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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 04-06-13

Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] *Cyprus goes to the polls to elect six European Parliament deputies
  • [02] * Former President Clerides casts ballot in EP elections
  • [03] Chief Returning Officer says EP voting starts smoothly
  • [04] KEA President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [05] * Democratic Rally President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [06] * President Papadopoulos casts ballot in EP elections
  • [07] * Democratic Party Deputy President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [08] * AKEL General Secretary casts ballot in EP elections
  • [09] * Turkish Cypriots voting for six Cypriot MEPs
  • [10] * Social Democrats EDEK President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [11] Interior Minister says voting for MEPs proceeding smoothly
  • [12] * Green Party General Secretary casts ballot in EP elections
  • [13] * ''For Europe'' leader casts ballot in EP elections
  • [14] * Free Citizens Movement President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [15] * United Democrats President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [16] * Polling breaks for one hour
  • [17] * Movement to Restructure the Centre leader casts ballot in EP elections
  • [18] * New Horizons President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [19] Political Modernisation Movement President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [20] People's Socialist Movement President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [21] Chief Returning Officer says 34.5% voted so far in EP elections
  • [22] Voting for Cypriot MEPs resumes
  • [23] ADIK President casts ballot in EP elections
  • [24] Enclaved persons cast ballots in EP elections
  • [25] OIC meeting begins, will discuss status of Turkish Cypriot regime
  • [26] Turkish Cypriot politician casts ballot in EP elections
  • [27] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [28] Polling for first European Parliament elections ends in Cyprus
  • [29] Cyprus FM heads for Strassbourg and Brussels for EU Council
  • [30] Cyprus FM heads for Luxembourg and Brussels for EU Council (CORRECTION)
  • [31] Chief Returning Officer says 70.4% voted in EP elections

  • [01] *Cyprus goes to the polls to elect six European Parliament deputies

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    Cyprus goes to the polls to elect six European Parliament deputies

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) -- Voting began at 0700 (0400 GMT) in Cyprus for the election of six deputies who will be representing the country at the European Parliament, the first time Cypriots are voting in such elections since the Republic joined the European Union along with another nine members in May this year.

    Cyprus is one of 19 EU member states where elections for the European Parliament are taking place today.

    [02] * Former President Clerides casts ballot in EP elections

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    Former President Clerides casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Former President of the Republic of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides said today much planning was needed about how Cyprus would be handling various issues in the European Parliament.

    Speaking after casting his ballot in the elections for the six Cypriot European Parliament members, Clerides said that ''for the first time Cypriots are voting to enter the European Parliament and this means the completion of our accession to the EU.''

    ''I hope the EMPs we will elect will be the most suitable to tackle the difficulties in the European Parliament,'' he added.

    Replying to questions, Clerides said becoming an EU member was ''a tough job because everyone started telling us that we would not join if the Cyprus problem were not solved.''

    [03] Chief Returning Officer says EP voting starts smoothly

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    Chie Returning Officer says EP voting starts smoothly

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Voting started smoothly in Cyprus at 0700 local time (0400 GMT) at all polling stations for the election of six Cypriot European Parliament members.

    Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides, who is in constant contact with the district returning officers, told CNA that ''so far everything is satisfactory and various minor problems at the polling stations have been overcome.''

    Replying to questions, Savvides said the returning officers whose districts are to host Turkish Cypriot voters have assured him that instructions were being followed and relevant information has been posted in the polling stations in the Turkish language.

    He also said that measures have been taken to facilitate the Turkish Cypriots crossing into the government-controlled areas of the Republic to vote.

    Asked if European Commission observers were on the island for the elections, Savvides said that ''so far it is not clear if these observers have come or not.''

    [04] KEA President casts ballot in EP elections

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    KEA President casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the Eurodemocratic Renewal Party (KEA) Antonis Paschalides, whose party is supporting the candidates of the Democratic Party (DIKO) in the elections for the six Cypriot European Parliament members, expressed certainty today that DIKO would receive an enhanced share of votes.

    Speaking after casting his ballot, Paschalides said the results of today's elections would ''open new prospects for the solution of the Cyprus problem and the future of Cypriot Hellenism in general.''

