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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-09-23

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    Cyprus Minister of Communications and Works Erato Kozakou Markoullis said on Thursday that Turkey`s restrictions on Cypriot aircraft along with Ankara`s refusal to cooperate with the Republic of Cyprus violate the Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation.

    Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of a meeting on regional flight safety, Markoullis said the intervention of the illegal air traffic control centre in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus - Tymbou - ``constitutes a continuous illegality which creates additional problems in the work of the Cypriot Civil Aviation authorities.``

    Turkey, which invaded Cyprus in July 1974 and in 1983 proclaimed a self-styled state in the northern occupied part of the island - recognized only by Turkey - refuses to cooperate with Nicosia Area Control Centre and instructs aircraft on a southbound course to Cyprus to contact ``Ercan airport``, ACC which is not recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

    ICAO only recognises the legal government of Cyprus and has issued instructions to aircraft operators to obey only Nicosia ACC when in the Cyprus FIR.


    The agreement between Cyprus and Lebanon to delimit their exclusive economic zone is before the Lebanese Parliament and the countrys Finance and Commerce Minister has pledged to do everything possible to have it sanctioned, according to Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides.

    He was speaking after meeting Mohammad Safadi at the Ministry on Thursday where the latter, who is on a short visit to the island, called for developing the economic ties between the two neighbouring countries.

    Paschalides said we discussed the issue of the exclusive economic zone between the two countries and the Minister informed me that the (Lebanese) cabinet approved the agreement, and it is now before the Parliament and he will personally promote it the soonest possible to complete this phase of the procedure.

    Paschalides also said they discussed the great prospects for developing tourism, noting we live on the same street, same neighbourhood and believe that there is great prospect to develop tourism between the two countries.


    Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Soteroulla Charalambous said on Thursday that within 2011 unemployment in Cyprus should drop, adding that her Ministry would draft a new plan addressing persons who have been unemployed for more than six months and no longer receive unemployment allowances, by giving incentives to businesses to employ them.

    Speaking in Larnaca on the sidelines of an international trade union seminar, Charalambous said that, as the economy recovers, the rate of growth is positive, which reflects on employment.

    Charalambous also pointed out the importance of vocational training, giving emphasis on persons who have been unemployed for more than six months, thus promoting their professional orientation.

    The Minister furthermore said meetings, such as the seminar in Larnaca, discussed issues that are on the agenda internationally, adding that one of the lessons to be learnt from the financial crisis was that it was necessary to have quality and secure jobs.

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