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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-11-06

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Kofi Annan undecided on Cyprus
  • [02] Cyprus welcomes Verheugen's remarks
  • [03] Cyprus on agenda of US-Turkey talks
  • [04] Cyprus willing to adopt the euro
  • [05] Cyprus advocates peace through culture
  • [06] European Parliament Committee adopts draft proposal on Cyprus
  • [07] Cypriot praises UNRWA work
  • [08] UN Iraq rapporteur sees window of opportunity
  • [09] Government expects solution plan
  • [10] Issue of illegal settlers on peace talks agenda, says spokesman
  • [11] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [12] Accession to the EU a natural progression, says President
  • [13] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [14] More than one million pounds collected at Radiomarathon
  • [15] KISOS and RTK want solution before accession
  • [16] Clerides receives credentials of Croatian ambassador
  • [17] Syria's Oil Minister to visit Cyprus
  • [18] House President urges Annan to submit plan in line with UN decisions
  • [19] Switzerland hopes for a Cyprus settlement soon

  • [01] Kofi Annan undecided on Cyprus

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    Kofi Annan undecided on Cyprus

    By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Nov 6 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is still undecided as to his next move in the Cyprus peace process, as he himself has said.

    As consultations on Cyprus continue at the UN seat, it has emerged that Annan has received letters on the matter from US President George Bush and British and Dutch Premiers, Toni Blair and Wim Kok, in which they express support for Annan's peace effort and a proposed UN solution plan for Cyprus.

    Annan had a telephone conversation with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou with regard to Cyprus, who expressed his support for the UN chief's peace efforts and said any settlement should be in line with UN resolutions and the European Union laws and regulations.

    A similar message was sent to Annan by Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, who in a letter he stressed the importance of reaching a viable solution that would create a state that can function properly and take decisions with regard to the EU, which Cyprus is expected to join in 2004.

    [02] Cyprus welcomes Verheugen's remarks

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    Cyprus welcomes Verheugen's remarks

    Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has welcomed a statement by European Union Commissioner Gunter Verheugen that the timeframe for Cyprus' accession will be observed, irrespective of the outcome of the UN peace effort to find a negotiated settlement.

    The minister also said that Verheugen, whom he met in Brussels on Tuesday, reiterated that the EU will take a decision on Cyprus' accession at its December summit in Copenhagen.

    [03] Cyprus on agenda of US-Turkey talks

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    Cyprus on agenda of US-Turkey talks

    by Demetris Apokis

    Washington, Nov 6 (CNA) -- The Cyprus question was one of the issues Turkey's military chief, General Hilmi Ozkuk, discussed with US administration officials.

    [04] Cyprus willing to adopt the euro

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    Cyprus willing to adopt the euro

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus is the only candidate country seeking European Union membership to have declared its desire to adopt the EU currency, the euro, as soon as possible, after it joins the Union.

    [05] Cyprus advocates peace through culture

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    Cyprus advocates peace through culture

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus' representative to the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Constantinos Mousioutas, has stressed the need to educate people, through the family, the school and religion, in order to promote and consolidate tolerance and peace.

    [06] European Parliament Committee adopts draft proposal on Cyprus

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    European Parliament Committee adopts draft proposal on Cyprus

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Nov 6 (CNA) -- A European Parliament Committee has made a particular appeal to Turkey to lend its full support to efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus this year.

    The Foreign Affairs Committee adopted Tuesday a draft proposal on Cyprus' progress report relating to enlargement, which said that a political settlement should allow the country's federal government and parliament to function fully at an international level.

    The Committee reiterated its hope that a reunited Cyprus under a single sovereignty will accede to the EU and said that a settlement should be in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

    [07] Cypriot praises UNRWA work

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    Cyprus praises UNRWA work

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus has expressed appreciation for the important work the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is doing but said it regretted the worsening of the living conditions of Palestinian refugees.

    George Kasoulides, Cyprus' representative to the Fourth Committee of the UN Assembly, said human beings are suffering enormously from the Middle East crisis but praised the continuous generosity of the international community, the donors and especially the self-sacrifice of the dedicated staff of UNRWA for the relief they bring to the Palestinian refugees.

    ''Cyprus, a country that shares close and friendly ties with our Near East neighbours, fervently hopes for lasting peace and security in the Middle East and firmly believes that we should preserve the backbone of the economic and social structure for the Palestinian People, in the hope for better days to come,'' Kasoulides said.

    [08] UN Iraq rapporteur sees window of opportunity

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    UN Iraq rapporteur sees window of opportunity

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Nov 6 (CNA) -- The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iraq, Ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis, believes there is now a small window of opportunity to improve the situation in the country.

    Speaking to CNA after he presented his report on the situation of human rights in Iraq to the Third Committee of the UN Assembly, he said following some statements about Kuwait, about the return of Kuwaiti archives and about the amnesty that has freed many prisoners, it is likely to see certain things being implemented.

