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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-09-17

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Greece and Cyprus examining all possible scenarios
  • [02] Cyprus trying to secure least negative Islamic statement
  • [03] German deputy supports Cyprus' EU entry
  • [04] Clerides and Denktash continue direct talks
  • [05] Cooperation protocol signed between Cyprus and Syria
  • [06] Cyprus Culture Minister at UNESCO round table
  • [07] Greek Cypriot sides responds to Denktash's document
  • [08] Greek Tourism Organisation offices to open in Cyprus
  • [09] EU: Cyprus will be treated like any other candidate
  • [10] Spokesman dismisses reports about Cyprus' accession
  • [11] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [12] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [13] President of German - Cyprus Friendship Committee in Cyprus
  • [14] Government satisfied with Greek FM’s positions
  • [15] Foreign Minister meets Greek Alternate Foreign Minister

  • [01] Greece and Cyprus examining all possible scenarios

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    Greece and Cyprus examining all possible scenarios

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Sep 17 (CNA) - Greece and Cyprus are carefully examining all possible scenarios in view of the Copenhagen European Council in December, so as to avert any efforts to obstruct Cyprus' accession to the European Union.

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides told the press in New York that he has already discussed the matter with his Greek counterpart, George Papandreou, and that he will meet today with Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Tasos Yiannitsis and his team.

    [02] Cyprus trying to secure least negative Islamic statement

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    Cyprus trying to secure least negative Islamic statement

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Sep 17 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides continues his meetings in New York, where he is representing President Glafcos Clerides at the UN General Assembly.

    Kasoulides has met with the Permanent Representatives of Islamic countries to the UN, in view of the Islamic Conference Foreign Ministers' meeting, in order to avert the adoption of a worse for Cyprus statement, compared to previous years.

    [03] German deputy supports Cyprus' EU entry

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    German deputy supports Cyprus' EU entry

    By Athina Arsalidou

    Bonn, Sep 17 (CNA) -- The efforts to solve the Cyprus question as well as Cyprus' EU accession course are two issues that have to progress independently, German MP of the ruling Social Democratic Party SPD, Ulrich Kleber, has told CNA.

    Kleber expressed the view that the EU should accept Cyprus in the European family even if there is no settlement of the Cyprus problem and no reunification of the island.

    "Cyprus' EU accession course should continue with or without a solution of the Cyprus problem", Kleber said.

    He called upon the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities as well as the governments of Greece and Turkey to contribute to a settlement of the Cyprus problem, by making some "compromises", as he put it.

    Referring to Turkey's European aspirations, the German deputy noted that Turkey should speed up its reforms. He favoured the start of membership talks with Turkey when the country fulfills the Copenhagen criteria.

    On his part, Dr Stefan Eisel, Christian Democratic CDU party candidate for the German federal parliament elections to be held next Sunday, told CNA that Turkey's EU accession is very much linked with the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

    "Turkey has to comprehend that an EU accession is not only economical, but also political", Eisel said and added that Turkey can not, for the moment, start accession negotiations with the EU.

    "Being part of the EU means to respect its institutions and the European Court", the CDU candidate said, expressing doubts as to whether Turkey will respect European Court decisions.

    Citing an example of Ankara's stance, Eisel referred to Turkey's denial to solve via international courts the Greco-Turkish disputes over the Aegean Sea.

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    [04] Clerides and Denktash continue direct talks

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    Clerides and Denktash continue direct talks

    Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) - President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash met today in the context of UN-led direct talks to solve the Cyprus problem, in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto.

    This was their third meeting since September 6, when they met in Paris with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

    [05] Cooperation protocol signed between Cyprus and Syria

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    Cooperation protocol signed between Cyprus and Syria

    Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Syria have signed a protocol aimed at strengthening cooperation in the fields of economy, commerce, industry, tourism, energy, research and technology.

    [06] Cyprus Culture Minister at UNESCO round table

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    Cyprus Culture Minister at UNESCO round table

    [07] Greek Cypriot sides responds to Denktash's document

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    Greek Cypriot sides responds to Denktash's document

    Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has said that the Greek Cypriot side today gave its response to the document submitted last week at the UN-led talks on the Cyprus problem by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on all aspects of the question.

    Papapetrou said that during today's meeting between President Glafcos Clerides and Denktash, the issue of "the executive and legislative powers of the central state" were discussed and that deliberations on this issue would continue on Thursday, while next week talks will focus on territory.

