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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-04-28

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    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has expressed his satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting of the National Council.

    The National Council, the top advisory body to the Cypriot President on the Cyprus problem, convened on Wednesday for the third day in a row to continue discussion on the latest developments of the Cyprus problem and the prospects for a settlement.

    Asked about the meeting, President Christofias referred to Spokesmans statements.

    Government Spokesman talked to you and told you that it has been a creative and friendly discussion. I have nothing to add, President Christofias said.

    Asked if he is satisfied, he said: Of course, I am satisfied.

    Replying to a question if it would be better to reach a common position on the issue of the latest European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision on the so-called property commission in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, President Christofias said that Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has reiterated governments position. Similar is the position of all, he added.

    During Wednesdays session, the members of the National Council were briefed by the Attorney General on the issue of the latest European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision on the so-called property commission in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, while the political parties continued the presentation of their views.

    President Christofias and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat began on September 2008 UN-led talks for a mutually agreed settlement to the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The process was interrupted on March 30 ahead of the so-called ``elections``.


    The government is not in favor of Greek Cypriots resorting to the self - styled, so-called immovable property commission (IPC), set up in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, which calls on Greek Cypriots to address themselves to this commission if they want to claim their occupied properties.

    This was stated Wednesday by Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou after the conclusion of the third day of the National Councils meeting, which was informed by Attorney General Petros Clerides about the recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)ruling that the IPC constitutes an effective domestic remedy.

    The members of the National Council, top advisory body to the Cypriot President in the handling of the Cyprus issue, expressed their views and asked more clarifications from Clerides on the issue.

    The government does not favor the resort to the so called commission, especially now during the negotiations process, he stressed. The Spokesman said that the property issue will not be solved in the courts, it will be solved on the negotiating table for a Cyprus solution.

    The ECHR decision, he went on to add, does not influence the political and legal arguments, which support the positions of the government submitted on the negotiating table regarding the properties issue.


    Cyprus` revenue from tourism reached 65.6 million euro in March 2010 compared to 57.4 million euro in the corresponding month of the 2009, recording an increase of 14.3%, according to a press release issued by Cyprus Statistical Service (CyStat).

    On the basis of the results of the Passenger Survey for the period January March 2010 revenue from tourism is estimated to 129.2 mn euro compared to 124.8 mn euro in the corresponding period of 2009, recording an increase of 3.5%.

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