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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 98-08-04

Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] US State Department - Denktash's threats
  • [02] Famagusta - Anti-occupation event
  • [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [04] Cyprus - AIWCS Congress

  • 0850:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] US State Department - Denktash's threats

    Washington, Aug 4 (CNA) -- The US State Department refrained from commenting on threats by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash not to enter talks for a Cyprus settlement because of a European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) decision ordering Turkey to pay compensation to a Greek-Cypriot refugee.

    Replying to questions, State Department Spokesman, James Rubin, said it is up to the Turkish Cypriot leader "to clarify his remarks. It is not up to us to describe them," he added.

    Denktash's new provocative treats came after ECHR's decision ordering Turkey to pay some 600.000 US dollars of compensation to Titina Loizidou, from the Turkish-occupied town of Kyrenia, for the continued violation of her right to peaceful enjoyment of her property.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    Rubin stressed "the need to begin a process that addresses the full range of issues in a Cyprus settlement," and expressed the hope "the parties can engage in a process that leads to negotiations," towards this goal.

    "So I have no comment on what Mr. Denktash has said about the decision and he is really the one who ought to explain it," the State Department Spokesman remarked.

    "We want to continue to work on the Turkish Cypriot, we want to continue to work on this issue and we want to make progress. That is what we want to see," he said.

    The American official added "we think a process needs to begin that addresses the full range of issues in a Cyprus settlement."

    "That is what we have been doing, that is what Ambassador Richard Holbrooke has been doing and that is what Ambassador Thomas Miller has been doing," Rubin concluded.

    Earlier this month the US State Department refrained from commenting on the ECHR decision, stressing the need for "a process to address the full range of issues in a Cyprus settlement".

    CNA DA/MCH/GP/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1240 CYPPRESS:02

    [02] Famagusta - Anti-occupation event

    Nicosia, Aug 4 (CNA) -- The Famagusta Municipality is organising a gathering next Saturday to declare the determination of the lawful inhabitants of Famagusta to return to their hometown occupied by Turkish troops since 1974.

    Famagusta Mayor, Andreas Pouyiouros, pointed out today, speaking at a press conference, that "although peaceful these events will be of an anti- occupation character".

    "With these events we honour all those who shed their blood for freedom and democracy for Cyprus," he added, making special reference to Tasos Isaak and Solomos Solomou, who were brutally murdered by Turkish "Grey Wolves" extremists during anti-occupation protests in 1996.

    Pointing to High Level Agreements and UN resolutions calling for the return of Famagusta to its rightful inhabitants, Pouyiouros expressed disappointment for the inability of the international organisation to implement its own resolutions.

    Pouyiouros made special reference to the 1979 High Level Agreement signed by former President Spyros Kyprianou and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and to UN Security Council Resolution 550 (1984), considering:

    "Attempts to settle Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible" and calling "for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN".

    The anti-occupation event will take place on Saturday, August 8, at Dherynia, the eastern end of the division line, and will be attended by local and foreign personalities, including British MPs Tom Cox, Eddie O'Hara and Simon Hughes, British former MP Ian Twinn and President of the Portuguese-Cyprus Friendship Group in the Portuguese Parliament, MP Rosa Maria Albernaz.

    Primate of the Orthodox Church in Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos, House President, Spyros Kyprianou and Pouyiouros will address the event, which will also include a cultural programme.

    The Famagusta Municipal Council has also sent petitions to foreign heads of state and government as well as members of the US Congress, the British House of Commons and the European Parliament, asking for their assistance towards the implementation of international law in Cyprus.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    Some 200.000 Greek Cypriots, one third of the island's population, were forcibly uprooted from their homes by the Turkish invasion forces.

    CNA MCH/GP/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1440:CYPPRESS:03

    [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Aug 4 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
       CSE General Index                          84.88 (-0.46)
    
       Traded Value            CYP 1,093,068
    
       Sectural Indices
    
       Banks                   CYP   725,796     100.18 (-0.49)
       Approved Investment
       Companies               CYP     4,260      58.87 (-0.46)
       Insurance Companies     CYP    69,831      59.34 (-1.02)
       Manufacturing Companies CYP    12,791      76.08 ( 0.01)
       Tourism Companies       CYP    34,748      70.15 (-0.48)
       Trading Companies       CYP    16,402      41.05 (-0.07)
       Other Companies         CYP    79,027      71.37 (-0.22)
    
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA MA/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    1445:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] Cyprus - AIWCS Congress

    Nicosia, Aug 4 (CNA) -- Cyprus will host the sixth Association of Inter- Balkan Women's Cooperation Societies Congress from October 23 to 27.

    The Congress dedicated to "Environment and Women" is organised by Protoporia Women's Organisation and UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries.

    Its objectives include the increasing of decision-makers' awareness of the need for greater commitment in improving environment quality standards.

    It also aims at placing greater focus on women's and NGOs responsibility in lobbying and supporting initiatives in favour of environmental protection.

    Participants from Albania, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Turkey and Cyprus will attend the Congress, to be held under the auspices of President Glafcos Clerides.

    European Commissioner and Former Prime Minister of France Edith Cresson was invited to act as honourary president of the Congress.

    The provisional list of participants includes Council of Europe Secretary General, Daniel Tarschys, members of European Parliament, Philippe Monfils, Katerina Daskalaki and Antonios Trakatelis as well as representatives from FAO and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

    CNA MCH/MA/1998
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
    CNA ENDS
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