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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-12-23

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has pledged that the government will do its utmost to uproot fascism, using all legal means.

    President Christofias was commenting on an attack by fans of a local Greek Cypriot team APOEL against Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka after an international mens basketball match in Nicosia.

    In statements on Wednesday on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the Kofinou Health Center, the Cypriot President said that Turkeys military occupies part of Cyprus territory but, as he stressed in order to solve the Cyprus problem, we must talk with Turkey and establish relations with Ankara, even if this may appear odd to some super-patriots.

    He stressed that such incidents show that fascism is deeply rooted in the souls of some people and pledged that the government will apply with every legal means to uproot it.

    The Cypriot President was also invited to comment on statements made by the technical leader of the Turkish basketball team ``Pinar Karsiyaka``, Selim Cinar, who said ``we should not connect the events with differences between the two sides, this has to do with a sports event and sometimes these things take place during sports events``.

    The representative of the Turkish basketball team has acted as a sports official, knowing that such incidents happen, but this is not an alibi for any brainless person, who thinks that by beating or trying to beat a basketball player, he is hitting Turkey, he underlined.

    We are shooting ourselves in the foot by such behaviour and we have to understand that and we also have to understand that sport is sport,.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. Ankara has protested to various international fora the attack. The government of Cyprus and the islands political leadership have condemned the attack on Turkish athletes.

    President Christofias is engaged in peace talks with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community to find a negotiated settlement to reunite the country under a federal roof.


    Minister of Justice and Public Order Loukas Louka has dismissed reports that the Cyprus police did not protect properly the Turkish basketball team from angry Greek Cypriots, at the end of game they played in Nicosia.

    The primary concern of the Cyprus police was first and foremost the safety of the Turkish team and in this respect the police mission was successful, Louca stressed here today, replying to questions about an attack against members of a Turkish basketball team on Tuesday after a basketball match between Cypriot team APOEL and Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka.

    Replying to questions, the Minister said that the police continue their investigations into the incident and are examining all relevant evidence before making any further arrests, in addition to the arrest of three persons. Louca refuted Turkish press reports that there were injuries during the incidents, pointing out that the match observer also agrees with this, congratulating the Cyprus police on dealing effectively with the matter at hand and preventing any mishap.


    The House President Marios Garoyian expressed on Wednesday the expectation that 2011 will be the year of Cyprus reunification. Garoyian was speaking after he had listened to Christmas carols by the Police band, the National Guard band and the band of the Greek military contingent in Cyprus (ELDYK).

    He also wished that the new year will bring economic growth both for Greece and Cyprus and will minimize repercussions of the financial crisis, creating the necessary social cohesion. Garoyian thanked the Greek military force in Cyprus for its longstanding contribution to strengthening the feeling of security in Cyprus.

    EDLYK, the Greek military contingent, arrived in Cyprus in accordance with the treaties that established the Republic of Cyprus. Greece is one of the three guarantor powers of Cyprus the other two being Britain and Turkey.


    The Ministry of Finance announces that in order to comply with its EU obligations, zero rated VAT in a wide range of food, medicine and vaccines will be abolished as of the 10th of January 2011.

    A press release by the Ministry of Finance says that food, medicine and vaccines, which were taxable with a low VAT of 5% will not be affected, following the approval of new tax legislation.

    As of January 10th 2011, a VAT of 5% will be imposed on all food and beverages, excluding alcoholic drinks, beer, wine and soft drinks, which will have a VAT of 15%.

    On the same date, zero rated VAT will be abolished on the delivery of medicine and vaccines and a 5% VAT will be imposed.

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