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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-05-17

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    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Eumelio Caballero Rodriguez reaffirmed his country`s position for a solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN and Non-Aligned Movement decisions and resolutions.

    Rodriguez, met yesterday with Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias, who expressed gratitude to the Cuban official for the steadfast support of his country to the struggle of the Cypriot people for a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    Christofias and Rodriguez discussed the very good and friendly relations between Cyprus and Cuba, and expressed the wish for the further strengthening of these relations in various sectors.

    They also talked about the good relations between the two countries` parliaments and the necessity for more exchanges on a parliamentary level.

    Rodriguez informed Christofias on the foreign policy of Cuba and its relations with the EU, and said he looked forward to the support of the Republic of Cyprus towards enhancing these relations.


    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou departs for Strasbourg on Thursday to participate in the 116th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, to be held on May 18 and 19.

    According to an official press release, the meeting will deal with the foundation of the system of the Council of Europe for the protection of human rights. The Ministers will be called upon to adopt a declaration regarding the package of reforms of the system of protection of human rights. The reforms are based on May 2004 decisions of the Ministerial Conference and aim at the more effective implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights, both on the national and European level.

    Other issues on the agenda are the relations of the Council of Europe with the European Union, the enhancement of CoE activities to promote democracy and proper administration, the Forum on the Future of Democracy, and the development of the intercultural dialogue.

    Furthermore, on May 18 the customary informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will be held, during which the question of Kosovo will be discussed.


    Cypriot Minister of Communications and Works Charis Thrasou has said that an agreement signed on May 11 between the Ministry, on behalf of the government, and Hermes Airports Ltd, for the construction of new airports in Larnaca and Paphos, provides for a total revenue of two billion euros, of which 33% will be going to the state.

    Thrasou told a press conference on Tuesday that the agreement also provides for the administration of the airports by Hermes Airports Ltd for a period of 25 years, during which the state will be receiving an annual amount of 3.5 million euros.

    He said works for the construction of the Larnaca Airport new passenger building would begin in early June and was expected to be completed by the end of the year 2009, while similar works at Paphos Airport would also begin in early June and be completed by the end of 2008.

    The Minister added that both airports include plenty of parking space, VIP lounges, specially equipped lounges for businesspeople, a closed circuit TV network and common use terminal equipment. Larnaca Airport will additionally provide a CIP (Commercially Important Persons) lounge.

    The first phase of Larnaca Airport will cover an area of 95,000 square metres, will have 16 airgates and a capacity of 7.5 million passengers. The second phase will bring the area up to about 112,000 square metres with a capacity of 9 million passengers. Paphos Airport will cover 18,000 square metres and will be able to serve 2.7 million passengers.

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