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 Annan holds meetings on Cyprus
Annan holds meetings on Cyprus
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Feb 13 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is due to meet later today in New York the Cyprus envoys of Britain and the US, Lord David Hannay and Ambassador Thomas Weston.
Present at the meeting will be Annan's special adviser Alvaro de Soto and UN Under-secretary for political affairs Sir Kieran Prendergast.
UN Secretariat sources have said that the meeting will review the situation in Cyprus and examine the prospects of a political settlement within the deadline of 28 February 2003 Annan has set out in a peace plan he put forward to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides last year.
 Clerides discusses Cyprus and Iraq with US Ambassador
Clerides discusses Cyprus and Iraq with US Ambassador
Nicosia, Feb 13 (CNA) -- US Ambassador here Michael Klosson continues to believe that it is still feasible to reach a negotiated deal on the basis of a UN proposal on a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus by the end of February, a target date the UN has set and said the US will leave no stone unturned in its efforts towards this goal.
Klosson, who was speaking after a 45-minute long meeting with President Glafcos Clerides, also said he outlined to the President the US perspective with regard to Iraq and said that Washington appreciates the support Cyprus offers in the war against terrorism.
On next week's European Union extraordinary summit on Iraq, on which President Clerides and other heads of candidate countries will be briefed by the EU presidency on Tuesday, the US Ambassador said he hoped that the meeting would send a message stressing the need for compliance with the wishes of the international community.
Speaking to the press, Klosson said he had a ''very good meeting'' against the backdrop of other discussions going on in New York on Cyprus and in view of next week's dialogue between Greece and Turkey on security concerns, in the context of the UN peace plan.
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 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, Feb 13 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Friday and Saturday: 14/2/2003 to 15/02/2003 --------------------
On Friday, the weather will be partly cloudy at times with local showers, perhaps isolated thunderstorms and above 4500FT, snow. The wind will blow from the west, moderate to fresh and locally strong, 4-6BF. The state of sea will be rough. The temperature will reach the 13C inland and east coast 15C south and west coast and the 2C on highest mountains.
On Saturday, local cloud may give isolated showers in the afternoon and perhaps, snow over highest mountains. The wind will be from the west, moderate, 4BF and the sea will be moderate. The temperature will remain at the same levels.
Outlook for Sunday and Monday: 16/2/2003 to 17/2/2003
On Sunday, the weather will be mainly fine while on Monday will become gradually cloudy. The temperature will increase.
 Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
 US envoy in Cyprus next week
US envoy in Cyprus next week
Nicosia, Thu 13 (CNA) -- US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston is expected on the island next week.
Ambassador Weston is due to arrive here on Friday 21, and during his brief visit he is expected to be received by President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
His visit comes at a time when there is a flurry of activity on the part of the international community, led by the UN, in a bid to secure a negotiated settlement on Cyprus on the basis of a UN peace plan.
 Cyprus: Biographies of presidential candidates
Cyprus: Biographies of presidential candidates
Nicosia, Feb 13 (CNA) -- The career of the ten candidates for the presidential elections in Cyprus is diverse. From veteran politicians to composers and farmers, they will all seek an opportunity for either a re-run or try for a first time to head the European Union acceeding island.
GLAFCOS CLERIDES ---------------- Incumbent President Glafcos Clerides, 84, studied law in Britain, is a veteran politician who founded the Democratic Rally, his main supporter in the elections.
He joined the British Royal Air Force in 1939 and was shot down over Germany in 1942 as an RAF pilot and was taken prisoner until the end of the war.
During Cyprus struggle for independence from British colonial rule 1955-1959, Clerides defended a number of Greek Cypriot fighters. He also participated in the 1959 London Conference on Cyprus and during the transitional period, from colonial administration to independence, he served as Minister of Justice.
From 1960, when Cyprus gained its independence, he was elected President of the House of Representatives, a post he held until 1976. Between 1968-1976 he was the Greek Cypriot negotiator in talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for finding a settlement to the Cyprus problem.
He took over as Acting President of the Republic in July 1974, in the wake of the military coup (July 15) that forced the late president, Archbishop Makarios III into exile and the Turkish invasion five days later. Makarios resumed his duties in December 1974.
Clerides led his party in the House of Representatives until his election to the presidency of the Republic in 1993. He was re-elected in 1998. He published the book My deposition in four volumes. He is married to Lilla-Irene from India and they have a daughter.
He is supported by the rightwing Democratic Rally, the United Democrats, the Fighting Democratic Movement and the Political Renewal Movement.
