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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 14-01-08

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEFA prepares new tender for short term gas supply in Cyprus
  • [02] Dutch Foreign Minister to pay official visit to Cyprus
  • [03] EP committee mission for Troika to visit Cyprus on Friday
  • [04] Interior Minister: Government measures to halt applications to IPC

  • [01] DEFA prepares new tender for short term gas supply in Cyprus

    Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) is working intensively to prepare the documents for a new tender for short term supply of natural gas in Cyprus, Chairman of DEFA Eleni Vassiliadou has told CNA.

    "We are working very hard on two key documents and we haven't stopped even during the holidays," said Vasiliadou, but she did not refer to a timetable.

    On December 5, the Cabinet set out the basic terms for the new process. ิhe most important difference is the extension of the period of gas supply to ten or seven years, while DEFA holds the right to extend the length of time for three more years.

    [02] Dutch Foreign Minister to pay official visit to Cyprus

    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Frans Timmermans will be paying an official visit to Cyprus on January 8 and 9.

    According to an official announcement of his programme, Timmermans will arrive on the island on Wednesday and start his official contacts the following day. The Dutch FM will have a tete-a-tete meeting with Cyprus Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides which will be followed by official talks with delegations from both sides, before making statements to the press.

    The Dutch FM will also received by Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Pallas. Timmermans will also have an audience with Archbishop Chrysostomos II. He will attend a lunch hosted by Kasoulides.

    [03] EP committee mission for Troika to visit Cyprus on Friday

    The subcommittee of the European Parliament looking into Troika actions in countries implementing a bailout programme, has postponed its visit to Athens but is set to arrive in Cyprus on Friday as scheduled.

    The Secretariat of the Committee on Finance of the European Parliament notified on January 5 that Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz had agreed to postpone the delegation to Athens, set for Thursday.

    The reasons for the postponement have not yet been clarified. However, sources in Strasbourg said Schulz was obliged to agree to the postponement at the insistence of Samaras.

    [04] Interior Minister: Government measures to halt applications to IPC

    Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos has said that halting applications by Greek Cypriots who resort to the so-called immovable properties commission (IPC) in Cyprus' northern Turkish occupied areas to sell their properties is not a simple matter, adding that the Ministry will propose measures on the matter that do not entail further cost to the government.

    In statements to reporters on Tuesday, Hasikos said that Wednesday's meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body on the handling of the Cyprus problem, will examine the issue of Greek Cypriots resorting to the IPC to sell their properties in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

    He said the Ministry of Interior has its own views and positions on the proposals submitted by the political parties in the framework of the subcommittee of the National Council, in an effort to avert the phenomenon.


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