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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-08-08

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    Egyptian Ambassador in Nicosia, ╠ohamed Abdel Hakam, has stressed that all states should respect international law and world conventions on the exploration and exploitation of oil deposits.

    Egypt believes that all states must respect international law and international conventions relating to the search for oil reserves, the Egyptian Ambassador said on Tuesday after paying a courtesy call on Minister of Justice and Public Order Sophoclis Sophocleous.

    Replying to questions about Turkey`s reaction to Cyprus` intention to exploit possible hydrocarbon reserves in its exclusive economic zone, the Ambassador noted that the Republic of Cyprus is a sovereign state, a member of the European Union and the United Nations.

    There is the international law which everyone must respect and implement. Every one has a duty to show respect to international law and international agreements, he added.

    Egypt, and other countries in the eastern Mediterranean, has signed agreements with the Republic of Cyprus concerning the delimitation of their exclusive economic zones.

    Cyprus has recently announced that international tenders for the exploration and exploitation of possible hydrocarbon reserves in its exclusive economic zone should be submitted on August 16th.

    Successful applicants will carry out investigative drilling to determine the kind of hydrocarbons available, namely oil or natural gas, as well as their quantity.

    Turkey has reacted to Cyprus sovereign right to conduct investigations in line with international conventions, in an effort to halt the process.

    Turkish media reported that the Turkish research ship ``Yunus S`` has sailed from the port of Alexandretta searching for oil in areas of the Mediterranean Sea.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern areas since 1974, is the only country in the world that does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, which joined the EU in May 2004.


    Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis, number 19 in the world ranking, beat on Tuesday Spanish Carlos Moya, 18th seeded, in the first round of the ATP Masters Series Canada, known as Rogers Cup, that takes place in Montreal, Canada. Baghdatis faces on Wednesday Dutch Robin Haase (103rd seeded), who beat Czech Tomas Berdych, 10th seeded, with 2 0 (6-4, 7-5).

    In his first match on Tuesday, the popular Cypriot player beat Moya with 2-0 (7-6(7), 6-1) in a game that lasted one hour and 25 minutes. It was the third meeting between the two players this year. Moya came out on top on hard court in Sydney while Baghdatis took his revenge on clay at the Tennis Masters Series Rome.

    The Rogers Cup is an important leg of the ATP Masters Series. With 2.45 million US dollars prize, this event attracts the world`s best tennis players. In 2006, the Rogers Cup enjoyed the best attendance in its history, attracting 173, 484 spectators to Montreals Uniprix Stadium. Not only is that number a Canadian record, but it is also a world record for a week-long tennis tournament. Last year, Swiss Roger Federer won the title.


    Cyprus is participating for the first time in the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), between 1 and 7 August, along with another 120 countries. The worldwide synchronised breastfeeding campaign aims at emphasising the importance of breastfeeding for mother and child. In Cyprus the event takes place on Wednesday morning.

    In statements to CNA, one of the coordinators in Cyprus and Head of the Akti Project and Research Centre, Kyriaki Demetriou, said that thousands of mothers worldwide will breastfeed their children simultaneously as part of the WBW effort.

    She added that the event will begin in Nicosia at 09:30 local time with a speech by Minister of Health Costas Kadis, followed by the worldwide simultaneous breastfeeding which aims at breaking the previous Guinness World Record. According to the organisers, breastfeeding is celebrated in more than 120 countries. Officially it is celebrated from 17 August. However, groups may choose other dates to make it a more successful event in their countries.


    The number of registered unemployed in Cyprus increased in July by 1,464, reaching in total 12,191 persons. Data from the District Labour Offices show that in June 2007 the registered unemployed reached 10,727, compared to 12,191 in July 2007.

    According to a press release issued by the government`s Statistical Service (CyStat), the increase in unemployment in July was mainly recorded in the sectors of education, trade and public administration.

    But compared to July 2006, there has been a decrease in the number of registered unemployed by 926 people, a fact, which is mainly attributed to the decrease of unemployment in the sectors of manufacturing, transport and construction.

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