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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-12-21

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  • [01] Defendants in Helios case acquitted
  • [02] FM concludes three-day visit to Washington
  • [03] Cyprus Presidency slogan A better Europe

  • [01] Defendants in Helios case acquitted

    The majority of the Assize Court in Nicosia, in a prima facie decision, acquitted the defendants in the case of the Helios 2005 air crash which resulted in the death of all 121 passengers and crew on board, ruling that they bear no responsibility.

    Judge Nicolas Santis has expressed his disagreement with the decision.

    The five defendants are Helios as a legal person, Executive Chairman Andreas Drakos as a legal person, Helios Managing Director Demetris Pantazis, Director of Flight Operations George Kikkides and Helios chief pilot Ianco Stoimenov.

    [02] FM concludes three-day visit to Washington

    Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Markoullis concludes Wednesday her three day working visit to Washington.

    According to her visit programme, Markoullis is expected to address today the European Institute to talk about «Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean: A Cypriot Perspective».

    In the afternoon, she will brief journalists, at the National Press Club, on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue, Cyprus` presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2012, as well as on prospects as regards exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves in the Republics Exclusive Economic Zone.

    Yesterday, Markoullis held a meeting with her US counterpart Hillary Clinton.

    The Cyprus problem, Cyprus` EU presidency during the second half of 2012, Turkish threats against the Republic of Cyprus due to explorations for hydrocarbons in its exclusive economic zone, and regional issue, were discussed during the meeting.

    Markoullis said she highlighted the strategic role of Cyprus, especially new prospects for exploiting natural gas, towards cooperation with neighbouring countries, to promote peace and prosperity across the whole region.

    [03] Cyprus Presidency slogan A better Europe

    The central slogan of the Cypriot presidency of the European Union will be A better Europe, revealed Finance Minister Kikis Kazamias briefing journalists on preparations ahead of the presidency in the second half of 2012.

    Kazamias said the slogan was finalized during yesterdays meeting at the Presidential Palace, chaired by President Demetris Christofias.

    He said the Cyprus presidency wants to make an impact, adding we are small; therefore we have to make a greater effort than bigger partners, to enforce the priorities we have set.

    Presenting an outline of the aims of the Cypriot presidency as they were adopted during yesterdays meeting, Kazamias said they target solidarity and effectiveness. The four subdivisions of these fundamental aims have an economic and also social significance, they are Europe and its citizens, Europe near its neighbours and development.

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