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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-04-10

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  • [01] UN chief remains interested in Cyprus solution
  • [02] Cyprus welcomes Russian FM`s announcement
  • [03] Cyprus to hold successful EU Presidency
  • [04] CERA to ensure sufficient power supply

  • [01] UN chief remains interested in Cyprus solution

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed a keen interest in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, which would reunify the island and its people, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    Receiving the credentials of Cyprus` new Permanent Representative to the UN Nicholas Emiliou, the UN chief said he looked forward to close cooperation with Cyprus to address the challenges ahead, from climate change to the eradication of poverty to maintaining peace and stability in every corner of the world.

    Emiliou expressed gratitude for Ban`s untiring efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem and briefed him on the government`s positions concerning the latest developments.

    He said Cyprus attributed great importance to multilateral diplomacy and supported the central role of the UN in global governance, especially in maintaining peace and stability.

    [02] Cyprus welcomes Russian FM`s announcement

    The Republic of Cyprus has welcomed the announcement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which warns its citizens against buying land in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.

    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said Monday that Russia's position is based on the UN Security Council resolutions, which condemn the illegal declaration of the pseudostate in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus. The Russian position, he added, is based on UNSC resolutions 541 and 550. "We welcome Russia's clear positions of principle", he said.

    Stephanou stressed that Russia's stance reaffirms its firm positions on the Cyprus issue, noting that they strengthen Cyprus' struggle to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    He reiterated that the solution of the Cyprus problem should terminate the illegal occupation of Cyprus by Turkey, should give an end to Ankara's policy of illegally bringing settlers to the island and should reunify the country and its people.

    [03] Cyprus to hold successful EU Presidency

    Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus George Markopouliotis has expressed certainty that Cyprus` EU Presidency will be successful.

    Speaking after a meeting with President of the Democratic Party (DIKO) Marios Garoyian, Markopouliotis said there were ``good omens`` for the Cypriot Presidency.

    He said that in the few days he has been on the island he has found that ``will, the most fundamental component for success, is present,`` noting that ``Cyprus wants to carry out a good Presidency and we are sure it will.``

    Markopouliotis expressed the Representation`s readiness to assist in any way, both from Brussels and Nicosia.

    [04] CERA to ensure sufficient power supply

    Cyprus' Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) Chairman Yiorgos Siammas has assured consumers that there will be sufficient supply of power during the summer season, when Cyprus will assume the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Speaking to CNA, Siammas said that CERA has prepared a strategic plan to ensure sufficient supply and additional security deposits of power.

    He said that in view of Cyprus' EU Presidency the second half of 2012, the system will be updated with an additional 120 mw. At the same time he said that the Electricity Authority will complete the repair of unit 5 at Vasiliko power plant, which suffered major damage, following a blast at a naval base near the coastal city of Limassol last July.

    The blast, which occurred in containers full of munitions confiscated from a vessel sailing from Iran to Syria in 2009, resulted in regular power cuts last summer.

    The CERA Chairman did not exclude the possibility of power failure during the presidency but stressed that the goal is to deal with emergencies and have sufficient supply from units and generators situated in the southern government controlled part of the Republic.

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