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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 02-12-04

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Grossman arrives in Cyprus
  • [02] Eckhard: Hard work will follow both sides' responses
  • [03] Cyprus concludes accession negotiations
  • [04] US: There is ''historic opportunity'' for Cyprus settlement
  • [05] Grossman: First commit to Annan's vision and then negotiate
  • [06] UN hope for replies by tomorrow on changes to solution plan
  • [07] Cyprus calls for maximum restraint in Middle East
  • [08] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [09] Yiannitsis: solution can be achieved in Cyprus if there is political will
  • [10] Cyprus and Slovenia sign agreement on drug trafficking, crime, terrorism
  • [11] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [12] Denktash back in hospital
  • [13] Cyprus and Slovenia sign agreement on drug trafficking, crime, terrorism
  • [14] Yiannitsis: solution can be achieved in Cyprus if there is political will
  • [15] Sound & Vision 2002 Exhibition opens

  • [01] Grossman arrives in Cyprus

    0910:CYPPRESS:01

    Grossman arrives in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) -- US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman arrived in Cyprus this morning. He is scheduled to meet later this morning Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides.

    Grossman, accompanied by other State Department officials, flew from Ankara to Cyprus. A US embassy spokesman declined to reveal the airport the plane carrying the US official landed.

    [02] Eckhard: Hard work will follow both sides' responses

    0915:CYPPRESS:02

    Eckhard: Hard work will follow both sides' responses

    By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Dec 4 (CNA) -- Once both sides in Cyprus hand over to the UN their comments on the points of the UN Secretary General's solution blueprint they would like to see changed, the UN will analyse the changes they would like to make and most likely then communicate with the two sides sequentially, back and forth, with a view to reduce the differences and get agreement on a single text, Kofi Annan's spokesman Fred Eckhard said here yesterday.

    [03] Cyprus concludes accession negotiations

    1025:CYPPRESS:03

    Cyprus concludes accession negotiations

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Dec 4 (CNA) -- Cyprus is the first of the EU candidate countries to have concluded accession negotiations, after an agreement reached regarding the chapter Budgetary and other Financial Provisions.

    Cyprus Chief Negotiator with the EU George Vassiliou had yesterday all day discussions with the EU Danish Presidency and the European Commission that wrapped up when they reached an overall agreement.

    [04] US: There is ''historic opportunity'' for Cyprus settlement

    1030:CYPPRESS:04

    US: There is ''historic opportunity'' for Cyprus settlement

    by Demetris Apokis

    Washington, Dec 4 (CNA) --The US believes there is ''an important, historic opportunity'' for a settlement of the long-standing Cyprus problem, US State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip Reeker said here yesterday.

    [05] Grossman: First commit to Annan's vision and then negotiate

    1300:CYPPRESS:05

    Grossman: First commit to Annan's vision and then negotiate

    Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) -- US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman expressed here today the belief that there is a ''historical opportunity'' for a Cyprus settlement and called on both sides on the island, as well as on the governments of Turkey and Greece, to ''seize it.''

    Grossman, who was received this morning by Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, said afterwards that he did not think ''anyone believes that the sun will come up'' on the 13th of December, when the EU summit in Copenhagen ends.

    ''What we are trying to say is there is a possibility to get going here and make rapid progress,'' he said.

    [06] UN hope for replies by tomorrow on changes to solution plan

    1415:CYPPRESS:06

    UN hope for replies by tomorrow on changes to solution plan

    Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) -- The UN hope that they will receive replies by tomorrow at the latest from the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, to a letter sent by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week requesting the points they wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by the UN chief on November 11.

    Speaking after a meeting with Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides, the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus Alvaro de Soto said his course of action thereafter would depend on the content of the replies.

    The Peruvian diplomat said that although he was ''tired'', he still had ''the necessary energy to do what I can to help the two sides to come to terms as soon as possible''.

    He expressed hope he would soon have the replies of the two sides and, asked to define ''soon'', de Soto said ''I would say today or tomorrow at the latest''.

    [07] Cyprus calls for maximum restraint in Middle East

    1415:CYPPRESS:07

    Cyprus calls for maximum restraint in Middle East

    By Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Dec 4 (CNA) -- Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Sotos Zackheos, has urged for maximum restraint in the Middle East, stressing that the forces of moderation should be strengthened and the extremists from all sides be isolated.

    [08] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
    1445:CYPPRESS:08
    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) - Today's weather and temperatures for Cyprus, according to the Meteorological Service at Larnaca International Airport are: Temperatures (degrees Celcius) --------------------------------------------------------------- Station Maximum Minimum Weather (At 1200 UTC) --------------------------------------------------------------- Nicosia 21 10 FAIR Larnaca 22 13 FINE Limassol 24 17 FAIR Paphos 22 14 FAIR

    [09] Yiannitsis: solution can be achieved in Cyprus if there is political will

    1720:CYPPRESS:09 Yiannitsis: solution can be achieved in Cyprus if there is political will By Kyriacos Tsioupras London, Dec 3 (CNA) Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Tasos Yiannitsis said if the political will exists from both sides in Cyprus then a solution could be achieved before the European Council in Copenhagen on December 12-13.

