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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-01

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    President Demetris Christofias said he wants to go to next months meeting in Geneva with the UN Secretary General with as many convergences between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides as possible.

    Speaking after Wednesday`s meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Christofias also said he wants to continue in the most constructive way possible efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

    As regards the UN Secretary Generals report on the renewal of UNFICYP`s mandate, the President said that this is not based on purely political criteria and does not refer to the Secretarys role and mandate.

    I guess, he added, all these will be included in a new report after the meeting on July 7, between UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, President Christofias and Eroglu.

    He noted that today they discussed the issue of the Police, adding that under certain circumstances, we are not particularly far from achieving absolute convergence.

    But I want to be reserved and wait for the next meeting of our advisors. I have made a suggestion on the issue of international treaties and the competencies of the central government and the administrations of the constituent states on the issues of signing and implementing international treaties. There will be a response on the part of Eroglu and our advisors will discuss the details, he added.

    The President was invited to comment on the fact that Ban notes in his report that a European club basketball match ``in south Nicosia between a visiting Turkish team and a Greek Cypriot team was marred by acts of hooliganism by Greek Cypriot fans against the Turkish team players`` and that Turkish Cypriot police interrupted a Christmas service for the Greek Cypriot residents in the Karpas Panninsula``, in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    Christofias said that these are two incidents which have taken place, adding that Ban also commends the role of the Cypriot Police in tackling the situation during the basketball match.

    President Christofias stressed that such incidences must be avoided as they create tension and harm the trust between the two sides.

    Asked if the role of the UNSG could change, Christofias pointed out that only the Security Council can determine or change his role.

    We are in favour of maintaining the UN Secretary Generals role as it has been defined by the Security Council, he stressed.


    The Grand Road Safety Project was inaugurated on Wednesday by Minister of Communications and Works Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, with the aim of making Cyprus the safest holiday destination in the Eastern Mediterranean in terms of road safety, for local people and prospective tourists alike.

    The project, termed as the biggest road safety project in the region, was being launched today, during a special ceremony in Nicosia, by Click newspaper in cooperation with the Youth Organization for Road Safety Reaction, the Road Safety Council and Cyprus Tourism Organization.

    The duration of the project is from June 1st to August 31st and it will include information campaigns and televised spots, promoting road safety. According to the organizers, more than one million brochures in various languages will be distributed to tourists and locals, while televised spots and billboard advertisements will also be employed to display messages.

    Marcoullis noted in her address speech that road safety is a complex issue, adding that in order to prevent accidents, proper roads and vehicles are necessary, but, as she noted, above all the proper and responsible conduct from all people using the roads is required.


    Cyprus and Greece signed Wednesday the new protocol that provides for cooperation in the field of sports for the year 2011.

    The protocol was signed by Greek Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, responsible for Sports, Giorgos Nikitiades and President of the Cyprus Sports Organisation Nikos Kartakoullis.

    In his statements, the Greek Deputy Minister said that the protocol provides for the renewal of the inter-state agreement in the field of sports with the Republic of Cyprus and the continuation of the exchange of athletes and sports events. This reaffirms the excellent relation between Greeks and Cypriots, he pointed out.

    During the meeting, the two parties discussed how to further enhance their cooperation and expand it in other areas. They also discussed proposals, which could be implemented during the six monthly rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, to be assumed by the Republic of Cyprus in the second half of 2012.


    Cypriot athlete Irene Panteli won Cyprus its third gold medal in Lichtenstein`s 14th Games of the Small States of Europe, in the women`s air pistol in the shooting discipline.

    The 47-year-old Cypriot, who scored 373/400 and 94.0 in the finals, said she was very happy and that ``this is a very special moment.``

    In the same discipline, Cypriot Constantina Prasti finished in fourth place with 361/400 and 97.5 in the finals.

    Cypriot 66-kilo Judoka Andreas Krashias, who won Cyprus its first gold medal in the 14th GSSE, said he was optimistic about winning the gold medal in the team games.

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