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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-12-06

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    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, namely President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, will be holding a new meeting on Monday in the context of the UN-led direct negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.

    The meeting will take place at the residence of the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus, in the UN-controlled buffer zone.

    The last meeting in Nicosia between the leaders of the two communities was held on November 8, with the issue of properties on the agenda.

    On November 18 they met in New York with the UN Secretary General. Todays meeting is the first encounter between Christofias and Eroglu after the New York meeting.


    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.


    The fire raging in northern Israel which has destroyed thousands of acres of land and claimed the lives of 42 people is under control, Cyprus Police Spokesman Michalis Katsounotos told CNA.

    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 to control the fire.

    The Cypriot firefighting unit was the first foreign team to arrive in Israel on Friday morning, having sent a police helicopter and a Forestry Department aircraft. Officials of Cyprus Forestry Department were also sent to Israel.

    Katsounotos said that aircraft pilots will remain vigilant until Monday to prevent any renewed outbreaks of the fire.

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