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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 14-01-03

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  • [01] Chinese frigate Yancheng to arrive in Cyprus
  • [02] President continues consultations with team on Cyprus problem
  • [03] UN Chief recommends renewal of UNFICYP's mandate
  • [04] Cyta pension fund management negligent, Commission finds

  • [01] Chinese frigate Yancheng to arrive in Cyprus

    A Chinese navy frigate, Yancheng, which participates in the operation for the removal of Syria`s chemical weapons, will dock at Limassol port on Friday, on Cyprus' southern coast.

    An official press release issued on Thursday notes that the Minister of Defence Fotis Fotiou gave Cyprus` consent following an official request by the Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Liu Xinsheng during a meeting they had earlier today.

    "The Defence Minister informed the Chinese Ambassador about the government`s decision to support the operation sanctioned by the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the removal and destruction of Syria`s Chemical Weapons. In this context, the government will provide facilities to the Chinese navy," the press release adds.

    [02] President continues consultations with team on Cyprus problem

    The President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades is engaged in a continuous dialogue with the group of experts on the question of Cyprus, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said on Thursday.

    In statements to the press, Papadopoulos said that the President is in constant consultations with the group of experts and especially now, after Christmas and New Year's celebrations, the President is constantly preoccupied with the Cyprus issue as the procedure to agree on a joint declaration (with the Turkish Cypriot side) is still pending".

    Efforts are currently underway with a view to achieve an agreement between the two communities on a joint communiqué that will pave the way for the resumption of UN-led negotiations on the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of the island's territory.

    [03] UN Chief recommends renewal of UNFICYP's mandate

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the leaders of both communities in Cyprus to exert efforts towards creating a climate conductive to the widening and deepening of contacts between the two sides on the island.

    In his report on UNFICYP operation in Cyprus, the Secretary- General notes that the force continues to play a crucial role on the island by exercising authority in the buffer zone and contributing to keeping the calm and resolving various issues that affect the everyday lives of individuals in both communities.

    He hopes that both sides will continue to cooperate with UNFICYP in good faith and recommends that the mandate of the mission be extended for a period of six months, until 31 July 2014.

    [04] Cyta pension fund management negligent, Commission finds

    A Commission of Inquiry looking into a multi-million property investment of Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) pension fund has found inexcusable extemporaneity, indifference, negligence and lack of responsibility on the part of the people managing the Fund.

    In its report numbering 294 pages which is published in its entirety on the official website of the Press and Information Office (, the Commission proposes in light of its findings, "to extend the investigation of the possibility of criminal offenses having been committed and by other persons in relation to specific actions and activities".

    The report, inter alia, finds that as a result of the testimony before the Commission the general conclusion reached is that "the fund managers showed inexcusable sloppiness, indifference, neglect and lack of accountability in the management of investments and resources of the Fund which led to questionable investments".

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