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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-04-07

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus' largest dam overflows
  • [02] Wholesale Trade Index decreases by 3,9%
  • [03] Role of women focal point during Cyprus' EU presidency
  • [04] Cyprus-Uzbekistan sign bilateral agreements

  • [01] Cyprus' largest dam overflows

    The island's largest dam, Kouris, has overflown for the second time in its history.

    The dam, on the north west of the southern coastal town of Limassol, has a storage capacity of 115 million cubic metres.

    The Cyprus Water Development Department has proceeded to control the outflow of significant amounts of water from the dam, to help enrich the aquifer of Akrotiri, on the southern coast.

    So far, 2 million cubic metres of water have enriched Akrotiri aquifer.

    The dam, whose construction finished in 1988 in the Limassol area, overflowed for the first time in 2004.

    [02] Wholesale Trade Index decreases by 3,9%

    The Turnover Value Index of Wholesale Trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles, has marked a decrease of 3,9% in October-December 2011.

    According to the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus, the Turnover Value Index of Wholesale Trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles, October-December 2011 decreased by 5,1 units or 3,9% to 124,3 units compared to 129,4 units in July-September 2011.

    For the period January-December 2011, the Index recorded an increase of 2,2% compared to the corresponding period of 2010.

    [03] Role of women focal point during Cyprus' EU presidency

    Cyprus will host a series of events and functions, to further enhance the role of women, during its EU Presidency in the second half of 2012, Minister of Justice and Public Order Loucas Louca has said. Addressing an event organized by the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women, titled "Women's Empowerment Towards Equality", Louca said cooperation between Cyprus and the EU on gender equality is becoming closer as the Cypriot EU Presidency approaches.

    "Our main priority is violence against women within the family," Louca said, pointing out that this kind of violence constitutes one of the biggest obstacles in achieving equality between men and women. The Minister noted that despite progress achieved during the past few years in Cyprus on gender equality, especially in employment, there are still some problems and discrimination against women which reflect prejudices and stereotypes on the role of men and women.

    "The fight against social stereotypes, improving the position and the role of women in the labour marker, in education, the economy, in social and political life, are the basic priorities of the National Action Plan on Gender Equality (2007-2013)", Louca stressed. In addition, he said that according to a recent evaluation report on the implementation of the National Action Plan on Gender Equality 2007-2010, significant progress has been made on labour equality and on violence against women.

    [04] Cyprus-Uzbekistan sign bilateral agreements

    The first bilateral agreements since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cyprus and Uzbekistan, have been signed during a working visit by Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoullis to Uzbekistan.

    A Protocol of Cooperation, signed between the two Foreign Ministries, provides for frequent contacts between officials of the two Ministries, both in Nicosia and Tashkent, as well as in international organizations, with a view to exchange views and assessments of bilateral and international issues.

    An agreement of cooperation on Combating Crime provides for cooperation in combating terrorism, trafficking, illegal drug trade, money laundering. Another agreement on Public Health and Medical Science provides for cooperation to improve the systems of medical treatment and the exchange of experts. Another agreement on tourism provides for closer cooperation between tourist organizations to further develop tourism in both countries.


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