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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-06-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] MOSCOW CYPRUS - STATEMENT
  • [02] MINISTER OF HEALTH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • [03] EU WORKING TIME TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS

  • [01] MOSCOW CYPRUS - STATEMENT

    Russia has described the three-day working visit of Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou to Moscow and his talks with Sergei Lavrov as a confirmation of the high level of Russian Cypriot relations.

    A statement issued by the Press Service of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two countries expressed their common intention to continue their intensive relations. They also said they will work to develop further Russian-Cypriot cooperation in various fields, mainly, in the political, trade, economic and investment sectors.

    It said the close proximity of their positions on a series of international problems, including peace in the Middle East, the situation in the Balkan region and the Mediterranean, was ascertained during the talks.

    During the talks, Russia and Cyprus also established unity in their approach towards the need to achieve an overall, fair and just settlement of the Cyprus issue, on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, taking into consideration the opinion, most importantly, of the Cypriot communities.

    During his talks in Moscow, Kyprianou and Lavrov discussed European security issues and Russias relations with the EU. The two ministers also approved a schedule of negotiations between the two ministries for the period 2008-2009.

    [02] MINISTER OF HEALTH UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

    In Cyprus, HIV/AIDS infection has been maintained at a very low prevalence rate of 0.1% of its population, Cyprus Health Minister Christos Patsalides has told the High-level Meeting on a Comprehensive Review of the Progress Achieved in Realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS held in New York.

    Patsalides noted that since 1986, when AIDS made its first appearance in Cyprus, the government has made the issue one of its highest priorities.

    The Health Minister said that Cyprus policy is formulated in line with EU positions and in close coordination with its EU and other international partners.

    [03] EU WORKING TIME TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS

    European Union Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs, at their meeting in Luxembourg, have agreed on two Directives of the utmost importance for European workers as they govern the aspects of working time and the rights of temporary agency workers.

    The deal on the `Working Time Directive` limits workers to a weekly maximum of 48 hours, but allows the social partners to find `flexible arrangements` if granted approval by the employer. The insertion of this clause, under which workers could effectively put in up to 60-65 weekly hours, was one of the UK government`s main demands, while Spain and other nations lobbied heavily against it.

    A bloc including Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Cyprus and Greece resisted the compromise, labeling it a step back from the EU goal of greater security for workers, but most countries expressed their satisfaction with the deal.


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