TASSOS PAPADOPOULOS ------------------- Born in Nicosia in 1934, he studied law in London. Actively participated during the EOKA liberation struggle.
He was one of the four representatives of the Greek Cypriot side in the Constitutional Committee which drafted the islands constitution.
He served for 12 years as Minister of Interior, Minister of Finance, Minister of Labour and Social Insurance, Minister of Health and Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
He was an adviser to the first interlocutor in the bicommunal talks and became interlocutor in 1976.
He served as Member of the House of Representatives from 1970 and re-elected in 1976, President of the House from April until October 1976. In 1991 he was elected deputy for the Democratic Party, and was re-elected in 1996.
Last year he took over the post of the President of the Democratic Party. He is a member of the National Council and and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs.
He is mainly supported by the centre-right Democratic Party, the leftwing AKEL, the Social Democrats (KISOS) and the Ecologists Environmentalists Movement.
ALECOS MARKIDES --------------- Born in 1943, a law graduate from the University of Athens and Barrister-at-Law from Temple, London, in 1970.
He served at various ranks at the rightwing Democratic Rally and he became deputy from 1985-1991 and 1991-1995.
He was Chairman of the House Health Committee and from February 1995 he has served as Attorney-General of the Republic.
He is an independent candidate.
NICOS KOUTSOU ------------- Born in 1946 at Famagusta, he is an Economics, Law and Social Sciences graduate.
He served as President of the National Cypriot Students Union from 1971-1972. During the Greek military junta, he was barred from entering Greece and in October 1974 returned to Athens to continue his studies.
Founding member of the Cyprus Research Centre, Koutsou served as its chairman from 1987-1996 when he left to set up in 1997 the rightwing New Horizons Party.
This is his second bid for the presidency.
CHRISTOS IOSIFIDES ------------------ Born in Athienou village in 1944, a lawyer, independent candidate Iosifides, speaks three languages.
During the last seven years he has been working at the Law Office of the Republic, dealing with issues concerning the European Union, the Cyprus problem, harmonisation with the acquis communautaire, human rights and the Supreme Court.
He was responsible for harmonisation with the acquis in various sectors, while participating in the accession negotiations in Brussels.
He teaches European law and Human Rights at higher educational institutions and academies in France and Greece. He was also served as expert at the Greek National Economy Ministry on EEC issues, the Interior Ministry on local administration issues and at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Iosifides chairs the Europe Cyprus Mediterranean Institute, he is the General Secretary of the Cyprus Association of European Law and he is a member of other associations. Many of his articles have been published in Cypriot newspapers and international journals.
ADAMOS KATSANTONIS ------------------ Advocating a cultural vision, he runs as an independent candidate.
A composer, he was born in Famagusta and studied music in Greece. He writes poets in the Cypriot dialect and in the popular idiom.
Many of his poets have been published in newspapers and magazines and he has published a poem collection in Greece.
His music, especially his recordings, concentrate on Cyprus. He is considered one of the representatives of modern Cypriot music. He has also toured many countries overseas and presented his music.
Katsantonis presents the folklore programme About Cyprus on the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporations First Radio programme
ANDREAS EFSTRATIOU ------------------ Businessman from Paphos, Efstratiou pledged that his independent candidacy will pursue the rights of the people and of the large family which always remain on the sidelines.
GEORGE MAVROGENIS ----------------- Cartoonist Mavrogenis said he submitted his candidacy to preserve the constitution and the state of the Republic of Cyprus.
This is his second presidential run.
COSTAS KYRIACOU --------------- Farmer and writer, Costas Kyriakou, known as Utopos, from Paphos, declared to build new self-sufficient towns with shape and order.
PANTELIS SOFOCLEOUS ------------------- Born in Famagusta in 1961, a freelancer civil engineer who lived in Germany for 20 years and returned to Cyprus in 2001. He was the founder of the German-Cyprus Forum in Germany, which aimed for Cyprus European Union completion.
 UN announces Annan to visit Cyprus2040:CYPPRESS:08 UN announces Annan to visit Cyprus By Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Feb 13 (CNA) The UN announced here Thursday Secretary-General Kofi Annan intends to visit Cyprus at the end of February.
UN Spokesman, Fred Eckhard in a statement told reporters that Annans Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, telephoned President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and informed them about Annans intention to visit Cyprus at the end of February, after his visits to Ankara and Athens.
He said the SG's trip to the region would be with the view to bringing the search for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem to a decisive conclusion, by the 28th of February, as foreseen in his revised proposal at the end of December.
Eckhard also said the UN Secretary-General will visit Ankara on 24 February and Athens on 25 February.
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