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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-05-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EU SPANISH PRESIDENCY - TURKEY
  • [02] CYPRUS ISRAEL PALESTINIANS TALKS
  • [03] COMMERCE MINISTER CTO

  • [01] EU SPANISH PRESIDENCY - TURKEY

    The Spanish Presidency would like to open new chapters in accession negotiations with Turkey to the EU, said Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, who chaired the EU-Turkey Association Council on Monday in Brussels, pointing out at the same time that Ankara must also make the relevant efforts.

    ``The Spanish Presidency believes that we must continue the negotiation process with determination and move towards the opening of new chapters,`` Moratinos said at a press conference after the Council in which it reiterated that Spain will continue efforts to ensure compliance with the commitment to the full integration of Turkey into the EU.

    Moratinos said he could not specify how many chapters he expects to open during the Spanish term, which ends June 30, but he assured that internal efforts are being made in the EU and that the Presidency is doing ``additional work in those chapters that have more political elements.``

    [02] CYPRUS ISRAEL PALESTINIANS TALKS

    Cyprus has welcomed the commencement of the proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which should lead to the resumption of direct negotiations.

    A press release issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that ``Cyprus underlines the importance of serious and meaningful discussions during the proximity talks, including on all core issues and urges both parties to avoid actions that could derail the proximity talks.``

    ``The Government and the people of Cyprus, also pursuant to the Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of December 2009, stand ready to support the negotiations that will lead to a two-state solution with the state of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,`` the press release concluded.

    [03] COMMERCE MINISTER CTO

    Cyprus Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Antonis Paschalides has said that the role of Cyprus Tourism Organization will change and the Organization will be reconstructed to become more flexible and effective.

    Paschalides who made statements at the Parliament said they briefed the Parliamentary Committee on commerce for the governments goals and actions with a view to promote tourism and elaborated on the governments proposal to build a marina in Paralimni.

    The minister noted that the government supports maritime tourism «and our effort is that marines will become one of our powerful tools in upgrading Cyprus tourist product.


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