    [09] Government expects solution plan

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    Government expects solution plan

    Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- The government believes it is possible that the UN will put forward a plan for a solution in Cyprus within the next few days or weeks, spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today.

    ''All indications are that we should expect a plan for a solution but we do not know when that will happen. Cyprus and Greece have launched a campaign to try and influence things in our favour,'' the spokesman said.

    [10] Issue of illegal settlers on peace talks agenda, says spokesman

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    Issue of illegal settlers on peace talks agenda, says spokesman

    Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has revealed that the issue of illegal Turkish settlers, now living in the Republic's occupied areas, was part of the discussions in the context of the UN peace talks.

    [11] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Nov 6 (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 26 13 CLOUDY Larnaca 26 14 FAIR Limassol 27 15 FINE Paphos 25 15 FAIR

    [12] Accession to the EU a natural progression, says President

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    Accession to the EU a natural progression, says President

    Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus' European orientation is the natural progression of the country's history, culture and traditions, President Glafcos Clerides has said.

    He noted that Cyprus, as an EU member, will be the most southern and eastern border of the Union and a link that joins three continents at a particularly pivotal geographic location.

    [13] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 110,97 ( 3,56) Traded Value CYP 6.649.630 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 3.586.648 435,04 ( 5,20) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 2.676.432 122,73 ( 5,45) Approved Investment Companies CYP 337.873 96,82 ( 1,04) Insurance Companies CYP 52.286 27,19 (-3,48) Manufacturing Companies CYP 100.831 71,31 ( 0,52) Tourism Companies CYP 74.424 132,32 ( 3,41) Trading Companies CYP 132.762 23,34 ( 1,66) Building and Cement Companies CYP 45.813 73,31 ( 3,47) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 158.522 4,44 ( 3,98) Financial Services Companies CYP 439.812 27,44 (-0,07) Fish Culture Companies CYP 1.429 17,71 ( 5,29) Hotels CYP 241.245 56,97 ( 3,51) Other Companies CYP 945.037 106,32 ( 3,51) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [14] More than one million pounds collected at Radiomarathon

    1630:CYPPRESS:14 More than one million pounds collected at Radiomarathon Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) More than one million pounds have been collected during the two-day annual charity event, ''Radiomarathon 2002'', for children with special needs, which ended at midnight Tuesday.(One Cyprus pound trades at around 1.7 US dollars).

    The 13th Radiomarathon, which began Monday, was jointly organised by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) and the Cyprus Popular Bank, and was backed by the large circulation Greek language daily ''Phileleftheros''.

    [15] KISOS and RTK want solution before accession

    1815:CYPPRESS:16 KISOS and RTK want solution before accession Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) Social Democrats (KISOS) leader and Presidential candidate, Yiannakis Omirou and leader of the Republican Turkish Party, (RTK) Mehmet Ali Talat expressed their common desire for a solution to the Cyprus problem before the Copenhagen European Council.

    In statements during a meeting at the KISOS offices in Nicosia, Omirou said he hoped the result of the Turkish elections would help Cyprus while Talat said he believes the triumph of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will act positively for a Cyprus settlement.

    [16] Clerides receives credentials of Croatian ambassador

    1800:CYPPRESS:15 Clerides receives credentials of Croatian ambassador Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) As Cyprus is approaching accession to the European Union (EU), it is simultaneously devoting its utmost energy and resources for the resolution of the long-standing Cyprus problem, pledged here Wednesday President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides.

    Receiving the credentials of Ambassador of Croatia to Cyprus, Drago Kraljevic, based in Rome, the President said the two countries have many common features, including the bitter experience of war, conflict, devastation and human loss.

    [17] Syria's Oil Minister to visit Cyprus

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    Syria's Oil Minister to visit Cyprus

    [18] House President urges Annan to submit plan in line with UN decisions

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    House President urges Annan to submit plan in line with UN decisions

    Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus accession to the European Union (EU) should be considered a fact, Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said today in Athens, and called on UN Secretary-General to submit a plan for a Cyprus settlement to be in line with repeated UN resolutions.

    [19] Switzerland hopes for a Cyprus settlement soon

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    Switzerland hopes for a Cyprus settlement soon

    Nicosia, Nov 6 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said here Wednesday the current international circumstances are most favourable for a lasting and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.

    He made this statement while receiving the credentials of Switzerlands new ambassador to Cyprus, Thomas Litscher, who pledged his country will continue offering its support towards a comprehensive settlement of the division of Cyprus, which he hoped would be soon. At the same time, Litscher welcomed the imminent accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU).

    Thanking Switzerland for its support, Clerides said we expect that the Turkish side will demonstrate the necessary good will and negotiate honestly and constructively to achieve a lasting settlement in Cyprus, based on the relevant Security Council resolutions, which provide for a federal state with one undivided sovereignty, a single international personality, with the human rights of all citizens safeguarded.


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