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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-12-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] TASSOS PAPADOPOULOS VIOLATION OF THE GRAVE
  • [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT EU SUMMIT
  • [03] MINISTER OF COMMERCE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

  • [01] TASSOS PAPADOPOULOS VIOLATION OF THE GRAVE

    Unknown persons violated the grave of former President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos, who passed away last year, and removed the body on Thursday night, a few hours ahead of the first annual memorial service.

    According to available information, unknown persons removed the body from the coffin and disappeared. The Police have cordoned off the area and access to the cemetery in the community of Deftera is prohibited.

    The open grave was found on Friday morning by a member of Tassos Papadopoulos` guard, who lit the vigil candle at the grave every morning. On hearing the news, the members of Tassos Papadopoulos` family went to the cemetery, as well as former Minister of Finance Makis Keravnos.

    Chief of Police Michalis Papageorgiou, Assistant Chief of Police Andreas Iatropoulos, and Nicosia Police Director Kypros Michaelides, are also at the cemetery, where the Headquarters` Criminal Investigation Department is carrying out investigations.

    Chrysis Pantelides, a former close associate of Tassos Papadopoulos, described the incident as criminal and sacrilegious. Sources said the memorial service scheduled for Saturday will be held as planned at the church of Saint Nicholas in Kato Deftera.

    [02] CYPRUS PRESIDENT EU SUMMIT

    The European Council continues Friday in Brussels its deliberations emphasising on climate change and economic issues. Cyprus is represented at the Council by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias.

    Cyprus expects that the EU will continue its common effort to deal with the world economic crisis bearing in mind the social aspect of the issue and the protection of the vulnerable groups of the society.

    In their agenda there will be the state of negotiations at the Copenhagen conference on climate change and the economic, financial and employment situation in the EU, in particular exit strategies and supervision of financial markets.

    Moreover, the European Council is expected to adopt a multi-annual programme in the field of freedom, security and justice, the Stockholm programme. The European Council will conclude its deliberations in the afternoon.

    [03] MINISTER OF COMMERCE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

    The exploitation of indigenous Renewable Energy Sources (RES) is priority, Cyprus Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides has said.

    In an address to the Conference on the Promotion of Distributed Renewable Energy Sources in the Mediterranean Region (DISTRES), Paschalides said Cyprus has to rely almost exclusively on imported fuels to satisfy its energy needs.

    ``The contribution of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) was 4,5% of the final energy consumption, in 2008. Thus more than 94% of total energy consumption is supplied by imported fuels,`` he pointed out. He explained that Cyprus being an island with a small and isolated energy system away from various international networks of electricity, oil and gas, faces additional challenges resulting in increased cost of imported energy, pointing out that ``last year, the cost of imported energy reached 19% of the countrys total imports.``


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