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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-06-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] State Department: US deputies decided on their own how to travel to Cyprus
  • [02] Cyprus can seek concessions from Turkey, says British diplomat
  • [03] Claire Palley: Turkey must solve the Cyprus question
  • [04] Claire Palley: Turkey must solve the Cyprus question
  • [05] Cyprus President receives Russian FM
  • [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [07] Russian FM: Cyprus solution must not be imposed
  • [08] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [09] Russia reaffirms stance on Cyprus problem
  • [10] G/C and T/C political parties examine settlers’ issue
  • [11] Russia to be actively involved in Cyprus solution efforts
  • [12] Cyprus says Turkey violated agreement with EU
  • [13] Egyptian Minister to pay official visit in Cyprus
  • [14] Cyprus welcomes CoE Ministers' resolution against Turkey

  • [01] State Department: US deputies decided on their own how to travel to Cyprus

    0815:CYPPRESS:01

    State Department: US deputies decided on their own how to travel to Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- US State Department spokesman Sean MacCormack has said the delegation of the US Congress members who visited Cyprus' areas occupied by Turkish troops via the illegal airport at Tymbou made its own decisions on how to travel to the island.

    Replying to questions, MacCormack said ''the US supports Secretary General Annan's call to ease the isolation of Turkish Cypriots as one way to move toward a comprehensive settlement. US personnel are authorized to fly into Ercan Airport. People of many nationalities fly in and out of that airport every day.''

    [02] Cyprus can seek concessions from Turkey, says British diplomat

    1050:CYPPRESS:02

    Cyprus can seek concessions from Turkey, says British diplomat

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- A Cyprus solution can be achieved if the island's two communities really want it, see it and work hard to get it, British High Commissioner here Lyn Parker has said, adding that in such a case other parties involved will have to have this happen.

    Declaring himself a realist, Parker called on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides as well as Turkey to show a clear sense of commitment, purpose and urgency towards a settlement and advocated ''more dialogue'' on the island as a crucial building block for achieving a successful settlement negotiation.

    Responding to questions at a meeting of Rotary clubs in Nicosia, he said the EU had taken a clear decision to begin accession talks with Turkey on 3 October this year, which he said would last a minimum of ten years.

    [03] Claire Palley: Turkey must solve the Cyprus question

    1200:CYPPRESS:03

    Claire Palley: Turkey must solve the Cyprus question

    by Maria Myles

    Nicosia, Jun 7 (CNA) -- The comings and goings, the public as well as the behind the scenes consultations and machinations of the various players in the most recent UN attempt to settle the question of Cyprus are the theme of a book, entitled ''An International Relations Debacle'', as seen through the eyes of the author, Dr Claire Palley, who has been involved in a series of negotiations over the past few decades.

    In an interview with CNA, she explains why she felt she had to write this account of what happened and looks ahead to future developments in the continuing effort to find a negotiated settlement in Cyprus.

    ''The outside world was completely mesmerized by the view put out by the UN about what had happened, the true picture must be given, it must be available to opinion shapers because as long as they believed that the Greek Cypriot side did not want a solution, there would be no impetus for negotiations,'' she said.

    [04] Claire Palley: Turkey must solve the Cyprus question

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    1200:CYPPRESS:03

    Claire Palley: Turkey must solve the Cyprus question

    by Maria Myles

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- The comings and goings, the public as well as the behind the scenes consultations and machinations of the various players in the most recent UN attempt to settle the question of Cyprus are the theme of a book, entitled ''An International Relations Debacle'', as seen through the eyes of the author, Dr Claire Palley, who has been involved in a series of negotiations over the past few decades.

    In an interview with CNA, she explains why she felt she had to write this account of what happened and looks ahead to future developments in the continuing effort to find a negotiated settlement in Cyprus.

    ''The outside world was completely mesmerized by the view put out by the UN about what had happened, the true picture must be given, it must be available to opinion shapers because as long as they believed that the Greek Cypriot side did not want a solution, there would be no impetus for negotiations,'' she said.

    [05] Cyprus President receives Russian FM

    1230:CYPPRESS:04

    Cyprus President receives Russian FM

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos discussed here today developments in the Cyprus problem, other issues and bilateral matters with Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    No statements were made after the one-and-a-half hour Presidential Palace meeting.

