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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 04-02-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UN meeting on Cyprus ends, resumes on Wednesday
  • [02] Cyprus meeting ''constructive'', Annan gives leaders time to reflect
  • [03] CNA subscribers and associates
  • [04] Chrysostomides: we sincerely wish for Cyprus progress
  • [05] China wants to see reunited Cyprus joining EU
  • [06] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [07] Briesch: By solution, EU to adopt policies to equalise society
  • [08] Cyprus youth parties call for federal solution
  • [09] Romano Prodi meets Cypriot EU Commissioner
  • [10] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [11] Greece keeps a close eye on developments in New York
  • [12] Weston discusses ''some ideas'' with President Papadopoulos

  • [01] UN meeting on Cyprus ends, resumes on Wednesday

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    UN meeting on Cyprus ends, resumes on Wednesday

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Feb 11 (CNA) - The first meeting of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash ended here today, and discussions will resume on Wednesday afternoon at the UN headquarters.

    In short statements to the press while departing from the UN headquarters, President Papadopoulos said, ''We will continue tomorrow. I cannot say so far that we can derive any conclusion''.

    Denktash said, ''Tomorrow at 4 pm''.

    Earlier, Annan held separate brief meetings with Papadopoulos and Denktash.

    President Papadopoulos was accompanied by former President Glafcos Clerides, Director of his Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis and Cyprus' Permanent Representative at the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis.

    Denktash was accompanied by so called prime minister Mehmet Ali Talat, ''foreign minister'' Serdar Denktash, and his advisor Ergun Olgun.

    [02] Cyprus meeting ''constructive'', Annan gives leaders time to reflect

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    Cyprus meeting ''constructive'', Annan gives leaders time to reflect

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Feb 11 (CNA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto described the first meeting of Kofi Annan with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash as constructive, noting Annan had given the two leaders a break to reflect on the discussions and return on Wednesday afternoon.

    Speaking to reporters after Tuesday's meeting, de Soto said he is barred from revealing anything procedural or substantial on the talks.

    De Soto said the talks would resume at 16:00 today, noting that Kofi Annan had ''separate meetings with the leadership on both sides and subsequently had a direct meeting''.

    He said ''it was a constructive discussion'', noting that ''the Secretary General has asked them to stay on, to take the morning off for reflection''.

    ''We hope that after a night and morning of reflection, we will come close'', he added.

    De Soto said the UN has asked the parties ''not to speak about the discussions that have been going on'' therefore he himself would ''prefer not to characterise them at all''.

    To a question why there will be more talks tomorrow, de Soto replied, ''Because we haven't quite finished''.

    Invited to say whether it means that there is breakdown in the talks, de Soto replied, ''None at all. It means just that we need more time''.

    The UN diplomat said he did not want to make a prediction about the talks, adding that he is ''barred from saying anything about what transpired at the meeting, procedural or substantive''.

    [03] CNA subscribers and associates

    [04] Chrysostomides: we sincerely wish for Cyprus progress

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    Chrysostomides: we sincerely wish for Cyprus progress

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Feb 11 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has expressed the Greek Cypriot side's sincere wish for progress in the efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement.

    The Cypriot official was invited to comment on statements by the self-styled foreign affairs minister of the puppet regime in Cyprus' Turkish-occupied areas Serdar Denktash, who violated a black-out imposed by UN Secretary-General on the Cyprus peace talks which resumed yesterday in New York.

    [05] China wants to see reunited Cyprus joining EU

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    China wants to see reunited Cyprus joining EU

    by Maria Koniotou

    Nicosia, Feb 11 (CNA) -- China follows closely developments regarding the Cyprus problem and wants to see a reunited Cyprus joining the EU, Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Zhang Limin told CNA, adding that his country as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council has been doing everything to help for a solution of this long-standing problem.

    Zhang, who paid today a visit to CNA offices, also referred to the long-standing relations between Cyprus and China, noting that each country has supported the other in a lot of issues at the UN.

