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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-05-05

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Iacovou says Kennedy to explore Cypriot positions
  • [02] Weather forecast for Cyprus
  • [03] US official arrives to explore ideas on the way forward
  • [04] Cypriot Spokesman says government not behind lawsuits
  • [05] Cyprus Rally 2005 start list announced
  • [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [07] Cyprus President: talks must have a reasonable expectation for success
  • [08] German politician: We need a new impetus to solve Cyprus issue
  • [09] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [10] Cyprus Defence Minister: Turkey strengthens military presence
  • [11] US wants contribution from GC side for Cyprus process to move ahead
  • [12] Cyprus Interior Minister says immigration strategy ready in 2005
  • [13] US wants contribution from GC side for Cyprus process to move ahead (REPEAT)

  • [01] Iacovou says Kennedy to explore Cypriot positions

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    Iacovou says Kennedy to explore Cypriot positions

    Larnaca, May 5 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou has said the government believes US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Laura Kennedy would be coming to Cyprus on an exploratory visit, noting that ''if she is coming to tell us what she told us in November, the visit would be unnecessary.''

    Referring to the issue of Greek Cypriot property being illegally sold to foreigners in the Turkish occupied areas, Iacovou said the occupation regime is annoyed at the campaign the Republic of Cyprus is staging internationally and the continuous lawsuits being brought before courts by Greek Cypriots against foreigners residing or exploiting property in the occupied areas.

    [02] Weather forecast for Cyprus

    1410:CYPPRESS:02

    Weather forecast for Cyprus

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:

    Friday and Saturday: 06/05/2005 - 07/05/2005

    Friday: Mainly fine with some local cloud. Winds will blow from the SW to W, gentle breeze to moderate. Temperatures will range from 15-27C inland, 15-25C over the coast and 10-17C over Prodromos.

    Saturday: Mainly fine with some high cloud. Winds will blow from the SE to SW, gentle breeze to moderate. Temperatures will not change significantly.

    Outlook for Sunday and Monday: 08/05/2005 - 09/05/2005

    Sunday: Partly cloudy with the possibility of local showers mainly in the afternoon. Temperature will decrease slightly.

    Monday: Mainly fine. Temperature will not change significantly.

    Sea temperature: 19C

    [03] US official arrives to explore ideas on the way forward

    1415:CYPPRESS:03

    US official arrives to explore ideas on the way forward

    Larnaca, May 5 (CNÁ) - US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Laura Kennedy said that her goal here over the next few days is to meet with a broad cross-section of leaders in both communities and to explore ideas on the way forward.

    In a statement to the press after her arrival at Larnaca airport, Kennedy said the UN Secretary General has made clear what he needs in order to determine that conditions warrant a return to the negotiating table, adding that she intends to discuss this issue and encourage the kinds of actions necessary to restart UN-led efforts on a Cyprus settlement.

    [04] Cypriot Spokesman says government not behind lawsuits

    1425:CYPPRESS:04

    Cypriot Spokesman says government not behind lawsuits

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides clarified today that the government was not behind any lawsuits against foreigners illegally exploiting Greek Cypriot property in the Turkish occupied areas of the island, noting that the government sought the protection of the right to property and was promoting the process for a Cyprus settlement, under conditions of proper preparation for the new process and guarantees for its successful outcome.

    Chrysostomides said there had been a decrease in illegal sales of Greek Cypriot property in the occupied areas, which seemed to have annoyed Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, who ''is making statements distorting international law.''

    [05] Cyprus Rally 2005 start list announced

    1430:CYPPRESS:05

    Cyprus Rally 2005 start list announced

    Nicosia, 5 May (CNA) -- With just one week to go until the start of the 2005 Cyprus Rally, organisers are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that this year's event is the greatest yet, one that was oversubscribed leaving a number of drivers disappointed, during which spectators will be watching a battle for honours between some of the world's leading rally drivers, a press conference heard here today.

    Takis Kyriakides, Clerk of the Course for the Cyprus Rally, told the press conference that the Rally, to take place between the 12th and 15th of May, includes 12 factory entries, which are the top hand of each of the 16 WRC events, to be flanked by ''very good and quite promising semi-factory participations.''

