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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-09-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT HOLY SYNOD CYPRUS PROBLEM
  • [02] INTERIOR MINISTER - EU ASYLUM MEETING
  • [03] PASCHALIDES RUSSIA - BUSINESS FORUM
  • [04] MINISTER OF CULTURE - EVENTS - 50TH ANNIVERSARY

  • [01] PRESIDENT HOLY SYNOD CYPRUS PROBLEM

    President of the Republic Demetris Christofias has assured that the Greek Cypriot side will not accept solutions to the Cyprus problem that are imposed by third parties.

    In a speech at a special session of the Church of Cyprus Holy Synod, President Christofias said that at the ongoing peace talks he defends ``the principles concerning the existence and survival of the country``, noting that this also calls for flexibility.

    ``I believe it is necessary to show this flexibility in our efforts for a peaceful solution of the problem,`` he said and reiterated that ``we are dealing with a difficult invader.``

    President Christofias assured that the state would support the Church in the joint struggle for the reunification of Cyprus and pointed out the need for dialogue that would lead to understanding.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Christofias is engaged in talks with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, in a bid to find a negotiated settlement to reunite the country.

    [02] INTERIOR MINISTER - EU ASYLUM MEETING

    Minister of the Interior Neoclis Sylikiotis has left for Brussels to participate in the EU ministerial meeting on asylum, which will focus on the quality and effectiveness of the asylum process.

    The main aim of the meeting, organised by the Belgian EU presidency, is to determine right practices that can contribute to making asylum processes in the EU member states more efficient, maintaining high quality, as well as practical cooperation and solidarity among member states.

    Sylikiotis returns to Cyprus on Tuesday.

    [03] PASCHALIDES RUSSIA - BUSINESS FORUM

    Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides has said that Cyprus` dynamic and growing economy has much to offer to Russian companies, noting that ``these opportunities could be explored and exploited in a fruitful cooperation with Cypriot business-people in successful business ventures.``

    Addressing the Business Forum ``Cyprus - An International Business and Professional Centre``, in Yekaterinburg Russia, Paschalides said the Forum provides the opportunity to discuss all those issues, as well as business ambitions for the future, and assured that ``companies from your region will be more than welcome to explore Cyprus and discover the advantages that it can offer.``

    He said that, ``despite the global financial and economic crisis, Cyprus economy experienced a higher than the EU average growth rate in the last years; inflation is currently low and unemployment in 2010 is expected to be at a low 7.1 per cent`` and that ``average per capita income, in terms of purchasing power, corresponds to almost 95% of the EU average.``

    He pointed out that ``the credibility Cyprus has earned amongst the international investment community is evident from its foreign direct investment track record`` and that ``Russia is amongst the largest foreign investors in Cyprus.``

    [04] MINISTER OF CULTURE - EVENTS - 50TH ANNIVERSARY

    As part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary since its establishment, the Republic of Cyprus is organising a series of events at home and abroad, aiming, on the one hand, to illustrate the history of the island since 1960 and, on the other, to highlight the achievements of the country on a political, social, scientific and cultural level.

    The programme of events was presented Monday by the Minister of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou, in the presence of the Director of Cultural Services Pavlos Paraskevas and Artistic Director Andy Bargilly.

    According to the Minister, events include archaeological and contemporary art exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances and lectures. Highlights of the official programme are various flagship events, taking place in Nicosia and other capitals around the world, namely Athens, London, Brussels, Paris, Washington and Moscow.

    The flagship event on October 1st, in Nicosia constitutes the culmination of the anniversary programme, with the President of the Republic, Demetris Christofias, as the main speaker. The event is a synthesis of music, song, dance-theatre, visual effects and multimedia.


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