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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-09-18

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus Minister outlines policy on migration issues
  • [02] Polish Economy Minister to pay three-day official visit
  • [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [04] OIC coordination meeting adopts Khartoum reference on Cyprus
  • [05] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [06] Clerides announces policy to protect impartiality of state mechanism
  • [07] Cypriot Ambassador presents credentials to Niger President
  • [08] Cyprus and Chad to establish diplomatic ties
  • [09] Government gives additional financial backing to Cyprus Rally
  • [10] Executive and legislative authority to be discussed at UN-led talks
  • [11] Chief Negotiator calls for vigilance regarding reports on Cyprus
  • [12] Council of Ministers approves state budget for 2003
  • [13] Spokesman warns of repercussions on lifting poaching ban
  • [14] Cyprus' Ambassador to EU speaks before UNICE
  • [15] Kasoulides discusses Cyprus problem with US envoy
  • [16] US determined to work for Cyprus settlement

  • [01] Cyprus Minister outlines policy on migration issues

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    Cyprus Minister outlines policy on migration issues

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) -- Cyprus Interior Minister Andreas Panagiotou outlined Cyprus' positions on migration during a Council of Europe (CoE) ministerial meeting on migration, which ended Tuesday in Helsinki, Finland.

    On the issue of migration of workers, Panagiotou said foreigners are allowed to work on the island provided there is no local or qualified labour force, and their presence positively contributes to the island's development.

    Foreign workers, he said, enjoy the same treatment with Cypriot workers. They can be naturalised Cypriot citizens after staying on the island for more than seven years while as of January 2003, the term long-term immigrants will be introduced.

    Regarding asylum, Panagiotou said the Cyprus Republic is firmly and unconditionally committed to implement the principles of human rights and rights of refugees. It is expected that by January next year there will be a number of amendments to the refugees' law, fully harmonising it with the acquis communautaire.

    On the issue of illegal migration, Panagiotou said that this phenomenon became a problem in the last four to five years when human traffickers tried to use Cyprus as a transit point or a country of final destination.

    [02] Polish Economy Minister to pay three-day official visit

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    Polish Economy Minister to pay three-day official visit

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) -- Poland's Minister of Economy Jacek Piechota will pay a three-day official visit to Cyprus between 24-26 September, at the invitation of the island's Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister, Nicos Rolandis.

    [03] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 85,96 ( 0,03) Traded Value CYP 468.082 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 339.747 342,64 (-0,40) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 250.572 94,83 (-0,23) Approved Investment Companies CYP 8.119 80,92 (-0,28) Insurance Companies CYP 2.750 20,36 (-0,49) Manufacturing Companies CYP 9.871 62,61 ( 1,02) Tourism Companies CYP 9.767 107,48 ( 0,98) Trading Companies CYP 13.759 18,90 (-0,37) Building and Cement Companies CYP 704 57,37 (-1,05) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 5.481 3,69 ( 0,27) Financial Services Companies CYP 44.659 13,34 ( 2,69) Fish Culture Companies CYP 1.365 14,88 (-0,60) Hotels CYP 40.002 48,35 (-0,35) Other Companies CYP 58.565 81,68 (-0,01) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [04] OIC coordination meeting adopts Khartoum reference on Cyprus

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    OIC coordination meeting adopts Khartoum reference on Cyprus

    By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Sep 18 (CNA) -- Cyprus has managed to avert the adoption of new Turkish positions in the final statement of the annual coordination meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference held in New York.

    Turkey had tried unsuccessfully to include an extract in the final statement which referred to the proposals given by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to President Glafcos Clerides during the UN-led direct talks and to make acceptable Turkish Foreign Minister Sukru Sina Gurel's position in his speech to the General Assembly about "sovereign equality" in Cyprus.

    After the presentation of the report by the Islamic Conference Secretary-General and his suggestion not to change the paragraph on Cyprus adopted during the 29th session of the OIC of Foreign Ministers in Khartoum, Sudan, last June, the Turkish representative, backed by the illegal "foreign minister" of the regime in the occupied north, Tahsin Ertugruloglu, submitted an amendment which they asked to be included in the final statement.

    The amendment said the Conference welcomes the proposals submitted by Denktash in December, which it considers "positive" for a solution to the Cyprus problem and calls on the Secretary-General to seriously consider them.

    However, the OIC said adoption of the proposed amended paragraph on Cyprus would open to door to amendments to the whole of the final statement. At the same time, the UN conveyed the message that the declaration could not contain references to proposals, which were submitted during confidential negotiations.

    The paragraph was kept out of the final statement and the Khartoum reference was included. The OIC Secretariat undertook to study the Turkish proposals, but in essence, this means their rejection. The OIC declined to give the Turkish representative the right to voice his disagreement.

