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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-07-20

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus: 31 years of Turkish invasion and occupation
  • [02] US State Department: Annan Plan is the hope for Cyprus solution
  • [03] Greek PM reaffirms Greece's support to Cyprus struggle
  • [04] Cyprus President pledges to find bicommunal solution
  • [05] Cyprus FM to meet US Secretary of State
  • [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [07] Russia supports united economy in Cyprus
  • [08] Irish FM praises Cyprus for supporting UN reform package
  • [09] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [10] Cypriot President's aim a viable settlement
  • [11] Serbia and Montenegro Foreign Minister arrives in Cyprus

  • [01] Cyprus: 31 years of Turkish invasion and occupation

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    Cyprus: 31 years of Turkish invasion and occupation

    Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Cyprus pays tribute today to those killed 31 years ago, during the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the islands northern third.

    Air-raid sirens wailed across the government-controlled areas of Cyprus at 0530 local time today (0230 GMT) -the same time the Turkish troops landed at the island's northern shore on July 20, 1974.

    At 0830 local time a memorial service for the army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion will take place at Makedonitissa Tomb in Nicosia, in the presence of Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, other officials and a delegation of the Greek parliament.

    At 1000 hours an official memorial ceremony will be held at Faneromeni Church in Nicosia also in the presence of President Papadopoulos. Finance Minister Iacovos Keravnos will speak at the ceremony.

    Many other anti-occupation events will take place during the day. Political parties have issued statements condemning the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37 per cent of Cyprus territory.

    Thousands of Greek Cypriots were killed during the Turkish invasion. Hundreds of people have been missing since then. About 200.000 Greek Cypriots making one third of the island's population have been forcibly uprooted from their homes and properties.

    31 years since the Turkish invasion some 40.000 heavily armed Turkish troops occupy Cyprus' northern part, ignoring numerous United Nations resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    [02] US State Department: Annan Plan is the hope for Cyprus solution

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    US State Department: Annan Plan is the hope for Cyprus solution

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    Washington, Jul 20 (CNA) -- The Annan Plan remains the hope for a solution to the Cyprus problem, US State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli has said.

    Invited yesterday to offer any hope for a settlement because of todays 31st anniversary of the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus northern third, Ereli replied the hope for settlement of the Cyprus issue is the Annan plan and we believe that it behooves all parties to engage with renewed commitment and vigor and energy and creativity on the basis of that plan to help resolve this long-standing issue.

    [03] Greek PM reaffirms Greece's support to Cyprus struggle

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    Greek PM reaffirms Greece's support to Cyprus struggle

    by Christa Nicolaou

    Athens, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has reaffirmed Greece's commitment for a consistent, continued and decisive support to the struggle of the Cyprus people to remove the repercussions of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the island since July 20, 1974.

    In a statement to condemn the 31st anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Karamanlis said Greece does not forget and pays tribute to the victims of the Cyprus tragedy, adding that everyone has the duty to contribute to achieve a just, functional, viable and European solution to the Cyprus problem.

    He said the goal for the reunification of the island remains unchanged, so that all of its inhabitants, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, benefit from the EU accession advantages.

    [04] Cyprus President pledges to find bicommunal solution

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    Cyprus President pledges to find bicommunal solution

    Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has pledged the Greek Cypriot side is pursuing a solution to the Cyprus problem the soonest that will be based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    His statement was made soon after a memorial service at the military Tombs of Makedonitissa in Nicosia for those killed during the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

    Referring to the aniversary of the Turkish invasion (20 July 1974), President Papadopoulos said 31 years are far too many, but the time factor will not make us accept a solution which will not secure the natural and national survival of Hellenism in Cyprus.

    We are pursuing a solution the soonest, in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, he stressed.

    [05] Cyprus FM to meet US Secretary of State

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    Cyprus FM to meet US Secretary of State

    Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou announced he has received an invitation from US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for a meeting with her in Washington, that will take place on Monday, 25 July, at 1400 local time.

    Iacovou said the meeting would cover issues concerning the US - Cyprus relations and the Cyprus problem.

    [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Jul 20 (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 488.686,66 GSE GENERAL INDEX 85,03 -0,50 471.547,58 FTSE/CySE 20 408,42 -0,57 403.216,59 MAIN MARKET INDEX 1.224,15 -0,54 414.441,92 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 996,32 -1,61 17.624,89 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 967,19 -0,79 14.525,64 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 1.215,51 -0,58 432.066,82 BANKS INDEX 1.256,42 -0,62 351.927,52 HOTELS INDEX 1.015,34 -1,04 7.767,44 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 929,89 -0,31 37.712,81 FTSE Med (19/07/2005) 8.007,85 2,42 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    [07] Russia supports united economy in Cyprus

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    Russia supports united economy in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- The Russian side has been consistently advocating that any projects in the sphere of equalizing the development levels of the two Cypriot communities contribute to the restoration of a unitary economic mechanism in Cyprus and the fostering of links, including economic ties between the two communities, Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, answering questions regarding the position of Russia on Cyprus.

    ''It is this path, not a deepening of the economic split, that can facilitate the solution of the political aspects of the settlement of the Cyprus problem as well,'' he added.

    Asked whether there are any new moments in Russia's position on Cyprus after the discussion of the matter during the recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yakovenko said ''Russia as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council continues to actively participate in international efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, one of chronic international problems, which has been the subject of attention of the Security Council for more than one decade now.''

    [08] Irish FM praises Cyprus for supporting UN reform package

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    Irish FM praises Cyprus for supporting UN reform package

    Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Irish Foreign Minister Dermott Ahern praised Cyprus for its strong support to the UN Secretary-Generals reform package of the UN, which he presented today to the Cyprus government.

    Welcoming Ahern, who is on a two-day visit to the island, Iacovou said the Irish diplomat has received a mandate from the UN Chief with other prominent politicians, to explain the contents of the reform package of the UN and this was the main purpose of his visit.

    [09] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Jul 20 (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 40 27 FINE Larnaca 35 25 FINE Limassol 36 22 FINE Paphos 32 23 FINE ---------------------------------------------------------------

    [10] Cypriot President's aim a viable settlement

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    Cypriot President's aim a viable settlement

    Nicosia, Jul 20 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Finance Iacovos Keravnos affirmed today that the immovable aim of President Tassos Papadopoulos and his government is the solution of the Cyprus problem, with a functional and viable settlement that will secure the rights of all citizens, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and will terminate the occupation and division of the island.

    Speaking at the memorial service for those who lost their lives during the Turkish invasion, Keravnos said ''we have made it clear in every direction that we are ready and avidly wish for the resumption of the dialogue under UN auspices.''

    [11] Serbia and Montenegro Foreign Minister arrives in Cyprus

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    Serbia and Montenegro Foreign Minister arrives in Cyprus

    Larnaca, Jul 20 (CNA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro Vuk Draskovic arrived in Cyprus today for a two-day visit, during which he will hold official talks with his Cypriot counterpart George Iacovou, with whom he will sign two agreements on the abolition of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports and on the reciprocal promotion and protection of investments.


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