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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-08-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] IACOVOU - NAMI - MEETING
  • [02] COMMISSION - CYPRUS - IMMIGRATION
  • [03] CYPRIOT TEAMS - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

  • [01] IACOVOU - NAMI - MEETING

    Greek Cypriot top aide to the President has walked out of a meeting with his Turkish Cypriot interlocutor when he was told that the Turkish Cypriot regime will not allow Greek Cypriot pilgrims access to a Turkish occupied church to pray.

    Presidential Commissioner George Iacovou walked out of the meeting with Ozdil Nami, advisor to Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, after the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun announced the Turkish Cypriot decision to refuse Kato Pyrgos village citizens permission to pass through Limnitis on an organised pilgrimage to Saint Mamas.

    Iacovou said ``this of course is sad news`` and described it as a ``provocative decision,`` adding that he decided he could not continue his scheduled meeting with Nami and walked out.

    Asked if this was a bad omen in view of the commencement of direct negotiations between the leaders of the two communities on September 3, Iacovou said ``we must keep calm.``

    He added that President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has been informed about the developments.

    [02] COMMISSION - CYPRUS - IMMIGRATION

    The Green Line Regulation continues to provide a workable basis for allowing the passage of persons and goods to the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus but the high number of illegal immigrants crossing the Line remains of concern, a European Commission report says.

    The annual report issued by the Commission deals with the Green Line Regulation, which has been in force since 1 May 2004. The Regulation defines the terms under which the provisions of EU law apply to the movement of persons, goods and services across the Line between the areas of the Republic of Cyprus in which the government of the Republic of Cyprus does not exercise effective control and the areas in which it does.

    This report covers the period 1 May 2007 - 30 April 2008.

    Regarding illegal immigration, the report says that the number of third country nationals crossing the Line illegally remains an area of serious concern. It notes that in the reporting period, the total number of detected (or apprehended) illegal immigrants doubled, reaching the highest level ever.

    [03] CYPRIOT TEAMS - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Cypriot football clubs, Omonia and APOEL of Nicosia, qualified to UEFA Cup`s first round after knocking out Greek AEK and Serbia`s Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (Red Star), sparking a continued round of celebrations, after Anorthosis Famagusta FC triumph to become the first Cypriot club to compete in the Champions League group stage.

    Omonia and APOEL will participate in today`s first round draw in Monaco, comprising 80 teams who will play two legs to form the 40 clubs that make up the group stage.


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