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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 00-03-31

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  • [01] President Clerides - Chairman Arafat
  • [02] International Law Congress
  • [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [04] Ria Novosti Chairman - Cyprus
  • [05] Greek Foreign Minister - British envoy
  • [06] House President - Russian President and Duma Chairman
  • [07] EU - Six candidate countries - Cyprus - Press conference
  • [08] President Clerides - Statements - Visit to Israel
  • [09] President Clerides - Cyprus settlement

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    [01] President Clerides - Chairman Arafat

    by Maria Chrysanthou Ramallah, Mar 31 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat exchanged here warm words of support and pledged to continue helping each other in their efforts to establish peace.

    President Clerides said Cyprus applies no double standards and wishes others to achieve what it is striving to get, that is return of the refugees, withdrawal of foreign troops and peaceful existence with its neighbours.

    Speaking to the press after their talks in Ramallah, Chairman Arafat said "we are very happy to have this opportunity and this visit from His Excellency to our Palestine" and added "we cannot forget the continuous support we have from the people of Cyprus in the difficult years."

    CNA MCH/MM/RG/2000

    [02] International Law Congress

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- More than 600 legal experts from some 17 countries and various international organisations will gather in Cyprus next week for a five- day conference on issues relating to litigation, business banking, maritime law, ethics and human rights, European Union, and telecommunications and broadcasting.

    Cyprus Bar Association President Nicos Papaefstathiou told a press conference that the congress offers a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge and expertise and noted that this is the first time such an important law meeting is taking place in Cyprus.

    CNA MM/RG/2000

    [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE General Index                         475.69 (  1.72)
    Traded Value            CYP 27,209,172
    Sectural Indices
    Banks                                CYP 8,586,081     590.43 (  1.69)
    Approved Investment
    Companies                        CYP 1,481,303     338.33 (  1.11)
    Insurance Companies       CYP 1,832,669     343.03 ( -0.58)
    Manufacturing Companies CYP 1,093,500     146.13 (  1.00)
    Tourism Companies          CYP 2,215,468     377.43 (  3.36)
    Trading Companies          CYP 2,854,681     203.07 (  1.49)
    Other Companies             CYP 5,728,669     491.46 (  1.84)
    Offshore Companies                                     105,00 (  0,00)
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.



    [04] Ria Novosti Chairman - Cyprus

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Chairman of the Russian News Agency "Ria Novosti", Alexei Volin, today expressed the view that cooperation with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) will help inform more Russians on the Cyprus problem and the island's economic and business prospects and would also help increase tourism from his country.

    Speaking during a meeting with Greek Cypriot journalists at the end of a four- day visit here, at the invitation of CNA, Volin said it is important for Russian journalists to visit Cyprus and write on the situation as this would create a public opinion that would in turn put pressure on politicians to back efforts to reach a settlement on the island.

    CNA ITS/MA/RG/2000

    [05] Greek Foreign Minister - British envoy

    Athens, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou today met the British government envoy for the Cyprus question, Sir David Hannay, in view of a third round of UN-led proximity talks aimed at paving the way for a settlement on the island scheduled to begin in New York on May 23.

    Papandreou told reporters after the meeting in Athens that the fresh Cyprus peace effort is taking place in the new framework created after December's European Union Helsinki Summit, which opened the way to Turkey's accession and reconfirmed Cyprus could join its ranks even if a settlement on the island is not reached.

    CNA KI/MA/RG/2000

    [06] House President - Russian President and Duma Chairman

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Cyprus House of Representatives President Spyros Kyprianou today sent congratulatory telegrammes to Russian President Vladimir Putin and State Duma (Parliament) Chairman Gennadii Seleznev, in which he thanks them for their solidarity and support to efforts aimed at reaching a settlement on the island.

    Expressing gratitude to the Russian Federation for its steady and consistent solidarity towards Cyprus in its struggle for freedom and the restoration of its people's rights, Kyprianou tells Putin he is certain "this will continue until final justice is achieved, based on UN principles and resolutions".

    CNA ITS/MA/RG/2000

    [07] EU - Six candidate countries - Cyprus - Press conference

    Chief negotiator for Cyprus' accession to the European Union, George Vassiliou, said today that accession negotiations should reach a new quantitative stage under the French Presidency adding that all of the remaining negotiating chapters will be opened during the Portuguese Presidency.

    Speaking at a press conference in the western coastal town of Paphos, given by the Chief Negotiators of the six countries conducting accession negotiations, following a two-day meeting, Vassiliou said that "if all the required efforts are made by the six countries, the European Commission and the member states of the EU, the accession negotiations could be concluded in the year 2001.



    [08] President Clerides - Statements - Visit to Israel

    Larnaca, Mar 31 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides said that common ground on a number of issues was established during his four-day state visit to Israel, the first such visit by a Cyprus President, and noted that special emphasis was given on the need for peace and security in the region.

    Speaking on his return, President Clerides said that in his meeting with Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat earlier today they discussed their national problems and ways of cooperation.

    He also said that during meetings in Israel, Nicosia reiterated its willingness to host the Middle East peace talks and revealed that Cyprus' role to this end was examined.

    CNA MCH/MA/RG/2000

    [09] President Clerides - Cyprus settlement

    Larnaca, Mar 31 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides underlined here today that his government remains firm in its effort to reach a solution in Cyprus that would establish a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    Replying to questions during his return from a four-day state visit to Israel, the President also said such a solution could safeguard human rights for all citizens.


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