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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-09-11

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    Talks between Cyprus and Malta have focused on the need for joint action to deal with the increasing number of illegal immigrants that flood these two countries, which joined the European Union in May 2004.

    We have compared notes and experiences and talked about working together within the EU, as we face similar problems and illegal immigration is not a Cypriot or a Maltese problem but a European one, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Home Affairs of Malta Tonio Borg said after a meeting with Interior Minister Christos Patsalides.

    Borg said that European assistance on this matter should move from mere financial aid to something more concrete, pointing out that burden sharing is ultimately the real alternative to dealing with this problem.

    He said he also discussed the FRONTEX operations in different areas in Europe, which help highlight the human tragedy of illegal immigration in central Mediterranean.

    Some 600 persons die every year on Europes doorstep trying to cross from Libya to Malta or Sicily, he added.

    We believe we should cooperate more within the EU at the political level to give a Mediterranean vision or dimension of things, which is extremely important in the same way that other regions give a Scandinavian or Balkan vision, he pointed out.

    Interior Minister said Cyprus and Malta, being island states, share common concerns, in particular illegal immigration issues following EU accession.

    We have agreed to strengthen our cooperation within the EU to ensure that our problems, when it comes to illegal immigration, can be tackled through our own proposals and solution as well, he added.

    The objective is to operate correctly and effectively within the EU, bearing always in mind the peculiarities of both countries, since both have become a magnet for illegal immigrants.

    I have explained that the most significant problem Cyprus is facing comes from the northern Turkish occupied areas of the Republic, when people try to cross into the southern government controlled part of the island, Patsalides said, adding that in this respect Nicosia is seeking support from Malta.

    Earlier the Maltese official was received by President Tassos Papadopoulos, with whom he also discussed immigration issues.


    A world known exhibition, entitled Vienna -the State of the Art: Architecture - Urban Preservation and Renewal, will be inaugurated in Nicosia on Thursday. The exhibition features roughly 140 objects, designed by Austrian architects and artists and reflects the key trends of contemporary Viennese architecture.

    A press release by the Austrian embassy in Cyprus says that the exhibition also shows how Vienna, in taking bold steps into the future, addresses its rich architectural legacy with care and delicacy. The exhibition has already been presented in a number of major European cities and it will be hosted in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, a city that also faces the challenges of combining ambitious urban renewal with preserving rich architectural heritage.

    The exhibition, which will run until the end of September 2007, will be inaugurated by Mayor of Nicosia Eleni Mavrou, Member of the Vienna City Government for Urban Development and Transport, Rudolf Schicker and Austrian Ambassador in Nicosia Dr Eva Hager.


    Cyprus clinched two more gold medals in the ISSF World Shooting Championships 2007, which took place at the Olympic Shooting Centre in Nicosia.

    Cypriot champion George Achilleos won the gold medal in skeet, with 148 hits out of 150.

    Cyprus` national skeet team, with George Achilleos, Kyriacos Christoforou and Antonis Michaelides, was pronounced world champion with 364 hits out of 375, followed by the Czech Republic with 362 hits and the US with 359.

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