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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-07-04

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - UKRAINE - TALKS
  • [02] POLLUTION DATABASE
  • [03] CNA - MAP - AGREEMENT
  • [04] AL-ATTIYA - PAFOS RALLY

  • [01] CHRISTOFIAS - UKRAINE - TALKS

    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych have examined ways to further enhance the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Ukraine in all fields. The two Presidents held a meeting on Monday in Kiev, in the framework of the two day official visit of President Christofias to Ukraine.

    According to an official announcement, President Christofias and the Members of the Cyprus delegation were officially welcomed in the Presidential Palace. After the welcome ceremony, the two Presidents had a tet-a-tet meeting, followed by official talks between the delegations of the two countries.

    President Yanukovych said that President Christofias visit to Ukraine will open a new chapter in the multilevel bilateral relations between Cyprus and Ukraine.

    We appreciate the decision of the Cyprus Government to open an Embassy to Kiev, which proves your interest in further developing of the cooperation between the two countries, Yanukovych said.

    He also noted that his country would like to further develop the cooperation in fields of mutual interest and especially in the fields of commerce and economy. Our countries have great opportunities which we have to commonly exploit, he added.

    He also suggested directions to be given to Government Services of the two countries, in order to set a date and the agenda for a meeting of Ministerial Committees. Those Committees, as he said, would examine ways to enhance the cooperation between Cyprus and Ukraine on economy, industry and commerce.

    [02] POLLUTION DATABASE

    Citizens will now have a pioneering method of access to information regarding the release of pollutants into the atmosphere, with the online register of the release and transfer of pollutants, which has been implemented by the Republic of Cyprus.

    Speaking at a seminar to present the register, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Soteroulla Charalambous said that the register was set up in the framework of harmonisation with the acquis communautaire, as well as international conventions for the protection of the environment, and that the website would have a specialised database, to which relevant information would be uploaded.

    Charalambous said her Ministry was implementing a comprehensive system to prevent and monitor pollution, along with other measures, and that the quality of air in Cyprus is generally good and is constantly improving on the whole.

    Regarding the reduction of the concentration of particles in the atmosphere, Charalambous said the Ministry of Labour, in cooperation with other interested services, has prepared a National Action Plan, which was approved by the Council of Ministers in February 2008. She said the plan includes measures covering the industrial sector, as well as transport, energy and agriculture, and that the measures are already being implemented.

    [03] CNA - MAP - AGREEMENT

    The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) and the Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP) of Morocco have signed a bilateral cooperation agreement, on a non commercial basis.

    The agreement was signed in Tangier, Morocco, by CNA Acting Director and Editor-in-Chief George Penintaex and MAP Director General Khalil Hachimi Indrissi.

    The agreement, inter alia, provides for the exchange of news, photographs, expertise in journalistic, technical and documentation fields, as well se exchange of visits.

    CNA and MAP are full members of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), of which CNA has the post of the Secretary General for the last 11 years.

    [04] AL-ATTIYA - PAFOS RALLY

    Qatars Nasser Al-Attiyah swept to an emphatic victory on Sunday at the inaugural Pafos International Rally, round 4 of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).

    According to the organizers, the win, which marks Al-Attiyahs 9th Cyprus MERC victory, also pushes the Qatari driver to the top of the MERC leader board with a healthy 75 points.

    Al-Attiyah arrived in Cyprus with 50 points, just one point behind then Championship leader Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi of the UAE. A tough battle was expected between the two drivers, each of whom fielded S2000 Ford Fiestas, but Al Qassimi and his British co-driver Steve Lancaster, struggled to find pace on Day 1 and were further slowed by steering problems on Day 2.

    In the Middle East Championship, Al-Attiyah leaves the island as the frontrunner with 75 points, Al Qassimi drops to 2nd place with 63 points, Al Ketbi is close behind with 61 points, and Mufeed Mubarak retains 4th place with 42 points. The MERC battle now moves to Lebanon in September (16th-18th).


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