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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-10-06

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] () Weather forecast for Cyprus
  • [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [03] Borrell: ''Cyprus problem has become unsustainable''
  • [04] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [05] Cyprus and Eurocontrol to sign agreement on Civil Aviation
  • [06] Cyprus and Finland agree to strengthen relations in education
  • [07] Cyprus House President calls all Cypriots to unite and overcome division

  • [01] () Weather forecast for Cyprus

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    Weather forecast for Cyprus

    Nicosia, Oct 6 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:

    Friday and Saturday 07/10/05 to 08/10/2005

    The weather will be mainly fine with temporal thin cloud.

    The wind will be northwest to northeast light 2-3BF during night and early morning. Gentle to moderate sea breezes, 3-4BF during afternoon. State of sea smooth to slight.

    The temperature it will range between (18-31C) inland, south and eat coast, between (18-28C) over west coast and between (11-20C) over Prodromos area.

    Outlook for Sunday and Monday 09/10/2005 to 10/10/2005

    Mainly fine becoming locally partly cloudy on Monday afternoon. A small decrease in temperature is expected.

    Sea temperature: 25C

    [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Oct 6 (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 673.753,28 GSE GENERAL INDEX 97,67 -0,65 633.508,44 FTSE/CySE 20 491,99 -0,99 584.120,50 MAIN MARKET INDEX 1.470,20 -1,00 564.970,37 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 1.056,31 -0,45 8.435,95 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 1.143,36 -0,42 18.156,91 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 1.454,97 -0,99 573.406,32 BANKS INDEX 1.550,53 -1,03 515.410,30 HOTELS INDEX 1.119,05 0,00 1.210,10 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 981,04 0,03 63.992,18 FTSE Med (5/10/2005) 8.522,53 -0,03 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting. CNA/ME//2005
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

    [03] Borrell: ''Cyprus problem has become unsustainable''

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    Borrell: ''Cyprus problem has become unsustainable''

    Nicosia, Oct 6 (CNA) -- ''The problem in Cyprus has become unsustainable, we must find a quick solution to that'', said European Parliament (EP) President Josep Borrell, noting that a settlement presupposes that both communities want to solve this problem and if they do so ''they must renew top level contacts''

    Speaking at a press conference as he wrapped up his contacts in Cyprus, Borrell also said he noticed ''a great mistrust'' which exists between both communities noting that nothing can be achieved if this problem is not overcome.

    ''We have to break this vicious circle of mistrust and the only way to do that is through dialogue that we have learned in Europe over many years, common dialogue to overcome such a mistrust'', he said.

    Regards his visit to the Green Line he thanked ''the UN personnel that made it possible and which is doing a good job here'' adding that he also visited Varosha, ''which is a shocking and striking example of the tragic lessons to be drawn from the history of this island''.

    Referring to the T/C community he said ''we have to break the isolation of the Turkish community, one of the ways would be the creation of such a contact group which was created by the European Parliament'', stressing that ''such a contact group does not presuppose or entail any kind of upgrading or recognition of the republic of northern Cyprus''.

    He noted that through common knowledge, by knowing each other, this could be a good way to develop such a solution as well as increasing a working on the aid and direct trade regulations.

    Concluding he said the most difficult walls are not those made by stone but those made of bias and prejudice. ''This is a very dangerous wall. We have to avoid at all cost the creation of this psychological wall between the two communities and we have to do that by breaking down this wall, by contacts between the communities and also by contacts between politicians of both communities'', he said.

    Borell also discussed with the politicians of the Republic of Cyprus European topics and problems since Cyprus is a full member state, adding that the Cypriot MEPs are very active in dealing and discussing European problems and topics and expressed the wish the Cypriot parliament is as active as they are ''reflecting, discussing, debating those specific European problems that affect our future''.

    ''Turkey is not the only problem we have to face, it is a very important issue but is not the only one'', the President of the European Parliament said, noting that EU has to face globalization, the question of the social model of Europe as well as the issue of terrorism.

    Asked to comment on the non - recognition of the Cyprus Republic by Turkey, he said Europe has demanded from Turkey when they signed the Protocol on the customs union that it would apply to all new member states including Cyprus adding that Ankara must comply with all the obligations contained therein. ''They will do that hopefully in due course'', he said.

    As regards the EU regulations for the T/C and his meeting with T/C leader Mehmet Ali Talat, he said that Europarliament has asked the British Presidency to try again a joint approval of the two regulations and to make efforts for both regulations to be approved at the same time because it will be much better.

    However ''if by the end of the year we realize that is not possible, I think our responsibility as budgetary authority will be to try to approve one of them in order to make use of the financial resources''.

    Responding to a remark that the ''T/C were punished'' even though they voted in favor of the Annan Plan whereas the G/C were ''rewarded'' with the EU membership, Borrell said: ''Let us not abuse language. The Greek Cypriots were not rewarded by membership to the European Union lets make that clear. Let us not distort speech when we are talking about those topics''. He also stressed that solution was never a precondition for accession.

    He reiterated the European Parliament's support to the Annan Plan before and after the referendum, noting that ''we still believe that it is the only basis for a good solution of the problem of Cyprus''.

    He clarified that the European parliament fully respects the decision taken by the Greek Cypriots and expressed the belief that talks should resume as soon as possible under the auspices of the UN and that the ''isolation'' of the Turkish Cypriot community only creates more obstacles.

    Asked what should be the role of the EU, Borrell said: ''do not expect any kind of magical solution as if the European Union had a magical hand to pull out of the hat a white rabbit''.

    He said the solution must be found within the framework of the UN and that Europe will be present throughout the process, follow the process and help ''but we are not thinking to exchange the UN framework for a European framework''.

