights, and pricing of geographic information.

    CERCO is the association of the National Mapping Agencies of Europe, and its objective is to simplify the exchange of information on matters of mutual concern and thus, strengthen the cooperation between the national agencies.

    Head of the Cypriot delegation, is Andreas Georgiou, Director of the Department of Lands and Surveys.

    CNA GG/GP/1997

    [03] President Clerides to meet Denktash Friday

    Nicosia, Sep 22 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will have a new meeting here on Friday afternoon, CNA learned today.

    Meanwhile, Government Spokesman, Manolis Christofides, told his daily press briefing the government had not been informed by the UN resident representative, Gustave Feissel, on the issue.

    "We understand efforts are being carried out to arrange the first meetings" to discuss security issues, he said.

    According to Turkish Cypriot sources, Denktash had a meeting with Feissel today in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

    The Clerides-Denktash meeting will take place at Feissel's residence in the UN-controlled buffer zone, in Nicosia.

    Christofides said the government had no information on the Turkish Cypriot leader's condition, but noted Denktash had been reported as expressing his readiness to meet President Clerides this week.

    Denktash had suffered a vein infection in his left leg and according to today's Turkish Cypriot press he had been recommended another week's rest.

    The agreement for meetings between the two leaders on security issues was announced here last week by US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, during a stop-over from Lebanon.

    CNA AP/GP/1997

    [04] UN announces meeting on security

    Nicosia, Sep 22 (CNA) -- The United Nations announced here today that the leaders of the two Cypriot communities will meet Friday to discuss security issues "without preconditions and without an agenda".

    A UN press release says President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will meet alone in the presence of Chief of Mission", Gustave Feissel.

    "The two leaders have agreed to refrain from making any public statements about the scope and possible content of their discussions," it adds.

    The agreement for a meeting between the two leaders was announced a week ago by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, during a stop over in Cyprus.

    Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Manolis Christofides reiterated the Greek Cypriot side would enter the security talks in "good will, seriousness and responsibility".

    He said President Clerides was willing to meet and discuss security issues despite Turkish war threats against Cyprus because of its decision to deploy the Russian surface-to-air missiles S-300 on this eastern Mediterranean island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    "We will not play along with the Turkish side if it is trying to prolong the situation and torpedo efforts," Christofides added.

    CNA MA/GP/1997

    [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Sep 22 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE All Share Index                    78.03 (-0.41)
    Highest: 82.46 (2/1/97)
    Lowest : 73.90 (30/1/97)
    Sectural Indices
    Banks                                  88.79 (-0.47)
    Approved Investment Companies          64.51 (-0.23)
    Insurance Companies                    56.29 (-0.34)
    Industrial Companies                   77.21 (-0.48)
    Tourist Industries                     66.02 (-0.08)
    Commercial Companies                   47.42 (+0.64)
    Other Companies                        60.33 (-0.85)
    Trading Volume                         CYP 520375.519
    * The difference in brackets represents the percentage increase (+) or decrease (-) of the index from the previous stock exchange meeting.
    CNA MA/1997
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