    He was speaking in London during a press conference after he and Greek National Finance Minister, Nicos Christodoulakis addressed a seminar organised by the British-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Greece Centre in south-eastern Europe.

    [10] Cyprus and Slovenia sign agreement on drug trafficking, crime, terrorism

    1725:CYPPRESS:10 Cyprus and Slovenia sign agreement on drug trafficking, crime, terrorism Nicosia, Dec 3 (CNA) Cyprus and Slovenia signed a bilateral agreement to fight international terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime.

    The agreement was signed between Justice and Public Order Minister, Alecos Shambos and Slovenian Interior Minister, Rado Bohic.

    In statements, Shambos described the agreement as very important noting it strengthens our bilateral cooperation especially during this period when Cyprus and Slovenia are at the end of our long march, which leads to Brussels.

    Shambos said drug trafficking, terrorism and crime are issues which concern not only the two countries but also the international community which has established a very effective system based on a network of agreements in this respect.

    We have international and European obligations, he said, adding that Cyprus and Slovenia now have specific bilateral obligations.

    On his part, Bohic said the agreement obliges both sides to cooperate in combating crime, terrorism and narcotics.

    [11] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
    1820:CYPPRESS:11
    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Dec 4(CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 109,57 (2,86) Traded Value CYP 2.265.054 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 1.249.512 440,82 ( 2,80) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 949.616 127,25 ( 3,42) Approved Investment Companies CYP 122.254 92,07 ( 1,47) Insurance Companies CYP 15.830 24,40 ( 3,13) Manufacturing Companies CYP 36.633 68,17 ( 1,23) Tourism Companies CYP 4.886 120,71 ( 0,48) Trading Companies CYP 34.652 21,82 ( 1,25) Building and Cement Companies CYP 23.199 77,95 ( 3,81) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 28.042 4,15 ( 3,49) Financial Services Companies CYP 186.285 25,09 ( 5,78) Fish Culture Companies CYP 207 14,54 (-0,95) Hotels CYP 61.084 53,62 ( 2,15) Other Companies CYP 345.115 99,71 ( 2,09) * The third column presents the percentage variation of

    [12] Denktash back in hospital

    1900:CYPPRESS:12 Denktash back in hospital By Apostolis Zoupaniotis New York, Dec 4 (CNA) Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash was readmitted again to hospital here Wednesday after complaining of feeling uncomfortable.

    Denktash, who was released on November 28 after a 12-day stay following high fever, was expected to deliver his reply to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan over his request last week for both sides to submit the points they wished changed in a Cyprus solution plan submitted by the UN chief on November 11.

    In statements to Turkish reporters, Denktash said his admission to hospital is related to further tests for the fluid that keeps accumulating in his lungs. He said he was not sure how serious the problem is.

    Asked when he will return to Cyprus, Denktash said he originally intended to return on Friday but he is not sure now, noting this will depend on his doctors.

    To a question whether he will give his reply to Kofi Annans second letter of November 25, Denktash said he was not sure when he would do that.

    [13] Cyprus and Slovenia sign agreement on drug trafficking, crime, terrorism

    1925:CYPPRESS:10 CORRECTED STORY Cyprus and Slovenia sign agreement on drug trafficking, crime, terrorism Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) Cyprus and Slovenia signed a bilateral agreement to fight international terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime.

    The agreement was signed between Justice and Public Order Minister, Alecos Shambos and Slovenian Interior Minister, Rado Bohic.

    In statements, Shambos described the agreement as very important noting it strengthens our bilateral cooperation especially during this period when Cyprus and Slovenia are at the end of our long march, which leads to Brussels.

    Shambos said drug trafficking, terrorism and crime are issues which concern not only the two countries but also the international community which has established a very effective system based on a network of agreements in this respect.

    We have international and European obligations, he said, adding that Cyprus and Slovenia now have specific bilateral obligations.

    On his part, Bohic said the agreement obliges both sides to cooperate in combating crime, terrorism and narcotics.

    [14] Yiannitsis: solution can be achieved in Cyprus if there is political will

    1925:CYPPRESS:09 CORRECTED STORY Yiannitsis: solution can be achieved in Cyprus if there is political will By Kyriacos Tsioupras London, Dec 4 (CNA) Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Tasos Yiannitsis said if the political will exists from both sides in Cyprus then a solution could be achieved before the European Council in Copenhagen on December 12-13.

    He was speaking in London during a press conference after he and Greek Finance Minister, Nicos Christodoulakis addressed a seminar organised by the British-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Greece Centre in south-eastern Europe.

    [15] Sound & Vision 2002 Exhibition opens

    2020:CYPPRESS:13 Sound & Vision 2002 Exhibition opens Nicosia, Dec 4 (CNA) Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister, Nicos Rolandis pledged here Wednesday his ministry will continue supporting and developing specialized exhibitions.

    The minister made the statement during the opening of the five-day exhibition on Sound and Vision in Nicosia on the latest developments in the technology and design of optico-acoustic products.

    He also said the biennial exhibition covers a variety of products from the international industry of optico-acoustic products.

    Chairman of the Cyprus Fairs Authority Iacovos Demetriou said the exhibition is targeted to satisfy professional visitors, music lovers and friends of home cinema and digital technology.


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