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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 13-11-26

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] FM monitors activities by Turkish research vessel
  • [02] Revival of Famagusta region the immediate goal of Famagusta

    Initiative

  • [03] European Court of Auditors' role in these challenging times,

    extremely important says Cypriot member

  • [04] CNHC President says Vasilikos can become the regional energy hub

    by 2025


  • [01] FM monitors activities by Turkish research vessel

    The Foreign Ministry is closely monitoring activities by the Turkish research and survey vessel "Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa" and is taking all necessary measures.

    According to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry, in an issuance dated 22 November, Ankara illegally withheld sea areas which include parts of the Republic of Cyprus' territorial waters, by the shore of occupied Karpasia and Famagusta bay, as well as parts of Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone.

    According to the FM statement, Turkey seized these waters to conduct seismographic research by the vessel "Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa" from November 22nd until December 18th 2013. The Cyprus Foreign Ministry issued a notification in which it underlines that only the Cyprus Republic has the right to restrain areas within its Area of Research and Rescue (which includes territorial waters) and its EEZ.

    [02] Revival of Famagusta region the immediate goal of Famagusta Initiative

    The Bi-communal Famagusta Initiative announced its establishment at a press conference at the Home for Cooperation, across Ledra Pallas hotel, in the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    According to an announcement, the Initiative will pursue the goal of the revival of Famagusta both before and after a comprehensive settlement, and shall collaborate with all stakeholders, including municipalities, residents, NGOs, experts and business people.

    The Initiative hopes that agreement will be reached on the confidence building measures currently being discussed, leading to a comprehensive settlement. "The Bicommunal Famagusta Initiative`s main immediate goal is to work on the preparation of the revival project for the wider Famagusta region, including the enclaved city and the walled city".

    [03] European Court of Auditors' role in these challenging times, extremely important says Cypriot member

    As the European Union is constantly faced with even bigger challenges and difficulties, the role of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) is becoming very important, Lazaros Lazarou, the Cypriot member of the Court has told CNA.

    Lazarou, who was recently in Cyprus, submitted the ECA Annual Report to the President of the Republic and the House of Representatives and held meetings with various government officials.

    In his interview with CNA, Lazarou, who served as the Accountant General of the Republic between 2000-2010, was appointed Member of the European Court of Auditors on 2 November 2010, expressed the opinion that the public procurement procedures in Cyprus , is a model of best practices. He also added that Cyprus' future in a constantly changing environment depends on how methodically and effectively the country exercises its role as a member state of the EU with responsibilities and obligations as well as rights.

    [04] CNHC President says Vasilikos can become the regional energy hub by 2025

    The LNG terminal, on Cyprus' southern coast, can become a regional energy hub, Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC) Executive President Charles Ellinas has pointed out.

    "If we take the correct decisions and carry on with our plans without delay, the LNG terminal and the whole of Vasilikos area can become the energy hub of the region," Ellinas said, speaking at the Economist Conference which took place in Nicosia.

    He noted that Vasilikos location is the only location in the Eastern Mediterranean to base an LNG plant which eventually can become a gas hub for the region. He pointed out that timing is essential and exploration and development must continue without delay.


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