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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 99-03-24

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  • [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [02] Clerides - Message - Greek President and Premier
  • [03] Rolandis - Russia
  • [04] Greek Defence Minister - Cyprus
  • [05] Conference - Turkey
  • [06] Greek Ambassador - Message

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    [01] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Mar 24 CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
          CSE General Index                         124.02 (-0.85)
          Traded Value            CYP 7,215,506
          Sectural Indices
          Banks                   CYP 4,401,291     157.79 (-1.12)
          Approved Investment
          Companies               CYP   271,448      75.97 (-0.14)
          Insurance Companies     CYP    77,463      78.34 ( 0.68)
          Manufacturing Companies CYP   400,910      97.07 (-1.22)
          Tourism Companies       CYP   491,278      85.23 (-1.79)
          Trading Companies       CYP   245,993      53.17 ( 2.64)
          Other Companies         CYP   319,191      87.33 (-0.44)
    The third column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    CNA MM/1999

    [02] Clerides - Message - Greek President and Premier

    Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides has sent congratulatory messages to the Greek President and the Prime Minister of Greece on the anniversary of the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

    In his message to Greek President, Constantinos Stefanopoulos, Clerides says "the Greeks of Cyprus are inspired in their struggle for national and physical survival and for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem by the 1821 fighters".

    He also says that Greek Cypriots are grateful for the firm and multi- faceted support of the government of Greece and the country's political leadership.

    In his message to Prime Minister, Costas Simitis, Clerides expresses gratitude for the Greek Premier's personal interest and support for Cyprus' struggle for physical and national survival.

    "Historic moments such as the 25th of March 1821 make us proud and inspire us," Clerides remarked.

    CNA MCH/MM/1999

    [03] Rolandis - Russia

    Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) -- Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Nicos Rolandis, currently visiting Russia, has had several meetings with a view to boost bilateral trade relations.

    The minister also attended the official opening of the Sixth International Tourist Fair in Moscow.

    Rolandis met today with high ranking Russian officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Commerce and the Russian Academy of Sciences and exchanged views on issues relating to high technology.

    He was present at the official opening of the Moscow International Tourist Fair (MITT'99), considered to be one of the most important events in international tourism. Eight-seven countries, including Cyprus, are taking part this year.

    Some 100 Cypriot tourist industries are participating, including a large number of hotel owners. The Cypriot pavilion was set up by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

    Rolandis said this year Cyprus will probably welcome as many Russian tourists as it did last year, when about 200.000 people visited the island.

    Russia ranks third, after Britain and Germany, in the list of countries which choose Cyprus as a holiday destination.

    CNA MCH/MM/1999

    [04] Greek Defence Minister - Cyprus

    Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) -- Greek Defence Minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, has said there is capability in the framework of cooperation between Greece and Cyprus to promote certain measures to strengthen the island's deterrent.

    Speaking to London Greek Radio (LGR), Tsohatzopoulos said that "under no circumstances will the national defence pact (agreed between the two countries) be downgraded."

    He also expressed satisfaction with a statement by Cyprus' President Glafcos Clerides that the national defence pact is still valid and that Cyprus will continue to boost its defence capability.

    "I am one of those who demand continuous strengthening of the joint defence pact," the Greek Minister said, adding that "in the framework of cooperation between Greece and Cyprus we have the capability to proceed with a series of specific measures in order to realise this goal."

    Replying to questions, Tsohatzopoulos said he sees no problem with the deployment of the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles on the Greek island of Crete.

    President Glafcos Clerides decided last December not to deploy the S- 300 in Cyprus and instead to negotiate with Moscow their deployment on Crete.

    A relevant agreement was reached last February when Defence Minister Yiannakis Chrysostomis visited the Russian capital.

    CNA AA/MCH/MM/1999

    [05] Conference - Turkey

    Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) -- Nicosia will play host to a conference on "Turkey in the Post-Cold War Era" with the participation of eminent academics and political analysts from Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, the US and Israel.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulides, will open the meeting on Tuesday, organised by the Research and Development Centre and the Department of International Relations of Intercollege, Nicosia.

    Among the speakers will be Van Coufoudakis, of the Indiana/Purdue University in the US, who will speak about "The U.S. and Turkey in the Post- Cold War Era: Dilemmas of Cooperation and Hegemonical Aspirations."

    Suha Bolukbasioglu, of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey, will speak on "The "Turco-Greek Conflict: Conflicting Perceptions or Clashing Interests?"

    From Russia, Irina Zviagelskaia, Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will outline her views on "Turkey in the Post-Soviet Sout: A View from Moscow".

    Ali-Hillal Dessouki, Dean with the Faculty of Economic and Political Sciences, at Cairo University, will address the issue of "The Israeli- Turkish Connection; Cooperation or Strategic Alliance?"

    Among the speakers are Andreas Theophanous, Director of the Research Centre, and Christodoulos Pelaghias, both of whom will speak on "Turkish policy on Cyprus: A View from Nicosia".

    CNA FZ/MM/1999

    [06] Greek Ambassador - Message

    Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) -- Greek Ambassador to Cyprus has stressed good relations between Cyprus and Greece in all fields, including cooperation in defence issues, in a message to Greek Cypriots on the 178th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence.

    "Never before have relations between Greece and Cyprus, in every field, flourished to the extent they do today," Kyriakos Rodousakis remarked, adding that the goal is the continuous boosting of Cyprus' defences in the framework of a defence pact agreed between the two countries.

    The Greek Ambassador said that "despite the intransigence of the other side (Turkish), Greece and Cyprus will together continue their efforts for a solution to the Cyprus problem," pointing out that both countries are "anxious to see in practice the much-talked about international initiatives after the Turkish elections."

    Referring to Cyprus' course of accession to the European Union, Rodousakis said that both communities on the island have come to realise the political and economic benefits they would gain from EU membership.

    "The Turkish Cypriot leader (Rauf Denktash) knows that accession would act as a catalyst," Rodousakis noted, pointing out that Denktash feels that he is in a weak position and that is why he prohibits bicommunal contacts.

    Concluding, Rodousakis says that "Greece and Cyprus will also fight for peace and stability to prevail in the area, in a very critical time when clouds are thickening over the Balkan sky" expressing the hope that war in Kosovo can be averted.

    CNA MCH/MM/1999
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