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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-10-13

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] SPOKESMAN - HELIOS
  • [02] CYPRUS - KOREA - NUCLEAR
  • [03] CYPRUS - RUSSIA - PROTOCOL
  • [04] CYPRUS - MOUSE

  • [01] SPOKESMAN - HELIOS

    Cypriot Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis pointed out on Friday that neither the government nor anyone else had said that the investigations into the cause of the crash on 14 August 2005 of an ``Helios`` Boeing 737-300, which killed all 121 people on board, were going to be easy.

    Pashiardis said there were difficulties in putting the case together and presenting it before the court but noted that it was not impossible.

    ``The truth is that it is a very complicated case with many parties involved and several dimensions. Everyone understands the complexity and the difficulties of this case and I am sure that everyone agrees that suspicions, impressions and personal views cannot in any way support the enouncement of accusations, the exercising of indictments and the adduction of anyone before justice,`` he pointed out.

    He added that ``without proof, without a full and thorough investigation of the whole case, without the determination of specific persons responsible, it is not possible to exercise indictments.``

    Pashiardis said ``the difficulties and complexities of this case do not mean that there are no guilty parties or that it is impossible to be detected.``

    The Spokesman also said that the findings of the Greek Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board under Akrivos Tsolakis and the Cypriot Commission of Inquiry headed by former Supreme Court judge Panayiotis Kallis will be used by the Police to determine the sectors where there are responsibilities in order to investigate specific charges against specific suspects, and that ``the court will have the final word.``

    Asked about the company, which questioned the validity of the Cypriot Commission, Pashiardis said it was appointed according to the provisions of the law and noted that ``just because the company questioned it does not mean that it stands to reason.``

    The Boeing 737 was on its way to Prague, via Athens, when it crashed into the mountain side north of the Greek capital killing 121 passengers and crew on board, most of them Cypriots going on holiday. The Boeing came down as two Greek F-16 jets were accompanying it after it failed to respond to calls from Athens` control tower.

    [02] CYPRUS - KOREA - NUCLEAR

    The government of the Republic of Cyprus ``unequivocally condemns the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea on 9 October 2006.``

    In an official press release, the government points out that ``the nuclear test was in flagrant violation of the UN Security Council resolution 1695 and poses a significant threat to regional stability and international security.``

    [03] CYPRUS - RUSSIA - PROTOCOL

    Cyprus and Russia signed a protocol on Thursday aiming at further strengthening existing bonds of friendship between the two countries and enhancing and developing cooperation in economy, trade, industry, tourism, transport, health and education.

    The protocol was signed on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus by Minister of Finance Michalis Sarris and on behalf of the Russian Federation by Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade Andrey Sharonov, in the context of the 4th session of the Cyprus-Russia intergovernmental committee.

    [04] CYPRUS - MOUSE

    A new mammal species, thought to be the first discovered in Europe for more than a century, has been identified by a scientist based at the University of Durham, according to The Times.

    The grey mouse, found in Cyprus by Thomas Cucchi, has been confirmed as an entirely new species by genetic tests, overturning the widespread assumption that Europe had no mammals left to be discovered.


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