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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-09-06

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] UN chief meets Clerides, Denktash in Paris
  • [02] OSCE Assembly's Med working group to meet in Cyprus
  • [03] UN chief meets T/C leader
  • [04] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [05] Lunch hosted by Kofi Annan for Clerides and Denktash begins
  • [06] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [07] UN chief makes statement after meeting Clerides and Denktash
  • [08] "The Guardian": Time for Turkey to comply with UN resolutions
  • [09] Turkish Women's Handball team to travel via free areas
  • [10] Agriculture Minister says Earth Summit conclusions will help Cyprus

  • [01] UN chief meets Clerides, Denktash in Paris

    0830:CYPPRESS:01

    UN chief meets Clerides, Denktash in Paris

    by Maria Myles

    Paris, Sep 6 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan meets here today with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to find ways to chart the way forward at the UN-led Cyprus talks going on for the past eight months.

    Prior to the joint meeting, Annan will meet Denktash and Clerides separately, at 1000 local time and at 1130 local time, respectively. Annan's lunch for the two leaders will be given at 1300 hours.

    Earlier in the morning President Clerides will meet with his aides, namely Attorney General Alecos Markides, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou, Undersecretary to the President Pantelis Kouros and Cyprus' Ambassador in Paris Minas Hadjimichael.

    Clerides' meeting with Annan will take place in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro De Soto and his assistant Robert Dann. Clerides' will be accompanied by Kouros.

    All meetings and the lunch will take place at Bristol Hotel, where the UN chief is staying.

    The lunch hosted by Annan for Clerides and Denktash will also be attended by De Soto, who met last evening with Annan.

    [02] OSCE Assembly's Med working group to meet in Cyprus

    0855:CYPPRESS:02

    OSCE Assembly's Med working group to meet in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Sep 6 (CNA) - The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's working group on the Mediterranean, will be meeting in Limassol, Cyprus, on 9-10 September.

    [03] UN chief meets T/C leader

    1330:CYPPRESS:04

    UN chief meets T/C leader

    by Maria Myles

    Paris, Sep 6 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan met this morning in Paris with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

    The meeting took place at the "Bristol" Hotel where Annan is staying. After Denktash, the UN chief started a meeting with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides. Afterwards he will give lunch for Clerides and Denktash.

    Annan's meeting with Denktash lasted an hour and a half. Invited after the meeting to say what Annan had told him, Denktash said "we shall talk to you after lunch."

    Asked if it was a good meeting, the Turkish Cypriot leader said it was always a good meeting with the Secretary General. He refrained from saying whether he had heard anything good from Annan.

    Denktash was accompanied to the meeting by his aide Elgun Olgun. The meeting was also attended by UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast, the UN Secretary General's Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro De Soto, and de Soto's aide, Robert Dann.

    Asked before the meeting what he would tell the Secretary General, Denktash said that "Annan knows what we are going to tell him, what we have been talking about for so long."

    Invited to say what his expectations are, Denktash noted: "let us go and have a meeting with the SG and then we will see."

    Asked if he was ready for a comprehensive plan for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, the Turkish Cypriot leader replied: "We shall see."

    President Clerides arrived at the hotel accompanied by Cyprus' Ambassador in Paris, Minas Hadjimichael, who will hold the minutes of the meeting.

    [04] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
    1445:CYPPRESS:05
    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Sep 6 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 86,56 (-0,68) Traded Value CYP 433.185 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 156.839 349,65 (-0,56) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 30.822 96,80 (-0,72) Approved Investment Companies CYP 25.829 81,58 (-0,74) Insurance Companies CYP 40.976 21,12 ( 0,38) Manufacturing Companies CYP 72.597 61,50 (-0,37) Tourism Companies CYP 5.208 106,19 (-0,95) Trading Companies CYP 7.985 18,83 (-0,32) Building and Cement Companies CYP 32.197 57,39 ( 0,75) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 18.677 3,64 (-1,62) Financial Services Companies CYP 11.285 13,15 (-2,52) Fish Culture Companies CYP 322 15,66 (-1,63) Hotels CYP 32.332 47,96 (-0,68) Other Companies CYP 95.560 82,38 (-0,58) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [05] Lunch hosted by Kofi Annan for Clerides and Denktash begins

    1500:CYPPRESS:06

    Lunch hosted by Kofi Annan for Clerides and Denktash begins

    By Maria Myles

    Paris, Sep 6 (CNA) -- A luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is underway, after separate meetings Annan had here earlier today with Clerides and Denktash.

