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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-08-01

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    Water levels in the islands reservoirs have dropped to 18% or 49.2 million cubic metres of the total capacity, compared with 36.1% or 98.8 m. cubic metres in the corresponding period last year.

    According to data released by the Water Development Department, present water capacity at Kouris reservoir, the biggest reservoir with a capacity of 115 million cubic metres, stood at 12.2% at the end of July (14 MCM) compared with 35.1% (40 MCM) in the same period in 2006.

    In Asprokremmos, the second biggest reservoir, with a capacity of 52.3 MCM, water capacity is 26.3% (13.7 MCM) compared with 45% (23.5 MCM) during the same period last year.

    Water reserves in the third biggest reservoir at Evretou, with a capacity of 24 MCM, have reached 28% (6.7 MCM) compared with 38.7% (9.3 MCM) the same time last year.

    The total inflow of water since October 1st 2006 at the biggest reservoirs reached at Kouris 10.6 MCM, Asprokremmos 6 MCM and Evretou 1.1 MCM.

    In the past decade, the highest inflow of water was recorded during the period 2001-2002 with 167.9 MCM and during the period 2003-2004 with 150.5 CMC. The lowest inflow of water was recorded during 2005-2006 with 24 MCM and during 1996-1997 with 24.9 MCM.

    The inflow of water during 2006-2007 was 38.4 MCM so far.

    Temperatures on Wednesday are expected to drop by one degree to 39 degrees Centigrade in the capital, to reach normal levels for this time of the year as of Thursday (37 degrees Centigrade in the capital). A heat wave has hit Cyprus in the past several days, causing occasional blackouts across the island as electricity demand bordered production capacity.

    Demand in electricity stood at 1,019 Megawatts at 1330 local time on Wednesday with the total available production being 1,038 Megawatts.

    The highest demand was recorded at 1245 and reached 1,021 Megawatts.


    New Ambassador of Slovakia to Cyprus Anna Turenicova has expressed readiness to continue to provide good services in efforts towards a Cyprus settlement. Turenicova met Wednesday with Cyprus Acting President, House President Demetris Christofias, who according to an official press release, expressed sincere thanks for Slovakias substantive contribution to rapprochement between the islands two communities.

    He referred to the sincere efforts by the Greek Cypriot side to bring closer the two communities as part of attempts to find a mutually acceptable solution, which as he said must comply with international law and order and relevant UN resolutions as well as safeguard human rights for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. During the meeting, the House President praised the very close relations between the two countries and expressed appreciation for the firm principled stance Slovakia has maintained as regards the Cyprus question. This, he stressed, is based on the principles of international law and solidarity between states.

    As regards a European Commission proposed regulation on direct trade between the northern Turkish occupied part of the Republic with the EU, Christofias pointed out that the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots is the result of the continuing Turkish occupation. He noted that the Republic of Cyprus has been contributing with substantive measures to the improvement of the living standard of Turkish Cypriots.


    The Foreign Ministry and the Press and Information Office (PIO) has presented the Cyprus internet TV, which aims at informing all those with access to the internet all over the world about various aspects concerning Cyprus. Visitors to this site can have free access to selected documentaries about Cyprus in Greek, English and French, which introduce the viewer to the island, its land, history, culture, the political situation on this divided island, its people, its customs and traditions. The site will be periodically enriched with new films, covering various aspects of life on the island in German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

    The above site serves as an internet portal for all government sites of Cyprus and other useful links. The site was introduced today during a press conference in the presence of Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Markoulli and Director of the PIO Yiannakis Solomou. Internet TV was created to offer internet users free access to information covering a wide range of Cyprus issues, the Minister said and described the site as a ``useful tool in the hands of the diplomatic missions of Cyprus abroad.

    In his statements, Solomou said that internet TV would show at first 17 films in Greek, 30 in English, four in French and nine in other languages. At a later stage, the site will include TV interviews of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, the Foreign Minister and other officials. Asked why the site has no movies in the Turkish language (which is one of the two official languages of Cyprus), Solomou said that this is due to the lack of translators. We are facing a big problem with translations. We cannot find enough translators to cope with our needs he added.

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