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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-07-22

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  • [02] FM - EU MEETING


    A meeting has been called for Monday at the Labour Ministry to try and sort out a dispute between Cyprus Airways pilots, who are protesting the violation of their collective agreement with the airline, and the national carrier.

    Speaking on Sunday, after Saturday`s five-hour strike by the pilots, Minister of Communications and Works Maria Malahtou-Pampalli has expressed concern about the negative repercussions any escalation of the stike measures might have on the airline.

    ``The strike is a matter which the airline is handling with the employees. However the government is concerned and is monitoring the situation,`` she said in Limassol.

    The Minister noted that a huge effort is underway to help restructure the airline and render it profitable, implementing a plan which the European Union has also endorsed.

    In the meantime Cyprus Airways says the pilots are putting at riks the future of the company at a crucial time when the airline is trying to return to profitability.

    A press release issue by CY after the end of a five hour strike on Saturday warns that ``any possible escalation of strike measures will cause a new blow and create an even more negative situation with unforeseen developments for the survival of the company``.

    ``The Management and the Board would like to hope that the pilots trade union will realise how crucial the situation is and how important it is to safegaurd peace in labour relations,`` it added.

    The pilots, at a general meeting on Saturday, gave their board a blank cheque to manage the situation, saying that on Monday a meeting will take place with the Labour Minister Antonis Vasiliou.

    CY flights affected by yesterday`s five-hour strike were carried out with a minimum of inconvenience at Larnaca and Paphos Airports, the airline said.

    CY spokesman Kyriacos Kyriacou said the strike affected 12 flights and about 2000 passengers, to and from six destinations - Paris, London, Manchester, Athens, Salonica and Zurich.

    He said the company had notified all passengers concerned about alternative arrangements relating to their flights and explained that all affected flights have been rescheduled either before or after the strike.

    [02] FM - EU MEETING

    Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou - Markoulli will fly for Brussels to attend on Monday the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council, for the first time after her appointment.

    The agenda of the meeting includes the Middle East peace process, Sudan/Darfour and Iran. Moreover, the Fourth Cohesion Report will be presented. During her stay in Brussels, Markoulli will have meetings with her European counterparts as well as with European Commission officials.

    Markoulli, a career diplomat and former Director of the Cyprus Question Division at the ministry, was appointed as FM last week in succession of George Lillikas, who along with other three Ministers resigned in the wake of the dissolution of the tri-party coalition due to left-wing AKELs decision to run for the presidential elections with its own General Secretary Demetris Christofias as candidate.


    A new Bishop has been enthroned, completing the enlargement of the Holy Synod of the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus. The new Bishop is Bishop of Trimithoundos and Lefkara Varnavas and was enthroned at a special service on Saturday, at Panayia Evagelistrias Church in Pallouriotisa, in Nicosia.

    Addressing Bishop Varnava, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II said that the new Bishop assumes a difficult task and pledged that he will always be at the service of the Cypriot Church. He noted that Varnavas` bishopric continues to be under Turkish occupation, since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    The Archbishop praised Varnavas` modesty and character, saying that he would serve faithfully from his new post, to help free the country from the Turkish occupation. Replying, Varnavas referred to the spiritual task he assumes, assuring Chrysostomos that he would exercise his duties with all due respect.


    Cyprus national tennis team has secured its stay in the Europe/Africa Zone Group 3, beating Bulgaria with 3-0 in the Davis Cup.

    In Satuurday`s doubles match at the National Tennis Center in Nicosia, Marcos Baghdatis and Photos Kallias took on Yordan Kenev and Ivaylo Traykov with 3-0 set (6-2, 6-3, 6-3).

    On Sunday, Baghdatis will face Traykov and Kallias will compete against Kanev. Both matches are scheduled to begin on 16:00. Tennis champion Marcos Baghdatis, 18th in ATPs ranking, leads the Cyprus team against the Bulgarian team.

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