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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 04-02-27

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] US Cyprus envoy arrives Sunday
  • [02] Cyprus-Lesotho establish diplomatic ties
  • [03] Cyprus talks continue on core issues
  • [04] Spokesman says preparatory meeting for donors' conference in April
  • [05] Key official interest rates remain unchanged
  • [06] Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation starts
  • [07] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [08] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [09] Papadopoulos wants substantive negotiations
  • [10] Alvaro de Soto: leaders have clear ideas of each other's proposals
  • [11] UN Deputy Secretary General to visit Cyprus next week
  • [12] Cyprus Airways records losses in 2003
  • [13] Christodoulou lists MPC decision factors
  • [14] Russia supports Cyprus settlement based on UN decisions

  • [01] US Cyprus envoy arrives Sunday

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    US Cyprus envoy arrives Sunday

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- Thomas Weston, US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus, arrives here on Sunday for a brief visit during which he will have contacts with the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, which started talks last week with a view at reaching a political settlement by May 1 this year when Cyprus joins the European Union.

    Weston will be received by President Tassos Papadopoulos and have separate meetings with House President Demetris Christofias and Foreign Minister George Iacovou.

    He will also see Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Dentkash, Mehmet Ali Talat and Serdar Denktash both of whom accompany Denktash in the UN-led talks.

    The American diplomat will meet UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, who conducts the talks.

    [02] Cyprus-Lesotho establish diplomatic ties

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    Cyprus-Lesotho establish diplomatic ties

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- Cyprus and the Kingdom of Lesotho have established diplomatic ties.

    A joint communique announcing the agreement between the two states has been signed in Pretoria by Cyprus' High Commissioner Costas

    [03] Cyprus talks continue on core issues

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    Cyprus talks continue on core issues

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash continue their discussions today, in the context of the UN-led talks, on issues that were on the agenda of yesterday's meeting that relate to the functionality of the state.

    President Papadopoulos told the press as he left the Presidential Palace for the venue of the meetings, at the UN compound on Nicosia's former international airport, that discussions could move on to other matters about territory, now under Turkish occupation, that will be returned to the Greek Cypriots.

    [04] Spokesman says preparatory meeting for donors' conference in April

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    Spokesman says preparatory meeting for donors' conference in April

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides confirmed today that the preparatory meeting of the donors' conference, to be convened to gather funds to sponsor the cost of a Cyprus settlement, would take place on April 15.

    [05] Key official interest rates remain unchanged

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    Key official interest rates remain unchanged

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- The Monetary Policy Committee, has decided that the key official interest rates would remain unchanged.

    Central Bank Governor Christodoulos Christodoulou announced that the marginal lending facility (Lombard) and the overnight deposit facility would remain unchanged at 4.5% and 2.5% respectively.

    [06] Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation starts

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    Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation starts

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Efthymios Efthymiou inaugurated here today the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation (CAPO), which will deal with EU funds to be distributed to Cypriot farmers.

    The minister visited CAPO's offices in the capital and during a special ceremony he signed the accreditation act.

    The signing took place in the presence of George Cunningham, representative of the European Commission Delegation in Nicosia, and Cyprus' Harmonisation Coordinator Takis Hadjidemetriou.

    [07] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Feb 27 (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 17 7 CLOUDY Larnaca 18 10 CLOUDY Limassol 18 12 CLOUDY Paphos 18 10 CLOUDY

    [08] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 87,72 (-0,18) Traded Value CYP 1.122.831 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 699.545 376,86 (-0,38) FTSE Med 100 6.299,88 ( 0,48) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 405.648 108,39 (-0,71) Approved Investment Companies CYP 29.917 75,56 (-0,77) Insurance Companies CYP 10.103 16,92 ( 2,36) Manufacturing Companies CYP 45.885 57,54 ( 0,65) Tourism Companies CYP 8.175 61,37 (-3,06) Trading Companies CYP 213.695 24,38 (-0,29) Building and Cement Companies CYP 28.310 70,65 (-0,97) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 9.272 3,28 ( 0,61) Financial Services Companies CYP 36.055 10,88 ( 1,30) Fish Culture Companies CYP 0 11,03 (-0,36) Hotels CYP 13.663 36,87 ( 1,43) Other Companies CYP 110.645 72,48 ( 1,05) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [09] Papadopoulos wants substantive negotiations

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    Papadopoulos wants substantive negotiations

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- The Greek Cypriot side wants negotiations on the Cyprus problem to be substantive and not a mere exchange of documents or consolidated positions, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said here Friday.

    Speaking after his fifth meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in the context of the UN-sponsored talks aiming at a solution of the Cyprus problem by May 1st, when the island joins the European Union as a full member, Papadopoulos said today's discussions covered all issues in the first chapter of the agenda but the discussion was not completed, adding that on Monday the Turkish Cypriot side will make remarks on what the Greek Cypriot side had raised today.

    President Papadopoulos said he would not be ''carried away either by interventions, pressure or anything else'' that falls outside the line that serves the interests of the people of Cyprus as a whole and especially those of the Greek Cypriots.

    [10] Alvaro de Soto: leaders have clear ideas of each other's proposals

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    Alvaro de Soto: leaders have clear idea of each other's proposals

    by Maria Myles

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) -- Alvaro de Soto, UN Secretary General's special adviser on Cyprus, believes that as of next week the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders will have before them clearly each other's proposals, something he described as ''important step, which should allow them to move on in their negotiations.

    Speaking to CNA, he said that the turning point of the talks would be when information about what goes on behind closed doors stops trickling out and called on both leaders to spell out loud and clear their expressed desire to reach a settlement.

    The UN envoy dismissed reports that talks are going badly and described the atmosphere around the negotiating table ''cordial'', the approach of both sides ''businesslike'', he said both sides show mutual understanding, they have done away with the rhetoric of the past and they generally stick to the agreed agenda.

    De Soto urged all Cypriots to be patient and make their judgment on the outcome of the talks instead of passing judgment at this stage, noting that the people should trust the people they have chosen to represent them at the talks.

    [11] UN Deputy Secretary General to visit Cyprus next week

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    UN Deputy Secretary General to visit Cyprus next week

    [12] Cyprus Airways records losses in 2003

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    Cyprus Airways records losses in 2003

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) - The indication of results for the Cyprus Airways Group for the year that ended on 31 December 2003 is a net loss after tax of 20.9 million pounds in comparison to a net profit of 10.5 million pounds in 2002.

    The Group's Financial Director Eleni Kalogirou told a press conference today in Nicosia that the consolidated Group revenue, excluding the revenue of the associated company Cyprus Airways (Duty-Free Shops) Limited, reached 187.7 million pounds in 2003 in comparison to 185.5 million pounds in 2002, registering an increase of 2.2 million pounds or 1.2%.

    [13] Christodoulou lists MPC decision factors

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    Christodoulou lists MPC decision factors

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) - Central Bank of Cyprus Governor Christodoulos Christodoulou listed the expansion of the public deficit, the low home economic activity and the significant drop of inflation in January 2004 as factors that led the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to maintain the key official interest rates unchanged.

    [14] Russia supports Cyprus settlement based on UN decisions

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    Russia supports Cyprus settlement based on UN decisions

    Nicosia, Feb 27 (CNA) - Russian Ambassador to Cyprus Andrey Alexeevich Nertereko reaffirmed today that his country maintained a stance of principle on the Cyprus problem and noted that a solution should be based on UN Security Council decisions.


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