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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-10-16

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEFENCE MINISTER - CYPRUS ISSUE - TURKISH THREATS
  • [02] MINISTER - EU COURT OF JUSTICE - VISIT
  • [03] EU SUMMIT ON EMPLOYMENT - CYPRUS MINISTER

  • [01] DEFENCE MINISTER - CYPRUS ISSUE - TURKISH THREATS

    The government has challenged Turkey to actively contribute to a political settlement in Cyprus, instead of threatening and being intransigent in its approach towards a solution. The UN peace talks are up against the divisive intransigence of the Turkish side, which refuses to acknowledge convergences or close proximity of positions on certain negotiating chapters, seeking a final deadlock of the ongoing dialogue with a view to upgrade the status of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, Defence Minister Demetris Eliades has said.

    He referred to Ankaras threats against Cyprus, following a decision by Nicosia to begin natural gas and oil exploration in its exclusive economic zone. Turkey has deployed warships in the Eastern Mediterranean and has signed an illegal agreement with the Turkish Cypriot regime in occupied Cyprus to delineate what it calls continental shelf.

    Recalling that the international community recognises Cyprus sovereign right to explore its natural resources, the Minister said this acknowledgement acts as a protection net in moral, political and legal terms.

    Turkey is faced with a great challenge: to cooperate for a solution to bring freedom and peace which would allow all its legal citizens to live in conditions of safety and reap the benefits of the countrys wealth, he pointed out.

    Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus.

    Drilling for oil has already begun and is being carried out by Houston-based Noble Energy, off Cyprus south-eastern coast.

    The government of Cyprus has protested to the UN and the EU Turkeys moves, saying it has a sovereign right to exploit its natural resources, pointing out that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will benefit from any benefits that may come from oil drilling.

    Cyprus has signed an agreement to delineate the Exclusive Economic Zone with Egypt and Israel with a view to exploit any possible natural gas and oil reserves in its EEZ. A similar agreement has been signed with Lebanon but the Lebanese Parliament has not yet ratified it.

    [02] MINISTER - EU COURT OF JUSTICE - VISIT

    Justice and Public Order Minister Loucas Louca leaves Sunday for Luxembourg on an official visit to the Court of Justice of the European Union. During his meetings in Luxembourg, Louca will discuss various issues such as EU citizenship The asylum status: Recent case-law developments, The recognition and execution of rulings as provided by Reg. 44/2001 of the Council and the contribution of the case-law of the Court in the decrease of national procedural obstacles, and Cartels in the EU.

    On Wednesday, Louca will visit Krakow to attend an informal meeting of EU Ministers for Family and Gender Equality, during which Ministers will discuss and exchange views on The Mechanisms for Reconciling Professional and Family Roles for Women and for Men as a Chance to Actively Participate in the Labor Market.

    The objective of the meeting is to exchange opinions on the possibility of signing the Roadmap for Reconciliation between Work, Family and Private Life for Europe 2020.

    [03] EU SUMMIT ON EMPLOYMENT - CYPRUS MINISTER

    Labour and Social Insurance Minister Sotiroulla Charalambous will attend the Tripartite Social Summit on Growth and Employment, to take place on Monday in Brussels. The summit will focus on Enhancing trust and social dialogue to sustain recovery and structural change. The Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment aims to strengthen the involvement of social partners in discussions on macroeconomic problems.

    The Summit was established by the Council Decision of 6th March 2003 in order to strengthen the involvement of social partners in the Lisbon Strategy, now the Europe 2020 strategy. The basis for the functioning of the summit is the Article 152 TFEU. Since 2003, Tripartite Social Summits have been convened regularly before the spring and the autumn session of the European Council.

    The meetings of the Tripartite Social Summit are attended by prime ministers of three successive Presidencies together with the Ministers for employment, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, and representatives of major European organisations and employers.


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