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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-05-07
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 Cyprus talks resume
Cyprus talks resume
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash resume here this afternoon their direct talks, aimed to solve the Cyprus problem, in the presence of UN Secretary General's Advisor on Cyprus Alvaro De Soto, who returns to the island early in the afternoon.
During a short break of the talks, because of the Orthodox Easter, he had flown to New York where he briefed UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the five UN Security Council Permanent Members and the Council's plenary.
 Britain welcomes Annan's decision to visit Cyprus
Britain welcomes Annan's decision to visit Cyprus
by Kyriakos Tsioupras
London, May 7 (CNA) -- Britain has welcomed UN-Secretary General Kofi Annan's decision to visit Cyprus in mid May.
British Government officials told CNA that this visit "is aiming to give a greater momentum to the talks so that they can reach something like a breakthrough by June."
 US goverment welcomes Kofi Annan's intention to visit Cyprus
US goverment welcomes Kofi Annan's intention to visit Cyprus
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- The US government has welcomed and strongly supported UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's intention to visit Cyprus, describing it as a "clear reflection of the importance the UN and the international community place on resolving the Cyprus issue".
 Spokesman says UN notes not a form of agreement on Cyprus
Spokesman says UN notes not a form of agreement on Cyprus
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that any recording on paper on behalf of the UN of what is said during the direct talks between President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to solve the Cyprus problem could not be considered to be any form of agreement.
He said that "in the context of their role and offering their good offices, the UN have not only the right but the obligation at some point to assist the process in any way they deem appropriate".
 British Base deny report on Palestinians in exile
British Base deny report on Palestinians in exile
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- British Bases in Cyprus have ruled out the possibility of Palestinians in exile to leave Cyprus on board a British aircraft, while the Cyprus Government said it was not aware of such a possibility.
Reuters quoted in Rome a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, that "Italy had gone as fas as blocking its air space to a British aircraft that would have departed from Cyprus with Palestinians."
Cyprus government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou told the press here today that the Cyprus government was not aware of such a possibility and that he was to look into the matter before making further comments.
Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister Nicos Koshis, spoke on the same wave level, saying "we have not been informed regarding any transportation of Palestinians in exile to the British Bases in Cyprus."
 Cyprus abides by EU list of terrorist organisations
Cyprus abides by EU list of terrorist organisations
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said that Cyprus' policy is to comply with EU decisions. He was referring to Kurdish party PKK, which has been renamed Kadek, being included in the European list of terrorist organisations last week.
He said "Cyprus' position and policy is that it harmonises itself with the positions of the EU" regarding the description of any organisation as terrorist or otherwise, noting that this also applies for "the relevant bank accounts that may exist".
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 Cyprus signs protocol to abolish death penalty
Cyprus signs protocol to abolish death penalty
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) - Cyprus has signed Protocol 13 to the European Convention of Human Rights, concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances.
 Italy fully supports ongoing UN-led direct talks on Cyprus
Italy fully supports ongoing UN-led direct talks on Cyprus
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- Italy's Minister of Community Policies and Integration Rocco Buttiglione said here today he would "bet" Cyprus will be among the first countries to accede to the European Union at the end of 2002, adding that his country fully supports the ongoing UN-led direct talks between the leaders of the two communities on the island aiming at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the protracted Cyprus problem.
In statements to the press after his working lunch with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Buttiglione, who is in Cyprus for a two-day official visit, said that "the level of cooperation" between the two countries "is very good on all issues".
 Italy and Cyprus discuss measures to combat illegal immigration
Italy and Cyprus discuss measures to combat illegal immigration
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- Italy's Minister of Communities Policy and Integration Rocco Buttiglione said here today that the level of cooperation between Cyprus and Italy is very good on all issues and especially in combating illegal immigration. He also gave credit to Cyprus' "good will" to participate in the EU common policy against illegal immigration.
 Cyprus would welcome Palestinians on their way to Italy
Cyprus would welcome Palestinians on their way to Italy
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- Cyprus has not received any information that Palestinian militants would be transferred from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to exile in Italy through Cyprus, but would welcome them temporarily if the whole issue was part of an agreement.
In statements to the press, after a working lunch with Italy's Minister of Community Policies and Integration Rocco Buttiglione, Kasoulides said that Cyprus "as an open country would be glad to welcome, temporarily, these Palestinians on their way" to their destination.
 Kurds in Cyprus protest against inclusion of PKK in terrorist list
Kurds in Cyprus protest against inclusion of PKK in terrorist list
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- The Kurds living in Cyprus organised here today a march and a rally of protest against the decision by the EU to include PKK in the "list of terrorist organisations."
According to a press release issued by the Kurdish Democratic People's Union, the demonstrators marched to the office of the European Commission Delegation in Nicosia and met with Ambassador Donato Chiarini, to whom they handed over a letter of protest signed by the Kurds living in Cyprus.
 Clerides and Denktash enter fourth round of direct talks
Clerides and Denktash enter fourth round of direct talks
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) - Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash resumed their direct talks this afternoon, in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, who returned to the island earlier today.
 Cypriot businessmen warn EU funding could be lost
Cypriot businessmen warn EU funding could be lost
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA)-- President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) Vassilis Rologis has pointed out that if KEVE and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce did not reach an agreement regarding common projects for the development of Small-Medium Enterprises (SME), the EU funding of 1,5 million Euros would be lost.
 Turkish Cypriot chamber says milk project good idea
Turkish Cypriot chamber says milk project good idea
Nicosia, May 7 (CNA) -- President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Ali Erel said his Chamber was ready to play its own role in the proposal put forward by the Greek Cypriots participating in the group of businesspeople from both communities of the island, known as the "Brussels Group", regarding the transportation of milk and animal products from the Turkish-occupied areas to the free areas of the Republic.
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