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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-03-11

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    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus will hold a new meeting in the context of the UN-led direct negotiations, starting today a discussion on European issues.

    UN Secretary Generals Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer will attend the talks between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

    In statements after their last meeting on 5th ╠arch, UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Taye-Brook Zerihoun said the leaders continued discussion on property issues and have now referred the matter to the representatives to consider, in tandem with other issues including governance and confidence building measures.

    Zerihoun had also noted that the two leaders would now move to EU matters.

    President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat are meeting in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations, which began last September with a view to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem. The talks aim at reunifying the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.


    Cyprus stance regarding the Cypriot flagged ship Monchegorsk carrying arms related material from Iran to Syria, received positive comments by the Permanent Representatives of France and Britain during an open discussion of the UN Security Council, held Tuesday.

    The permanent representatives of France and Britain asked Iran and Syria to give explanations since they violated UN resolutions. Iran, by exporting weapons and Syria by receiving them from Iran.

    The UNSC convened to hear the 90-day progress report of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee.

    President of the Committee Yukio Takasu notes in the report that on February 3rd 2009 the Committee received a letter from a member state seeking guidance with respect to its inspections of cargo on a vessel carrying its flag that was found to be carrying arms related material. The Committee responded to this letter on 6 February stating that the transfer of the material in question constituted a violation of paragraph five of resolution 1747 (2007)``, which prohibits export of weapons from Iran.

    The report refers to a second letter from Cyprus, dated February 12th, which gave more details about the issue. A reply was given to that letter on February 24th.


    The European Commission has marked the third anniversary of the entry into force of the Financial Aid Regulation for the Turkish Cypriot community with a special event, in the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia.

    Speaking at the event, Andrew Rasbash, Head of the Commissions Group for the Turkish Cypriot community, said the Programme has been half completed and called on the Turkish Cypriot to implement several aspects of the programme in accordance with the Financial Aid Regulation and EU regulations.

    He pointed out that the Regulation aims at assisting the Turkish Cypriots to comply with EU regulations after the reunification of Cyprus.

    In addition, the programme finances projects fostering reconciliation, confidence building measures, and support to civil society.

    In the past three years, the European Commission tendered 160 million euro (60% of the programme) and contracted 78 million euro (30% of the overall programme).

    The Commission has recently signed the first works contract worth 2.6 million euro on the replacement of asbestos cement water pipelines and four supply contracts for the amount of 2.2 million euro on the equipment for energy metering and reactive power compensation. Some 50 service contracts were signed, the most substantial ones in the environment sector. Last month, a service contract was signed for setting up an Information Point in the occupied part of Nicosia.


    AEL cruised into the EuroChallenge quarter-finals after finishing their top 16 campaign with a 74-60 win over Lokomotiv Rostov.

    AEL prevailed in their fifth win in six games. Rostov (2-4), which has just appointed Slovenian Saso Filipovski as their new coach, tied the game at 42-42 with a Fred House dunk.

    AEL went on a 9-2 run over the last three minutes of the third quarter for a 51-44 advantage and they kept the pressure on in the fourth.

    Their biggest lead came when Vujadin Subotic nailed a jumper for a 63-46 advantage.

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