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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-07-26

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] COREPER decides on signature of protocol procedure by Turkey
  • [02] Cypriot Minister presents positions to US
  • [03] US actively supports UN approach towards Cyprus solution
  • [04] Cypriot President meets UK relatives of missing persons
  • [05] PSI to facilitate US-Cyprus cooperation
  • [06] Turkish MFA opposes any activity with the Republic of Cyprus
  • [07] Turkish MFA spokesman: Protocol may be signed towards end of week
  • [08] Cyprus has no specific information about Turkey signing the protocol
  • [09] EU Commissioner to hold meetings with Cyprus political parties
  • [10] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [11] Cypriot Minister: All necessary measures taken for football match
  • [12] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [13] Acting President calls on fans to support Cyprus - Turkey match
  • [14] Meeting between Cyprus & US FMs positive, says Acting President
  • [15] Acting President receives children of the diaspora
  • [16] Cyprus & Britain discuss ways towards the island's unity

  • [01] COREPER decides on signature of protocol procedure by Turkey

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    COREPER decides on signature of protocol procedure by Turkey

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Jul 26 (CNA) -- EU member states Permanent Representatives agreed Monday by consensus on the procedure to be followed with regard to the signature by Turkey of the protocol extending its customs union to the ten new EU member states, including the Republic of Cyprus.

    The EU British Presidency convened yesterday's COREPER meeting with a view to determine this procedure.

    [02] Cypriot Minister presents positions to US

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    Cypriot Minister presents positions to US

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    Washington, Jul 26 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice held a 40-minute meeting yesterday, during which Iacovou presented the Greek Cypriot side's positions on the Cyprus problem and pointed out that it has cooperated with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan towards a Cyprus settlement.

    Speaking after his meetings at the State Department, where he signed a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) on the prevention of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, Iacovou said he noted that the Greek Cypriot side's positions on the solution plan proposed by Annan have been expressed and that the Secretary General should continue his efforts, either by sending an envoy to the island or by appointing a special representative to be in Nicosia.

    [03] US actively supports UN approach towards Cyprus solution

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    US actively supports UN approach towards Cyprus solution

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    Washington, Jul 26 (CNA) - US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack has said that the US continues ''to actively support the UN Secretary General's approach toward a permanent solution on Cyprus.''

    In his press briefing on Monday, McCormack noted that ''Secretary General Annan has urged the Cypriot President, Papadopoulos, to present his views to the UN and resume progress on a way forward, and we stand ready to assist all sides in that task.''

    [04] Cypriot President meets UK relatives of missing persons

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    Cypriot President meets UK relatives of missing persons

    by Kyriakos Tsioupras

    London, Jul 26 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos met in London last night with a delegation from the UK Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons, to discuss the issue of missing persons in Cyprus and recent developments in the matter, which indicate that the process of determining the fate of missing persons could be accelerated after an apparent shift in the Turkish side's stance, as a result of pressure exerted by relatives of Turkish Cypriot missing persons.

    The President briefed the delegation on the Greek Cypriot side's efforts to solve the issue, noting that this was one of the first matters he brings up during talks with the UN Secretary General, heads of state and other international community dignitaries.

    [05] PSI to facilitate US-Cyprus cooperation

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    PSI to facilitate US-Cyprus cooperation

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) - The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Ship Boarding Agreement, signed yesterday in Washington between Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will facilitate cooperation between the two countries to prevent the maritime transfer of proliferation-related shipments by establishing points of contact and procedures to expedite requests to board and search suspect vessels in international waters.

    The State Department, in a press release, notes that Cyprus is the world's sixth largest ship registry by gross tonnage and the first EU member state to sign such an agreement with the US, adding that ''signing the ship boarding agreement demonstrates the commitment of Cyprus and the US to ensuring the highest standards of security for their flag registries.''

    [06] Turkish MFA opposes any activity with the Republic of Cyprus

    1300:CYPPRESS:06

    Turkish MFA opposes any activity with the Republic of Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) -- Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Namik Tan has said that Turkey was against any social, cultural, sports or political activity with the Republic of Cyprus, which it does not recognise.

    In a statement to CNA, Tan confirmed reports that Ankara opposed today's football match in Nicosia between Greek Cypriot team Anorthosis and Turkish team Trabzonspor, because the Turkish football players entered Cyprus via Larnaca International Airport.

