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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-21

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    Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglou met Tuesday in the framework of direct negotiations for the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

    The meeting which took place in the United Nations Protected Area of Nicosia, at the Chief of Missions residence lasted approximately 30 minutes.

    UN Secretary Generals Special Advisor on Cyprus Alexander Downer said that during the meeting, the two leaders exchanged views about the meeting with the SG to take place in Geneva on July 7, as well as various aspects of governance and power sharing.

    Thursday, the two leaders advisors are schedule to meet, while it is possible that another meeting will take place next week.

    The leaders will meet again on 30 June.


    There is a slight decrease in the number and gross tonnage of ships on the Cyprus register during the first quarter of 2011, compared to the data of 2010.

    According to statistical data from the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS), the number of registered ships was 1848 vessels up until March 31. This number is decreased by 14 vessels, compared to the total number of Cyprus-flagged vessels in 2010.

    A small decline is also being recorded in the ships gross tonnage, from approximately 22.057 million register tons in 2010 to 22.017 million register tons during the first quarter of 2011.

    DMS Director Serghios Serghiou, in statements to CNA, said that during the past years, the Cyprus register remains more or less stable as regards the number of ships. He added that the decrease during the first quarter of 2011 could not be attributed to any particular reason other than constant buying or selling on behalf of ship owners.

    Serghiou added that Turkeys embargo against vessels under Cyprus flag remains the most important factor hindering further development of Cypriot shipping, since ship owners do not want to have any restrictions in the transportation of their ships.

    Under different circumstances, the dynamic of the Cyprus register would have been much different, Serghiou noted, adding that foreign companies, established in Cyprus, are otherwise fully satisfied by the benefits they enjoy, in terms of cost and service offered.


    One of the most famous operas ever, «Les Contes d`Hoffmann» will be performed at Pafos Aphrodite Festival this year, continuing the tradition of quality which the festival carries for the 13th consecutive year.

    The opera will be performed from the 2-4 September 2011 at the Medieval Castle in Pafos by the National Theatre of Prague.

    With the opera Les Contes d`Hoffmann Pafos Aphrodite Festival aspires to offer its music loving audience an unforgettable experience and to satisfy the expectations of the friends of the Festival for an internationally acclaimed performance both artistically and organizationally.

    Stela Siepi, director of the Pafos Aphrodite Festival, told CNA that this years production is unique as it is a trip through various eras and the stage will be revolving.

    She said that more than 200 people from the National Theatre of Prague will arrive on the island for the preparations and the performances while two Cypriot soloists, Sveta Christoforou and Petros Evangelides will also take part in the opera.

    Praising the National Theatre of Prague, Siepi said this years performance will leave everyone satisfied.

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