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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-10

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  • [01] FM spokesman on Cyprus POWs
  • [02] Registers,Econ Ministry online
  • [03] ASE : Decline

  • [01] FM spokesman on Cyprus POWs

    Foreign ministry spokesman Gregory Delavekouras said on Monday that the crimes and flagrant violations of international and humanitarian law by Turkey during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus were confirmed by the identification of the remains of Greek Cypriot prisoners found in a mass grave in an occupied village in Cyprus.

    The remains of five Greek Cypriot prisoners of war (POWs) missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus that were found in exhumations being carried out by the Investigation Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) at a mass grave in the Turkish-occupied village of Tziaos, have been identified through DNA testing, it was learned on the weekend. The remains of 14 other people were also found in the mass grave.

    Replying to press questions on the identification of the remains of five of the 19 persons found in the mass grave as belonging to Greek Cypriot National Guard soldiers, Delavekouras made the following statement:

    "These findings, as well as the information on the murder of the Greek Cypriot family in Lapithos, confirm the crimes and the flagrant violations of international and humanitarian law perpetrated during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

    "At long last, we need to see the full implementation of the relevant rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, which call for Turkey to take all the necessary measures to clear up all of the cases of persons who went missing during the Turkish invasion. An end must be put to the anguish experienced daily for 35 years now by the families of missing persons.

    "As this particular case has shown, the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) is of vital importance in the efforts to make progress on this issue. We need to ensure the success of the CMP's humanitarian mission and its continued smooth and effective operation."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of a Cypriot woman holding the photograph of a missing person during 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus

    [02] Registers,Econ Ministry online

    The economy and finance ministry is advancing the on-line connection of cash registers and invoice issue devices with the Secretariat General for Information Systems (GGPS), it was announced on Monday.

    The ministry said an international tender would be held for assignment of the on-line service.

    The aim of the new measure is the immediate provision of information in order to wipe out the phenomenon of fake invoices, and also to drastically curb tax evasion of VAT (Value Added Tax).

    The tender will be carried out in two stages. In the first stage the interested parties will be invited to submit their proposals on materialisation of the above service. In the second stage they will be called on to submit their final offer based on the solution or solutions to have been selected by the assigning authority.

    The text of the tender is currently being drafted, and is slated for completion in the first half of September.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [03] ASE : Decline

    Equity prices were declining on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.56 percent, standing at 2,367.26 points at 14:15 p.m., and turnover at 61.1 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest losses in Insurance, down 4.40 percent; Banks, down 2.08 percent; Industrial Products, down 1.18 percent; and Construction 1.10 percent.

    The biggest gains were in Travel and Recreation, up 3.75 percent; Telecommunication, up 0.68 percent; and Personal & Household Goods, up 0.37 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.93 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.22 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.64 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 72 were up, 104 were down, and 46 were unchanged.

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