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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-02-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] LEADERS MEETING
  • [02] GAROYIAN BRITISH MINISTER CYPRUS ISSUE
  • [03] RUSSIA CYPRUS TOURISTS
  • [04] RYANAIR CYPRUS NEW ROUTES

  • [01] LEADERS MEETING

    The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu are meeting on Wednesday morning, in the framework of direct negotiations for a Cyprus solution.

    The meeting will take place at 10.00 at the Chief of Missions residence, in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia and it is the first after the meeting of the leaders of the two communities with the UN Secretary General in the Swiss city of Geneva, on January 26.

    The Special Representative of the UN SG Alexander Downer said yesterday to the press that, during the forthcoming meeting, the course of negotiations will be further discussed, in light of the Geneva meeting.

    The UN SG Ban Ki-moon had stated in Geneva that the two sides agreed to intensify negotiations, conducting additional meetings in the next weeks.

    He also said that he will be at their disposal soon, to review progress and to encourage both sides to bridge their differences.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    Peace talks are currently underway between President Demetris Christofias and Eroglu. The objective of the talks is to find a negotiated settlement, acceptable to both communities, based on UN resolutions, the acquis communautaire and past agreements that provide for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

    [02] GAROYIAN BRITISH MINISTER CYPRUS ISSUE

    Britain is firmly committed to a solution in Cyprus based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation, with equal rights for all and in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, British Minister of State responsible for European issues David Lidington has stressed.

    In statements after a meeting in London on Monday with President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, the British Minister said that the efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem must be of a Cypriot - led process, by Cypriots for Cypriots and he welcomed UN involvement in those efforts.

    Lidington said that they also discussed about the meeting which took place in Geneva last month between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    I had a conversation with the President about the meeting between the UN Secretary-General and President Christofias and Mr Eroglou and we discussed what the next steps forward should be, he said.

    [03] RUSSIA CYPRUS TOURISTS

    Vice President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Yuri Barzykin has recommended Russian tourists, who cannot travel to Egypt, to visit Cyprus and Greece, the portal ellada-russia.ru has reported.

    According to Barzykin because of the continuing unrest in Egypt, package tours to quieter destinations in the region have already risen by 10-15% in the Russian market and Russian tourism professionals and their customers are seeking alternatives options.

    Speaking to television network Vesti, Barzykin advised Russian tourists to adjust their plans and options and choose other destinations. According to his words a tourist ``can book early a package to Greece for summer and get a discount up to 35% and can also visit Cyprus in April.

    The events in Egypt, a country which absorbs more than two million Russian tourists every year, are expected to cause upheaval across the Russian tourist market and redefine prices and priorities.

    [04] RYANAIR CYPRUS NEW ROUTES

    Low cost airline Ryanair has announced two more routes to and from Cyprus. The new routes, Larnaka Bologne and Larnaka- Duesseldort Weeze, will begin in April, 2011.

    Ryanair already operates flights from Barcelona (Girona) and Charleroi airport in Brussels to Larnaka.

    A joint press release of Ryanair and Hermes Airports, which manages Cyprus international airports of Larnaka and Pafos, says that the two new routes to Larnaka are estimated to bring around 120,000 passengers to Cyprus, while creating 120 new jobs.


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