    [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: INDICES BASE VALUES: FTSEMed=5000, OTHERS=1000 TRADED VALUE 267.976,34 GSE GENERAL INDEX 85,65 -0,40 204.094,52 FTSE/CySE 20 405,70 -0,08 92.169,16 MAIN MARKET INDEX 1.215,01 -0,19 101.291,00 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 1.044,88 -0,63 6.066,10 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 1.001,12 0,72 4.079,24 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 1.208,49 -0,20 107.357,10 BANKS INDEX 1.237,95 -0,18 58.268,80 HOTELS INDEX 980,46 0,89 2.102,91 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 1.016,86 0,57 98.205,11 FTSE Med (4/5/2005) 7.229,89 0,59 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    [07] Cyprus President: talks must have a reasonable expectation for success

    1455:CYPPRESS:07

    Cyprus President:talks must have a reasonable expectation for success

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA)-- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said that when talks for a settlement of the Cyprus question resume ''we must have a reasonable expectation for success.''

    In an interview with Reuters, Papadopoulos said he did not know anyone who entered negotiations and gave his bottom line up front.

    He expressed the belief that more people now appreciate the reasons the Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan plan. On Turkey's EU accession course, he noted that ''as long as Turkey complies with its obligations, we have no reason to exercise a veto,'' and ''definitely we have no desire to do so.''

    Asked if a deal was possible by October 3, when Turkey starts EU talks, Papadopoulos replied: ''The proper answer is there is always time to reach agreement. Practically however, since we have not yet started the talks, it is very hard to predict.''

    [08] German politician: We need a new impetus to solve Cyprus issue

    1505:CYPPRESS:08

    German politician: We need a new impetus to solve Cyprus issue

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) ---- Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the German Bundestag Volker Ruehe has said that a momentum should be created for a new impetus to solve the Cyprus problem.

    In statements to CNA after he was received here by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, Ruehe noted that the European Union should play a more active role in the efforts to solve the Cyprus issue, adding that the process has to be steered by the United Nations.

    [09] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
    1550:CYPPRESS:09
    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, May 5 (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 27 14 FINE Larnaca 24 13 FINE Limassol 25 13 CLOUDY Paphos 21 12 FAIR ---------------------------------------------------------------

    [10] Cyprus Defence Minister: Turkey strengthens military presence

    1800:CYPRESS:10

    Cyprus Defence Minister: Turkey strengthens military presence

    by Maria Antouna

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) Turkey maintains in Cyprus huge armed forces in order of battle which are supported by the second biggest army, airforce and navy of NATO, Cyprus Minister of Defense Kyriacos Mavronicolas has stated, noting that most European countries do not have such forces added all together.

    In an interview with CNA on the first anniversary of Cyprus' accession to the EU, Mavronicolas said the Turkish occupied army continues to strengthen, even this year. He clarified although there despite the Turkish arms superiority, he is convinced the National Guard will be in a position to bring about its mission.

    ''What worries us mostly'', Mavronicolas said, ''is that despite the huge arsenal Turkey illegally maintains in Cyprus, it continues to further reinforce the occupation army''.

    [11] US wants contribution from GC side for Cyprus process to move ahead

    1810:CYPPRESS:11

    US wants contribution from GC side for Cyprus process to move ahead

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Laura Kennedy has said that a realistic contribution on the Greek Cypriot side, in the sense of specifying the changes it wants to the Annan Plan, would move the process forward on Cyprus.

    Speaking after a one-hour meeting with President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, Kennedy underlined that the US would US like to see such development and would do everything possible to support the process.

    [12] Cyprus Interior Minister says immigration strategy ready in 2005

    1930:CYÑPRESS:12

    Cyprus Interior Minister says immigration strategy ready in 2005

    by Maria Antouna

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA)--Minister of Interior Andreas Christou said his Ministry is preparing a complete strategy for the management of economic immigration, which it expects will be ready by the end of 2005, in order to be later submitted to EU institutions for approval.

    In an interview with CNA on the anniversary of Cyprus' accession to the EU last May, Christou said the general frame and guidelines upon which the strategy will be based and formed are given through the decisions of the European Councils, the legal base of which is already in the Treaties of the EU and the pending approval of the Constitutional Treaty.

    [13] US wants contribution from GC side for Cyprus process to move ahead (REPEAT)

    1950:CYPPRESS:11

    US wants contribution from GC side for Cyprus process to move ahead

    Nicosia, May 5 (CNA) US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Laura Kennedy has said that a realistic contribution on the Greek Cypriot side, in the sense of specifying the changes it wants to the Annan Plan, would move the process forward on Cyprus.

    Speaking after a one-hour meeting with President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos, Kennedy underlined that the US would US like to see such development and would do everything possible to support the process.


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