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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-09-17

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




    The President of the Republic Demetris Christofias will travel to New York to address the UN General Assembly next week. He is scheduled to meet the UN Secretary-General, the Greek Premier, the Russian Foreign Minister and others.

    The President, who will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis and Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, address on Sunday an event organised by the National Federation of Cypriots, in London.

    On Monday, he will depart for New York, where the same day he will meet with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

    On Tuesday, President Christofias will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and attend a luncheon hosted in his honour by the American-Jewish Committee. In the evening, the President will attend a dinner, along with Archbishop Demetrios of America.

    On Wednesday, he will hold separate meetings with various heads of state and government, on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

    The President will address the General Assembly on Thursday and then give a press conference. Later on, he will give a lecture at New York University.

    On Friday, the President will hold meetings with heads of state and host a luncheon for the Representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council. Later that day, he will attend the Annual Gala of the Cyprus Federation of America.

    The President leaves New York on his return home on next Saturday.


    The government has briefed parliamentary party leaders on action it has taken, to counteract Turkish threats against Cyprus` sovereign right to exploit natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). ``There was a very useful exchange of views,`` Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said after a meeting of the Informal Council of Political Leaders, convened by President Demetris Christofias.

    ``Everybody`s concern is to safeguard, through political and diplomatic moves, our sovereign right to explore and exploit the Republics natural wealth, wherever this may lie,`` he added.

    Replying to questions, Stephanou referred to the positive response by various important states and the EU itself concerning of Cyprus` decision to exercise its sovereign right and proceed with exploration in its EEZ. ``I think that this sends a strong message concerning both the protection of this right as well as the attitude of Turkey,`` he said.

    Houston-based company Noble Energy is expected to begin drilling in Cyprus EEZ late September. The company has a concession to explore for hydrocarbons in an offshore field in Cyprus` EEZ, south of Cyprus, known as Block 12. Recently senior Turkish government officials have warned that Ankara will not hesitate to deploy warships in the Mediterranean.


    The UEFA Executive Committee will meet in Limassol on September 22 and 23. According to UEFA, the main points on the agenda are an update on the strategy meeting with presidents and general secretaries of UEFA member associations, an update on UEFA EURO 2012 and the new membership of the UEFA Convention on Referee Education and Organisation.

    The UEFA Executive Committee will be chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini. Meetings will be held during the afternoon of Thursday September 22 and the morning of Friday September 23. A media conference will follow on September 23.

    Meanwhile, a UEFA conference will take place on September 20-21 in Limassol to discuss the future of football. It will be attended by 53 national associations, who are members of UEFA.

    According to Cyprus Football Association website, UEFA will hold a broad debate during the conference on all major topics concerning football. All Presidents and Secretary Generals of the 53 national associations will take part in the debate, along with top UEFA officials, in an effort to probe positions and take decisions at a later stage, through the Unions Executive Committee or the Assembly. The conference will be divided in study groups and their decisions will be evaluated, in order for UEFA to take final decisions on the topics under discussion.

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