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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 04-04-27

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Celebrations on Cyprus' EU accession
  • [02] Security Council informal consultations on Cyprus
  • [03] Papadopoulos in Athens for talks with Karamnalis
  • [04] Powell: we must listen to people's will
  • [05] EU Commission delegation transformed into delegation
  • [06] US: there is no better deal than the Annan plan
  • [07] EU Commission delegation transformed into representation
  • [08] Cyprus and Italy sign investment agreement
  • [09] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [10] Cyprus prepares for European Parliament elections
  • [11] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [12] Verheugen calls for Commission's office in Cyprus' occupied north
  • [13] Cyprus President condemns State Department Spokesmanís statements (1)
  • [14] Cyprus and Italy to develop common economic programmes
  • [15] Cypriot President condemns State Department Spokesmanís statements (2)
  • [16] Verheugen: Reunification is the aim
  • [17] Australia pledges to support efforts for Cyprus reunification

  • [01] Celebrations on Cyprus' EU accession

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    Celebrations on Cyprus's EU accession

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) Nicosia will be the centre of events for the celebrations on the occasion of Cyprus accession to the European Union on 1st of May.

    Celebrations will also be held between 30th April 1st May in all towns in the free areas of the Republic.

    The programme of events was drawn up based on a number of factors, such as Cypriot artists residing either in Cyprus or abroad should be the main participants in the celebrations and that both the content and character of the events should be of a wide range of interests and should ensure the massive participation of the public.

    Furthermore, events (where possible) should be bi-communal in character and that there should be participation of artists from member states of the European Union.

    Special arrangements were taken so that Eleftheria (Freedom) Square in Nicosia will accommodate up to twenty thousand people. All events will be relayed from six large screens located around in the Square.

    In Nicosia, the programme of events on 30th April begins with a theme from traditional Cyprus, which includes folklore dancing from both sides of the divide, local songs (tsiatista) and an Open Concert with the participation of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot artists and groups.

    From 22:30 -24:00 on Friday, Cyprus highly acclaimed international singer Anna Vissi will give a concert which will include a medley of her greatest hits and songs dedicated to Cyprus from her album Oh Cyprus with the participation of Vasilitzia Folk Company and the Cypriot singer Christos Sikkis. Singer and composer Constantinos Christoforou will interpret his own hits as well as some duets with Anna Vissi.

    At midnight, the message of the President of the Republic of Cyprus will be heard, preceded a welcoming speech made by the President of the Union of Cyprus Municipalities, Mayor of Nicosia, Mr Michalakis Zambelas. Also, the Head of delegation of the European Commission to Cyprus, Ambassador Adriaan van der Meer, will address the meeting. At the end the European Unions flag will be hoisted and a fireworks display will follow.

    On Saturday, 1st of May when Cyprus will enter the EU, in Nicosia there will be a programme by children with choruses and orchestras at Eleftheria Square which will include choirs and around 200 children of different nationalities will paint on a huge cloth starting from Ledra Street, to express their feelings over the islands accession to the European Union. At 13:00 they will free white balloons in Eleftheria Square.

    Street Festivals consist of events inspired from Cyprus history and will be presented in the morning and afternoon. There will be jugglers, wooden legged artists, flame-throwing artists and other figures.

    Also in the afternoon there will be a concert of choirs at Eleftheria Square and music, dance and songs from European countries including The Belgian Ensemble ''Trio Molo'' from the French speaking Community of Wallonie in Brussels, the Spanish Dance Ensemble ''Agapiou Escuela De Danza'', an Irish Ensemble from the ''Cypriot-Irish Association'', the Northern Lights Choir from Sweden, a Folk Dancing Group from the region of Podhale in Poland, the Hungarian Ensemble ''Zurgo Folk Group'' and a Slovakian Ensemble ''Muzicka''.

    At the same time, there an exhibition entitled Bodyworks will open at the Municipal Arts Centre, by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Olympic Committee, the Popular Bank and the Municipal Arts Centre Associated with the Pierides Museum of Contemporary Art, with the participation of artists from countries of the European Union. Artists from Malta, the Czech Republic, England, France, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Holland, Finland, Slovenia, Estonia, Spain and Cyprus are participating.

