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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-03-04

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SPOKESMAN DIRECT TALKS
  • [02] UN LEADERS - MEETING
  • [03] GOVERNMENT LIMNITIS CROSSING POINT
  • [04] HEAD OF CYBER CRIME OFFICE - INTERVIEW

  • [01] SPOKESMAN DIRECT TALKS

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said on Wednesday that the leaders of the two communities have exchanged views on the issue of properties and their joint decision was to move on.

    Replying to questions, Stephanou said the leaders will be meeting tomorrow and noted that it may be the last meeting on the issue of properties.

    Asked if President of the Republic Demetris Christofias would be meeting with the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat had, Stephanou said the ambassadors ``have contact in various ways with the leaders of the two communities.``

    ``The President is in regular contact and has contacts and meetings with the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council in Cyprus,`` he said.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities have been engaged in direct negotiations to reach a settlement since early September 2008.

    [02] UN LEADERS - MEETING

    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will be meeting on Thursday in the context of direct negotiations to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    According to a press release issued by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the meeting will take place in the UN protected area of Nicosia at 1000 local time.

    Speaking after the previous meeting on February 25, the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative to Cyprus Taye Brook Zerihoun said the leaders started exchanging views on the principles that will guide the discussions on the property issue and that they have been discussing the criteria to define the parameters under which this discussion will continue.

    [03] GOVERNMENT LIMNITIS CROSSING POINT

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said on Wednesday that the government has been raising the issue of opening a crossing point in Limnitis and will continue efforts in this direction, since the opening of the crossing point will further promote the good climate in relations between the two communities, especially during the ongoing direct negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem, and will also facilitate both the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot residents of the area.

    Replying to questions, Stephanou said President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have agreed to work towards the opening of crossing points along the ceasefire line, giving priority to Limnitis.

    ``We are working in this direction and we have said many times that it is not our fault that the Limnitis crossing point has not yet opened. We will continue these efforts,`` he added.

    [04] HEAD OF CYBER CRIME OFFICE - INTERVIEW

    As cyber crime has been increasing in the past few years, the competent office of Cyprus police has stressed the need for parents to take the necessary measures to protect their children from potential dangers on cyberspace.

    According to the Head of the Cyber Crime Office Markos Nikolettis, Cyprus has been receiving lots of information from services and non governmental organisations from abroad regarding cases of child pornography and it contributes to their detection.

    In an interview with CNA, Nikolettis noted the increase in the number of illegal interferences and interventions in the personal data of internet users, mainly of youngsters, aiming at their vilification. The Cyprus Cyber Crime Office was established in September 2007 and according to Nikolettis the number of complaints it has been receiving has been increasing. In 2008 the Office investigated 121 cases. Eighty-one of them were cases regarding child pornography and 19 concerned illegal cyber hacking: interventions, interferences and forgeries.

    On the 81 cases of child pornography, Nikolettis said that 25 of them concerned foreign countries and relevant information was communicated to them. In 36 cases allegations were not established. Four persons have been prosecuted and these cases are still pending before the courts, while 13 other cases are still being investigated.

    (The full text has been posted on the website of the Agency, just click on the link SPECIAL ISSUES - ANALYSES for free access)


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