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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 00-05-17

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [02] Union of Cyprus Journalists - Turkish Cypriot daily 'Avrupa'
  • [03] Military exercise - Greek fighter planes
  • [04] EU Enlargement Commissioner - Cyprus' accession
  • [05] Cyprus - 25th International Fair
  • [06] Cyprus - UN Peace-keeping operations
  • [07] Cyprus - Cambodia - Diplomatic ties
  • [08] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [09] Foreign Minister - Statements
  • [10] Cyprus - Turkey - Council of Europe
  • [11] Cyprus proximity talks - Date announced

  • 1550:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- Today's weather and temperatures for Cyprus, according to the Meteorological Service at Larnaca International Airport are:

    Temperatures (degrees Celcius)

    Station     Maximum         Minimum             Weather
                                                (At 1200 UTC)
    
    Nicosia         27            17                  CLOUDY
    Larnaca         27            18                  CLOUDY
    Limassol        28            20                  FINE
    Paphos          23            18                  FINE
    
    CNA/MCH/2000
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1555:CYPPRESS:02

    [02] Union of Cyprus Journalists - Turkish Cypriot daily

    'Avrupa' Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) - The Union of Cyprus Journalists called today for immediate and decisive action to save the daily Turkish Cypriot 'Avrupa', the office of which has been raided by the illegal regime in the northern Turkish occupied areas of the Republic.

    In a statement, the Union also denounced the refusal of the occupation regime to allow Union President Andreas Kannaouros to meet with Avrupa's Editor-in-Chief Sener Levent, whose newspaper supports the settlement of the Cyprus problem and the accession of Cyprus to the European Union, and also rebelled against the militarist administration in northern Cyprus.

    CNA/RG/MM/2000

    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1605:CYPPRESS:03

    [03] Military exercise - Greek fighter planes

    Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- Greek fighter planes which flew over the island as part of a military exercise jointly organized by Cyprus and Greece met today with Turkish fighters, that once again violated Nicosia FIR (Flight Information Region).

    According to a Defence Ministry Spokesman, the Greek fighters entered Cyprus' national airspace at 8:45 local time (5:45GMT) and departed at 9:20 (6:20GMT) returning to their base. Their mission was described as successful.

    CNA/MCH/MM/2000

    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1620:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] EU Enlargement Commissioner - Cyprus' accession

    Brussels, May 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus is moving at a much faster pace towards accession to the European Union than the other candidate countries, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen has pointed out and expressed the view that the Cyprus problem is today closer to its resolution.

    Verheugen made the comments during a briefing of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament on the progress of accession talks with the candidate countries.

    CNA NB/MCH/MM/2000
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1635:CYPPRESS:05

    [05] Cyprus - 25th International Fair

    Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) - More than 150 thousand people are expected to visit this year's 25th Cyprus International Fair 2000, to be opened by President Glafcos Clerides on May 25th and open to the public the day after until June 4.

    Cyprus States Fairs Authority President Demetris Ioannou told a press conference today that an increase is expected in both the number of visitors and the number of interested visitors - buyers from abroad.

    CNA MA/MM/2000
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1725:CYPPRESS:06

    [06] Cyprus - UN Peace-keeping operations

    Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus' permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Sotos Zakheos has announced the Republic's decision to voluntarily relinquish the discount it enjoys in its contribution to the international organisation, as a gesture of support to the institution of peace-keeping operations.

    Speaking before the Fifth Committee of the UN, dealing with administrative and budget issues of peace-keeping operations of the international organisation, Zakheos stressed that Cyprus, where one of the longest serving peace-keeping forces (UNFICYP) has been stationed since 1964, considers funding of such operations very important.

    CNA/MCH/MM/2000

    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1800:CYPPRESS:07

    [07] Cyprus - Cambodia - Diplomatic ties

    Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Cambodia signed Tuesday at the Republic's Mission to the UN a protocol for the establishment of diplomatic relations.

    "This protocol opens a new page in the history of our cooperation. Cyprus is following and welcomes the reconstrution effort the Cambodian government is making," Ambassador Sotos Zakheos, Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN, said.

    CNA MM/MCH/2000
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1850:CYPPRESS:08

    [08] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE General Index                         530.56 ( -2.07)
    
    Traded Value            CYP 30,129,684
    
    Sectural Indices
    
    Banks                   CYP  5,185,754    639.20  (-1.19)
    Approved Investment
    Companies               CYP  2,807,018    344.19 ( -2.10)
    Insurance Companies     CYP  2,173,331    395.48 ( -2.09)
    Manufacturing Companies CYP  1,127,682    176.36 ( -2.80)
    Tourism Companies       CYP  2,621,429    466.99 ( -3.57)
    Trading Companies       CYP  3,046,158    217.72 ( -2.92)
    Other Companies         CYP 11,094,970    604.85 ( -3.34)
    Offshore Companies                               (  0.00)
    
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA/MM/2000

    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1925:CYPPRESS:09

    [09] Foreign Minister - Statements

    Larnaca, May 17 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said today there are no indications so far that Turkey has changed its position with regard to a settlement of the Cyprus problem and pointed out that such a stance is incompatible with the country's desire for accession to the European Union.

    Arriving from London, where he had meetings with his British counterpart Robin Cook and British representative for Cyprus Sir David Hannay, Kasoulides also noted that those involved in the preparation of the third round of UN-led proximity talks agree that "this round will be upgraded and will not be confined to a presentation of the positions of the two sides".

    CNA/MAN/MA/MCH/MM/2000

    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    2035:CYPPRESS:10 Cyprus - Turkey - Council of Europe Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- The execution of a European Court judgment passed on a case of human rights violation in Cyprus by Turkey will be brought up for discussion again in early June, the Committee of Ministers of the Council has decided.

    Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the Council, Ambassador Christoforos Yiangou, fended off Turkish arguments to deal with the execution of the Court ruling and pointed out that Ankara continues to refuse to comply with the judgment, which calls on the Turkish government to allow Titina Loizidou access to and peaceful enjoyment of her property in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    CNA MM/MCH/2000
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    2040:CYPPRESS:11 Cyprus proximity talks - Date announced Nicosia, May 17 (CNA) -- UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus will resume on July 5 in Geneva, Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Fred Eckhart announced today.

    The talks will be opened by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The UN announcement has no reference to the duration of the talks.

    In the statement, read by Eckhart, the UN Secretary General says he is pleased to announce "that the proximity talks on Cyprus between H.E. Mr. Clerides and H.E. Mr. Denktash will resume in Geneva on 5 July".

    This is the third round of proximity talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash aiming at meaningful negotiations with a view to find a settlement of the protracted Cyprus problem.

    The two previous rounds took place in New York last December and in Geneva in early February.

    The third round was scheduled for May 23 in New York but it had to be postponed due to surgery President Clerides had to undergo.

    CNA/MCH/MM/2000

    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    CNA ENDS


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