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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-20

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  • [04] CYPRUS - HIV/AIDS


    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou will meet on Tuesday in the framework of direct negotiations for the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

    According to a UN press release, the meeting will begin at 1000 local time (0700 GMT) in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia, at the Chief of Mission`s residence.

    UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer said that during their last meeting last week, the two leaders exchanged views about the meeting with the SG to take place in Geneva on July 7, as well as various aspects of governance and power sharing, including the treaty making capacity of the federal government in a united Cyprus and the capacity of the state to make international agreements.


    The benefits of cooperation among the media of both communities in Cyprus for a common future in the island is the objective of a two-day conference, organized by the Cyprus Community Media Centre on June 23 and 24, at the Home for Cooperation, in the Nicosia buffer zone.

    According to an announcement, the opening of the conference, entitled Collaboration in Media: Sharing Experiences, Paving the way for the Future in Cyprus, will be announced by the Special Representative of the UN SG Lisa Buttenheim.

    The main objective of the conference is to accumulate knowledge, experience and expertise from various professional areas, such as journalism, audiovisual production, the academic community and media activism, aiming to identify the benefits that the cooperation between the media from both communities may bring about for the common future of Cyprus.

    According to the programme, during the first day, Francois Pellier from ARTE TV will present the philosophy and the history behind the creation of the Franco-German TV station, while in the evening Gordana Igric will talk about her role in establishing the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.


    Cyprus aims at 10MW of energy generation from solar systems for 2011-2012, Ioannis Chrysis, an energy official at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism has said.

    Speaking to CNA, Chrysis said the Ministry aims at increasing energy generation from solar systems at 10 Mega Watts from the current production of 7MW.

    ``The target for 2011-2012 is solar systems with a capacity of 10 MW connected to the grid from 7MW, while the target for the period of 2013-2014 is 25MW,`` Chrysis said. He added that Cyprus aims to drastically increase energy generation from solar systems to 192 MW by 2020.

    Concerning the applications for the Ministry`s grand scheme for the utilization of Renewable Energy Sources, Chrysis said so far 51 applications have been submitted for the installation of solar systems with a capacity raging from 21 to 150 kilowatts in the framework of grand schemes for the encouragement of energy generation, which expired on June 9.

    [04] CYPRUS - HIV/AIDS

    Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN Minas Hadjimichael has said that HIV/AIDS affects 0.1% of the population in Cyprus, which therefore is classified among the countries with the lowest disease rate.

    Addressing the UN General Assembly High Level meeting on AIDS, Hadjimichael noted that since 1986 that the disease first appeared in Cyprus, the Cyprus government has set this issue among its highest priorities and has since then preparing action plans against the disease which it regularly renews and adjusts, based on the new knowledge, experiences and technological developments .

    Hadjimichael stressed that the prevention of HIV infection and protection of human rights constitute the cornerstone of Cyprus new strategic plan 2010-2014. He noted that the campaign in Cyprus against the disease follows a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to inform people and raise public awareness, particularly of vulnerable groups, and eliminate discrimination with the participation of competent authorities of the Republic, the private sector, the civil society and Non-Governmental Organizations.

    He added that free treatment, care and voluntary counseling are offered to all citizens of the Republic and European citizens as well as to political refugees. He noted that the government continues to strictly monitor the situation and study the factors that are closely associated with the virus, such as trafficking and drug use and movement from and to Cyprus and across the dividing line.

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