    The State Orchestra of Cyprus will be in concert with the participation of Cypriot soloists who live in Cyprus and abroad at Eleftheria Square and will will interpret excerpts from popular arias, works from the Cypriot music repertoire and the two music works that have been composed especially for this day by the Cypriot composers Fanos Dimiotis and Sofia Serghi after being commissioned by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

    [02] Security Council informal consultations on Cyprus

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    Security Council informal consultations on Cyprus

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Apr 27 (CNA) -- The five permanent members of the UN Security Council are expected to hold informal consultations on a statement anticipated to be issued by the Council president on the question of Cyprus.

    [03] Papadopoulos in Athens for talks with Karamnalis

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    Papadopoulos in Athens for talks with Karamanlis

    by Chista Nikolaou

    Athens, Apr 27 (CNA) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will meet Wednesday in Athens to assess the situation following the outcome of a referendum in Cyprus on a UN plan for a political settlement.

    Papadopoulos leaves later today for the Greek capital where tomorrow morning he will have wide ranging discussions with Karamanlis and then both leaders will give a press conference.

    Greek Cypriots, in their overwhelming majority, rejected in a referendum on Saturday the UN proposal, the Annan plan, by 76 per cent of the vote. Turkish Cypriots voted in favour with 64 per cent of the vote.

    Earlier Wednesday Papadopoulos will meet with Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos.

    Wednesday afternoon, Papadopoulos will see the leader of the main opposition PASOK party George Papadopoulos, the General Secretary of the Communist Party Aleca Papariga and the leader of SYN (a coalition of the left, of movements and of ecology) Nicos Constantopoulos.

    Today in Athens Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis and Deputy FM Yiannis Valinakis will meet with Karamanlis ahead of tomorrow's talks.

    [04] Powell: we must listen to people's will

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    Powell: we must listen to people's will

    by Demetris Apokis

    Washington, Apr 27 (CNA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that the will of the people of Cyprus with regard to their evaluation of a UN proposal for a political settlement should be listened to, adding that Washington would coordinate its moves with those of the European Union on the matter.

    Speaking to the press after a meeting with his Dannish counterpart Per Stig Moeller, Powell reiterated that the rejection by the overwhelming majority of Greek Cypriots of a UN plan for a comprehensive settlement was a significant and historic opportunity that was lost.

    [05] EU Commission delegation transformed into delegation

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    EU Commission delegation transformed into delegation

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) -- The European Commission Delegation to Cyprus will be transformed into a Representation as from May 1, the Delegation office has announced.

    [06] US: there is no better deal than the Annan plan

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    US: there is no better deal than the Annan plan

    by Demetris Apokis

    Washington, Apr 27 (CNA) -- US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Greek Cypriot vote against a UN plan for a political settlement (the Annan plan) meant that an historic opportunity was missed and appeared convinced that there would not be a better deal.

    [07] EU Commission delegation transformed into representation

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    EU Commission delegation transformed into representation (Corrected title)

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) -- The European Commission Delegation to Cyprus will be transformed into a Representation as from May 1, the Delegation office has announced.

    [08] Cyprus and Italy sign investment agreement

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    Cyprus and Italy sign investment agreement

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Italy have signed a cooperation agreement on mutual promotion and protection of investments.

    [09] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 80,77 ( 1,84) Traded Value CYP 336.050 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 270.236 347,78 ( 2,45) FTSE Med 100 6.630,73 ( 0,13) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 245.076 101,21 ( 2,98) Approved Investment Companies CYP 8.204 72,60 ( 2,04) Insurance Companies CYP 442 15,93 ( 1,08) Manufacturing Companies CYP 7.150 53,19 (-0,62) Tourism Companies CYP 1.081 53,85 ( 0,22) Trading Companies CYP 13.191 22,68 ( 0,62) Building and Cement Companies CYP 7.669 64,72 ( 0,48) …nformation Technology Companies CYP 2.901 2,75 ( 1,85) Financial Services Companies CYP 6.303 9,23 ( 2,21) Fish Culture Companies CYP 0 12,38 ( 0,98) Hotels CYP 3.142 31,42 ( 0,71) Other Companies CYP 27.770 66,46 ( 1,25) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [10] Cyprus prepares for European Parliament elections

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    Cyprus prepares for European Parliament elections

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) -- A total of 503 Turkish Cypriots and 2.053 citizens of the remaining 24 member states of the European Union, residing in Cyprus, have registered with the electoral roll for the election of the first Cypriot deputies to the European Parliament, to take place on June 13.

    More than half of the non Cypriot nationals, specifically 1.150 persons, are Greek citizens, 796 are British, most of whom are of Cypriot descent.

