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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 04-03-31

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EU Council President refers to Cyprus talks
  • [02] British MP warns Cypriots would reject unacceptable settlement
  • [03] UN plan ceremony to hand final text to Cyprus solution
  • [04] Russia says UN role of crucial importance in Cyprus settlement
  • [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [06] Papadopoulos meets Annan as Cyprus talks continue
  • [07] Prodi urges Cyprus sides not to miss unique opportunity
  • [08] UN spokeswoman: New York agreement did not provide for signing Cyprus document
  • [09] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [10] Greece says slim chance of negotiated Cyprus settlement
  • [11] Commission President says derogations would be acceptable
  • [12] Annan gives Papadopoulos proposed changes on draft solution
  • [13] France backs UN efforts for Cyprus settlement
  • [14] Cyprus spokesman: we are not satisfied with proposed changes
  • [15] Cyprus President not satisfied with UN proposed changes to Annan plan
  • [16] UN SG determined to wrap up Cyprus talks tonight
  • [17] UN announces closing ceremony for Cyprus talks

  • [01] EU Council President refers to Cyprus talks

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    EU Council President refers to Cyprus talks

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, current European Union President, has said the Union continues to have a preference for the accession of a united Cyprus on May 1 this year.

    [02] British MP warns Cypriots would reject unacceptable settlement

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    British MP warns Cypriots would reject unacceptable settlement

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- The need for a proper and fair Cyprus settlement and not an unacceptable one which is going to be rejected by either side in a referendum, is stressed in a letter to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, by Conservative MP Roger Gale.

    He said all who have been involved in the Cyprus issue wish to see "a proper and fair settlement, if possible in time for a genuinely united island to join the EU".

    [03] UN plan ceremony to hand final text to Cyprus solution

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    UN plan ceremony to hand final text of Cyprus solution

    By Maria Koniotou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is planning to hand over to the parties concerned his final version of the comprehensive settlement on Cyprus at a ceremony here today, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

    He also said contacts between the UN and the parties (Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Greece and Turkey) are continuing in Burgenstock, Switzerland, where all have gathered for the final phase of UN-led talks.

    [04] Russia says UN role of crucial importance in Cyprus settlement

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    Russia says UN role of crucial importance in Cyprus settlement

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) - The Official Spokesman of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexandr Yakovenko said today that the role of UN representatives and above all the Secretary General in processing a balanced final document for a Cyprus settlement, taking into consideration the interests of both sides on the island, was of crucial importance.

    ''We are convinced that the UN-led efforts underway could be successful only if there was a voluntary concession of the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots themselves,'' Yakovenko says in a statement, adding that the UN Security Council must also play a substantive role in achieving this aim.

    He assures that Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has a direct interest in reaching a permanent and just solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Yakovenko notes that ''such a solution must be in line with UN Security Council resolutions and be a starting point for building a viable and functional state in Cyprus, in which the interests and welfare of all citizens are effectively safeguarded.''

    [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 85,64 (-0,34) Traded Value CYP 398.950 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 260.988 366,96 (-0,65) FTSE Med 100 6.233,99 (-0,27) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 216.716 106,29 (-0,64) Approved Investment Companies CYP 38.472 74,51 ( 0,17) Insurance Companies CYP 4.330 17,23 ( 2,32) Manufacturing Companies CYP 9.178 56,77 (-0,42) Tourism Companies CYP 20.610 57,63 ( 0,98) Trading Companies CYP 14.893 23,82 ( 0,46) Building and Cement Companies CYP 7.553 72,54 (-1,24) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 3.505 2,98 ( 1,71) Financial Services Companies CYP 9.117 9,86 (-1,89) Fish Culture Companies CYP 3.748 12,08 (13,32) Hotels CYP 4.118 34,44 ( 0,61) Other Companies CYP 50.925 69,52 ( 0,04) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [06] Papadopoulos meets Annan as Cyprus talks continue

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    Papadopoulos meets Annan as talks continue

    by Maria Koniotou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos met UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, hours only before Annan is expected to submit to the parties involved in the Cyprus question his final proposal on a comprehensive settlement.

    The meeting took place amid continuing contacts among interested parties and indications from Greece that things were not making headway towards an agreement.

    [07] Prodi urges Cyprus sides not to miss unique opportunity

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    Prodi urges Cyprus sides not to miss unique opportunity

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) -- The European Commission supports fully the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in his effort to convince the two Cyprus sides to accept the serious compromise noting that if the chance is missed ''then history will not judge us kindly''.

    [08] UN spokeswoman: New York agreement did not provide for signing Cyprus document

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    UN spokeswoman: New York agreement did not provide for signing Cyprus document

    by Athena Arsalidou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) --- UN spokeswoman Marie Heuze said that a news agency report from Buergenstock quoting her as saying that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan had asked the Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Greek and Turkish sides to sign the final version of his plan for a Cyrpus settlement was incorrect.

    Speaking to CNA, she recalled that the agreement reached between the parties in New York on February 13 did not provide for signing of the document before it was put to separate and simultaneous referenda in among the two communities in Cyprus.

    [09] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Mar 31 (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 24 10 FINE Larnaca 22 11 FINE Limassol 21 12 FINE Paphos 20 11 FINE

    [10] Greece says slim chance of negotiated Cyprus settlement

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    Greece says slim chance of negotiated Cyprus settlement

    by Christa Nicolaou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Chances of finding a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus problem are slim, Greek Government Spokesman Theodoros Rousopoulos said today in Burgenstock, venue of UN-led talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides, Greece and Turkey with a view to reach a Cyprus settlement.

    Rousopoulos said Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met this morning with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos in Burgenstock to exchange views on the current situation.

