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 * European Elections - Marios Matsakis - Biography
European Elections Marios Matsakis Biography
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- Marios Matsakis, deputy of the centre-right Democratic Party, was elected Euro MP in todays Euro elections in Cyprus.
Born in Limassol in 1954, Matsakis has undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Microbiology (B.Sc.) and doctorate diploma (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry (University of London), General Medicine and General Surgery (M.B., B.Chir.) (University of Cambridge), Forensic Medicine (D.F.M.) and master (M.Phil.) in Medical Law (University of Glasgow), diploma in Forensic Medicine (Great Britain) and degrees (specialization) in Anatomy Pathology and Forensic Medicine (Greece).
At the parliamentary elections on 26 May 1996 he was elected Member of the House of Representatives standing as candidate for the Democratic Party in the Limassol constituency. On 14 March 1997 he pulled out of DIKO parliamentary group and remained an independent Member until his return to the group on 7 January 1998. He was re-elected at the parliamentary elections on 27 May 2001 in the Limassol constituency.
He is a member of the Standing Parliamentary Committees on Defence Affairs, on Trade and Industry, on Health Affairs, on the Environment and on Criminal Affairs.
He is a member of the executive committees of the Cyprus groups to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). He is also a substitute member of the delegation of the House to the Convention for the Future of Europe.
 * European Elections - Kyriacos Triantafyllides - Biography
European Elections Kyriacos Triantafyllides - Biography
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- Kyriacos Triantafyllides of the island's leftwing AKEL party was elected to the European Parliament.
Born at Palechori village of Nicosia, he is 59 years old. He is the holder of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from New Zealand and worked in New Zealand as professor of English and Social Sciences.
He returned to Cyprus in 1971 and served at numerous posts until 1996 at the Labour and Social Insurance Ministry, the Ministry of Defence, the Cyprus Mines and the Interior Ministry.
He was Famagusta District Officer from 1996 to 2000 and served as acting Immigration Officer and Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry until May 2004 when he retired.
Triantafyllides took part in many international conferences, including the UN, the EU, the Council of Europe and CoE committees.
 * European elections - Yiannakis Matsis - Biography
European elections Yiannakis Matsis Biography
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- Yiannakis Matsis, former President of the rigthwing Democratic Rally party, was elected Euro MP in todays European elections in Cyprus.
Born in 1933 at Palechori village, he was an active member during the EOKA liberation struggle to rid the colonial rule between 1955-1959. With the islands independence, he was elected deputy in 1960.
A founding member of the Democratic Rally, he was elected deputy four times and was always the candidate who received the most votes.
Matsis was DISYs Parliamentary Spokesman and Vice President in the Cyprus - EU Joint Parliamentary Committee. He represented the House at the Interparliamentary Union and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and was actively involved in promoting the Cyprus interests. He also served as chairman of DISY from 1993 to 1997.
 Chief Returning Officer rejects EDEK request for recount
Chief Returning Officer rejects EDEK request for recount
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- The Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides said a request by the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK for a recount of the votes in all districts for the European Elections in Cyprus was not possible.
He told reporters after announcing the official results of the elections that after examining all issues, he had reached to the decision that it was not possible to go ahead with EDEK leader Yiannakis Omirous request.
He said in the event Omirou disagreed he could resort to the electoral court, according to the provisions of the existing legislation.
EDEK legal expert Maria Thrasivoulou told reporters that the movement was seeking a recount because of the irregularities which were reported by the movements representatives at polling stations.
In his letter to Savvides, EDEK leader Omirou had said the recount was imperative because EDEK had received a number of reports for irregularities and indiscretions during the voting as well as mistakes during the election procedure and counting of votes.
In view of the above and mainly because of the marginal and surely unsafe result, I call on you not to proceed with the declaration of the winners before the recount procedure is completed, Omirou had said in his letter.
EDEK did not get a seat at the European Parliament during Sunday's elections in Cyprus.
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 * AKEL disappointed over Euro election results
AKEL disappointed over Euro election results
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- Cyprus' leftwing AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias said he was surprised and disappointed because his party dropped to second position during Sundays European elections and talked about a weakness in AKEL.
He said the reasons which led to this result will be analysed and the leadership will not fail to undertake its share of responsibilities.
I do not want to cover up AKELs weakness or the surprise we all felt during these hours with the result announced because no one had expected such a result, said Christofias as supporters thronged the partys headquarters.
AKEL, a government partner, secured two seats in the Euro Parliament but its percentage was down to 27.89% while the opposition Democratic Rally moved up to 28.23%.
