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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-17

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    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias arrived last night in Brussels to attend today`s European Councils meeting.

    During his stay in the Belgian capital, the Cypriot President will also hold meetings with senior European officials.

    President Christofias is expected to meet on Thursday evening with the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and on Friday morning with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

    It is also expected that the Cypriot President will attend on Friday noon an informal lunch with Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule in the presence of Cypriot EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androula Vasileiou.

    The issues on the agenda of today`s meeting of the 27 EU leaders relate to the adoption of the new strategy ``Europe 2020``, EU`s new strategy for jobs and growth, setting out the Union`s position for the G20 summit in Toronto on 26 and 27 June 2010 and the reassessment of EU`s climate change policy after the Copenhagen conference.

    EU leaders will also discuss the adoption of the euro by Estonia as well as the launch of the accession process with Iceland.


    The Russian Foreign Ministry, in a statement, welcomed UN Security Council resolution 1930 for the renewal of UNFICYPs mandate, noting that the decision that was approved by a majority, confirms the principles of solving the Cyprus issue on the basis of relevant UNSC resolutions.

    The resolution expresses support to the fully-fledged intercommunal negotiations, refers to the expectation to decisively promote the progress that has been achieved so far and according to the wishes expressed by both sides on 21 December 2009 that a solution can be achieved in 2010.

    Russia, which has actively participated in drafting the resolution adopted by the Security Council, maintains the position that the fundamental responsibility for peacefully settling of the Cyprus issue remains with Cypriot sides.

    At the same time, Russia believes that the international community should play, from now on, a helpful role in granting support to the leaders of the Cypriot communities to achieve an overall and firm settlement.


    Minister of Communications and Works Dr Erato Kozakou Marcoullis has pledged here Thursday that Cyprus is committed to put an end to the senseless carnage on roads and all possible efforts will be exerted towards this end.

    Speaking at the Road Safety Seminar, organized by the Embassy of Sweden, in Nicosia, Marcoullis expressed her appreciation to the Embassy and to the Swedish Trade Council, for the seminar on the most crucial social problem of road safety.

    She said the statistics on persons injured or dead from road accidents around the world are frightening as one million three hundred thousand die every year and 50 million are injured or rendered permanently disabled.

    Cyprus, she said, pays its own heavy toll on the roads. An average of nearly 90 people die every year, about 2.000 are injured and hundreds are permanently disabled.


    Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Airways Kikis Lazarides, presenting a report on 2009 at the 63rd General Meeting of Cyprus Airways, referred to the ``extremely difficult and unpredictable environment`` created by the global financial crisis, increased competition and the cloud of volcanic ash over Europe.

    He said that in 2009 the company recorded losses of 3.3 million euros after taxes, compared to a profit of 1.7 million euros in 2008, noting that the losses were an ``achievement`` considering the prevailing conditions.

    Lazarides also said that Cyprus Airways maintained an adequate cash flow, with 57 million euros in its account on 31 December 2009, and referred to efforts made to improve the company, including alterations to its flight schedule with the addition of extra flights to various destinations in the Middle East and Europe. He also referred to the renewal of the company`s fleet with new Airbuses.

    Furthermore, he said a negative factor was the continuing ban on Cyprus Airways flights over Turkey. ``This unfavourable treatment that our company continues to suffer adversely affects its competitiveness and makes it more vulnerable,`` he pointed out.

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