    He added that the Cypriot voters were exercising their right to vote in a civilised manner and described today's elections ''historic'' because this is the first time that Cyprus is electing European Parliament members.

    [05] * Democratic Rally President casts ballot in EP elections

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    Democratic Rally President casts ballot in EP elections

    Limassol, Jun 13 (CNA) - Democratic Rally President Nicos Anastasiades cast his ballot this morning in elections for the six Cypriot European Parliament members, pointing out that this was an historic day for Cyprus as well as a justification of those who envisioned, struggled and achieved the island's accession to the European Union.

    ''Today the process of Cyprus' European integration is completed and I believe our people, with their vote, will honour those who were the protagonists in this course,'' Anastasiades said.

    He also said he was optimistic about the outcome of the elections, saying that the voters ''judge and honour those who are struggling for a better future of our country.''

    Anastasiades noted that the aim of the Democratic Rally was to elect two EMPs and called on the people to exercise their right to vote.

    ''Let everyone honour with their presence this day of celebration for Europe because today is also a day of celebration for Cyprus and for democracy,'' Anastasiades said, adding that ''everyone's presence is necessary.''

    Anastasiades called on the Democratic Rally followers ''not to give anyone the joy of seeing the party's percentage drop, instead to honour and strengthen the party with their vote'' so that within the European Popular Party ''we can implement policies that will help not only Europe but especially and specifically our homeland.''

    [06] * President Papadopoulos casts ballot in EP elections

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    President Papadopoulos casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Cyprus President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos described today's elections for the six Cypriot European Parliament members ''historic'' for the country.

    Speaking after casting his ballot, President Papadopoulos said ''we are rightly proud of this day, because for the first time Cypriots, as equal European citizens to all others, are participating in this election of European Parliament members.''

    ''I hope that the election of the EMPs will signal the beginning of a constructive and creative presence in the European Parliament, with an aim at promoting awareness on the necessity to seek a functional, viable, bizonal and bicommunal federation'' in Cyprus, he said.

    The President noted that he was ''very satisfied with the civilized manner of the pre-election period'' and expressed hope that voting would continue smoothly ''with a large participation to indicate that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots participating in the process are focused on Europe and its ideals.''

    Commenting on figures indicating that there was a lower turn out at today's poll than in other election processes, President Papadopoulos said ''it is natural, it is not a phenomenon unique to Cyprus.''

    ''I hope that the percentage of Cypriot citizens voting today will be higher than that in other European countries,'' he added.

    In a message to the Turkish Cypriots and world public opinion, President Papadopoulos said ''the Turkish Cypriots had been invited and arrangements were made for them to participate in the voting process and the elections.''

    ''Unfortunately, the response was not the one expected for many reasons. However, with measures that we are taking and those we will be announcing to financially strengthen the Turkish Cypriots, we give the message that the Republic of Cyprus will represent the whole of the people of Cyprus in the European Parliament, hoping that soon the conditions will be in place to justify the resumption of talks to solve the Cyprus problem,'' he added.

    Asked if today's elections would be in any way affected by the result of a referendum in April on a UN solution plan, rejected by the Greek Cypriots and approved by the Turkish Cypriots, President Papadopoulos said ''it is not possible to ignore the expressed will of the people in the referendum but on the other hand it cannot be the sole determining factor because there are many European issues concerning the EU, very important issues, such as the Constitution and the future course of Europe, in which I believe Cyprus must have a voice and a role.''

    [07] * Democratic Party Deputy President casts ballot in EP elections

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    Democratic Party Deputy President casts ballot in EP elections

    Larnaca, Jun 13 (CNA) - Deputy President of the Democratic Party (DIKO) Nicos Kleanthous cast his ballot today in the elections for the six Cypriot European Parliament members, noting that the new European circumstances would act as a catalyst for achieving a solution of the Cyprus problem that would reunite the island and create a safe and peaceful future for the future of the people.

    Kleanthous said ''today's first European elections are an historic event because Cyprus, an equal member of the EU, is participating in a voting procedure along with 24 other member states to elect our first representatives to the European Parliament.''

