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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-04-27

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UN PEACE TALKS - NEW MEETING
  • [02] CYPRUS EU PRESIDENCY - SPOKESMAN
  • [03] AVIATION SAFETY - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

  • [01] UN PEACE TALKS - NEW MEETING

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu meet on Wednesday in the framework of the UN-backed direct negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The meeting will be held at the residence of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus, Liza Buttenheim, in the UN-protected area of Nicosia Airport.

    During their working dinner on 14 April, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu discussed ways to move the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

    UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General for Cyprus, Alexander Downer told reporters after the dinner that he discussed with them about their meeting in June with the UN Secretary General.

    UN-backed direct negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem began in September 2008. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

    [02] CYPRUS EU PRESIDENCY - SPOKESMAN

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the Republic of Cyprus aspires to promote issues concerning social cohesion and solidarity in the European Union, during its EU Presidency in the second half of 2012. Speaking after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Stephanou said it was decided to set up a Political Committee, which will have the overall responsibility, under the presidency of President Christophias and with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Finance, the Secretariat of Cyprus EU Council Presidency and the Permanent Representative of the Republic to the EU.

    ``Preparations are going very well due to the coordinated efforts and contribution of all Ministries, competent state services, the Secretariat of Cyprus EU Council Presidency and our Permanent Representation in Brussels``, he said. Our aim is to have a successful Presidency, setting realistic and feasible goals, Stephanou stressed. He added that Cyprus` EU Presidency as any other Presidency will address and handle issues which concern the EU and its member states but will also set its own priorities.

    Head of the Secretariat of Cyprus EU Council Presidency Andreas Moleskis said that ``we are within the proper timeframes as regards planning``. Our aim is that by this summer all required personel will assume their posts and budgetary issues will be settled.

    [03] AVIATION SAFETY - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

    A two-day international conference on ``Aviation Safety: Implementation, Regulation, Training`` opens in Nicosia on Wednesday, with the participation of the heads of EUROCONTROL, ECAC, Flight Safety Foundation, European Civil Aviation Conference and Federation of European Airlines. Over 150 delegates from 23 countries have said they would attend.

    Christos Petrou, Conference Coordinator and CEO of FSF/SE.Europe-M.East-Cyprus, has told a press conference that International Civil Aviation Organization Secretary General Raymond Benjamin will open the meeting. He will be received by President of the Republic Demetris Christofias who will also receive the heads of the international organisations participating in the conference and address the award ceremony and the presentation of an award to the ICAO Secretary General by the FSF-SEC. At the same ceremony, a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Flight Safety Foundation of Cyprus and the Russian equivalent will be signed.

    ``As a foundation, we are proud because with this conference we achieve our goals to contribute significantly to the improvement of safety in Cyprus and the region, while helping the state to play a leading role in the aviation sector,`` Petrou added.


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