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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-05-26
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 Greek American leaders protest proposed US visit to occupied Cyprus
Greek American leaders protest proposed US visit to occupied Cyprus
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) -- Leaders of the Greek American community have spoken out against a proposed visit by US Congressmen to the areas of Cyprus occupied by Turkish troops, through an illegal port of entry, saying such moves violate the rule of law.
The visit is organised by the Turkish Caucus in the US Congress, whose chairman Robert Wexler has received hundreds of protest letters from his constituents with regard to the visit.
Supreme President of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) Franklin Manios said in a written statement that he ''strongly protest the manner in which the congressional delegation, plans to visit the illegally occupied Cyprus because it violates the sovereignty of the government of the Republic of Cyprus, an ally on the war on terror.''
''By visiting occupied Cyprus via a direct flight from Turkey into Ertzian airport, an illegal port of entry, the congressional delegation will be violating the rule of law and endorsing decades of human rights violations,'' Manios said.
The AHEPA Supreme President said he would welcome a visit to occupied Cyprus by the delegation ''via legal means, through the Republic of Cyprus, because that will signal goodwill to both Greek and Turkish Cypriots and a strong desire to reconcile the Cyprus issue justly within the boundaries of international law.''
Meanwhile, Panicos Papanicolaou, President of the Cyprus Federation of America, said the trip is ''a very huge step backward'' and called on the congressional delegation to arrive in the southern government controlled part of the island instead of the occupied north.
Nick Larigakis, Executive Director of the American Hellenic Institute, said the trip would hurt reunification efforts, adding that ''the trip really spits in the eye of the legitimate government of the Republic of Cyprus.''
The Greek American community has said in a statement that it would be watching ''very closely which members of Congress participate in this illegal trip at a crucial time for Cyprus settlement efforts.''
 Proposed resolution at US Senate refers to Cyprus
Proposed resolution at US Senate refers to Cyprus
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) -- A draft of a resolution, tabled at the US Senate, notes the work achieved by the late Archbishop Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America.
It says that Archbishop Iakovos ''spoke out forcefully against violations of human rights and religious freedom and in 1974, undertook a massive campaign to assist Greek Cypriot refugees following the invasion of Cyprus by Turkish armed forces.''
The Senate is called to honour the late Archbishop's commitment to the principles of equality, humanity and peace and to recognise that he was a committed and caring pastor to a whole generation of Greek Americans.
 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Friday and Saturday: 27/05/2005 - 28/05/2005
The weather will be unstable, with local showers and isolated thunderstorms. Moderate sea breezes during day time and light catabatic winds over night will be predominant. State of sea will be smooth to slight.
The minimum temperature will range between 10 degrees C over the highest mountainous ranges to 16 inland and coastal areas and the maximum will range from 19 degrees C over the highest mountainous ranges, to 26 over the coastal areas and to 30 inland, which are the normal for the period.
Outlook for Sunday and Monday: 29/05/2005 - 30/05/2005
The weather will be mainly fine during the morning but during midday and early afternoon local showers are likely. Themperature will range around normal for the period.
Sea temperature: 21C
 Interpol's I-24/7 database increases number of arrests
Interpol's I-24/7 database increases number of arrests
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) -- Interpol's Executive Director of Police Services Jean Michel Louboutin said today that due to the force's new communication system, I-24/7, the number of people arrested over the past few years has increased by 80 percent.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of Interpol's 34th European Regional Conference held in Nicosia, he said the system today includes 146 of Interpol's 182 members, while efforts are being made to connect the remaining countries to the system.
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 Cyprus says nothing official about Gambia recognising regime
Cyprus says nothing official about Gambia recognising regime
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that there was nothing official regarding Gambia's intention to recognise the puppet regime in the areas of Cyprus under Turkish occupation.
Asked how the government reacts to information that Gambia intended to establish diplomatic relations with the occupation regime, the Spokesman said he did not have any official statement in mind on behalf of Gambia.
 Cyprus Spokesman: Government promotes climate for resumption of talks
Cyprus Spokesman: Government promotes climate for resumption of talks
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) The Cyprus governments efforts concentrate on creating the proper climate of cooperation and understanding, through the framework of the European Union and the new conditions as they are formulated, to enable the UN decide on the resumption of a negotiating process, said here Thursday Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.
Invited to comment on press reports that Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis told Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos that there is a hardening of the Turkish stance, the Spokesman said that these are merely reports, noting however that the fact that Turkeys stance is hard, is not something new.
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 ANA delegation holds meetings with Cyprus officials
ANA delegation holds meetings with Cyprus officials
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) A delegation of the Athens News Agency (ANA) visiting the island at the invitation of the Cyprus News Agency was received here today by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias and other high ranking officials.
The delegation, headed by ANA's General Director Georgios Tabakopoulos and accompanied by a CNA delegation, headed by the Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Aristos Aristotelous, was briefed on the latest developments of the Cyprus problem by President Papadopoulos who expressed his appreciation for the role the two agencies play as regards the promotion of the issues of national concern.
During the meeting the two agencies briefed the President on their close cooperation and future plans for further technological upgrading and cooperation at all levels.
ANA's Managing Director Nikolas Voulelis and former General Director and now Advisor of ANA Andreas Christodoulides are also participating in the delegation. Members of CNA Board of Directors, CNA Director Themis Themistocleous and the Director of Cyprus President's Press Office Marios Karoyian were also present at the meeting.
 Interpol promotes DNA in crime solving
Interpol promotes DNA in crime solving
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA)-- Interpol has established an international DNA database with a view to provide one more scientific means of international crime solving.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of Interpol's 34th European Regional Conference held in Nicosia, Susanne Hitchin said that Interpol's database is the fist of its kind to be used in investigations.
 Interpol pleased with its DVI procedure in Tsunami-hit areas
Interpol pleased with its DVI procedure in Tsunami-hit areas
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA)-- Interpol is pleased with its performance in International Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) in the Tsunami-devastated areas of the Southeast Asia but nevertheless will examine ways to improve its procedures and capacities in the DVI field, Interpol's Operational Police Support Director Jan Gardon has said.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of Interpol's 34th European Regional Conference held in Nicosia, Gardon said that after the breaking news for the Tsunami disaster in Southeastern Asia last December, Interpol offered immediate international DVI assistance to the countries hit and also alerted its members countries while it provided open access for its member countries to its communication system I-24/7.
 CNA and ANA sign cooperation agreement
CNA and ANA sign cooperation agreement
Nicosia, May 26 (CNA) The national agencies of Cyprus and Greece signed today an agreement for the development of their cooperation aiming to further boost bilateral professional relations.
The agreement was signed by the General Director and President of the Board of Directors of the Athens News Agency (ANA) Georgios Tabakopoulos and President of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus News Agency Aristos Aristotelous at the CNA offices in Nicosia.
The agreement was put into force with its signing and will be valid until the end of 2007.
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