    [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
    1410:CYPPRESS:05
    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Jun 8 (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 739.630,41 GSE GENERAL INDEX 85,29 0,67 703.983,96 FTSE/CySE 20 404,34 1,35 677.085,37 MAIN MARKET INDEX 1.213,44 1,45 658.097,21 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 1.011,77 0,07 8.537,19 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 986,38 -0,47 6.517,12 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 1.205,77 1,41 666.635,01 BANKS INDEX 1.239,25 1,63 567.558,22 HOTELS INDEX 964,14 -1,42 3.231,20 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 947,60 -1,47 57.632,56 FTSE Med (07/6/2005) 7.810,03 0,11 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    [07] Russian FM: Cyprus solution must not be imposed

    1450:CYPPRESS:06

    Russian FM: Cyprus solution must not be imposed

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that a political settlement in Cyprus must come from the island's two communities and must not be imposed from outside, expressing at the same time full support for the UN Secretary General's good offices mission and the latest attempt to resume negotiations.

    Speaking after talks here with his Cypriot counterpart George Iacovou, he also said he wanted bilateral trade and economic relations enhanced through increased investment, joint ventures and a legal framework that would promote such ties and welcomed the signing of two cooperation agreements as a step towards this direction.

    In his remarks, Iacovou said the government wanted to see Moscow assume a serious role in the political developments on the island, corresponding to that of other permanent members of the UN Security Council.

    [08] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
    1545:CYPPRESS:07
    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Jun 8 (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 34 18 FINE Larnaca 30 20 FINE Limassol 29 19 FINE Paphos 27 18 FINE ---------------------------------------------------------------

    [09] Russia reaffirms stance on Cyprus problem

    1615:CYPPRESS:08

    Russia reaffirms stance on Cyprus problem

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) - Cypriot Deputy Government Spokesman Marios Karoyan said today that Russia's position of principle on the Cyprus problem was reaffirmed during a meeting today between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and the Russian Federation's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.

    Karoyan said President Papadopoulos informed Lavrov on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and exchanged views with him on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's report on the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

    [10] G/C and T/C political parties examine settlers’ issue

    1700:CYPPRESS:09

    G/C and T/C political parties examine settlers issue

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) --- The leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties discussed today during their regular meeting at the Ledra Palace, the issue of settlers.

    ''They exchanged views on the issue of the settlers on the island and decided to continue the debate on this sensitive subject'', the joint communique issued after the meeting says.

    [11] Russia to be actively involved in Cyprus solution efforts

    1705:CYPPRESS:10

    Russia to be actively involved in Cyprus solution efforts

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov expressed today his country's readiness, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to be actively involved in a process to solve the Cyprus problem and provide the Republic of Cyprus with any assistance it may require.

    In statements to the press after meeting Lavrov, Cypriot House of Representatives Demetris Christofias said the positions of the former Soviet Union and today's Russian Federation on the Cyprus problem were ''constant and diachronic.''

    [12] Cyprus says Turkey violated agreement with EU

    1800:CYPPRESS:11

    Cyprus says Turkey violated agreement with EU

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) - Cypriot Deputy Government Spokesman Marios Karoyan said today that the Turkish side has violated the agreement and the confidentiality that had been agreed on regarding meetings in Brussels to discuss the issue of EU regulations for the Turkish Cypriots, and tried to exploit it.

    Karoyan said the Cypriot government would not break the rule of confidentiality, which was a basic precondition that had been set by the Luxembourg EU presidency regarding these meetings.

    He added that the Turkish side's aim, which was now crystal clear, was neither to enhance the financial status of the Turkish Cypriots nor lift the ''isolation'' of the Turkish Cypriots but a conscious effort to upgrade the Turkish occupation regime and gain political advantages.

    [13] Egyptian Minister to pay official visit in Cyprus

    1815:CYPPRESS:12

    Egyptian Minister to pay official visit in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) Egyptian Minister of Transport Essam Sharaf heading a delegation, will pay an official visit to Cyprus at the invitation of Minister of Communications and Work Haris Thrasou, during which he will hold talks and sign a memorandum on merchant shipping cooperation.

    During his visit the Egyptian Minister will be received by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and will hold meetings with House President Demetris Christofias and Minister of Tourism George Lillikas.

    [14] Cyprus welcomes CoE Ministers' resolution against Turkey

    1830:CYPPRESS:13

    Cyprus welcomes CoE Ministers' resolution against Turkey

    Nicosia, Jun 8 (CNA) - The Cypriot government welcomes the decision of the Committee of Ministers yesterday, at the 928th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies of the Council of Europe, to adopt the first, condemning for Turkey, Interim Resolution concerning the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) of 10 May 2001 in the case of Cyprus against Turkey.

    A Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release says that the Interim Resolution is the first historically that is adopted by the Committee of Ministers' Deputies in an interstate case, adding that its adoption proves the commitment and collective will of European governments to safeguard and defend the rule of law and the effective protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.


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