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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-05-11

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  • [03] ESA TEAM - CYPRUS


    The Cyprus problem and the EU Common Agriculture Policy were the focus of a meeting on Wednesday between President Demetris Christofias and Greek Minister of Agriculture and Food Development Costas Skandalides.

    In statements after the meeting, Skandalides said they discussed agricultural issues and the cooperation between Cyprus and Greece in the sector, assuring that Greece will stand by Nicosia as regards Cyprus EU Presidency in the second half of 2012.

    I can assure you that we will work together for a common agricultural policy that will promote the interests of Greece and Cyprus and secure the agricultural development of our countries during the coming years and until 2020, in a particularly crucial period, he noted.

    Skandalides said that there is close and very effective cooperation between the ministries of Greece and Cyprus, adding that we support the common agriculture policy and the Cypriot EU Presidency.

    Skandalides also said that he discussed with President Christofias the Cyprus problem and developments in the region.

    I believe that we are at a difficult period, and what is needed is national coordination at all levels to overcome difficulties, he said, adding that wise steps need to be made to promote and enhance long-standing positions with regard to the settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    He wished that progress and development in Cyprus will contribute to a just and proper settlement of the Cyprus problem.


    The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, meet on Thursday in the framework of the UN-led direct negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    The meeting will take place at the residence of the UN Secretary General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Liza Buttenheim, in the UN-protected area of Nicosia Airport, in the presence of the UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer.

    During their previous meeting on May 5, the leaders of the two communities reached an agreement on guidelines on international treaties binding on a united Cyprus.

    [03] ESA TEAM - CYPRUS

    Representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA) are currently on a technical visit to Cyprus, from May 11 to 13, in the context of implementing the framework agreement signed between the Republic of Cyprus and the ESA in August 2009.

    The representatives will be studying and evaluating, with the Ministry of Communications and Works, the activities in Cyprus related to space research, as well as the possibilities of the domestic market to develop and implement space technologies.

    According to a press release, the representatives will meet with governmental departments and private companies, and will visit premises of organisations, academic institutions and research centres active in the space, satellite communication and earth observation sectors.

    The framework agreement determines the framework of cooperation in the field of research and the peaceful use of outer space, as well the implementation of plans of mutual interest.


    Seven Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries, together with embarked Royal Marines and helicopters, will converge on waters off the British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus this week for a series of naval exercises designed to demonstrate the versatile capabilities and high readiness of the Response Force Task Group (RFTG).

    Exercise Cypriot Lion combines air defence exercises and live firings out at sea with amphibious exercises in coastal waters involving Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade.

    It will be the first major exercise of the complete RFTG in the Cougar 11 deployment.

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