    [05] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Sep 18 (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 30 21 FINE Larnaca 31 23 FAIR Limassol 29 22 FAIR Paphos 28 20 FAIR

    [06] Clerides announces policy to protect impartiality of state mechanism

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    Clerides announces policy to protect impartiality of state mechanism

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides announced here today that from September 1 and until the presidential elections of February 2003, the government will not examine or satisfy any new demands, in an effort to secure the impartiality and objectivity of the state mechanism.

    [07] Cypriot Ambassador presents credentials to Niger President

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    Cypriot Ambassador presents credentials to Niger President

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - Cypriot Ambassador Argyros Antoniou presented his credentials yesterday to Niger President Tandja Mamadou.

    [08] Cyprus and Chad to establish diplomatic ties

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    Cyprus and Chad to establish diplomatic ties

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    New York, Sep 18 (CNA) - Cyprus and the Republic of Chad are to sign a protocol in New York today to establish diplomatic relations.

    The decision was taken yesterday during a meeting Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and his African counterpart Mahamat Salem Annadif had on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Both Ministers will sign the protocol.

    Today, Kasoulides will address the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement at the UN and earlier he will hold a working breakfast with US State Department Special Coordinator on Cyprus Thomas Weston.

    [09] Government gives additional financial backing to Cyprus Rally

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    Government gives additional financial backing to Cyprus Rally

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - The government will support the Cyprus Automobile Association (AA) with an additional amount of 250.000 pounds to organise the next Cyprus Rally, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Nicos Rolandis said here today.

    Speaking after the Council of Ministers' meeting, Rolandis said the government receives a revenue of 12 million pounds from the Rally, excluding other income from advertising and promoting the Rally on television networks in Europe and the rest of the world.

    [10] Executive and legislative authority to be discussed at UN-led talks

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    Executive and legislative authority to be discussed at UN-led talks

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - The discussion of issues concerning the executive and legislative authority of a central state will continue during tomorrow's meeting between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash within the framework of the UN-led direct talks, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today.

    Replying to questions after the Council of Ministers' meeting, Papapetrou said yesterday's news dispatch from Reuters, which quoted an anonymous diplomat as saying the EU should think seriously about letting Cyprus in the next wave of enlargement for fear of disrupting the ongoing peace effort, was not raised during the direct talks.

    [11] Chief Negotiator calls for vigilance regarding reports on Cyprus

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    Chief Negotiator calls for vigilance regarding reports on Cyprus

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - Cyprus' Chief Negotiator in accession talks with the European Union, George Vassiliou, called for "nerves of steel" and "vigilance" in order to tackle any challenges in the island's accession course, adding that until December 14, there will continuously be press reports that may cause concern.

    Referring to yesterday's Reuters news agency dispatch which quoted an anonymous diplomat as saying the EU should think seriously about letting Cyprus in the next wave of enlargement for fear of disrupting the ongoing peace effort, Vassiliou said "every cloud has a silver lining".

    [12] Council of Ministers approves state budget for 2003

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    Council of Ministers approves state budget for 2003

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - The Council of Ministers today approved the state budget for 2003, which provides for 23.068,7 million Cyprus pounds in expenditure and 2.389,4 million pounds in revenue.

    The total public deficit is expected to broaden by 453,1 million pounds and reach 6362,2 million pounds or 93,7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared to 5909,1 million or 94,9 percent of the GDP expected by the end of this year.

    [13] Spokesman warns of repercussions on lifting poaching ban

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    Spokesman warns of repercussions on lifting poaching ban

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - As the government warned that a possible decision by the House of Representatives not to implement the law forbidding poaching of small birds could open the chapter on environment of the acquis communautaire, hunters in the free area of Famagusta said they will take action if the government goes ahead with implementing the law.

    In statements after the Council of Ministers' meeting, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou called on everyone to undertake their responsibilities, stressing that the issue relates to the acquis communautaire and the vastly important effort of the island to accede to the EU.

    [14] Cyprus' Ambassador to EU speaks before UNICE

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    Cyprus' Ambassador to EU speaks before UNICE

    Nicosia, Sep 18 (CNA) - Cyprus aspires to enter the Eurozone the soonest, following its accession to the European Union, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union, Ambassador Theophilos Theophilou, has said.

    [15] Kasoulides discusses Cyprus problem with US envoy

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    Kasoulides discusses Cyprus problem with US envoy

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    New York, Sep 18 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides and US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston met in New York and discussed developments on the Cyprus problem and the prospects that are outlined during the period until the Copenhagen European Council.

    Diplomatic sources noted that the Americans are disappointed with escalating Turkish threats, suggesting they serve pre-election purposes, and decided not to react strongly.

    [16] US determined to work for Cyprus settlement

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    US determined to work for Cyprus settlement

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Sep 18 (CNA) - The United States is determined to use the time until the Copenhagen European Council to do what it can to get a comprehensive settlement on Cyprus, the US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston has said.

    In statements to CNA, Weston said "the accession of Cyprus to the European Union and Turkey's relationship to the EU ought to enforce a situation in which a settlement is more achievable that has been the case in the past".


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