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 Central Bank Governor cautiously optimistic on economic prospects
Central Bank Governor cautiously optimistic on economic prospects
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- The Governor of the Central Bank Christodoulos Christoudoulou has appeared cautiously optimistic about economic prospects in Cyprus, warning at the same time about the need to continue with strict measures that would ensure an increase in revenue and a drop of expenditure.
He said that the Cyprus pound may be eligible to join the Eurozone in two years' time if a concerted effort is made by all the social partners and everybody sticks to the prescribed policies.
''I welcome Cyprus' inclusion to the Exchange Rate Mechanism II and the reduction of the fiscal deficit to 4,2 per cent in 2004 from 6,3 per cent the year before. We expect the economy to recover even further,'' he told a press conference as he announced the Bank's annual report for 2004.
 Cyprus Shipping Council General Assembly
Cyprus Shipping Council General Assembly
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- The improvement of the image of the Cyprus flag, the enhancement of safety and effective control of ships flying the Cyprus flag as well as current matters concerning the Cyprus shipping industry will be discussed at the Cyprus Shipping Council Annual General Meeting on Friday, 20 May, in Limassol.
 Labour Minister: EU accession has secured much for Cyprus
Labour Minister: EU accession has secured much for Cyprus
by Demetra Nikolaou
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- Accession to the European Union has consolidated even further the territorial integrity and independence of the Republic, according to Labour and Social Insurance Minister Christos Taliadoros, who says that a great effort was made to align legislation with the acquis communautaire and an even greater effort is continuing to implement it, within the financial restraints of the country.
''I believe we are doing fine within the EU and we feel very confident that accession has secured the future of our country and the future of the generations to come,'' he told CNA in an interview, to mark one year since EU membership.
 Hellas Jet flies from Larnaca to Constantinople
Hellas Jet flies from Larnaca to Constantinople
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- Hellas Jet, a Cyprus Airways associated airline based in Greece, has started flights from Larnaca to Constantinople (Istabul) via Rhodes.
Speaking to CNA, Cyprus Airways Board of Directors Chairman Lazaros Savvides said that the a Greek businessman has charted Hellas Jet planes to satisfy the needs of Cypriot tour operators for flights to Constantinople, noting that two flights have already been carried out, on May 2 and May 9.
 Cyprus President meets EU enlargement Commissioner
Cyprus President meets EU enlargement Commissioner
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos received here today European Union Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rhen.
 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Friday and Saturday: 13/05/2005 - 14/05/2005
On Friday, the weather will be mainly fine, with cloud over the upper part of the atmosphere. The wind will be initially variable light, 2 to 3 bf and by midday southwest to northwest moderate, 3 to 4 and temporarily during afternoon, over the southern and western coastal areas up to strong, 4 to 5 bf.
The state of sea will be slight and during afternoon, over the southern and western coasts slight to moderate.
Temperature will reach 32 degrees inland, 28 over the south and west coastal areas and to 24 over the west and north coastal areas and highest mountainous ranges.
Overnight the weather will be mainly fine, while local mist and low cloud are likely to form. Wind will be northwest to northwest light to 2 to 3 bf and the state of smooth to slight.
Temperature will fall to 18 degrees inland, to 17 over the south and east coastal areas and to 15 over the west and north coastal areas and high mountains ranges.
On Saturday, the weather is not expected to note any significant change.
Outlook for Sunday and Monday: 15/05/2005 - 16/05/2005
On Sunday, the weather will be mainly fine but during afternoon local cloud are temporarily expected to increase in amount while the temperature is expected to note a small fall.
On Monday, the weather will be mainly fine and the temperature will note a small increase.
Sea temperature: 20C
 Cyprus President reiterates positions to EU Commissioner
Cyprus President reiterates positions to EU Commissioner
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- European Union regulations relating to Cyprus and efforts to find a negotiated political settlement were on the agenda of a meeting here today between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and European Union Commissioner responsible for enlargement Olli Rhen and Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg Nicolas Schmit.
''We talked about the release of 259 million euro, earmarked for the Turkish Cypriots, without any terms or conditions attached to the relevant regulation and we intend to make a formal proposal on this. We also talked about implementation of the regulation governing trade across the Green Line,'' he said.
There is no link between these two regulations and the one on free trade between the EU and the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic, he added.
Responding to questions, he said he also discussed the government proposal on the return of the fenced area of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants and on the reopening of the city port.
''I raise these issues at every meeting, here and in Brussels, in addition to the exploitation of Greek Cypriot property in the occupied areas,'' he said.
Foreign Minister George Iacovou, speaking after a meeting with Rhen, said the Commission seems to insist that the two regulations (on funding to the Turkish Cypriots and direct trade with the occupied north) must be linked. ''Perhaps not with the same vigour as it had done in the past,'' he noted.
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 US Congressmen to visit occupied Cyprus illegally
US Congressmen to visit occupied Cyprus illegally
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said here today that a planned visit by a US Congress delegation to the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus through the ''Ercan'' illegal airport in occupied Tymbou would constitute an illegal action and a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Cyprus and particularly resolution 550 of 1984.
Democrat Congressman from Florida Robert Wexler announced yesterday that a Congress delegation headed him and by Kentucky Democrat Congressman Wayne Edward Whitefield will be visiting Turkey on June 1 and will afterwards travel to the occupied part of Cyprus through ''Ercan''.
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 Greek FM Spokesman: Greek and Cypriot views on Cyprus talks coincide
Greek FM Spokesman: Greek and Cypriot views on Cyprus talks coincide
by Christa Nicolaou
Athens, May 12 (CNA)-- Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos has said Athens' position on the recommencement of UN-led talks for a Cyprus settlement coincides with the Cyprus government's views.
Koumoutsakos said that the forthcoming visit to the UN by a representative of Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos for talks with the UN Secretariat creates ''new movement.''
''These meetings are made within the philosophy that every negotiating process aiming at finding a solution should be very well prepared so that we will not have another failure,'' Koumoutsakos said, adding that the visit of Papadopoulos' envoy will be paid in this framework.
 CISM President: Cyprus proud of its past, sure of its future
CISM president: Cyprus proud of its past, sure of its future
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA) -- Military sport is a means to peace especially at a time when peace is under threat, Brigadier General Gianni Gola, chairman of the International Military Sports Council (CISM), has said.
The Brigadier General was one of many speakers who addressed the opening of the CISM Annual General Assembly, that opened here today, with the participation of about 100 countries, including Turkey, and will conclude on 14 May.
''Our presence here is proof of our respect and recognition. We all know that Cyprus is facing a very delicate political and diplomatic problem. Everybody is looking to the future with optimism and with the belief that it will bring the desired reward,'' Gola said.
He thanked Cyprus for hosting the AGM and added ''Cyprus is almost like CISM: proud of its past and sure of its future.''
 Demining process continues in Cyprus
Demining process continues in Cyprus
Nicosia, May 12 (CNA)-- Cyprus' Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the demining of Astromeriti-Zodhia area with a view to prepare the opening of a new cross point in the Astromeriti-Zodhia road, has been completed, recalling also that the mine clearance in the area of Lefka was completed at the end of April, 2005.
''With the completion of the above work the demining teams have started clearing the National Guard minefield in the area of Kaimakli,'' the press release said.
It also said that on 9 May, 2005 the removal of mines began in the areas of the villages of Kato Pyrgos Tillirias and Denia.
The Foreign Ministry said clearance of the National Guard minefields situated in the buffer zone is a unilateral gesture on the part of the Cyprus Government and it is expected that the occupation forces will respond accordingly.
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