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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 05-04-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus EU Commissioner to meet 25 health ministers
  • [02] MacShane pledges no Cyprus solution against people's will
  • [03] Blomberg to become Commission special adviser on Cyprus
  • [04] Turkey to sign customs union protocol but not to recognise Cyprus
  • [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [06] Cabinet approves Accession Treaty for Romania, Bulgaria
  • [07] Spokesman confirms President's visit to Britain
  • [08] Greek FM pleased with contacts in Turkey
  • [09] Interior Minister appoints mouhtar in Turkish occupied village
  • [10] Everthing ready for ''All Star Day 2005'', says FIBA Executive Director
  • [11] Cyprus to await official notification on Blomberg appointment

  • [01] Cyprus EU Commissioner to meet 25 health ministers

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    Cyprus EU Commissioner to meet 25 health ministers

    Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Marcos Kyprianou will meet Thursday health ministers of the 25 EU member-states at an informal ministerial meeting in Paris to discuss influenza pandemic preparedness.

    According to European Commission press release, Kyprianou said that the EU was making ''steady progress'' in improving its defences against a possible influenza pandemic.

    [02] MacShane pledges no Cyprus solution against people's will

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    MacShane pledges no Cyprus solution against people's will

    Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- British Minister for Europe Denis MacShane has said his country cannot impose any solution against the will of the people and government of the Republic of Cyprus.

    He pledged that his party (Labour) will continue to work for a just and acceptable solution to the longstanding Turkish division and occupation of the islands northern third.

    [03] Blomberg to become Commission special adviser on Cyprus

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    Blomberg to become EU Commission special adviser on Cyprus

    By Themis Themistocleous

    Brussels, Apr 13 (CNA) -- Jaakko Blomberg, former Finish envoy for Cyprus, will be active soon as the European Commissions special adviser on Cyprus and initially will undertake to examine and evaluate the intentions of all sides involved in the Cyprus problem and report to the Commission.

    A Commission official in Brussels who spoke on condition of anonymity told CNA that although the Commission continues to accept that the Cyprus problem remains within the UN framework and supports the initiatives of the international organisation, it wants to play an upgraded role in a renewed effort for a solution.

    The activity of a special Commission adviser falls within this framework and will investigate in a fine way, the current trends among the parties and inform the Commission, in anticipation of the Secretary-Generals moves.

    [04] Turkey to sign customs union protocol but not to recognise Cyprus

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    Turkey to sign customs union protocol but not to recognise Cyprus

    By Themis Themistocleous

    Brussels, Apr 13 (CNA) -- The government of Turkey will sign and implement the protocol extending its customs union with all 25 EU member-states including Cyprus, but will not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, said First Secretary of the Turkish Permanment Mission to teh EU Engin Solakoglu.

    The Turkish diplomat, talking to a group of journalists from EU member-states participating in a seminar on the accession of Turkey, said that his government would implement the protocol after its signature in order to avoid ''problems with the EU'' during accession negotiations set to open on October 3 this year.

    He was not in a position to give a timeframe for the implementation of the protocol, noting that it has to be ratified after its signature by the Turkish National Assembly.

    Solakoglou said further that the Turkish government would at the time of signing the protocol issue a declaration to the EU on non-recognition of the Republic of Cyprus. He said the customs union protocol was a technical document while the declaration of non-recognition was a political statement.

    [05] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: INDICES BASE VALUES: FTSEMed=5000, OTHERS=1000 TRADED VALUE 979.239,37 GSE GENERAL INDEX 87,15 1,33 898.035,99 FTSE/CySE 20 412,38 1,78 713.103,52 MAIN MARKET INDEX 1.235,90 1,79 720.765,08 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 1.031,87 0,90 45.603,28 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 1.014,50 1,67 98.923,85 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 1.228,16 1,77 766.368,36 BANKS INDEX 1.261,48 1,98 565.055,22 HOTELS INDEX 1.032,43 3,16 10.544,83 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 1.031,74 0,47 60.597,37 FTSE Med (12/04/2005) 7.563,23 0,58 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

    [06] Cabinet approves Accession Treaty for Romania, Bulgaria

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    Cabinet approves Accession Treaty for Romania, Bulgaria

    Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- The Council of Ministers approved today at its weekly meeting the signing of the Accession Treaty to the European Union of Romania and Bulgaria.

    Speaking after the Cabinet meeting, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said that both countries would join the EU as full members in January 2007.

    [07] Spokesman confirms President's visit to Britain

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    Spokesman confirms President's visit to Britain

    Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides confirmed here today that Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has received an invitation from British Prime Minister Tony Blair to visit London.

    Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, the Spokesman said that the invitation was conveyed on 8 April.

    [08] Greek FM pleased with contacts in Turkey

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    Greek FM pleased with contacts in Turkey

    by Christa Nikolaou

    Ankara, Apr 13 (CNA) -- Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Petros Molyviatis has described his visit and meetings in Turkey ''very good and satisfactory'' and said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended an invitation to his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis to visit Turkey.

    ''The visit will take place very soon,'' Molyviatis added.

    Speaking to the press after a meeting with Erdogan, he said Athens and Ankara reiterated during the talks their desire to continue the effort to improve bilateral relations.

    [09] Interior Minister appoints mouhtar in Turkish occupied village

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    Interior Minister appoints mouhtar in Turkish-occupied village

    Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- Minister of Interior Andreas Christou appointed today Ioannis Tsoutsoukis to the post of village chief (mouhtar) in Kormakitis, in Cyprus' northern Turkish occupied areas.

    Christou said the Republic of Cyprus has the exclusive and sovereign right to appoint the mouhtars in those communities where free elections cannot take place under the supervision of the government.

    [10] Everthing ready for ''All Star Day 2005'', says FIBA Executive Director

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    Everything ready for ''All Star Day 2005'', says FIBA Executive Director

    Limassol, Apr 13 (CNA) -- FIBA Executive Director Nar Zanolin has said there is a ''fantastic atmosphere'' on the eve of the ''All Star Day 2005'', one of the biggest basketball events in the world, and said he was assured of its success and delighted with the choice of Cyprus as the host country.

    Chairman of the Organising Committee Michael Loizides said that everything has been done to ensure an unforgettable evening on Thursday night for participants and spectators alike, promising entertainment, spectacle, music and a display of basketball skills.

    The event, with the participation of 24 players including two from Cyprus, will take place on Thursday evening, at Eleftheria Stadium in the capital Nicosia and is expected to last about four hours.

    [11] Cyprus to await official notification on Blomberg appointment

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    Cyprus to await official notification on Blomberg appointment

    Nicosia, Apr 13 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides has said that the government would wait until it has official word from the European Union before commenting on reports about the appointment of a Commission special Cyprus adviser.

    Reports from Brussels said that former Finnish diplomat Jaako Blomberg would be appointed special adviser for the Commission with a view to sound out interested parties about their intentions on how to make headway towards a political settlement.


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