    He added that ''this fact seals not only our accession but also the active and equal participation of Cyprus in Europe and at the same time justifies our history and culture through the centuries.''

    [08] * AKEL General Secretary casts ballot in EP elections

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    AKEL General Secretary casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - General Secretary of leftwing AKEL party Demetris Christofias expressed certainty that his party would be electing two members of the European Parliament in today's elections for the six Cypriot EMPs.

    Speaking after casting his ballot in today's elections, Christofias called on the people of Cyprus to proceed to the polling stations to vote and not show indifference, noting that the decisions taken in Brussels ''will concern our fate as well, especially in the socioeconomic sector.''

    Christofias said that even the mere six EMPs ''can play their own role in promoting a solution of the Cyprus problem,'' adding that AKEL ''is the force that knows and speaks of the reality to the people, both about the Cyprus problem and the internal issues, as well as matters concerning the European citizen.''

    [09] * Turkish Cypriots voting for six Cypriot MEPs

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    Turkish Cypriots voting for six Cypriot MEPs

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Many Turkish Cypriots have crossed into the government-controlled areas of the Republic to cast their ballots in today's elections for the six Cypriot European Parliament members.

    One Turkish Cypriot who exercised his right to vote today, Mehmet Turker Ahmed, said there should have been more Turkish Cypriot candidates than the one on today's ballot.

    Ahmed said he was voting today because he believed in peace and reunification, noting however that he was aware of the fact that certain Turkish Cypriots would be displeased with him for voting.

    ''I know the problem I will have because the police will see my photograph in your newspapers but I don't care. I am voting for a solution,'' he said.

    Other Turkish Cypriots said they were pleased to be voting today for the first European Parliament elections and expressed hope that the fact they were voting along with the Greek Cypriots would bring the two communities closer to a solution of the Cyprus problem.

    Most of those who arrived managed to vote without any problem but at one of the polling stations hosting Turkish Cypriot voters, a Turkish Cypriot couple arrived at the station to vote only to find that neither was registered in the electoral roll and thus could not vote.

    The two Turkish Cypriots said they had registered but were not given any proof of their registration.

    Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides was informed of the incident and said he would look into it and reply as soon as possible.

    [10] * Social Democrats EDEK President casts ballot in EP elections

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    Social Democrats EDEK President casts ballot in EP elections

    Paphos, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK, Yiannakis Omirou, described as ''historic'' today's elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament, as this was the first time Cypriot voters were casting ballots along with 453 million other European citizens.

    Speaking after casting his ballot, Omirou said ''the Cypriot citizens, along with 453 million other European citizens, will be electing the members of the new European Parliament, aiming at a Europe of vision and expectations.''

    Omirou said ''the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK and the 24 other socialist parties of the EU member states have submitted a comprehensive programme before the European citizens for the progress and development of Europe, for a Europe politically unified, for a Europe of citizens and peoples, for a Europe of social solidarity and cohesion.''

    [11] Interior Minister says voting for MEPs proceeding smoothly

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    Interior Minister says voting for MEPs proceeding smoothly

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Minister of the Interior Andreas Christou said today that voting for the election of the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament was running smoothly so far but noted the low percentage of voters by 1000 local time (0700 GMT).

    ''The impression I get from certain polling stations I visited in Limassol is that the atmosphere is very calm, maybe the calmest we have ever had, but the low rate of voting, which is lower that the last elections, causes concern and I do not know if this means we will have a larger abstention or if, due to the hot weather, the people decided to organise their day differently,'' he said.

    Asked about the participation of Turkish Cypriots in the elections, the Minister said a few have already voted, both those living in the government-controlled areas of the Republic and those who crossed over from the Turkish-occupied areas.

    Christou told CNA that he would be spending the rest of the day in his Ministry until the final results are announced tonight but at intervals he would be visiting polling stations and other points of special interest.

    [12] * Green Party General Secretary casts ballot in EP elections

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    Green Party General Secretary casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - General Secretary of the Movement of Ecologists and Environmentalists (Cyprus Green Party) George Perdikis expressed hope that the Cypriots would vote for the Movement's candidates in today's elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament, thus strengthening the Green Party.

