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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-01-23

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  • [01] Breakaway "state" illegal, Australian Labour says
  • [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [03] Majority of Cypriot voters are women

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    [01] Breakaway "state" illegal, Australian Labour says

    Nicosia, Jan 23 (CNA) -- The Australian Labour party has described the status quo in Cyprus as unacceptable and called for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish-occupation troops and settlers from the Republic of Cyprus.

    A resolution on the protracted Cyprus question, adopted by the 41st Congress of the Australian Labour party, deplores the fact that Cyprus "remains artificially and tragically divided" for more than 23 as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    It expresses the "strong belief" that "the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable" and notes that the continued division of the island and presence of Turkish troops "has no place in an international climate of reconciliation and cooperation.

    The Australian Labour party reaffirms its support to the efforts of UN Secretary-General in securing a just and viable Cyprus solution and expresses deep concern at the lack of progress in intercommunal talks.

    The resolution "calls for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops and settlers from the Republic of Cyprus and for the repeal of the secessionist declaration", in November 1983, of the self-styled "state" in the Turkish-occupied areas.

    The unilateral declaration of the breakaway pseudostate was "an act Labour considers illegal and invalid," it adds.

    The main Australian opposition party calls for the "total demilitarisation" of Cyprus to secure security of all parties.

    It also urges all parties concerned to help resolve the Cyprus problem in a way which secures freedom of movement, settlement, ownership, the right of all refugees return to their homes in safety and "establish a unified independent and non-aligned Cyprus."

    The Australian party views positively the prospects of Cyprus joining the European Union.

    This would offer "potential benefits for the economic development and security of the whole island and the opportunity to bring the communities in Cyprus closer together," it notes.

    The Labour calls on the Australian government "to use its influence" to have the UN resolutions on Cyprus "effectively implemented."

    It also urges the international community "to take urgent action to overcome the deadlock in negotiations to restore justice for Cyprus and bring about a long-term" solution.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

    Only Turkey recognises the puppet regime and the UN itself has called on all states "not to recognise" the self-styled entity and "not to facilitate or in any way assist the aforesaid secessionist entity."

    CNA AP/MCH/1998

    [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Jan 23 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE All Share Index                    78.51 (+0.76)
    Highest: 82.46 (2/1/97)
    Lowest : 73.90 (30/1/97)
    Sectural Indices
    Banks                                  91.84 (+1.17)
    Approved Investment Companies          60.80 (+2.32)
    Insurance Companies                    56.57 (+0.37)
    Industrial Companies                   74.01 (-0.38)
    Tourist Industries                     59.78 ( 0.00)
    Commercial Companies                   38.68 (-0.05)
    Other Companies                        64.31 (-1.08)
    Trading Volume                         CYP 1187364.915
    * The difference in brackets represents the percentage increase (+) or decrease (-) of the index from the previous stock exchange meeting.
    CNA AP/1998

    [03] Majority of Cypriot voters are women

    Nicosia, Jan 23 (CNA) -- More women than men will vote at the February presidential elections, according to figures released here Friday by the Central Elections' Service.

    Out of a total number of 446.731 voters, 227.418 are women and 219.313 are men.

    The majority of voters belongs to the age group between 30 and 39 and the minority to the age group 18 to 20.

    This is the first time that 18-year-old voters will vote at the presidential elections. Voting in Cyprus is compulsory by law.

    CNA MCH/AP/1998
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