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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-08-08

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

  • [01]Friday, 08 August 2003 Government strongly opposes any applications to the so-called "courts" of the pseudostate
  • [02] UN Secretary General appoints Alvaro de Soto as his Sp. Rep for Western Sahara
  • [03] Cyprus' labour force rates among the highest in the European Union

    [01] Government strongly opposes any applications to the so-called "courts" of the pseudostate

    The Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, commenting on Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Denktash/s statement that Greek Cypriots have applied to the so-called courts recently established in the occupied area for the purpose of settling the issue of properties in the occupied areas through compensation, said: "We have no reports for any applications being submitted to Mr Denktash. I need to stress, however, that the issue of properties is a central problem within the framework of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem. The occupation has deprived the 200,000 displaced Greek Cypriots of their homes and properties".

    Mr Chrysostomides recalled that the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and international law in general envisage that occupation does not affect the property right. "Deprivation of enjoyment of property due to occupation violates the Convention of Human Rights and, as in the case of Loizidou, led to the decision for awarding compensation", he said and added that the issue of properties is also a collective problem and not only an individual one. Therefore, Mr Denktash's machinations, which are illegal and I believe they will be rejected by the European Court of Human Rights, should not be supported, he said. "The Government strongly opposes any such actions by individuals, and if there were any they would be considered irresponsible acts that did not help efforts towards a solution to the Cyprus problem or the efforts for the return of their properties. The Government discourages such actions with particular emphasis and does not believe that there will be Greek Cypriots who will take such action", he stressed. The Spokesman reiterated that the Government clearly opposes such applications or individual actions taken by Greek Cypriots.

    [02] UN Secretary General appoints Alvaro de Soto as his Sp. Rep for Western Sahara

    The Spokesman of the UN Secretary General Mr Fred Eckhard stated during his daily press briefing yesterday that the UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan was ready to exercise his good offices to help reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem when both parties and both motherlands show a genuine commitment to come to terms. Mr Eckhard also announced Mr Annan's intention to appoint his Special Adviser on Cyprus Mr Alvaro de Soto as his Special Representative for Western Sahara.

    "The Secretary General on 5 August informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Alvaro de Soto of Peru as his Sp. Rep for Western Sahara at the rank of USG. He replaces William Swing of the USA who has going on to head the UN Mission in the DRC. Mr. De Soto has been the S-G's Special Adviser on Cyprus since 1999. The Security Council's response is expected by midday tomorrow. We have copies of Mr. De Soto's bio in my office." Replying to a question as to whether Mr De Soto would have any responsibility in Cyprus, or whether his appointment on Western Sahara was a new job, Mr Eckhard stated the following: "It's a new job and I am going to give you a carefully formulated response to your question given the sensitivity on this issue. As the SG said once again last week he is ready to exercise good offices to help the parties achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem when both parties and both motherlands show a genuine commitment to come to terms. This was spelled out in the SG's report to the SC in April following the failure to reach agreement at The Hague. As he has aptly demonstrated the SG attributes a high priority to the settlement of the Cyprus problem and believes that it is possible to achieve this if the political will is there. He therefore awaits a firm commitment by all concerned to finalize negotiations with UN assistance on the basis of the plan he put to the parties on the 26th of February and to submit it shortly thereafter to separate, simultaneous referenda. The SG will make arrangements as appropriate regarding the handling of the Cyprus good offices when Mr. De Soto takes on his new duties."

    [03] Cyprus' labour force rates among the highest in the European Union

    Cyprus has one of the highest labour force rates in the European Union, according to the "Labour Force Survey" for 2001 and 2002 of the Statistical Service. The report, which is a household survey carried out annually according to a regulation of the European Union, provides data on the employed and unemployed population which are analysed by gender, age, education, branch of economic activity and occupational group. Data are also presented on second jobs and the weekly hours of work. According to the findings of the survey the labour force (i.e. the employed and unemployed persons) amounted to 326 thousand in 2002 consisting of 56% men and 44% women. The employed persons during the period 2001-2002 reached 315,000 and the employment rate for persons aged 15 to 64 years was 68.5%. The corresponding rate for males stood at 78.8%, while that for females was much lower at 59.0%. Both rates, however, are among the highest in the European Union. The report notes that the unemployment rate amounted to 3, 3% of the labour force which was lower for males 2,6% and higher for females 4,2%. The highest rate of unemployment was observed among young persons below 25 years of age where it accounted for 7,7% of the labour force of the same age. The labour force of Cyprus has a relatively high educational background since 32% of the workforce has completed tertiary education and 38% upper secondary education. Almost 23 thousand persons or 7,2% of the employed worked on a part-time basis and two-thirds of these reported that they did not want full-time employment and only 17% could not find a full-time job.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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