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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-07-27

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    Minister of Communications and Works Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis has protested strongly to the EU and international organizations the restrictive measures which Turkey applies against Cypriot aircraft.

    The protest letter she sent was addressed to the EU Commissioner responsible for Transport Siim Kallas, the General Director of EUROCONTROL David McMillan, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and her EU counterparts.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern areas, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Ankara, in spite of repeated calls from Brussels, refuses to open its air space to Cypriot aircraft, an obligation it has to meet as part of its accession negotiation course.

    This refusal forces the national carrier, Cyprus Airways and Eurocypria, a chartered airline, to avoid Turkish air space and fly over Greece by necessity, often making a detour which adds flying time to various destinations, such as Moscow.

    Marcoullis asked the European Commissioner to decisively intervene to rectify this illegal and unacceptable situation, in line with European and international law.

    This violation, the Minister points out, continues, despite the fact that accession negotiations between Turkey and EU are underway and in spite of the recent aviation agreement between Turkey and Brussels.

    In the letter, Marcoullis said that European air space faced another problem caused by the air-traffic controllers` ``work to rule`` strike in Greece. This strike, she noted, caused delays on the flight schedule of several airlines, which however, had the opportunity to change their schedule and avoid the Greek air space.

    This was possible for all EU member states, except one, Cyprus, she pointed out. Cyprus was the only member state that could not avoid Greek air space, because it cannot use the Turkish air space as a result of the illegal prohibition that Turkey has imposed on all Cypriot airlines, she stressed in the letter.

    The Turkish prohibition caused significant losses to the two airlines, Cyprus Airways and Eurocypria, due to the cancellation of flights and delays. In the case of Cyprus Airways, the losses reached half a million euro daily.

    Marcoullis also stressed to Kallas that the Turkish embargo violates the fundamental principles of the EU on transport, and especially the principle of equality on competition, the right to use the shortest route for safety, economic and environmental reasons.


    Britain and Turkey have expressed their committment to work for a solution in Cyprus based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, according to the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, signed Tuesday.

    The Strategic Partnership was signed in Ankara between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is paying an official visit to the country.

    On Cyprus issue, the Partnership says: We commit to working for a Cyprus settlement, based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and in line with the joint statements of the two leaders in Cyprus during the current round of negotiations.


    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan pays an official visit to Cyprus.

    On Wednesday, he will hold an official meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Markos Kyprianou, during which they will sign an Agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Mutual Exemption of Entry Visas for Holders of Diplomatic, Special and Service Passports.

    They will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding On Bilateral Political Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, followed by statements to the Press.


    Population in Cyprus increased in 2009 by 1.000, reaching 798.000 inhabitants.

    According to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, in 2009 around 10.000 births were recorded in Cyprus and 5.000 deaths.

    On 1 January 2010, the population of the EU27 was estimated at 501.1 million, compared with 499.7 million on 1 January 2009.

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