"This result obviously does not satisfy us, said Christofias, who is also President of the House of Representatives, noting that we must contemplate on the possible reasons which contributed to the decrease of AKELs percentage.
Christofias said from what it seems, the percentage which AKEL lost went to socialist EDEK and a part to the centre-right Democratic Party, also government partners.
 * Matsis expresses appreciation to supporters for his Euro election
Matsis expresses appreciation to supporters for his Euro election
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- Head of the coalition "For Europe" Yiannakis Matsis thanked the 36,112 Greek Cypriot voters who elected him member of the European Parliament.
He told his supporters that Greek Cypriot citizens adopted our concerns in handling the Cyprus problem and stood by us to give another strong no to the Annan Plan.
He said that in only three weeks time, his coalition managed a great task resulting with a seat at the European Parliament.
Matsis, former President of the rightwing Democratic Rally and who strongly objected the UN peace plan for a Cyprus solution while his party backed the Annan Plan, decided to go separate during the European elections.
 Green Party GS resigns after defeat at Euro elections
Green Party GS resigns after defeat at Euro elections
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) - General Secretary of the Movement of Ecologists and Environmentalists George Perdikis has announced his resignation after the Cyprus Green Party's defeat at yesterday's first European Parliament elections.
Perdikis told CNA today that he had said he would resign if the movement garnered less than 1.5% of the votes, adding his decision will be discussed during the next meeting of the group's Coordinating Committee, which will take place soon.
 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, Jun 14 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 15/6/2004 to 16/6/2004 ---------------------- Mainly fine weather. Local mist or low cloud over nigh and dawn. Winds southwesterly to westerly, moderate 3-4BF, during day. Mainly Northwesterly 2-4 BF during night.
State of Sea: Slight
Minimum temperature 20C and maximum temperatures 37C inland, 20C/32C southcoast, 20C/28C over west coast, 15C/28C over Prodromos area.
Outlook for Thursday and Friday: 17/6/2004 to 18/6/2004 ----------------------- Mainly fine weather. Local cloud on Friday afternoon. Temperature will not note a significant change.
 Turkish President urges Islamic countries to help Turkish Cypriots
Turkish President urges Islamic countries to help Turkish Cypriots
by Maria Myles
Istanbul, Jun 14 (CNA) -- UN resolutions on Cyprus do not constitute an obstacle to establishing relations with the Turkish Cypriots, Turkeys President Ahmet Necet Sezer claimed here today and called on all member states of the Organisation of Islamic Conference to help the Turkish Cypriots.
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 Turkish FM calls for direct relations with Turkish Cypriots
Turkish FM calls for direct relations with Turkish Cypriots by Maria Myles
Istanbul, Jun 14 (CNA) -- Abdullah Gul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, has appealed to the international community to establish direct economic, commercial, social and cultural relations with the Turkish Cypriots and said the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Islamic world should put an end to the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.
In his address to the three-day meeting of OIC foreign ministers, he welcomed steps he said the European Union and the US had taken to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and quoted UN Secretary General Kofi Annans report on Cyprus to repeat the call for direct links with the Turkish Cypriot regime in Turkish occupied Cyprus.
Regarding Cyprus, the UN settlement plan was overwhelmingly rejected by the Greek Cypriot side on 24 April 2004, while the Turkish Cypriots approved it with a clear majority, Gul said, adding that this vote had fundamentally changed the circumstances in Cyprus.
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 OIC SG: States to take appropriate measures with regard to Cyprus
OIC SG: States to take appropriate measures with regard to Cyprus
by Maria Myles Istanbul, Jun 14 (CNA) -- The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Abdelouahed Belkeziz has called on member states to take appropriate measures, acting on recent developments with regard to Cyprus and bearing in mind the outcome of a referendum on a UN solution plan, which the Turkish Cypriots approved and the Greek Cypriots rejected.
In his lengthy address to the opening of the three-day meeting of OIC foreign ministers, he also said that the outcome of the referendum aligned the Turkish Cypriots with international legitimacy and paved the way for an end to the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots.
 EU to issue statement calling Turkey to extend customs union towards Cyprus
EU to issue statement calling Turkey to extend customs union towards Cyprus
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Jun 14 (CNA) The EU Irish Presidency assured today Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou that if Turkey does not give by Wednesday the necessary assurances that it will extend its customs union towards Cyprus, then the 25 EU members will include a statement on the issue in the conclusions of the European Council to be held here June 17-18.
The assurance was given during the General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, as ministers are preparing the draft conclusions in view of the European Council.
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