Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-12-20
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 20 December 2000
-  Latest resolution will give impetus to Cyprus settlement talks
-  Government makes large contribution to agricultural sector
 Latest resolution will give impetus to Cyprus settlement talks
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the latest UN Security Council
resolution extending the UN Peace Keeping Force's mandate in Cyprus will
give a fresh impetus to the Cyprus settlement talks.
In a statement issued on 15 December, the Ministry said that Russia would
continue to contribute constructively to the international efforts to
resolve the Cyprus problem within the framework of the UN resolutions.
 Government makes large contribution to agricultural sector
The Minister of Agriculture Natural Resources and the Environment Mr Costas
Themistocleous said at a press conference yesterday, that between the years
1993 and 2000, the Government has spent 430 million Cyprus pounds in
support of the broad agricultural sector.
Mr Themistocleous said that in the last few years, in an attempt to face
the problems created by bad weather conditions and the drought, the
government has given financial assistance of 72 million pounds to farmers.
Moreover, the government contributed more than 20 million pounds to the
Agricultural Insurance Organisation. A further amount of 25 million pounds
was allocated to the agricultural sector for development programmes of the
Departments of Agriculture and Land Consolidation.
The Government follows a policy, which aims at assisting farmers in every
possible way, he said. Developing the broad agricultural sector by
restructuring and upgrading it and meeting the challenges created by the
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) are among the Government's
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