    Preparations for the June elections, in accordance with special legislation approved by the House last January, essentially began today with some delay due to last Saturday's referendum on a UN plan for a political settlement in Cyprus.

    [11] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Apr 27 (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 29 15 FINE Larnaca 27 15 FINE Limassol 26 18 FINE Paphos 23 17 FAIR

    [12] Verheugen calls for Commission's office in Cyprus' occupied north

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    Verheugen calls for Commission's office in Cyprus' occupied north

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, April 27 (CNA) EU Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen has called for the opening of a European Commission office in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus to monitor the flow of community funds for the development of the northern part of the island.

    [13] Cyprus President condemns State Department Spokesmanís statements (1)

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    Cypriot President condemns State Department Spokesmans statements

    Larnaca, Apr 27 (CNA) Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos strongly condemned today statements by the State Departments Spokesman about alleged manipulation by the Cyprus government in the run-up to last weeks referendum.

    Speaking to reporters before his departure to Athens where he will hold talks with the Greek political leadership and political parties, Papadopoulos noted with great regret that what he is now facing is how to dispel the unfavourable impressions overseas for Cyprus which, unfortunately began on the island, that during the run-up to the referendum there was blackmail, threats, oppression, vilification and misleading.

    In his briefing yesterday, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher had talked about lot of manipulation by the Greek Cypriot leaders in the run-up to the referendum on Saturday, that the outcome was regrettable but not surprising, given those actions.''

    The Cypriot president said there are no winners or losers following the referenda, which resulted with an overwhelming no by the Greek Cypriots to the Annan Plan.

    In Athens, he said, there will be an evaluation and review of todays situation regarding the Cyprus problem, following the results of the referenda as well as an initial exchange of views.

    [14] Cyprus and Italy to develop common economic programmes

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    Cyprus and Italy to develop common economic programmes

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Italy will develop common programs to attract investments and encourage joint ventures between the two countries, Cyprus Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lillikas and Italian Deputy Minister for Productive Activities Adolfo Urso said here today.

    Speaking after the meeting, Lillikas said that technocrats from both ministries will work on certain issues of cooperation and added that he would soon visit Italy to present to the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry the various possibilities Cyprus offers to Italian companies.

    [15] Cypriot President condemns State Department Spokesmanís statements (2)

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    Cypriot President condemns State Department Spokesmans statements (2)

    Larnaca, Apr 27 (CNA) Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos strongly condemned today statements by the State Departments Spokesman about alleged manipulation by the Cyprus government in the run-up to last weeks referendum.

    Speaking to reporters before his departure to Athens where he will hold talks with the Greek political leadership and political parties, Papadopoulos noted with great regret that what he is now facing is how to dispel the unfavourable impressions overseas for Cyprus which, unfortunately began on the island, that during the run-up to the referendum there was blackmail, threats, oppression, vilification and misleading.

    In his briefing yesterday, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher had talked about lot of manipulation by the Greek Cypriot leaders in the run-up to the referendum on Saturday, that the outcome was regrettable but not surprising, given those actions.''

    ęI condemn with all the strength that I have, the insulting statements by the representative of the US State Department for allegedly horrible things that took place in the run-up to the referendum, including threats, and that supporters of a yes vote were allegedly deprived of access to the media, President Papadopoulos said.

    He called on journalists to say whether they are subject to intimidation, adding that if you do not feel insulted by these accusation then certainly Cyprus and the government is''.

    The President of Cyprus said ''the result of the referenda is such that does not allow to say that it was the result of such means and it is really a shame for Cyprus reputation to be tarnished as far as democracy and human rights on the island.

    He said he hoped that over the time we will be able to alleviate the impressions that unfortunately were created by these statements.

    [16] Verheugen: Reunification is the aim

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    Verheugen: Reunification is the aim

    by Nicos Bellos

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen said the aim should be the reunification of Cyprus.

    Speaking before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament and the EU Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee, Verheugen criticized the handling of the government of Cyprus and the Orthodox Church on the island for their stance during the referenda.

    [17] Australia pledges to support efforts for Cyprus reunification

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    Australia pledges to support efforts for Cyprus reunification

    Nicosia, Apr 27 (CNA) Australia expressed disappointment that Cyprus will not be reunified in time for its accession to the EU but pledged to remain supportive of all efforts to achieve a reunited and peaceful Cyprus.


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