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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-05

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 05 November 2003 President Papadopoulos unveils new 7-year tourism plan
  • [02] Foreign Minister and Commonwealth Secretary-General discuss Cyprus problem
  • [03] Cyprus expresses support for concept of Olympic Truce

    [01] President Papadopoulos unveils new 7-year tourism plan

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, has unveiled a revised strategic plan on tourism, covering the period 2003-2010 and pledged his Government's commitment to implement it within the set timeframe. The seven-year plan was adopted unanimously yesterday at a meeting of all partners involved in the tourist sector. Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, President Papadopoulos said the plan aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the tourist industry by "improving the quality of the tourist product and putting Cyprus back on the tourist map as an attractive destination with a distinctive identity and unique traits". Mr Papadopoulos stressed that the key to the success of the plan was the maximisation of revenue from tourism, with the set goal reaching 1.8 billion by the year 2010. According to the plan, the increase in revenue would be accomplished with a rise in tourist expenditure, the improvement of seasonality, an increase in the number of arrivals and length of stay, and more repeat tourism. The President noted that the difference between the proposed plan and previous ones was the Government's commitment to implement it within the set deadlines. He added that the Cyprus Tourism Organisation would be restructured to oversee the implementation of the plan and announced the setting up of a Ministerial Committee which would meet every fourth months and report to the Cabinet on progress in implementing the plan. An Advisory Committee, which comprised representatives from various factors of the tourist industry, would also assist towards that direction. In addition to the Government's efforts to boost tourism, the President underlined that the private sector would also have to make its own contribution in improving the overall tourist product. Furthermore, Mr Papadopoulos expressed the position that the economy should gradually become independent from the "sensitive sector of tourism", noting however that that did not imply diminishing or sidelining its importance.

    [02] Foreign Minister and Commonwealth Secretary-General discuss Cyprus problem

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, had a meeting yesterday in London with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Mr Don McKinnon, with whom he discussed the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Mr McKinnon said Mr Iacovou had given him "a very clear and succinct update of the situation" in Cyprus. "The Commonwealth has always stood for the people of Cyprus, and many Commonwealth communicators over the years have assisted to that", Mr McKinnon further said, noting that "we are now in discussions about how best this position can be presented to the leaders at the Commonwealth Conference in Abuja and how best the leaders can show their support to the people of Cyprus". He added that the Commonwealth was "very impressed by the steps that have been taken and of the fact that Cyprus is going to join the European Union in May next year", which was "a giant step forward", and pledged to continue talks with the Cyprus Government "to ensure that we are all pointing in the right direction". On his part, Foreign Minister Iacovou said the Commonwealth Secretary- General wanted to be informed about the latest developments on the Cyprus problem, in view of the Commonwealth Summit in Abuja, Nigeria. He added that they had discussed, in particular, the possibility of including a special paragraph in the conclusions of the Summit, which would reflect the situation in Cyprus. Mr Iacovou said he had ascertained Mr McKinnon's and the Secretariat's willingness to contribute towards a Cyprus settlement, noting at the same time that the UN Secretary-General maintained the key role in the peace efforts. In the evening, the Foreign Minister was the main speaker at a dinner hosted by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood on the occasion of the anniversary of Cyprus' independence. British MPs, members of the House of Lords, Euro-MPs, other officials, academics and journalists attended the dinner.

    [03] Cyprus expresses support for concept of Olympic Truce

    Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, conveyed the Republic's "strong support for the concept of the Olympic Truce, which could be the prelude of a world free of hate, armed conflict and acts of aggression". The idea had been included in a Draft Resolution tabled by Greece, which was unanimously approved by the plenary of the UN General Assembly on 3 November. Addressing the plenary meeting of the Assembly on "Sport for Peace and Development" last Monday, Mr Mavroyiannis stressed that "sport, peace, culture, humanism, and respect for universal ethical principles are indeed the quintessential ideals of Olympism", and congratulated Greece's Foreign Minister Mr George Papandreou and the President of the International Olympic Committee Mr Jacques Rogge for their efforts in promoting the concept of the Olympic Truce. Mr Mavroyiannis further said that "Cyprus is proud to have been part of the Olympic ideal since its inception, with Cypriot athletes consistently competing in the Games in Olympia". He also expressed "unreserved support" to the appeal for the observance of the Olympic Truce as a matter of tradition, "as embedded in the United Nations Millennium Declaration". "This way, each country organising the Olympic Games in the future, could make it an imperative for this truce to be honoured in every Olympiad", Cyprus' UN Representative added.

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


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