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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-12-05

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    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has said that he was recently told by a representative of International Monetary Fund (IMF) that with moderate economic measures Cyprus could very soon becīme a core member of the eurozone.

    Speaking at the closing ceremony of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, Christofias said that his government has achieved much within a short time and under very difficult economic conditions. He added that while elsewhere the welfare state is unraveling to address the crisis, in Cyprus the welfare state gets stronger. He said that the goal is to deal with the crisis in a socially just way, and the government is succeeding that to a significant extent.

    Christofias pointed out that at a recent meeting a representative of the IMF told me that with moderate measures Cyprus could become one of the core eurozone nations and very soon indeed.

    The President hoped for consensus in the domestic front that will enable the implementation of economic measures which will help Cyprus to overcome the economic crisis without placing the burden on the average person and without unduly burdening business.

    He said that the government`s vision is for no Cypriot citizen to live below the poverty line in the coming years.

    In statements on the sidelines of the event, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Sotiroula Charalambous announced the launching of a state scheme for subsidizing the hiring of people unemployed for more than six months.

    Saying that measures to address unemployment will continue in 2011, she hoped that by stabilizing and increasing growth rates, unemployment rates in Cyprus will gradually decrease.

    Unemployment in Cyprus during November 2010 increased by 1.3%, according to the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus (CyStat). An increase of 19.8% was recorded, compared with November 2009.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said here Saturday that Cyprus President Demetris Christofias` proposal for the return of the occupied city of Famagusta to its legal inhabitants is balanced, feasible and applicable.

    Invited to comment the proposal made by Turkish Cypriot businessmen for Famagusta to remain under the administration of the Turkish Cypriot pseudo-state, Stephanou said that UN resolutions on Famagusta provide for something else.

    He noted that President Christofias` proposal on Famagusta is balanced, feasible and applicable because it is based on the UN resolutions and foresees the return of the fenced-off city of Famagusta under the United Nations administration, which is a basic parameter of the proposal.

    President Christofias proposal, Stephanou stressed is balanced because it beneficial for all, constitutes a breakthrough for the EU as regards the development of relations with the Turkish Cypriot community and gives motives to Turkey to be able to continue its EU accession course.


    A third helicopter pilot was sent to Israel on Saturday night to join the two pilots already there manning the Cyprus Police helicopter, along with a police engineer and a Special Missions Unit policeman, as part of an international effort against a raging forest fire.

    Police Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos told CNA on Sunday that there is optimism about the outcome of efforts to fight the fire, since the stormy winds which raged the last days have faded away, and expressed hope that during the day the situation will be under control.

    He noted that the third pilot has already conducted his first firefighting flight, noting that helicopters fight the fire near the coast.

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