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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-06-29

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    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the opening of the Limnitis crossing point, on the northwest of Cyprus, will depend on the work that is needed to be carried out in the area.

    Stephanou underlined Monday that the governments aim is to finalize the work as soon as possible. The most important thing at the moment is the decision agreement that was achieved regarding the opening of Limnitis, he said.

    On June 26th, the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat reached an agreement for the opening of Limnitis crossing point and the access to and from Kokkina.

    The decision was taken during their 34th meeting in the framework of the direct negotiation process aiming at finding a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.


    The Finnish Orthodox Church has honored Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II with its highest honorary distinction.

    A press release issued by the Church of Cyprus said that Chrysostomos, who paid an official visit to Finland, also officiated a church service along with Archbishop of Karelia and all Finland Leon.

    Addressing Archbishop Chrysostomos, Leon referred to the EU and the need for a more active engagement along with other countries in efforts to reunify the island of Cyprus divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion - and also to EU engagement so that its member states respect the right to the cultural heritage.

    He noted that the Orthodox churches of Poland and Finland were destroyed during the Second World War and that churches in Cyprus were also destroyed during the Turkish invasion. He suggested that Cyprus, Poland and the Finnish Orthodox Church claim the restoration of their cultural heritage from the EU.


    EU`s Quarterly Report on the Euro Area estimates that the fiscal deficit in Cyprus for 2009 will reach 1.9% of GDP.

    According to the report, the deficit in Cyprus will rise to 2.6% in 2010, while forecast for real GDP growth show that Cyprus will mark the highest economic growth in the Euro area both in 2009 and 2010 with 0.3% and 0.7% respectively.

    Nevertheless, in 2010, Cyprus along with Luxembourg (2.8%) and Slovakia (2.9%) will be the only countries with deficit less the 3% limit for by the Maastricht criteria.

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