    Karamanlis also gave instructions to Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Petros Molyviatis to brief Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos on developments so far.

    Molyviatis held also a series of telephone conversations with the former Greek Prime Ministers and political party leaders in Greece, as well as his US and British counterparts.

    At 0800 local time (0700 GMT), British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw contacted Molyviatis and expressed Britain's interest in reaching a negotiated settlement, while Molyviatis described the current situation in the Burgenstock talks.

    At 1000 local time, Molyviatis met with European Commissioner on Enlargement Gunter Verheugen and expressed Greece's position against any permanent derogation from the acquis communautaire in the event of a settlement.

    Furthermore, at 1015 local time, Karamanlis, at his request, met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The meeting lasted 35 minutes, during which the Greek Prime Minister expressed the wish for improvements of the solution plan proposed by Annan, especially on issues of security and the acquis communautaire.

    At 1050 local time, Molyviatis received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who expressed US interest in exhausting all efforts to reach a negotiated settlement.

    Ten minutes later, Molyviatis, at the request of the Greek Prime Minister, place calls through to Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos and opposition political party leaders in Greece. He also briefed former Prime Ministers Costas Simitis and Constantinos Mitsotakis on developments.

    [11] Commission President says derogations would be acceptable

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    Commission President says derogations would be acceptable

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) European Commission President Romano Prodi said the EU would accept derogations for a specific period and in some cases permanent ones but noted that this is done in such a way that the acquis communautaire is substantially respected.

    Prodi was speaking during a joint press conference in Strasbourg with European Parliament President Pat Cox and current European Council President, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

    Asked whether an agreement on Cyprus containing derogations from the acquis would be acceptable, Prodi replied, ''Yes, it could be acceptable, we have already done this for other countries. It is a tradition, we have made exceptions lasting for a specific time period, not permanent derogations, but we have done this before for a lot of other countries, and in some cases, for example property purchasing in Malta, we have made some permanent exceptions.''

    [12] Annan gives Papadopoulos proposed changes on draft solution

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    Annan gives Papadopoulos proposed changes on draft solution

    by Maria Koniotou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has handed over to the Greek Cypriot side the changes he proposes to introduce in his plan on a comprehensive settlement.

    The proposed changes were given in writing to Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos at a meeting here today. Papadopoulos was asked to give his reaction within the day.

    President Papadopoulos convened a meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus question comprising parliamentary party leaders who have accompanied Papadopoulos to Burgenstock, where enlarged talks are set to conclude by midnight tonight.

    The final plan, which will be put to separate simultaneous referenda among Greek and Turkish Cypriots, is expected to be handed over to the two Cypriot sides, Greece and Turkey by Annan later today.

    UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CNA that Annan's separate meetings throughout the day with the heads of the four delegations were part of the continuing contacts the UN was having with the parties.

    ''These meetings have been held in the context of the overall contact with the parties that are continuing,'' Dujarric said.

    [13] France backs UN efforts for Cyprus settlement

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    France backs UN efforts for Cyprus settlement

    Nicosia, Mar 31 (CNA) - France has fully backed UN efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement, which will respect the fundamental principles of the EU.

    [14] Cyprus spokesman: we are not satisfied with proposed changes

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    Cyprus spokesman: we are not satisfied with proposed changes

    by Athena Arsalidou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has told UN Secretary General Kofi Annan he was not satisfied with the changes Annan proposed to introduce in the final plan for a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.

    President Papadopoulos explained to Annan the reasons why he believed it was essential that these changes should be incorporated in the final text of the plan.

    ''President Papadopoulos is not satisfied with the changes Annan intends to include in his plan. The President discussed the proposals of the Greek Cypriot side which were not included in the Secretary General's proposals,'' Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said.

    The spokesman said today Annan had asked to see President Papadopoulos and during the meeting the Secretary General referred to the changes he proposed to have introduced in the final plan for a solution, which will be put to separate referenda among Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

    Chrysostomides said that Papadopoulos explained to Annan the reasons that necessitate the inclusion of the Greek Cypriot suggestions in the final text, pointing out that they would make the plan balanced.

    On Monday Annan handed the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides a revised version of his original proposal for a settlement and asked them to give him their reaction the following day with a view at finalizing the plan by the end of today.

    [15] Cyprus President not satisfied with UN proposed changes to Annan plan

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    Cyprus President not satisfied with UN proposed changes to Annan plan

    by Maria Koniotou

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan the view that the UN proposed changes to the revised Annan plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem are not satisfactory.

    Chrysostomides said that Annan informed Papadopoulos during their meeting here this morning at the SG's invitation, of the last changes he intends to bring to the plan.

    ''President Papadopoulos expressed the view that the proposed changes are not satisfactory and discussed with the SG the suggestions put forward by the Greek Cypriot side yesterday that where not included in the list of the proposed changes of the SG,'' he added.

    [16] UN SG determined to wrap up Cyprus talks tonight

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    UN SG determined to wrap up Cyprus talks tonight

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Mar 25 (CNA) UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is determined to wrap up the Cyprus talks tonight in accordance with the agreements reached in New York on 13th February, UN Spokesperson Maria Okabe has said.

    [17] UN announces closing ceremony for Cyprus talks

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    UN announces closing ceremony for Cyprus talks

    Burgenstock, Mar 31 (CNA) -- The UN announced that Secretary General Kofi Annan has invited the parties involved in the Cyprus talks to a meeting to wrap up the talks which began here last week.

    Kofi Annan is expected to give the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Greece and Turkey his final plan on a comprehensive settlement.

    An official UN press release entitled ''Cyprus talks closing ceremony'' said that ''the Secretary General has invited the parties to a meeting at 1030 (local time).''


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