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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-01-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Omirou denounces Turkish statements on Cyprus
  • [02] Canada reaffirms its support to Cyprus
  • [03] Credit card transactions up by 11% in 2011

  • [01] Omirou denounces Turkish statements on Cyprus

    House President Yiannakis Omirou has said that Turkey has been mocking the international community, as revealed by statements of Turkish officials to promote plan B` for Cyprus.

    ``The mask has fallen`` Omirou said, referring to statements by Vice President of the Turkish government and Turkish Foreign Minister that they are promoting a plan B` for the Cyprus problem with the ``recognition of two separate states in Cyprus.``

    Omirou pointed out that now it has been revealed that during previous and current talks the Turkish side has been trying to mock the Republic of Cyprus, the Greek Cypriot side, the international community and the UN.

    He noted that there must be no illusions with regard to the long standing Turkish positions, which are being officially disclosed.

    Omirou wondered whether the international community and the UN Secretariat will continue to tolerate violation of international law and whether the EU, of which the Republic of Cyprus is a member state, will tolerate efforts by a non-EU member state, engaged in accession negotiations with Brussels, to violate international and European law, by pursuing the establishment of a second state in Cyprus.

    He also wondered whether the EU will tolerate Turkish statements that Ankara will not cooperate with the EU during the Cypriot EU President in the second half of 2012.

    Cyprus, and EU member state since 2004, has been divided since Turkey invaded the island in 1974. Turkey does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus.

    UN-led peace talks are underway to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite the island.

    [02] Canada reaffirms its support to Cyprus

    High Commissioner of Canada to Cyprus Robert William Peck stressed Friday that his country recognises the Republic of Cyprus` sovereign rights and supports the efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

    According to an official press release, the High Commissioner, who held a meeting Friday with Minister of Defence Demetris Eliades, said that he looks forward to further enhancing the cooperation between the two states in the fields of defence and security.

    The Cypriot Minister expressed the gratitude of Cyprus towards Canada`s longlasting suppport for the solution of the Cyprus problem based on the UNSC resolutions, as well as for Canada`s participation in the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus - UNFICYP. The Minister briefed the Canadian official on the recent developments regarding the exploratory drilling for hydrocarbon reserves in Cyprus` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

    [03] Credit card transactions up by 11% in 2011

    Cypriots domestic transactions using credit cards amounted to 256.078.244 euro in December 2011, presenting an increase of 12%, compared to December 2010, according to data released by JCC.

    During December 2011 the value of purchases and withdrawals carried out by Cypriots abroad, using credit cards, totaled 110.771.847 euro, presenting an increase of 7% compared to December 2010.

    According to JCC, in December 2011 the use of credit cards in supermarkets reached 31.81% and for clothing 16.11%. In other retailers the use of credit cards reached 15.78%, while for petrol reached 9.98%. Credit card usage reached 6.05% in DIY and Household Stores, 5.73% in department stores and 4.36% for entertainment.


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