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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-18

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  • [04] MAY 2011 - TOURISM


    Greece`s new Minister of Foreign Affairs Stavros Lambrinides will be arriving in Cyprus on Saturday, on his first trip abroad since assuming his new post.

    According to the programme of his visit, Lambrinides will arrive at Larnaca Airport at 1230 local time.

    At 1330 he is scheduled to meet with President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias at the President`s country residence in the village of Kellaki.

    Lambrinides will be meeting with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou at 1600 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will make statements to the press.

    He will be departing from Cyprus later on the same day.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou urged Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on Friday to stop communication tricks, after accusing the Greek Cypriot side of pulling back on agreed issues.

    Commenting on statements that Eroglu made on Thursday after the meeting in the framework of the direct talks, Stephanou, speaking after the Cabinet meeting, said the Greek Cypriot side could have made statements about the contents of the negotiations, about which Eroglu would not be happy.

    We are not happy with the contents of the negotiations, Stephanou said, adding that if there was constructive attitude by all, with dedication to the agreed basis towards a bizonal, bicommunal federation, then there would have been bigger progress.

    He said the Greek Cypriot side would not make similar statements since it wishes to continue the constructive stance, which President of the Republic Demetris Christofias maintains on the negotiating table so that there is mutual respect. In addition, he said the Greek Cypriot side wants to help the negotiations to continue to reach a mutually agreed solution to the Cyprus issue, in the framework of the agreed basis, which is the bizonal, bicommunal federation.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Friday that the continued presentation of Cyprus with the Star Performer Award since 2005 is very important for the islands economy.

    Speaking to the Press after Fridays cabinet meeting, Stephanou said Cyprus bathing water quality is the highest in Europe, according to the Environment Agency (EEA).

    Cyprus, he said, was the star performer, with 100% of its bathing water sites meeting strict guide values. The results are from the annual Bathing Water Report from the EEA and the European Commission, which compare water quality in more than 21,000 coastal and inland bathing sites across the EU-27.

    He said this performance was the result of hard and continued work and praised the Environment Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which has the overall responsibility to implement the directive. He also congratulated the Health Services, the State Laboratory, local authorities and civil societies for cooperating in implementing the aims.

    [04] MAY 2011 - TOURISM

    An annual increase of 3.7% in the arrival of tourists in May 2011 was recorded, according to the Passengers Survey issued by the Statistical Service of the Republic.

    It said arrivals of tourists reached 267.487 in May 2011 compared to 258.014 in May 2010, recording an increase of 3.7%. An increase of 47.4% was recorded in tourist arrivals from Russia (from 27,668 in May 2010 to 40,772 in May 2011) and 14.2% increase from Greece (from 10.524 to 12.016 this year).

    For the period January May 2011 arrivals of tourists totalled 672.951 compared to 602.678 in the corresponding period of 2010, recording an increase of 11.7%.

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