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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-12-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER - CYPRUS - WORKING VISIT
  • [02] PAPACOSTAS - DUTIES
  • [03] SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [04] CYPRUS - LIBYA - BUSINESS

  • [01] HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER - CYPRUS - WORKING VISIT

    Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban is in Cyprus for a working visit.

    Orban will have a tete-a-tete meeting with President Demetris Christofias at the Presidential Palace. There will be a working lunch and afterwards statements to the press.

    The President of Hungary will depart from Cyprus on Monday afternoon.

    During his visit he will be accompanied by his Spokesman Peter Szijjarto, Foreign Policy Advisor on EU and External Economic Affairs Peter Gottfried, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for EU matters Eniko Gyori and Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Cyprus Csaba Lovro.

    [02] PAPACOSTAS - DUTIES

    Defence Minister Costas Papacostas returned on Monday to his duties after health problems he faced in November.

    Defence Ministry spokesperson Aliki Stylianou told CNA today that Papacostas is back at work today.

    On November 18, Papacostas was admitted to the Nicosia General Hospital when he complained of back pain and feeling unwell, where he was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm. He was discharged Friday from hospital on November 26.

    [03] SPOKESMAN - CYPRUS ISSUE

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that President Demetris Christofias will continue efforts he has undertaken since his election in 2008, with consistency on principles and with realism, with a view to achieving a political settlement of the Cyprus problem the soonest possible.

    Stephanou noted that such a settlement must end Turkeys occupation of the islands northern part, stop the influx of illegal settlers in Cyprus occupied areas and reunite the country and its people.

    The Spokesman also said that the President has a comprehensive policy on the Cyprus problem, which has fortified Cyprus against possible risks and revived efforts towards a solution.

    This policy highlights Turkeys responsibilities and has galvanised the interest of the international community in a political settlement, he pointed out.

    [04] CYPRUS - LIBYA - BUSINESS

    Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides has expressed the readiness of the government to give its full support and encouragement to any serious cooperation between Cypriot and Libyan companies, noting that ``our policy is to create a stimulating environment and the necessary conditions for such cooperation to develop into successful business ventures.``

    Addressing the business forum ``Cyprus - An International Business and Professional Centre``, in Tripoli, Libya, Paschalides said ``relations between Libya and Cyprus have been traditionally very close and friendly,`` adding that ``under the present financial crisis, the environment tends to be less investor-friendly.``

    ``Investors today seek confidence, safety and security, credentials that Cyprus certainly has. Despite the crisis, Cyprus economy is relatively healthy, with higher than the EU average growth rate in the last years. Average per capita income, in terms of purchasing power, corresponds to almost 95% of the EU average. Growth in 2010 is estimated at 0.5%, but we expect it to pick to 1.5% in 2011 and gradually reach 3% by 2012-2013,`` he said.

    He noted that ``this demonstrates the strengths of the vibrant Cypriot economy which undoubtedly make Cyprus a place where business can be conducted without red tape, high taxes and unhelpful attitudes.``


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