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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-06-15

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] Skoda Tour of Cyprus Rally results
  • [02] CNA Chairman addresses AMAN General Assembly
  • [03] Interior Minister addresses AMAN General Assembly
  • [04] AMAN General Assembly
  • [05] MENA Board Chairman addresses AMAN General Assembly
  • [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange

  • 0910:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Skoda Tour of Cyprus Rally results

    Nicosia, Jun 15 (CNA) -- Cypriot Christakis Thoma at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV, cruised an easy victory in the Skoda Tour of Cyprus Rally and into fourth place in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship yesterday.

    His earlier battle with compatriot and pre-event favourite Andreas Tsouloftas fizzled out in the afternoon when Tsouloftas' Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III went out with a broken gearbox after the thirteenth special stage of the rally.

    Thoma, who had been in the lead since the beginning of the two-day rally on Saturday, won by a clear seven minutes thirty four seconds from Parmenion, a Cypriot driving a Proton Wira RS, while S. Galatariotis driving a Lancia HF Integrale was in third position.

    Eighteen of the fifty crews who had started out from Nicosia on Saturday completed the course, covering 763 kms, including 16 special stages totalling 259 kms over rugged mountainous roads, which ended in the moat beneath Nicosia's historic Venetian walls.

    Andreas Tsouloftas remains in fifth place in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, of which the "Skoda Tour of Cyprus" Rally was part of this year for the first time.

    CNA GG/MCH/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    0945:CYPPRESS:02

    [02] CNA Chairman addresses AMAN General Assembly

    Limassol, Jun 15 (CNA) -- The Chairman of the Cyprus News Agency board, Anthos Lykavgis, said today CNA plans to ask the assistance of the members of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), to restore free movement of journalists all over Cyprus.

    In his address to the 7th General Assembly of AMAN, which is taking place in Limassol, Lykavgis pointed out that Cypriot citizens "cannot move freely" in their own homeland, stressing that these problems are part of the "Mediterranean reality".

    He added that the problem of free movement in Cyprus is a problem for AMAN, because "it violates principles relating to the object and the members of the Alliance".

    Lykavgis also pointed out that CNA is taking over the presidency of the Alliance this year and assured that it is "fully aware of the weight it is undertaking".

    He also made reference to the geographical position of Cyprus, saying that it is at the crossroad of three continents, from where the civilisations which evolved "will lead us into today's phase of a new civilisation, in which information, in its broad sense, constitutes the dynamic and lays the foundations for its prospects".

    Referring to the absence of the Turkish delegation, Lykavgis said that although it did not vote against the meeting taking place in Cyprus, it refused to participate, questioning the legality of the Republic of Cyprus.

    CNA RG/NG/MCH/1997
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    0950:CYPPRESS:03

    [03] Interior Minister addresses AMAN General Assembly

    Limassol, June 15 (CNA) -- Interior Minister, Dinos Michaelides, stressed today the responsibility of mass media has in reporting facts as they are, pointing out at the same time that they could contribute towards restoring justice for Cyprus.

    In his address to the 7th General Assembly of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), Michaelides said:

    "The Alliance's task is closely related to the free flow of information and ideas, and the free expression of opinions, which constitute the ingredients of democracy".

    Michaelides also stressed that the Cyprus government "relies a great extent on the media to make world public opinion aware of the flagrant injustice suffered by the people of Cyprus".

    He added that the Government relies on the mass media "to make nations and governments realise the need for more strenuous efforts to restore justice to Cyprus, to put an end to the sufferings of the Cypriot people and to help Cyprus safeguard its independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty".

    CNA RG/MK/MCH/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    0955:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] AMAN General Assembly

    Limassol, Jun 15 (CNA) -- The 7th General Assembly of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) began here this morning.

    During the Assembly, hosted by the Cyprus News Agency, the participants will examine various matters, such as training seminars, bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and the use of the latest technology.

    Members of the AMAN are the national news agencies of Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Albania, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania and of the Palestinian National Authorities.

    Meanwhile the Inter Press Service (IPS) and the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) will participate in the Assembly as observers.

    The Turkish news agency "Anatolu" decided not to participate in the meeting.

    CNA RG/KN/MCH/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1030:CYPPRESS:05

    [05] MENA Board Chairman addresses AMAN General Assembly

    Limassol, June 15 (CNA) -- MENA Board Chairman and President of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), Mahfouz El Ansari, stressed today Cyprus qualifies "to play an active and positive role in the area throughout history - a role which is very much anticipated to be continued and intensified in the future".

    In his address to the 7th General Assembly of AMAN, which was read by MENA General Editorial Supervisor and Deputy Editor in Chief, Mahmoud Ahmad, El Ansari pointed out that:

    "The Mediterranean Sea bridges our ancient civiliasations" and "plays its cultural role in bolstering ties and furthering the cultural dialogue between countries on both its banks".

    El Ansari also said that AMAN "connotes security, peace and tranquility", which "are exactly the mutual and essential goal we all seek".

    He furthermore stressed that "now, in the information age, our countries can and must play their role, meet together in a bid to transcend borders and pose as beacons, and sources of light and inspiration, radiating with hopes for cooperation and interchange in-between us, providing the example for other world states to act likewise".

    Concluding he handed over the presidency of AMAN to the Cyprus News Agency.

    CNA RG/MK/MCH/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1420:CYPPRESS:06

    [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Jun 15 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
       CSE General Index                          86.57 (-0.64)
    
       Traded Value            CYP 899,179
    
       Sectural Indices
    
       Banks                   CYP   288,856      99.97 (-0.47)
       Approved Investment
       Companies               CYP    69,775      60.90 (-0.70)
       Insurance Companies     CYP    92,024      63.82 (-1.22)
       Manufacturing Companies CYP    10,108      80.39 (-0.62)
       Tourism Companies       CYP    46,578      70.72 (-1.45)
       Trading Companies       CYP    68,904      48.24 (-1.55)
       Other Companies         CYP   169,161      73.63 (-0.37)
    
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA MCH/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    CNA ENDS
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