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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-03-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CYPRUS FM - SYRIA
  • [02] ARCHBISHOP CHRYSOSTOMOS POPE BENEDICT
  • [03] MINISTER OF FINANCE PUBLIC FINANCES
  • [04] CYPRIOT DOCTOR TEAM ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA

  • [01] CYPRUS FM - SYRIA

    Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou has conveyed to the Syrian leadership the EU positions regarding the latest developments in the country.

    Kyprianou who met on Monday with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, will convey to EU the Syrian positions on the issue.

    According to an official announcement issued in Nicosia, Kyprianou had consulted EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, before his meeting with the Syrian President.

    Kyprianou also met with his counterpart Walid al-Muallem, with whom he discussed bilateral relations.

    [02] ARCHBISHOP CHRYSOSTOMOS POPE BENEDICT

    Pope Benedict XVI has assured the primate of the Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II that he will help in any way possible to reverse a Turkish Cypriot demand for an admission fee to enter a Greek Orthodox monastery, in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    The illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, which no country except Turkey recognises, imposes an admission fee on pilgrims who visit the Apostle Andreas Monastery in Turkish occupied Karpass peninsula.

    Archbishop Chrysostomos met the Pope on Monday in the Vatican and they also discussed the restoration of religious monuments and sites in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    I have asked the Pope to work along with the powerful nations of Europe - Germany, Italy, France and Poland - who are also Catholic, in order to exert pressure on Turkey to terminate the pillage of our religious monuments in the occupied areas, Archbishop noted, adding that I was very impressed because the Pope was aware of the situation in occupied Cyprus and knew all the details regarding Apostle Andreas.

    [03] MINISTER OF FINANCE PUBLIC FINANCES

    The government is putting emphasis on improving the economys growth rate, keeping solid public finances and solving longstanding structural problems, as well as creating the conditions for a just society, Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis said.

    Speaking during an event in Nicosia, organized by OPEK, a Cyprus-based think tank and the Office of the European Parliament in Cyprus, Stavrakis said that during 2009, the government tried to ameliorate the negative impact of the financial crisis, while in 2010 it managed to exit the crisis. As from 2011 he added, the goal is to achieve solid public finances and correct the structural problems of the economy.

    He also said that the governments estimation for growth rate in 2010 stands at 1% and added that its forecasts have been so far confirmed. Cyprus, he noted, has achieved the third best growth rate in the period 2008-2010 amongst Eurozone countries and the fourth best amongst the 27 EU Member States, during the same period.

    For 2011, he noted, the Ministrys projection stands at 1.5% growth rate, a conservative estimation compared to the IMFs prediction of 1.8%. The reason for the growth rate, Stavrakis noted, lies in the performance of the financial services sector and tourism.

    Cyprus, he added, has strong comparative advantages, such as a solid political and financial system, low tax rates and a wide range of agreements for avoiding double taxation. The relevant agreement with the Russian Federation, he noted, is perhaps the best in the world.

    [04] CYPRIOT DOCTOR TEAM ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA

    Research by Greek Cypriot hematologist George Vassiliou and a team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK signals new hope in the search for new treatments to combat acute myeloid leukaemia.

    According to a press release issued by the Institute, researchers have described how the most common gene mutation found in acute myeloid leukaemia starts the process of cancer development and how it can cooperate with a well-defined group of other mutations to cause full-blown leukaemia.

    We have used targeted gene disruption to look at the way acute myeloid leukaemia develops in mice, said Dr Vassiliou, Consultant Haematologist, cancer researcher and first author on the study from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and have found critical steps that take place when the cancer develops. Identifying the biological steps in turn means we can look for new drugs to reverse the process.


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