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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 03-12-19

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] State Deparment's 2003 Religious Freedom Report on Cyprus released
  • [02] UN Security Council calls for immediate resumption of Cyprus talks
  • [03] Boucher reiterates US support to Annan plan
  • [04] Problems will increase if no solution by May, says Irish Ambassador
  • [05] Spokesman: US envoy's stance ''unfair''
  • [06] Markides forms new political movement
  • [07] President asks Annan to reengage in talks
  • [08] Spokesman comments on European Parliament resolution
  • [09] President replies to Annan letter on missing persons
  • [10] Spokesman sees ''important'' elements in Council statement
  • [11] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [12] Commission confirms conclusion of structural fund dialogue
  • [13] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [14] Cyprus has largest purchasing power among acceding countries
  • [15] Cyprus foreign trade statistics January-July 2003

  • [01] State Deparment's 2003 Religious Freedom Report on Cyprus released

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    State Deparment's 2003 Religious Freedom Report on Cyprus released

    by Demetris Apokis

    Washington, Dec 19 (CNA) -- US State Department's Religious Freedom Report 2003 for Cyprus said there was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom during the period covered by the report, ''and government policy continued to contribute to the generally free practice of religion.''

    [02] UN Security Council calls for immediate resumption of Cyprus talks

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    UN Security Council calls for immediate resumption of Cyprus talks

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Dec 19 (CNA) -- UN Security Council urged the Turkish Cypriot leadership and all parties concerned to strongly support the Secretary General's efforts and called for an immediate resumption of Cyprus talks on the basis of his proposals.

    In a statement by the Council's President after unofficial deliberations of the Body, the members of the Council also ''welcome the fact that the majority of Turkish Cypriots have expressed their desire for a solution to the Cyprus problem and for accession to the EU.''

    ''This result is all the more noteworthy given pressures faced by the Turkish Cypriots to support the status quo,'' the statement said.

    The members of the Council expressed hope ''that all parties in northern Cyprus and all other concerned parties will honour the desire of the majority of Turkish Cypriots as soon as possible.''

    They also noted that they continue to believe ''that securing a comprehensive settlement negotiated on the basis of the detailed proposals of the Secretary General and accession to the EU by a reunited Cyprus would be in the interests of all Cypriots.''

    ''The members reiterate their full support for the good offices of the Secretary General as entrusted to him in Security Council resolution 1250. They urge the Turkish Cypriot leadership and all parties concerned to strongly support the Secretary General's efforts and, in this context, call for an immediate resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposals,'' the Security Council stressed.

    [03] Boucher reiterates US support to Annan plan

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    Boucher reiterates US support to Annan plan

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- US State Department's Spokesman Richard Boucher has reiterated the US support to the UN Secretary General's plan for a Cyprus settlement, noting that this is the solution that needs to be looked at now by all the parties.

    [04] Problems will increase if no solution by May, says Irish Ambassador

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    Problems will increase if no solution by May, says Irish Ambassador

    By Maria Myles

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- Problems for Turkey, the Turkish Cypriots and President Tassos Papadopoulos will increase, if Cyprus joins the European Union on May 1 next year without a political settlement, Ireland's Ambassador here John Swift believes, and points out that in this eventuality the ceasefire line on the island will represent the de facto limit of the Community.

    In an interview with CNA, before his country assumes the six monthly rotating EU presidency in January 2004, Swift indicated that the EU should decide on a date to begin accession negotiations with Turkey, if that country meets the criteria Brussels has laid down for it. In this respect he welcomed President Papadopoulos' position that he will not veto Turkey's accession, if it fulfills the terms the EU has set out for Ankara.

    On the outcome of the ''parliamentary elections'' in Turkish occupied Cyprus, he said the pro-solution forces that back EU accession won a narrow victory but acknowledged that the distribution of ''seats'' which were divided equally between the main political forces does not help start a process that has a timeframe to it.

    [05] Spokesman: US envoy's stance ''unfair''

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    Spokesman: US envoy's stance ''unfair''

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has described ''unfair'' the view adopted by US coordinator on Cyprus that places President Tassos Papadopoulos on an equal par with the Turkish Cypriot side with regard to efforts for the immediate resumption of talks.

    [06] Markides forms new political movement

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    Markides forms new political movement

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- Former Attorney General Alecos Markides today announced the formation of a political movement named ''Renewal Movement'', adding that he would seek to include Turkish Cypriots because the Movement will be open to all, irrespective of race or religion.

    [07] President asks Annan to reengage in talks

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    President asks Annan to reengage in talks

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos has asked UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to reengage in the question of Cyprus with a view at resuming talks, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said.

    He also said that Annan's demand to fix a date for a referendum on his peace proposal is not feasible because at present the Annan plan is not complete.

    [08] Spokesman comments on European Parliament resolution

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    Spokesman comments on European Parliament resolution

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the European Parliament resolution on the Brussels European Council conclusions ''reiterates the Salonica European Council conclusions and calls Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership in particular to show willingness to resume talks and negotiations on the basis of the Annan plan''.

    [09] President replies to Annan letter on missing persons

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    President replies to Annan letter on missing persons

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos has accepted without any reservation suggestions UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has put forward with a view at making headway on the humanitarian issue of missing persons.

    [10] Spokesman sees ''important'' elements in Council statement

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    Spokesman sees ''important'' elements in Council statement

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said that there are important elements in a statement issued Thursday by the Security Council.

    [11] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Dec 19 (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 12 4 FAIR Larnaca 14 5 FAIR Limassol 13 7 CLOUDY Paphos 14 7 FAIR

    [12] Commission confirms conclusion of structural fund dialogue

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    Commission confirms conclusion of structural fund dialogue

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) The European Commission confirmed on Thursday that the negotiations on the strategy for the implementation of structural funds in Cyprus, for the period 2004 to 2006, have been successfully concluded.

    [13] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 79,24 ( 0,01) Traded Value CYP 564.225 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 218.139 317,24 (-0,08) FTSE Med 100 5.729,91 ( 0,01) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 174.059 90,10 ( 0,36) Approved Investment Companies CYP 9.212 69,05 (-0,72) Insurance Companies CYP 5.964 14,82 (-2,44) Manufacturing Companies CYP 2.960 56,68 (-0,94) Tourism Companies CYP 7.805 66,19 (-0,09) Trading Companies CYP 13.451 20,11 (-0,10) Building and Cement Companies CYP 21.307 70,07 ( 0,98) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 4.843 3,16 ( 0,00) Financial Services Companies CYP 13.219 10,69 ( 0,75) Fish Culture Companies CYP 0 11,67 ( 0,78) Hotels CYP 8.966 37,03 (-0,35) Other Companies CYP 179.918 73,16 (-0,38) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [14] Cyprus has largest purchasing power among acceding countries

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    Cyprus has largest purchasing power among acceding countries

    By Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Dec 19 (CNA) The purchasing power of the residents of Cyprus is the largest among the ten acceding countries, according to a Eurostat report published today.

    According to community figures, the per capita gross domestic product in Cyprus, expressed in purchasing power parities, reached 76% of the average community member, at the end of 2002. It was seven percent higher than Malta and Slovenia, which follow in the list of acceding countries.

    [15] Cyprus foreign trade statistics January-July 2003

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    Cyprus foreign trade statistics January-July 2003

    Nicosia, Dec 19 (CNA) -- Cyprus' total imports were 1.360,4 million Cyprus pounds for the period January-July 2003 as compared with 1.473,1 million pounds in January - July 2002. (One Cyprus pound is trading at 1.9 US dollars)


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