    Speaking after casting his ballot, Perdikis said ''today we submitted a clear political proposal before the people of Cyprus, a proposal for the liberation and unity of Cyprus, a proposal for the protection of the environment and the rights of the citizens.''

    ''We expect that the European Cypriot citizens will support this clear political proposal and will give strength to their own voice, will enhance the Movement of Ecologists and Environmentalists in these elections,'' he added.

    [13] * ''For Europe'' leader casts ballot in EP elections

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    ''For Europe'' leader casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Leader of political alliance ''For Europe'' Yiannakis Matsis said that the role of the six Cypriot European Parliament members that the people of Cyprus will elect today would be the promotion of the Cyprus problem, noting that they would have to ''utilise their presence for the wider interests of the people of Cyprus.''

    Speaking after casting his ballot in today's elections, Matsis said the Cypriot MEPs would also have to try ''to convince the Europeans that the solution of the Cyprus problem must be achieved soon, our homeland must be reunified within European dimensions and human rights and freedoms must be restored as they are in all EU member states, to the benefit of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, of peace and stability in our region.''

    Matsis noted that this was the aim of his recent visit to Spain, adding that following this visit, President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos would be flying to Spain on June 21.

    [14] * Free Citizens Movement President casts ballot in EP elections

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    Free Citizens Movement President casts ballot in EP elections

    Limassol, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the Movement of Free Citizens Timis Efthymiou said today that this was ''an historic day because it is the first time that Cyprus is participating in EU elections."

    "Today takes on special significance for us because through the European Parliament Cyprus will have its own voice and positions heard and we will have a substantive intervention regarding our national problem and the other issues concerning the Cypriot society,'' he said.

    Speaking after casting his ballot in the elections for the six Cypriot MEPs, Efthymiou said ''tomorrow we will make our first assessment after today's results and for us the road continues for further organisation in our Movement.''

    He also called on all Cypriot voters to participate in the elections, despite the fact that ''the large abstention from the European elections is a phenomenon observed in all European countries.''

    [15] * United Democrats President casts ballot in EP elections

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    United Democrats President casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the United Democrats George Vassiliou said today that the elections for the European Parliament members were very important, because this was the first time that Cyprus would be represented in the Parliament.

    Speaking after casting his ballot in the elections for the six Cypriot MEPs, Vassiliou said ''it is very important that the people elected are such that the prestige of Cyprus is restored in the EU.''

    ''We have tried all this period to give the right messages and to stress the necessity for proper representation of Cyprus in Europe so that we can promote the interests of our country and contribute as a full EU member to its success,'' he added.

    [16] * Polling breaks for one hour

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    Polling breaks for one hour

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Ballot boxes in all polling stations across the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus closed today for a one-hour interval at 1200 sharp local time (0900 GMT) in elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament.

    The ballot boxes will open again at 1300 local time (1000 GMT).

    [17] * Movement to Restructure the Centre leader casts ballot in EP elections

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    Movement to Restructure the Centre leader casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the Movement to Restructure the Centre Kypros Chrysostomides said today that the elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament were very important.

    Speaking after casting his ballot, Chrysostomides told CNA that ''we are voting along with millions of Europeans for the democratic future of Europe.''

    ''Thus, all Cypriots must exercise their right to vote today with enthusiasm,'' Chrysostomides added.

    [18] * New Horizons President casts ballot in EP elections

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    New Horizons President casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the New Horizons Nicos Koutsou expressed hope today that Cypriot citizens ''will make those choices through their vote that will help bring soon a European solution of the Cyprus problem that will allow us to enjoy the benefits and prospects of the EU.''

    Speaking after casting his ballot in the elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament, Koutsou said ''those who for decades worked for Cyprus to join the EU are vindicated today,'' noting that ''this is the democratic dimension of our accession to the EU.''

    ''It is also the beginning for the justification of our people, for a European, democratic, peaceful solution, which will express all legitimate residents of the Republic of Cyprus,'' he added.

