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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-03-08

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    The government has stressed that it cannot discount remarks by the Turkish President that Ankara had intervened in a ruling the European Court of Human Rights has issued, relating to Turkish occupied Greek Cypriot properties, which essentially recognises the self-styled immovable property commission (IPC) in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    The fact that Turkish President has stated that the Court judgment was issued after his intervention cannot be disregarded nor can it be accepted, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou stressed here today.

    Asked to give the government position on the view that there has been political intervention with the Court, Stephanou said that bearing in mind that we are involved in a negotiating process, with all due respect to the ECHR, the Court should had been more careful and should have taken into account that fact.

    Turkeys President Abdullah Gul has talked about Turkeys success, which is due to his and Turkeys intervention on this case, as he claimed. This is something that cannot go unnoticed. We cannot accept such a thing, Stephanou added.

    The European Court (ECHR), in Strasbourg, said that the IPC is an effective domestic remedy as far as property claims are concerned, and urged Greek Cypriots to address their claims to the IPC. It also said that Greek Cypriots must first exhaust all domestic remedies before resorting to the ECHR, including applying to the so-called high administrative court in the occupied areas of Cyprus, if the IPC remedy is not to their satisfaction.


    The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Pachalides and the President of the Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism Manthos Mavrommatis announced on Monday that Cyprus will embark on an international campaign to promote the island as an international business services centre and to attract foreign direct investment.

    The campaign will cover 21 countries, in Europe, the Balkanks, the Middle East, the Gulf, Eurasian countries, as well as developing Asian countries.

    This year`s campaign starts on a positive note, as revenue from tourism in January and February 2010 increased by 4%, despite a decline in tourist arrivals, while the registration of foreign companies rose by 23% compared to 2009.

    Both Paschalides and Mavrommatis said that Cyprus can become an international services centre and an attractive country of foreign direct investment. They also said that this year`s campaign was intensified following the financial crisis and will exceed last year`s record campaign in 19 countries, reaching 21 countries.


    Attracting more women to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was the focus of a conference organised in Nicosia by the Directorate of Information Society and Media of the European Commission and the Cyprus Computer Society, entitled Women in ICT-The Way Forward.

    In his address, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said that better access to information and the ability to tap into the benefits of ICT enable men and women to be more competitive in this ever growing sector of the economy, even nowadays, when we are experiencing a global economic crisis.

    He said that according to the International Data Corporation, the IT Sector is the steam engine of the world economy and it is estimated that 5.8 million new posts will be created in the next four years related to IT, while about 75.000 new IT companies will be established by 2013.

    Stephanou noted that the actions that have been taken so far by the European Union in this area are in line with the vision of the Cyprus government.

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