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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-05-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT - AIR CRASH - INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE
  • [02] FINANCE MINISTER - COMMISSION`S REPORT
  • [03] PARIS MOU - CYPRUS - WHITE LIST

  • [01] CYPRIOT PRESIDENT - AIR CRASH - INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos reassured that there will be no suppression of the truth as regards the causes of the air crash of Helios Airways in August 2005 that killed 121 people on board.

    President Papadopoulos who was speaking at Larnaca Airport prior to his departure for Vienna, Austria, where he will attend the EU-Latin America/Caribbean summit, added that the government will not be disturbed if responsibilities are attributed to government departments or officers.

    The Council of Ministers appointed Wednesday a one-member independent Investigating Committee aiming at fully investigate the causes of the air crash.

    Asked if experts have come from Europe, President Papadopoulos, replied affirmatively saying that they have submitted their report and ``have detected weaknesses or omissions at government departments``.

    Invited to say if during his visit to Austria he will meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Papadopoulos said no such meeting has been arranged, but added that ``meetings during such events are unscheduled``.

    Foreign Minister George Iacovou, who also flew to Austria to attend the EU-Latin America/Caribbean summit said earlier that Turkey is already having serious problems concerning its accession course and has done nothing to satisfy the EU 25 as regards the issues concerning Cyprus.

    [02] FINANCE MINISTER - COMMISSION`S REPORT

    Cyprus Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has said the report of the European Commission ``Economic Forecasts Spring 2006`` confirms the positive course of the Cyprus economy as regards growth rates and the purification of the public finances.

    Sarris also said the report describes Cyprus` forecasts as ``realistic and attainable`` despite the negative developments in relation to the price of oil in the international markets.

    The forecasts of the European Commission for the Cyprus economy confirm the correctness of the government`s choice for Cyprus` accession to the Eurozone on January 1st 2008, he added.

    [03] PARIS MOU - CYPRUS - WHITE LIST

    The Executive Committee of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on port state control (Paris MOU) has decided that Cyprus must be removed from the Grey to the White List of the Memorandum.

    The Committee, which met Wednesday, recognised the significant improvement Cyprus has achieved concerning the security standards of the Cyprus fleet and the drastic reduction of detentions of Cyprus ships.

    A press release issued here said that the Committee also decided that Cyprus will be from now on a regular member of the Paris MOU.

    ``This fact consists an independent evidence and supports even more the picture of Cyprus as a serious and reliable navigational country,`` the press release added.


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