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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 03-05-13
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 Cypriots continue crossing
Cypriots continue crossing
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots continued yesterday crossing into the northern Turkish-occupied part of the island and the southern government-controlled areas of the Republic respectively.
 Satellite take-off postponed
Satellite take-off postponed
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- The launch of a missile, which would have carried into space the first Greco-Cypriot satellite telecommunications Hellas Sat, has been postponed for 24 hours.
 Foreign trade statistics January-November 2002
Foreign trade statistics January-November 2002
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- Imports and exports for the period January-November 2002 declined as compared to the corresponding period in 2001 while the trade deficit accounted for 1,791,7 million Cyprus Pounds, compared to 1,754,3 million in the same period (one Cyprus pound = 1.9 US dollars).
 Cyprios MP's hold observer status in Euro-Parliament
Cyprios MP's hold observer status in Euro-Parliament
By Nicos Markides
Strasbourg, May 13 (CNA) -- Cyprus is represented, for the first time, to the European Parliament with six deputies, who will hold an observer status following the signing by the Cyprus Republic of the Accession Treaty to the European Union on 16 April 2003 in Athens.
 Government says Simitis' statement indicative of cooperation
Government says Simitis' statement indicative of cooperation
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides has said recent statements by Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis indicate the close cooperation between Athens and Nicosia.
 Cyprus Stock Exchange
 Government gives list of TC missing persons
Government gives list of TC missing persons
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government announced in the Official Gazette the list of the 500 Turkish Cypriot persons missing whose cases have been submitted to the Committee of Missing Persons (CMP).
 President appoints Koulentis Police Second-in-Command
President appoints Koulentis Police Second-in-Command
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos announced today that Charalambos Koulentis has been appointed Second-in-Command of the Police Force. The President said the government's aim was to rid the Force of any political party dependence.
 Government expects EU involvement in resuming peace talks
Government expects EU involvement in resuming peace talks
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - The Cypriot government expects that the EU will become involved in efforts for an initiative to be undertaken to resume peace talks on the island, to the degree that this is possible, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said today, noting that such an involvement would be welcome.
Asked if the government would request the involvement of the EU, Chrisostomides said ''we expect that there will be an involvement to the degree that it is possible, based on decisions to be taken by the Council''.
 President: measures not even a step to solution
President: measures not even a step to solution
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos stressed here today that measures announced and applied by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime are not even a step towards a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.
The President also said that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash aims at eliminating a UN peace proposal, put forward to the two sides on the island by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
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 Russia reiterates support to resumption of Cyprus talks
Russia reiterates support to resumption of Cyprus talks
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - Special Representative for Cyprus at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Prygin, has reiterated his country's support to the resumption of talks to solve the Cyprus problem, noting that the measures to promote bicommunal contacts were ''a good step in the right direction'', which ''should assist efforts towards finding a political solution to the problem''.
Speaking after a meeting with President of the Cypriot House of Representatives Demetris Christofias, Prygin dismissed Turkish Cypriot press reports according to which a Russian military attache in Turkey suggested the Serbian model for Cyprus, noting that this was ''a distortion of Russian policy on Cyprus''.
 Christofias says pressure should be exerted on Turkish side
Christofias says pressure should be exerted on Turkish side
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - President of Cyprus' House of Representatives Demetris Christofias said today that the international community should exert pressure on the Turkish side, so that Ankara and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash change their policy and return constructively to the negotiating table, so as to find a solution of the Cyprus problem.
Christofias said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is waiting for both sides to provide evidence that they are ready for substantive talks that will bear fruit but noted that Turkey has so far given proof that it does not consider the plan for a settlement proposed by Annan to be a basis for negotiations, contrary to the Greek Cypriot position.
 Cypriot Finance Minister participates in ECOFIN Council
Cypriot Finance Minister participates in ECOFIN Council
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, May 13 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Finance Markos Kyprianou participated today in the first ECOFIN Council meeting since the signing of the Accession Treaty to the EU by ten new members.
The Finance Ministers discussed the guidelines of the EU members' economic policies for the period from 2003 to 2005, on the basis of a European Commission report. The guidelines will be adopted at the next ECOFIN Council meeting on June 3 and will then be forwarded to the Salonica European Council.
 Government condemns attacks in Saudi Arabia and Chechnya
Government condemns attacks in Saudi Arabia and Chechnya
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - The government of Cyprus has expressed regret over the attacks in Saudi Arabia and Chechnya, and has condemned every kind of terrorist action.
 Pallone urges US administration to change policy on Cyprus
Pallone urges US administration to change policy on Cyprus
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) Democratic Congressman, Frank Pallone has called on the US administration to change its policy on the Cyprus problem and exert pressure on the Turkish government for a Cyprus settlement.
He also welcomed the announcement of measures by the Cyprus government to support Turkish Cypriots.
 Commerce Minister participates in EU Ministers' Council
Commerce Minister participates in EU Ministers' Council
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, May 13 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lillikas participated in the EU Competition Ministers Council today, which discussed the industrial, research, technology and innovation policy of the Union, in the light of the challenges offered by the bloc's enlargement.
Today's meeting was the first of the 25 members of the Union and was held under the presidency of Greek Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos.
 All Cyprus Trade Union Forum says measures not solution
All Cyprus Trade Union Forum says measures not solution
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - The Permanent Committee of the All Cyprus Trade Union Forum, which met today in Nicosia, welcomes the government's measures to support the Turkish Cypriots, as well as the easing of restrictions on the free movement of citizens on the island, but notes that these developments cannot be considered as a solution to the Cyprus problem.
 Precautionary measures taken as suspected SARS case came through Larnaca
Precautionary measures taken as suspected SARS case came through Larnaca
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) As authorities on the island are closely monitoring developments regarding the SARS virus, the first suspected SARS case in Greece came through Cyprus.
According to a statement by the Medical and Public Health Services, the airline stewardess who arrived in Greece on Saturday, 10 May and developed SARS symptoms the following day, had traveled on the United Arab Emirates flight UAE 105 from Dubai to Athens via Larnaca.
The plane stopped over for one hour and 93 passengers disembarked. The stewardess developed symptoms on Sunday. The fact that the symptoms began the next day of the flight lessens the chances of transmitting the virus to the crew or passengers of the same flight, the statement said.
 Synod calls for action to prevent recognition of occupation regime
Synod calls for action to prevent recognition of occupation regime
Nicosia, May 13 (CNA) - The Synod of the Church of Cyprus calls on the government to act in all directions to avoid either direct or indirect recognition of the Turkish occupation regime and consolidation of the current unacceptable situation on the island, and in order to meet the goal of returning all the shrines in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic to their legitimate owner, that is the Church of Cyprus.
In a press release issued after a meeting today, the Synod notes that it ''understands the wish of the refugees to visit and see their homes and properties, to pray in the shrines of their villages or towns and the graves of their parents'', as well as the wish of non-refugees to pray in the churches in the Turkish occupied areas.
''This constitutes the maintenance of the recollection and the enhancement of the wish to return'', the Synod notes.
However, it expresses regret over the ''unacceptable behaviour'' of Greek Cypriots who cross the divide for recreation purposes and calls on them ''to realise their responsibilities towards their country and our ancestors''.
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