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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-07

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] EPP PRESIDENT TURKISH THREATS
  • [02] CZECH AMBASSADOR CYPRUS ISSUE - SUPPORT
  • [03] EU APPLICATION - BLAST DAMAGE

  • [01] EPP PRESIDENT TURKISH THREATS

    The President of the European People`s Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens, has reacted strongly to statements by Turkish officials against EU member Cyprus regarding the start of oil and gas exploration by Cyprus.

    ``I am very surprised by the recent statements of Turkish officials against an EU member state, said Martens. Turkey, an EU candidate country must refrain from threats against an EU member state that also undermine EU`s energy security,`` underlined the EPP President.

    Turkish threats over Cyprus plans to start oil and gas exploration in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by the American contractor `Noble` have escalated over the past weeks.

    ``Needless to say, Cyprus is a European pillar of stability in the eastern Mediterranean and, as such, will play a central role in bolstering EU`s energy security,`` Martens added.

    Cyprus has signed a production-sharing contract with Houston-based Noble Energy. The company has a concession to explore for hydrocarbons in an offshore field in its Exclusive Economic Zone, south-east of Cyprus, known as Block 12.

    The Eastern Mediterranean area is believed to have a massive amount of natural gas resources.

    The Republic of Cyprus has also signed an agreement to delineate its EEZ with Egypt and Israel. A similar agreement was signed with Lebanon but the Lebanese Parliament has not yet ratified it.

    [02] CZECH AMBASSADOR CYPRUS ISSUE - SUPPORT

    The Czech Republic supports a Cyprus solution, on the basis of EU common values and UN Security Council resolutions, newly-appointed Czech Ambassador in Nicosia, Ladislav Skerik said on Wednesday.

    Skerik was speaking after a meeting with Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Sotiroula Charalambous, with whom he discussed issues of social policy and the potential of cooperation, on the occasion of Cyprus EU Presidency, during the second semester of 2012.

    We are inaugurating yet another chapter of deeper relations between Cyprus and the Czech Republic, Charalambous noted. She added that, during the meeting, the two sides traded information on the current situation in the labour market and on existing problems, in both countries.

    The Ambassador said that his country completely supports the solution of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of our common values in the EU and Security Council resolutions.

    [03] EU APPLICATION - BLAST DAMAGE

    Cyprus will by next week file to the EU an application for financial assistance over the damage inflicted to the island by the July 11 blast in naval base in Mari, in the southeast coast of the island, killing 13 persons, the shockwave of which destroyed Cyprus` main power station in nearby Vasiliko, Head of the Planning Bureau Giorgos Georgiou said on Tuesday.

    Speaking to CNA, Georgiou said the Bureau will submit an application for assistance from the EU Solidarity Fund and will be invoking the EU Treaty article 122 which provides for EU financial assistance to member-states facing difficulties ``in the supply of certain products, notably in the area of energy,`` which takes place for the first time in the EU.

    ``The application for assistance from the Solidarity Fund will be submitted before the September 19 deadline,`` Georgiou told CNA, adding that the Bureau ``would like to be absolutely sure on the integrity of the application.``


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