    Also attending are UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast and the UN Secretary General's Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

    Clerides' meeting with Annan lasted just over an hour. No statements were made afterwards.

    The lunch is taking place at Annan's suite at the "Bristol" hotel in the French capital. Photographers were allowed to take the usual pictures of Clerides and Denktash standing next to the UN Chief and then shaking hands, smiling.

    Denktash took pictures of the journalists and then asked them to take a picture of him with Clerides and Annan with his camera. Denktash is an amateur photographer.

    [06] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
    1545:CYPPRESS:07
    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Sep 6 (CNA) - Today's weather and temperatures for Cyprus, according to the Meteorological Service at Larnaca International Airport are: Temperatures (degrees Celcius) --------------------------------------------------------------- Station Maximum Minimum Weather (At 1200 UTC) --------------------------------------------------------------- Nicosia 32 20 FAIR Larnaca 31 21 FINE Limassol 30 21 FINE Paphos 29 21 FAIR

    [07] UN chief makes statement after meeting Clerides and Denktash

    1710:CYPPRESS:08

    UN chief makes statement after meeting Clerides and Denktash

    by Maria Myles

    Paris, Sep 6 (CNA) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said here Friday he believes the gaps dividing the two parties to the Cyprus problem could be bridged, noting that on some issues they are smaller than when the UN-led direct talks began.

    In a statement issued after separate meetings with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, and a lunch he hosted for them, Annan said he asked the leaders of the two communities to return to Cyprus and work on the issues which he highlighted to them and meet him once again in New York on October 3 and 4, stressing that there is an opportunity at hand which is "waiting to be seized".

    In his statement, Annan says he very much hopes that the leaders will tackle the matters he discussed with them "with a sense of urgency" before their next meeting, noting that his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, will be working with them "to help them achieve the requisite progress".

    Emphasising that he has seen "a great deal of speculation in the press, much of it pessimistic", Kofi Annan said his discussions today confirm his belief that though serious differences remain, the elements of a comprehensive settlement that would meet the basic needs of both sides do, in fact, exist.

    The UN Secretary-General said each side has its own distinct and strongly held perspective, both on the history of the Cyprus problem and on the way forward, expressing the view however that the gaps dividing the parties can be bridged.

    Following is the UN Secretary-General's full statement:

    "I met with each Cypriot leader, first with H.E. Mr. Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, then with H.E. Mr. Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, after which I hosted them for lunch together.

    I have asked the leaders to go back to the island and work with my Special Adviser, Mr. De Soto, on the issues that I highlighted to them today, and to meet with me once more in New York on 3 and 4 October.

    I very much hope that the leaders will tackle the matters I discussed with them with a sense of urgency before our next meeting. Mr. de Soto will be working with them to help them achieve the requisite progress.

    I have seen a great deal of speculation in the press, much of it pessimistic. My discussions today confirm my belief that, though serious differences remain, the elements of a comprehensive settlement that would meet the basic needs of both sides do, in fact, exist.

    [08] "The Guardian": Time for Turkey to comply with UN resolutions

    1810:CYPPRESS:09

    "The Guardian": Time for Turkey to comply with UN resolutions

    London, Sep 6 (CNA) - If Turkey is serious about joining the EU, now is the time finally for it to pay heed to the UN and to have firm words with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, British newspaper "The Guardian" notes in its edition today.

    [09] Turkish Women's Handball team to travel via free areas

    1950:CYPPRESS:10

    Turkish Women's Handball team to travel via free areas

    Nicosia, Sep 6 (CNA) - The Turkish Women's Handball team "Uskudar" will arrive on the island through the legal ports of entry for its game on September 8 with Latsia, Nicosia.

    [10] Agriculture Minister says Earth Summit conclusions will help Cyprus

    2000:CYPPRESS:11

    Agriculture Minister says Earth Summit conclusions will help Cyprus

    Larnaca, Sep 6 (CNA) - Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Minister Costas Themistocleous said he was satisfied over the results of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, noting Cyprus will benefit if real measures are taken to limit the greenhouse effect.

    Returning to the island after attending the Summit, which ended in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 4, Themistocleous told reporters that there is a general satisfaction over the accomplishments of the Summit, noting that countries have committed themselves to a list of agreements and initiatives on important issues such as water and energy.


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