    [07] Turkish MFA spokesman: Protocol may be signed towards end of week

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    Turkish MFA spokesman: Protocol may be signed towards end of week

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) -- Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Namik Tan has told CNA that a protocol extending Turkey's customs union with the ten new European Union members, including Cyprus, may be signed towards the end of this week.

    Invited by CNA to comment on reports that Turkey will sign the protocol Wednesday, Tan said ''it may be during this week but I dont think it is going to be on Wednesday.''

    [08] Cyprus has no specific information about Turkey signing the protocol

    1320:CYPPRESS:08

    Cyprus has no specific information about Turkey signing the protocol

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has no specific information that Turkey is to sign a European Union protocol extending its customs union with the ten new member states, including Cyprus, Government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides told CNA today.

    He noted that the protocol has not yet been signed and underlined that the position of the government remains the same, that the signing of the protocol constitutes an obligation of Turkey towards the EU.

    [09] EU Commissioner to hold meetings with Cyprus political parties

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    EU Commissioner to hold meetings with Cyprus political parties

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) -- Cypriot European Union Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou will hold Friday, during an official visit to Cyprus, meetings in Nicosia with parliamentary party leaders.

    [10] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    Cyprus Stock Exchange
    
    
    1450:CYPPRESS:10
    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Jul 26 (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 509.424,32 GSE GENERAL INDEX 85,15 0,29 485.162,22 FTSE/CySE 20 410,18 0,60 408.375,97 MAIN MARKET INDEX 1.229,81 0,67 400.327,51 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 978,51 -0,84 9.011,77 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 951,77 0,18 47.364,30 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 1.220,36 0,63 409.339,28 BANKS INDEX 1.262,11 0,60 341.223,00 HOTELS INDEX 1.016.28 2,05 5.065,46 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 933,29 -0,06 41.816,92 FTSE Med (25/07/2005) 8.162080 1,42 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    [11] Cypriot Minister: All necessary measures taken for football match

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    Cypriot Minister: All necessary measures taken for football match

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) -- Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister Doros Theodorou has said all necessary security measures have been taken for tonight's football match between Greek Cypriot team Anorthosis and Turkish team Trabzonspor.

    Theodorou noted that competent authorities consider these measures to be satisfying adding that what is important is the image Cyprus will send abroad.

    [12] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Jul 26 (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 38 22 FINE Larnaca 32 22 FINE Limassol 31 25 FINE Paphos 28 23 FINE ---------------------------------------------------------------

    [13] Acting President calls on fans to support Cyprus - Turkey match

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    Acting President calls on fans to support Cyprus-Turkey match

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) Acting President of the Republic and House President Demetris Christofias has expressed satisfaction over tonights match between Cypriot soccer club Anorthosis and Turkish Trabzonspor, that will take place in the government controlled areas.

    He said for the first time a Turkish soccer team ''is carrying out its sports obligations in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.''

    [14] Meeting between Cyprus & US FMs positive, says Acting President

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    Meeting between Cyprus & US FMs positive, says Acting President

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) Acting President and House of Representative President Demetris Christofias described Mondays meeting between Foreign Minister George Iacovou and his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice as a positive event.

    Commenting on the meeting yesterday in Washington, Christofias expressed the hope that the "US will abandon its reticent attitude towards the Republic of Cyprus" and will cooperate for a functional and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, based on UN resolutions.

    [15] Acting President receives children of the diaspora

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    Acting President receives children of the diaspora

    Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) The Republic of Cyprus is trying to persuade the US and Great Britain that a solution to the Cyprus problem must be found by Cypriots themselves, said here Tuesday Acting President and President of the House of Representatives Demetris Christofias.

    The Cypriot politician made the remark not to colleagues but to a group of children of the diaspora, from the US and Australia, aged 12-15.

    [16] Cyprus & Britain discuss ways towards the island's unity

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    Cyprus & Britain discuss ways towards the island's unity

    by Kyriacos Tsoupras

    London, Jul 26 (CNA) British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos discussed today ways to achieve progress towards the unity of Cyprus.

    In his opening remarks at the end of their meeting at 10 Downing Street, Premier Blair said the two discussed the EU agenda. He also said they turned their attention specifically on how it is possible to have progress towards the unity of Cyprus.

    President Papadopoulos in his opening statement referred to the traditional good relations between the two countries.


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