    Asked if the European Parliament would accept a solution out of the acquis communautaire he said ''of course not, nothing that happens in Europe can be out of the acquis communautaire, and any solution should respect it''.

    Responding to a question on the intentions of the UN on the Cyprus issue he said he had talks with the UN representatives here and ''at the moment it does not seem that any date has been set''.

    Asked if it would be possible since suspicion between communities persist despite local efforts - for the European Parliament to take an initiative through the Cypriots MEPs he said that any idea from the members from Cyprus that will come to the European Parliament ''I am sure the European Parliament would take it into consideration because the European Parliament is strongly convinced that we have to do something in order to finish this situation''.

    ''Nicosia is the last divided city in Europe. Varosha is an example of anachronism that Europe can not afford, it is a moral obligation for us and for everybody starting with the Cypriots themselves'', the President of the European Parliament said. CNA/KN/AAR/2005 ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

    [04] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Oct 6 (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 31 17 FAIR Larnaca 30 17 FINE Limassol 30 18 FINE Paphos 28 18 FINE ---------------------------------------------------------------

    [05] Cyprus and Eurocontrol to sign agreement on Civil Aviation

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    Cyprus and Eurocontrol to sign agreement on Civil Aviation

    Nicosia, Oct 6 (CNA) -- The government of Cyprus and the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) are expected to sign here next week an agreement regarding the Cypriot Department of Civil Aviation.

    CNA has learnt that the agreement will be signed by Cypriot Minister of Communication and Works Haris Thrasou and Eurocontrol Director General Victor Aguado, who will arrive to Cyprus next Wednesday, heading a three - member delegation.

    During his visit here, Aguado will be received by Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and hold separate meetings with Foreign Minister George Iacovou and Minister of Communication and Works.

    Eurocontrol Directror General will discuss with Minister Thrasou the bilateral relations between Eurocontrol and Cyprus, as well as the air transport situation in Europe and in Cyprus.

    According to the same sources, the agreement will include three packages, the first concerning further implementation of the rules and regulations of Eurocontrol for the safety of air traffic as well as Cyprus' preparation for the implementation of the rules of safety of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

    The second package of the agreement concerns the support offered by Eurocontrol to Cyprus regarding the implementation of the Single European Sky rules, whereas the third package of the deal includes the help offered by Eurocontrol for the implementation of the regional cooperation between Europe and the Middle East in matters of managing aviation communication.

    CNA/KS/AAR//2005, ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

    [06] Cyprus and Finland agree to strengthen relations in education

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    Cyprus and Finland agree to strengthen relations in education

    Nicosia, Oct 6 (CNA)--Cyprus Education and Culture Minister Pefkios Georgiades, who is paying an official meeting to Helsinki, met today with his Finnish counterpart Antti Kalliomaki, with whom he agreed to strengthen the relations between the two countries in the field of education.

    An official press release issued here said Georgiades and Kalliomaki agreed that in the framework of the dialogue for the educational reform in Cyprus, the Cypriot Ministry will host Finnish experts that will visit Cyprus to analyse the basic aspects of Finland's education system.

    The two ministers also discussed issues regarding basic education, research and development as well as the Finnish EU Presidency's target on education (second half of 2006).

    Georgiades expressed his admiration for Finland's achievements in education, adding that Finland represents a model for all small states which must promote quality rather than quantity.

    Georgiades began his contacts in the Finnish capital with a visit to Helsinki's Comprehensive School, where he attended lessons based on modern academic methods.

    He also exchanged views with the School's Principal and other teachers on issues such as the role of the Local Authorities in organising and operating schools, school management and teachers employment and vocational programmes.

    Georgiades also visited Finland's National Technological Development Organisation (TEKES), where we was briefed by TEKES' Executive Director Petri Peltonen on the Organisation's vision, structure and operation.

    The Cypriot Education Minister completes his visit to Finland Friday.

    CNA/GS/MK/2005 ENDS,CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

    [07] Cyprus House President calls all Cypriots to unite and overcome division

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    Cyprus House President calls all Cypriots to unite and overcome division

    Nicosia, Oct 6 (CNA) -- The division of Cyprus consists ''a bomb to the foundations of the Republic'', Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias stressed today, calling on all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to unite and overcome the division.

    Christofias also urged Turkey to prove in practice that it respects the principles of Europe and the international law, as well as her obligations towards the EU and its member states.

    Referring to the UN plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue, he said that the Greek Cypriot side pursues substantive improvements to it, through a sincere and open dialogue, without strict timetables, so that the solution reflects the interests and expectations of all Cypriots.

    Addressing the plenary session of the Parliament, Christofias referred to the 45th anniversary of the independence of Cyprus, celebrated on 1st October, saying that ''we reiterate our willingness to continue to work for a viable and functional solution under the UN auspices, and based on the UN resolutions, the High Level Agreements, the principles of Europe and the international law''.

    House President underlined that the Greek Cypriots wish to share the benefits of Cyprus' independence with their Turkish Cypriot compatriots, in a reunited bicommunal, bizonal federation ''where all human rights and fundamental freedoms are secured for all people, and where political equality will be respected, something which is a precondition for the function of a federal system''.

    He also said that Cyprus' state entity ''has been a target for some circles in the international arena, which have tried to harm it, in order to punish our people for the stance they held during the referenda for the rejection or approval of the Annan plan''.

    Christofias added that ''these efforts, extended even at the UN Security Council level, were efforts to cancel the referenda but fortunately have not succeeded, since they had to face the steadfast stance of the Republic of Cyprus and of the whole international community that respects the rule of law and its principles''. CNA/NMA/AAR/MK/2005, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY


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