    [08] Greek Tourism Organisation offices to open in Cyprus

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    Greek Tourism Organisation offices to open in Cyprus

    By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    New York, Sep 17 (CNA) -- A new era of cooperation between Cyprus and Greece in the field of tourism will begin with the opening of offices in Cyprus of the Greek Tourism Organisation, (GTO), its President Ioannis Patelis has said.

    [09] EU: Cyprus will be treated like any other candidate

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    EU: Cyprus will be treated like any other candidate

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Sep 17 (CNA) -- Cyprus will be afforded the same treatment as any other applicant country for European Union accession, a spokesman for the EU Commission assured today.

    The Commission, he said, relies on the EU Helsinki conclusions which say that a political settlement would facilitate accession but it is not a precondition for it.

    Jean Christophe Filori, spokesman for EU enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen, made statements to this effect, in response to a Reuters dispatch from Brussels, quoting an anonymous EU diplomat saying that the EU might omit Cyprus next month from a long awaited list of candidate countries deemed ready to join for fear of upsetting the UN-led peace talks.

    "Cyprus will have the same treatment as all other candidates countries," Filori said, noting that "the position of the Commission will be clear (on Cyprus) as it will for the other applicant countries."

    [10] Spokesman dismisses reports about Cyprus' accession

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    Spokesman dismisses reports about Cyprus' accession

    Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government dismissed here today as "totally unfounded" reports to the effect that the European Union might leave Cyprus out of a list of candidate countries that will be invited by the December EU summit to join the Union.

    Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today that all indications give exactly the opposite message.

    "This report is totally unfounded. All the information we have, all the indications we have show exactly the opposite, namely that Cyprus will be among the first wave of candidate countries to be invited to join," Papapetrou said.

    He pointed out that there is nothing that can reverse this course.

    The spokesman was commenting on statements by an anonymous EU diplomat quoted by Reuters who said that the EU should think seriously about letting Cyprus in the next wave of enlargement for fear of disrupting the ongoing peace effort.

    [11] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 85,93 (-0,10) Traded Value CYP 403.658 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 230.152 344,01 ( 0,27) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 137.777 95,05 (-0,11) Approved Investment Companies CYP 11.546 81,15 ( 0,45) Insurance Companies CYP 2.422 20,46 (-2,20) Manufacturing Companies CYP 16.949 61,98 (-0,59) Tourism Companies CYP 26.524 106,44 ( 0,95) Trading Companies CYP 18.216 18,97 (-0,32) Building and Cement Companies CYP 29.171 57,98 ( 0,83) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 38.600 3,68 (-5,40) Financial Services Companies CYP 2.841 12,99 ( 0,23) Fish Culture Companies CYP 000 14,97 ( 0,07) Hotels CYP 44.762 48,52 ( 0,06) Other Companies CYP 63.112 81,69 (-0,23) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [12] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Sep 17(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 36 20 FINE Larnaca 32 21 FINE Limassol 34 23 FINE Paphos 30 22 FINE

    [13] President of German - Cyprus Friendship Committee in Cyprus

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    President of German Cyprus Friendship Committee in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) President of the German Group of Friendship between Cyprus and Germany, Renate Rennebach, of the Social Democrats Party expressed the hope that there will soon be a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    [14] Government satisfied with Greek FM’s positions

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    Government satisfied with Greek FMs positions

    Nicosia, Sep 17 (CNA) The government expressed satisfaction for the way in which Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou "put forward Cyprus and defended the interests of the Republic" in New York.

    Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said Papandreous meeting with US Secretary of State Colin Powell was especially significant because it covered an important aspect, that of the Turkish threats against Cyprus should the island join the European Union prior to a political settlement.

    Asked if Washington has requested Nicosia to tone down the National Guard's annual military exercise, "Nikiforos" (the victory bearer), Papapetrou said he would not comment in public on defence matters.

    [15] Foreign Minister meets Greek Alternate Foreign Minister

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    Foreign Minister meets Greek Alternate Foreign Minister

    By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Sep 17 (CNA) Foreign Ìinister Ioannis Kasoulides and Greek Alternate Foreign Minister, Tasos Yiannitsis, met here today and reviewed the situation in Cyprus with regard to its accession course and the UN peace process.

    In statements to CNA, the Cypriot minister said "we will not be affected by anonymous comments and interpretations which go against all the promises ministers, prime ministers and others who take decisions in the EU have made about Cyprus".

    He was commenting on statements by an anonymous EU diplomat quoted by Reuters Tuesday as saying that the EU should think seriously about letting Cyprus in the next wave of enlargement for fear of disrupting the ongoing peace effort.


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