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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-05-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] STEFANOU - LIMNITIS CROSSING
  • [02] CYPRUS FM - CoE
  • [03] CYPRUS AIRWAYS - STRIKE IN GREECE
  • [04] CYPRUS` RESIDENTS - TRIPS

  • [01] STEFANOU - LIMNITIS CROSSING

    Cyprus Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said on Wednesday that President Demetris Christofias would discuss with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat the Limnitis issue during their meeting Thursday in the framework of UN-led direct negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

    Stefanou`s remarks came after reports suggesting that Talat said that the Greek Cypriot side is to be blame for the non-opening of Limnitis crossing point because although it accepted to provide electricity to the enclave of Kokkina where Turkish occupying troops are stationed, it refuses to allow passage for refueling of the troops there. This information has been disclosed during a meeting Tuesday between Greek Cypriot community leaders of Astromeritis and Kato Pyrgos and Turkish Cypriots who want the opening of the crossing point.

    The Spokesman refrained from commenting on the information, recalling that Christofias and Talat will meet Thursday in the framework of the UN-led talks, where they usually hold a tete-a-tete meeting. ``It would be better they discuss (the issue) in person and we will submit our own views on the matter,`` he added.

    Stefanou also recalled that the G/c side makes many and constant efforts for the opening of Limnitis crossing point, adding the G/c side cannot be blamed because Limnitis crossing point has not opened.

    The community leaders of Kato Pyrgos and Astromeritis as well as Turkish Cypriots said that after these reports they wish to meet with President Christofias and Talat.

    Stefanou said that President Christofias after he returns from a trip in London will meet with the community leaders and explain the G/s side`s positions on the matter.

    Kokkina, a coastal village in northeast Cyprus, was the centre of intercommunal clashes in 1964, when Turkish air force planes bombed Greek Cypriot villages in the area. Kokkina is accessible only through the free areas of the Republic or by sea. Turkish Cypriots have been visiting Kokkina by land with the consent of the government of Cyprus.

    For the past 45 years, Greek Cypriot residents in the area of Limnitis have to travel to Paphos, on the western coast, and Limassol, on the south, in order to reach the capital Nicosia. Opening a crossing point at Limnitis would make this journey far shorter. In the recent past, several crossing points to and from the islands northern Turkish occupied areas have opened to facilitate the movement of people.

    [02] CYPRUS FM - CoE

    Foreign Minister, Marcos Kyprianou participated in the 119th Summit of Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe held Tuesday in Madrid, on the occasion of the end of Spains Chairmanship. Slovenia will take over the next Chairmanship in the Committee.

    The Summit in Madrid commemorated the Organisations 60th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    Speaking during the Summit, Kyprianou underlined CoEs role and importance towards the establishment of peace and stability on the basis of common values.

    [03] CYPRUS AIRWAYS - STRIKE IN GREECE

    Eight Cyprus Airways flights, six from and to Athens and two to and from Salonika will be affected by the four-hour strike of air traffic controllers in Greece tomorrow from 1000 to 1400 local time (0930 to 1230 GMT).

    A Cyprus Airways press release said that two more join flights of Cyprus and Olympic Airways will be affected by the strike. According to the press release, new arrangements have been made.

    [04] CYPRUS` RESIDENTS - TRIPS

    A decrease of 4.6% was recorded in trips made by residents of Cyprus abroad in March 2009 compared to March 2008.

    According to an announcement issued Wednesday by Statistical Service, on the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, 83.899 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in March 2009 compared to 87.932 in the corresponding month last year, recording a decrease of 4.6%.


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