    [19] Political Modernisation Movement President casts ballot in EP elections

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    Political Modernisation Movement President casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the Political Modernisation Movement Christos Stylianides said this day was important for the people of Cyprus and was ''the day of Europe, of Cyprus, of the European Cyprus.''

    Speaking after casting his ballot in today's elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament, Stylianides, a candidate himself with the ''European Cyprus'' coalition, said ''everything indicates that we are going for a first-time high percentage of abstentions'' and noted that this should concern politicians and political parties.

    Stylianides said the ''European Cyprus'' coalition hoped that it would have a ''dignified presence'', which would help it continue its course.

    He said that, despite the mere six Cypriot MEPs in a total of 732, ''if people who have knowledge, are trustworthy and have long-standing political connections are elected, they will have an important role to play.''

    CNA/CS/RG//2004

    [20] People's Socialist Movement President casts ballot in EP elections

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    People's Socialist Movement President casts ballot in EP elections

    Larnaca, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the People's Socialist Movement Lakis Ioannou said the Movement would continue to exist in the future and expressed the view that it would become established in the political scene after today's elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament.

    Speaking after casting his ballot, Ioannou was critical of the way the media covered his Movement in the pre-election period, noting that an appeal has already been submitted to the Supreme Court against TV stations because the Movement ''had been excluded from all evening programmes''.

    [21] Chief Returning Officer says 34.5% voted so far in EP elections

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    Chief Returning Officer says 34.5% voted so far in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - The percentage of Cypriot registered voters who cast their ballots in the elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament reached 34.5% by 1200 local time (0900 GMT), when ballot boxes in polling stations across the government-controlled areas of the Republic closed for a one-hour break.

    Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides told CNA that there appeared to be an increase in voting compared to the percentage that had voted by 1000 local time.

    He added that there were some ''minor problems'' during the voting procedure, which have been dealt with.

    Savvides told CNA that by 1200 local time 31% of registered voters had cast their ballots in the Nicosia district, 35% in the Limassol district, 38% in the Famagusta district, 38% in the Larnaca district and 37% in the Paphos district.

    [22] Voting for Cypriot MEPs resumes

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    Voting for Cypriot MEPs resumes

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Ballot boxes in polling stations across the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus re-open at 1300 local time (1000 GMT), after a one-hour break, in elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament.

    The ballot boxes will remain open until 1700 local time (1400 GMT).

    Official results will be ready by 2000 local time (1700 GMT) but will be announced after 2300 local time (2000 GMT), according to EU legislation.

    The counting of crosses of preference is expected to be concluded soon after midnight local time.

    [23] ADIK President casts ballot in EP elections

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    ADIK President casts ballot in EP elections

    Limassol, Jun 13 (CNA) - President of the Struggling Democratic Movement (ADIK) Dinos Michaelides said today he had no doubt that the Democratic Party candidates, who the Movement is supporting in elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament, would gain wide acceptance and a large percentage of votes.

    Speaking after casting his ballot in today's elections, Michaelides said ''the European family will be welcoming in a few hours our Cypriot MEPs and Cyprus will be established as of tomorrow in the European Parliament.''

    Michaelides wished every success to the six MEPs to be elected and said ''we are certain that they will defend the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.''

    [24] Enclaved persons cast ballots in EP elections

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    Enclaved persons cast ballots in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Persons enclaved in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus crossed into the government-controlled areas today to cast their ballots in elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament.

    There are 124 enclaved registered voters from Turkish occupied Kyrenia district and 267 from the Karpass peninsula, who are voting at polling stations in Nicosia.

    The participation of Kyrenia voters is expected to be larger than that of the Karpass voters, as the Karpass Coordinating Committee announced that the enclaved persons in the peninsula were refusing to vote in protest against the Turkish occupation regime, which did not make arrangements to facilitate voting in their villages.

    Enclaved persons who came to the government-controlled areas said they were voting in the elections ''for the good of Cyprus'' and hoped the six Cypriot MEPs would ''speak about us'' in the European Parliament.

    The enclaved persons were transported to their polling stations in Red Cross buses.

