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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-06-23

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  • [01] AKEL - TREATY

  • [01] AKEL - TREATY

    Leading government party, left wing AKEL has decided to vote against the Lisbon Treaty a week before the debate at the House of Representatives Plenary which is expected to approve the Treaty.

    As Cyprus is set to ratify Lisbon treaty on 3rd July, the Movement of Ecologists-Environmentalists, which discussed the issue yesterday, has decided to abstain from the voting to show its disapproval for the discussions on the Treaty taking place in the EU and Cyprus.

    Speaking after a meeting of the AKEL Central Committee, parliamentary spokesman Nicos Katsourides said the decision was taken unanimously in the absence of the Secretary General of the party, Cypriot President Demetris Christofias.

    We vote against the Treaty because we believe that its content is not in the interest of the peoples of Europe and especially the workers, said Katsourides noting that the decision was a result of a very serious study of the Treatys content and provisions.

    Noting that there is already Irelands no and deep concern from 3-4 other member states, Katsourides concluded that the party will present its full thinking on the Treaty at the House debate in July.

    As regards the Presidents absence from the deliberations, he said that Christofias has made a commitment to honor his predecessors decision.

    The Central Committee of the Movement of Ecologists-Environmentalists after deliberations has decided by majority to authorise its General Secretary George Perdikis to express concerns and reservations as regards the content of the Treaty of Lisbon and thus protest at procedures taking place in Cyprus and pan-European level.

    In his statements Perdikis said that the Ecologists are in favor of a strong, democratic, Europe in the global economy and in efforts to save the planet from the environmental crisis, the cost of living and food.


    Cyprus Minister of Interior Neoclis Silikiotis met Monday Belgium`s Charge D` Affairs Pierre Gillon, whom he briefed on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

    Silikiotis and Gillon discussed the relationships between the two countries, as well as the structure of the European Union and its institutions.

    Gillon requested to be briefed on the challenges faced by the Ministry noting that it has more competencies compared to the respective Ministries in other EU countries.

    Silikiotis briefed Gillon on Ministry`s competencies, giving special emphasis on Immigration, City planning and Civil Defence, outlining each department`s problems and measures taken for their solution.

    The Cypriot Minister also briefed the Belgian diplomat on the establishment of a committee coordinated by the Ministry of Interior and comprising the Ministries of Education, Justice and Public Order, Labour and Social Insurances, the Office of the Ombudsman as well as Non governmental Organisations, aiming at creating a comprehensive action plan for the integration of immigrants into the Cypriot society.


    The Paphos Aphrodite Festival celebrates ten years of presence with Madama Butterfly, Puccini`s best-loved operatic opus produced and performed by the Lyric Theatre ``Giuseppe Verdi`` - Trieste.

    The timeless operatic masterpiece of love, betrayal and sacrifice, Madama Butterfly has won the hearts of audiences for over a century and will be staged on 29, 30 and 31 August at the magical Medieval Pafos Castle.

    According to a Paphos Aphrodite Festival press release Madama Butterfly, building on the success and experience of its previous productions: Aida (1999), Carmen (2000), Nabucco and Zorba the Greek (2001), Turandot (2002), Tosca (2003), Rigoletto (2004), La Traviata (2005), Un Ballo in Maschera (2006) and Il Trovatore (2007) aspires to offer the music lovers another unique experience.

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