    Regarding Cyprus' EU membership he expressed the belief that ''Cyprus can serve as a sort of a bridge between China and the EU'', underlying that ''now with Cyprus joining we have one more friend in the EU.''

    Invited to evaluate developments in the Cyprus problem, the Chinese diplomat noted ''China's position towards the Cyprus issue has been well known. China wants to see a solution as soon as possible. We want to see a reunited Cyprus joining the EU on the 1st of May. It is beneficial to both, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Of course, the solution should be a viable solution, should be a long lasting, a workable solution,'' he pointed out.

    ''We've been following very closely what is happening in the last couple of days,'' he said, referring to the talks UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was having in New York with President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    Zhang told CNA in an interview the Annan peace plan ''should serve as the basis for the further negotiations'', noting that ''this is the only basis to resume the negotiations.''

    [06] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Feb 11 (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 18 9 FAIR Larnaca 20 10 RAIN/SHOWERS Limassol 19 11 FINE Paphos 17 12 FAIR

    [07] Briesch: By solution, EU to adopt policies to equalise society

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    Briesch: By solution, EU to adopt policies to equalise society

    Nicosia, Feb 11 (CNA) -- Once the Cyprus problem is solved, the EU will adopt all necessary policies to equalise the social and economic standards among Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Roger Briesch, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), said here today.

    Briesch, who concludes this afternoon a two-day visit to the island, met today with Cyprus Coordinator for Harmonisation Takis Hadjidemetriou and expressed EU's great interest towards the outcome of the meetings on the Cyprus problem in New York.

    [08] Cyprus youth parties call for federal solution

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    Cyprus youth parties call for federal solution

    Nicosia, Feb 11 (CNA) EDON, the youth section of the leftwing AKEL party and the youth organisations of Turkish Cypriot parties have called on young people from both sides of the divide to promote peace and rapprochement, stressing that their vision is one of unity based on a federal solution.

    EDON and the youth sections of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Communal Liberation Party (TKP), the Patriotic Unity Movement, the United Cyprus Party, the Cyprus Socialist Party and the Solution and European Union Party signed a declaration.

    [09] Romano Prodi meets Cypriot EU Commissioner

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    Romano Prodi meets Cypriot EU Commissioner

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Feb 11 (CNA) -- European Commission President Romano Prodi met here today Cyprus Finance Minister Markos Kyprianou who was proposed by the Commission as the islands first EU commissioner.

    [10] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Feb 11 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 84,59 ( 0,46) Traded Value CYP 632.846 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 500.818 360,84 ( 0,53) FTSE Med 100 6.310,13 ( 0,02) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 413.608 104,06 ( 0,85) Approved Investment Companies CYP 44.822 72,70 (-0,25) Insurance Companies CYP 6.181 16,05 ( 2,88) Manufacturing Companies CYP 36.074 56,35 (-0,14) Tourism Companies CYP 4.345 54,93 (-0,99) Trading Companies CYP 25.230 21,71 ( 0,79) Building and Cement Companies CYP 13.027 68,64 ( 0,28) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 1.435 3,26 ( 0,62) Financial Services Companies CYP 11.333 10,80 ( 0,19) Fish Culture Companies CYP 0 12,16 ( 0,91) Hotels CYP 1.281 36,01 (-0,14) Other Companies CYP 45.520 71,79 (-0,10) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [11] Greece keeps a close eye on developments in New York

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    Greece keeps a close eye on developments in New York

    By Christa Nicolaou

    Athens, Feb 11, (CNA) -- The Greek government is keeping a close eye on developments taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York and reiterates its support to Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou has said here Wednesday.

    [12] Weston discusses ''some ideas'' with President Papadopoulos

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    Weston discusses ''some ideas'' with President Papadopoulos

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Feb 11 (CNA) -- US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Ambassador Thomas Weston discussed here today some ideas with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopololos.

    Weston said that Secretary of State Collin Powell has been having contacts with interested parties but noted that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will decide on how the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides are cooperating in his fresh effort to resume peace talks.


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