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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-07-26

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has underlined his commitment to achieve a solution in Cyprus, providing for one state with a single sovereignty and a single international personality.

    The President, who received Monday Greek expatriate teachers from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, said that the Greek Cypriot side aims at the achievement of a solution that will provide for one state, with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship and a single international personality.

    He said that the property issue is currently being discussed at the ongoing UN led Cyprus talks between himself and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, noting that the issue constitutes one of the most difficult aspects of the Cyprus problem.

    Furthermore, he recalled that with former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat they discussed about the economy, EU issues as well as governance and power sharing.

    The President noted that some convergences have been achieved but pointed out that there are still many pending issues which have to be discussed.

    Addressing the overseas teachers, he told them that beyond the cease fire line, which divides the government controlled areas from the occupied areas of Cyprus, there is destruction of Cyprus cultural heritage by Turkey and usurpation of the Greek Cypriot properties.

    He also referred to Turkeys policy of illegal settling, in an attempt to change Cyprus demographic structure.


    Representatives of the Turkish occupied municipalities of Kyrenia, Lapithos and Karavas, as well as refugee associations from the Kyrenia district, handed over resolutions to the Office of the European Parliament in Cyprus and the Embassies of China and Greece, requesting support in the struggle to liberate Cyprus.

    Head of the European Parliament in Cyprus Tasos Georgiou said that the members of the delegation requested to be informed on their rights as municipalities representing European citizens, and explained that they had the option to file a report with the Committee on Petitions.

    After the meeting at the Embassy of China, the Ambassador`s Counselor said he understood the problem of the people of Kyrenia, who cannot return to their homes, adding that the stance of China is clear: ``we support the efforts of the UN Secretary General and we hope that the negotiations will lead to a viable solution, acceptable by the two communities.``

    At the Embassy of Greece, First Counselor Ekaterini Xagorari reaffirmed that Greece supports the Republic of Cyprus in efforts to reach a settlement, and that this has been proven by the visits of Prime Minister George Papandreou and his constant contact with the Cypriot authorities and President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias personally.


    A total of 400 flights, specifically 198 departures and 202 arrivals, at airports in Larnaca and Paphos, to and from various destinations in Europe, have been affected by the air-traffic controllers` ``work to rule`` strike in Greece.

    Director of Communications and Public Relations for Hermes Airports Ltd Adamos Aspris said that ``unfortunately, due to the changes in the operational system of the air-traffic controllers in Greece, the flight programme to and from the two international airports in Cyprus is affected today as well.``

    ``However, due to the fact that most of the scheduled flights for today are by foreign airlines and not Cypriot ones, for which the illegal ban by Turkey for use of its air space is in place, it is expected that the situation will improve. Based on Hermes Airports Operation Centre data, from Sunday morning, when the problem arose, totally 400 flights have been affected,`` he said, specifically ``198 departures and 202 arrivals.``

    In Larnaca, on the southern coast, 320 flights have been affected, while in Paphos, on the west, 80. Out of the 400 flights that that have been affected, 26 arrivals and 29 departures have been cancelled, all to and from Larnaca, he said, adding that ``the rest of the flights present delays, from 45 minutes to five hours.``


    The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) Chairman George Koufaris expressed certainty on Monday that the CSE would continue to make a catalytic contribution to the development of Cyprus as financial centre, and would play a significant role over the next few years in the growth of the economy.

    Speaking at a press conference to present the CSE financial statement for 2009, current developments, the new development programmes and the CSE plans, Koufaris said the CSE was making plans and taking initiatives ``in order to become a more dynamic and competitive market in Cyprus and the broader region.``

    Referring to the global financial crisis and how it affected Cyprus, Koufaris said that it was unavoidable that it would also affect the CSE with a low volume of transactions, stock price instability, and in general poor interest in investments.

    ``Even with a lower volume of transactions, the CSE surplus for 2009 was 617,000 EUR, compared to 282,000 EUR in 2008,`` he said.

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