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    [25] OIC meeting begins, will discuss status of Turkish Cypriot regime

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    OIC meeting begins, will discuss status of Turkish Cypriot regime

    by Maria Myles

    Istanbul, Jun 13 (CNA) -- The 31st Foreign Ministers meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference opens here Monday with the participation of Turkish Cypriot politician Serdar Denktash who will be representing the self-styled Turkish Cypriot regime in northern occupied Cyprus.

    [26] Turkish Cypriot politician casts ballot in EP elections

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    Turkish Cypriot politician casts ballot in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Turkish Cypriot politician Alpay Durduran, Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Patriotic Unity Movement, has described today's elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament as an opportunity for the reunification of the island.

    [27] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Jun 13 (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 FAIR Larnaca 31 19 FINE Limassol 31 19 FINE Paphos 27 17 FINE

    [28] Polling for first European Parliament elections ends in Cyprus

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    Polling for first European Parliament elections ends in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - Voting for the first European Parliament elections in the history of Cyprus ended at 1700 local time (1400 GMT).

    Six Cypriot deputies will represent the country at the European Parliament.

    The six seats are contested by 59 candidates. Eight parties or party coalitions with six candidates each seek to elect their people to the European Parliament, in addition to one party coalition which has put forward four candidates and seven individuals.

    The votes will be counted at the polling stations and results will be announced at 2300 local time and not before, as prescribed by an EU directive. The names of the six elected representatives are expected to be announced at around midnight.

    Cyprus is one of 19 EU member states where elections for the European Parliament are taking place today.

    [29] Cyprus FM heads for Strassbourg and Brussels for EU Council

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    Cyprus FM heads for Strassbourg and Brussels for EU Council

    Larnaca, Jun 13 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister George Iacovou departed today for Strasbourg, where he will participate at the EU Council of Ministers, that will discuss among other issues, the preparations for the EU Constitutional Treaty.

    On Wednesday Iacovou will head for Brussels, for the EU Council, to join Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos who will arrive there on the same day.

    [30] Cyprus FM heads for Luxembourg and Brussels for EU Council (CORRECTION)

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    Cyprus FM heads for Luxembourg and Brussels for EU Council

    CORRECTED STORY

    Larnaca, Jun 13 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister George Iacovou departed today for Luxembourg, where he will participate at the EU Council of Ministers, that will discuss among other issues, the preparations for the EU Constitutional Treaty.

    On Wednesday Iacovou will head for Brussels, for the EU Council, to join Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos who will arrive there on the same day.

    [31] Chief Returning Officer says 70.4% voted in EP elections

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    Chief Returning Officer says 70.4% voted in EP elections

    Nicosia, Jun 13 (CNA) - The percentage of Cypriot registered voters who cast their ballots in the elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament reached 70.4%, when ballot boxes in polling stations across the government-controlled areas of the Republic closed at 1704 local time (1404 GMT).

    Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides told CNA that the participation percentage is low, but added that it is very satisfactory if compared to other European countries.

    Referring to the 503 Turkish Cypriot registered voters he said that only 97 of them (or 19.28%) have proceeded to cast their vote.

    Asked about the 391 registered Greek Cypriot enclaved persons, Savvides said that only 61 of them (or 15.60%) have crossed to the government controlled areas to vote.

    Savvides said that 54 Turkish Cypriots were registered in the Kyrenia district, and only 9 went to the polling stations.

    In the Nicosia district, 160 Turkish Cypriots were registered and 41 voted, in Limassol 22 from the 139 registered Turkish Cypriots voted, in Famagusta 19 from 134, in Larnaca 6 out of the 14 registered, and in Pafos two Turkish Cypriots were registered but no one voted.

    Savvides said that 70% of registered voters had cast their ballots in the Nicosia district, 69% in the Limassol district, 72.5% in the Famagusta district, 73% in the Larnaca district and 73% in the Paphos district.

    ''The percentage of 70.4% of the registered voters that cast their vote today is considered low but on the other hand very satisfactory, if we take into consideration the percentages of the other European countries'' Savvides told CNA.

    He noted that the counting of votes has already started and is being conducted at the polling stations.


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