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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-10-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Romanian Foreign Minister to pay visit to Cyprus
  • [02] General approach reached at TTE Council on slots at EU airports
  • [03] Third member of CMP to assume duties soon
  • [04] Omirou requests help from Europeans for missing persons

  • [01] Romanian Foreign Minister to pay visit to Cyprus

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Titus Corlăţean, will pay one-day official visit to Cyprus on October 30, at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis.

    According to an official press release, Corlăţean's visit takes place in the context of the deepening of bilateral relations between Cyprus and Romania, through which cooperation between the two counties as strategic partners is expected to be further enhanced.

    In the framework of his visit, the Romanian Foreign Minister will hold extensive talks with his Cypriot counterpart, covering bilateral relations, developments in the Cyprus problem and Turkey's threats against the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to explore and exploit its natural resources within its Exclusive Economic Zone.

    [02] General approach reached at TTE Council on slots at EU airports

    EU Transport Ministers, following a dynamic debate on the basis of Presidency's compromise proposals, have reached a general approach in the proposal for a Regulation on common rules for the allocation of slots at European Union airports which aims to optimise the use of airport capacity.

    The general approach was reached during the EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council which took place in Luxembourg under the Cyprus EU Presidency.

    In addition, the Council reached a general approach on the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC - 2006) Enforcement Package which consists of two legislative proposals laying down the responsibilities of flag states, on the one hand, and port states, on the other.

    [03] Third member of CMP to assume duties soon

    The third member of the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP), Paul Henri Arni from Switzerland, is expected to assume his duties soon, probably within this week, President of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees and Missing Persons Skevi Koutra Koukouma said on Monday.

    Speaking on the occasion of today's Cyprus Missing Persons Day, Koukouma expressed hope that procedures aiming to ascertain the fate of missing persons will be speeded up.

    Moreover, the Cypriot MP said that the CMP Anthropological Laboratory has employed two more anthropologists, as well as two experienced geneticists who will train their younger colleagues.

    [04] Omirou requests help from Europeans for missing persons

    President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou has called on his European counterparts to exert their influence so that Turkey terminates its intransigent and inhumane stance on the issue of missing persons.

    In a letter to the President of the European Parliament, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the Presidents of parliaments of European countries, Omirou refers to the 29th of October, which has been designated as a day of remembrance of missing persons, noting that the issue is above all humanitarian and has been tormenting a large portion of the population for 38 years.

    Omirou points out that, despite UN resolutions and other decisions by international and European organisations, including the European Court of Human Rights, as well as many calls from national governments and parliaments towards the Turkish government, Turkey has been refusing to provide any information regarding the fate of Cypriot missing persons.


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