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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 99-01-13

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [02] Spokesman - Missiles
  • [03] Cyprus - Greece - Labour issues
  • [04] EU Negotiator - Visit
  • [05] Chinese Deputy Health Minister - Visit
  • [06] Cyprus - Viagra
  • [07] UN envoy - Departure

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    [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
          CSE General Index                          95.54 ( 1.31)
          Traded Value            CYP 5,449,841
          Sectural Indices
          Banks                   CYP 1,347,978     109.74 ( 0.50)
          Approved Investment
          Companies               CYP    59,781      59.65 ( 0.34)
          Insurance Companies     CYP 1,973,661      77.84 ( 3.63)
          Manufacturing Companies CYP   252,146      89.81 ( 1.64)
          Tourism Companies       CYP   266,415      72.17 ( 1.78)
          Trading Companies       CYP   751,111      47.22 ( 4.96)
          Other Companies         CYP   215,050      86.35 ( 2.59)
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.
    CNA MA/1999

    [02] Spokesman - Missiles

    Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) -- Consultations among Cyprus, Greece and Russian are taking place in a bid to amend the terms of a contract relating to the purchase and deployment of Russian missiles in Cyprus in order to allow their deployment in the Greek island of Crete.

    "There are consultations among the three contracting parties. Discussions are taking place on the basis of a joint decision between Greece and Cyprus," Government Spokesman, Christos Stylianides, said after today's cabinet meeting.

    Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides announced in late December that the SAMs (surface to air missiles) will not be deployed in Cyprus and that there will be consultations with Russia about their possible deployment in Crete.

    Asked how these consultations are being conducted, Stylianides said "there are ways and means" but refrained from disclosing any details, noting he does not wish to comment on defence or security matters.

    The spokesman's comments came following a dispatch by the Russian news agency Novosti that the Russian government has not replied to a formal request from the government of Cyprus to modify the provisions of the purchase contact relating to the missiles.

    Novosti, quoting sources close to the Russian defence ministry, pointed out that the delay in the Russian response does not necessarily mean a negative reply to the Cypriot request.

    The same sources also noted that Russia's political and military leadership needs to reassess the situation, taking into account that Greece is a NATO member and lies within NATO's zone of responsibility.

    CNA MCH/MM/MA/1999

    [03] Cyprus - Greece - Labour issues

    Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) -- A Cooperation Agreement between Cyprus and Greece on labour issues will be signed in Nicosia next week.

    The Agreement will be singed during a visit here by Greek Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Miltiades Ioannou from January 15 to 19.

    Ioannou will visit Cyprus at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart Andreas Mousiouttas.

    CNA MA/MM/1999

    [04] EU Negotiator - Visit

    Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) -- A seven-member delegation of the European Commission, headed by chief negotiator for Cyprus, Leopold Maurer, arrives here Thursday for substantive talks with Cyprus' negotiating team responsible for accession talks with the European Union.

    Talks on Friday and Saturday, headed by Maurer and Cyprus' chief negotiator George Vassiliou, will deal with legislative procedures, telecommunications, company law, competition policy, free movement of goods and justice and home affairs issues.

    The EU and the Cypriot negotiating teams will also discuss matters relating to economic and monetary union, cooperatives, air transport, shipping, ports, agriculture and fisheries and external relations.

    During their four-day visit, the EU officials will meet with the Delegation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the ambassadors of the EU member states here as well as the House Committee for External and EU affairs.

    The forthcoming visit is the first of a series of visits by Maurer's team with a view to assessing the progress Cyprus has made in its harmonisation effort with the acquis communautaire.

    The Cyprus Republic opened substantive accession talks with the EU in November.

    The EU team will also gather information for the Commission's assessment report on Cyprus, due at the end of the year, which will be submitted to the European Council.

    On Thursday night, Maurer will be the keynote speaker at a dinner of the European Movement.

    CNA MM/MA/1999

    [05] Chinese Deputy Health Minister - Visit

    Larnaca, Jan 13 (CNA) -- Cyprus and China are expected to sign the first inter-state cooperation agreement on health matters, Health Minister Christos Solomis said here today.

    The agreement will be signed tomorrow after official talks between Longde Wang, Chinese Deputy Minister of Health, and Solomis.

    "The agreement concerns cooperation on exchange of expertise and information and visits of experts," Solomis said at Larnaca airport, where he welcomed the Chinese official.

    Speaking through an interpreter, Wang said the agreement will help enhance public health and medical science.

    Referring to Sino-Cypriot relations, he said these have always been very good and noted that in the past few years ties in international fora are "excellent".

    Outlining his government's position on the Cyprus problem, he said it has always recognised the official government of Cyprus and pointed out that it should be solved on the basis of the UN Charter and the UN resolutions.

    During his visit, Wang will be received by President Glafcos Clerides, House President Spyros Kyprianou, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and other officials.

    He will also visit the ceasefire line in Nicosia and archaeological sites, before leaving on Sunday.

    CNA MM/MA/1999

    [06] Cyprus - Viagra

    Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) -- The male impotence pill, Viagra, will be on sale in the Cyprus market, following a decision by the Drugs Council.

    Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry, Achilleas Patzinakou, has said the decision was taken bearing in mind that Viagra is on sale in the US and in most European countries.

    Viagra is being sold here illegally. He pointed out that the pill will be sold on prescription only and said the Ministry will organise a campaign to inform the public about possible health risks from the use of the impotence pill.

    CNA DG/MM/MA/1999

    [07] UN envoy - Departure

    Nicosia, Jan 13 (CNA) -- Dame Ann Hercus, UN resident representative in Cyprus, left today for New York via London, where she will meet tomorrow with British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook to discuss the Cyprus problem.

    British High Commissioner David Madden will also be present at the London meeting.

    Her trip comes after shuttle talks she has had with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash over the past few months.

    In New York she is scheduled to have talks with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

    She returns to Cyprus on Saturday.

    CNA MM/MA/1999
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