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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-01-23

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT PAPADOPOULOS BRITISH BASES
  • [02] EURO AREA - ECONOMY
  • [03] CYPRIOT FM LIBYA VISIT
  • [04] BAGHDATIS - CTO

  • [01] PRESIDENT PAPADOPOULOS BRITISH BASES

    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said that after the signing of the strategic partnership agreement between the UK and Turkey, the Cypriot government conveyed the message to London that the status of the Sovereign British Bases (SBA) in Cyprus was under reconsideration.

    Replying to questions regarding the problems for the funding of businesses within the SBA areas, President Papadopoulos said there was a problem with the introduction of the euro in the Bases, since the UK has not entered the Eurozone, adding that efforts for the acquis communautaire to apply to the Bases were continuing.

    ``We recently had the negative development regarding the signing of the strategic agreement between England and Turkey, and we have notified the English that the whole pattern of the relations of the Bases, the status of the Bases, the status of Cypriot citizens and the treaties are, on our side, under reconsideration,`` he said.

    Cyprus gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1960. Britain, Greece and Turkey were the guarantors of Cyprus` independence under the 1960 Treaty and since then Britain has retained two military bases on the island.

    [02] EURO AREA - ECONOMY

    The economic situation in the US is continuing to get worse and a downturn of the economy cannot be ruled out, Head of the Eurogroup, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean- Claude Junker has said after a meeting of the Eurogroup ministers.

    Cyprus, which officially joined the Eurozone on January 1st, 2008, was represented at the meeting by Finance Minister Michalis Sarris. Sarris and his Maltese counterpart briefed member states of the Eurozone regarding the changeover to the Euro, which according to Junker was absolutely successful. Junker also referred to the good preparation of the two countries and to the immediate combating of profiteering incidences.

    Junker said that if the US economy faces a downturn, this will affect the growth of Eurozone countries, that in any case will be lower than 2,2% that the European Commission had predicted in November.

    Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia said that the growth in the Eurozone will be around 2% in 2008.

    [03] CYPRIOT FM LIBYA VISIT

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis will pay January 23, a working visit to Libya during which she will discuss with the Libyan government the Cyprus problem and the cooperation between Cyprus and Libya in the framework of various Mediterranean partnerships.

    Furthermore, Marcoullis and Libyan officials will sign a memorandum of understanding providing for further consultations between the two Foreign Ministries.

    [04] BAGHDATIS - CTO

    The Cyprus Tourist Organization (CTO) has concluded an agreement with Cypriot tennis Champion Marcos Baghdatis who will promote Cyprus abroad as a tourist destination.

    A CTO press release said that the Cypriot tennis player has already participated in a TV spot broadcasted on Eurosport along with Cyprus brandmark Love Cyprus, in the framework of the Australian Open.

    The agreement also provides for the production of ads with Marcos Baghdatis in electronic and printed form, to promote Cyprus tourism and especially sport tourism.


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