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 Saint Mamas day in Turkish occupied Morphou
Saint Mamas day in Turkish occupied Morphou
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- Christian orthodox church of Ayios Mamas in Turkish occupied Morphou operates again tonight and tomorrow, first time after the Turkish invasion of 1974, to celebrate the Saint's day.
Cypriot political party leaders and foreign diplomats serving in Cyprus have announced their decision to attend the religious rites.
The church has been in the limelight in the recent weeks in both sides of the divide following the decision by Morphou Bishop Neophytos to conduct religious rites at the occupied church and especially after last week's bomb attack at the entrance of the church which caused serious damage to the building.
The government of Cyprus has asked the UN peacekeeping force on the island (UNFICYP) to evaluate the Greek Cypriot pilgrims conditions of safety during their trip to the Turkish-occupied town of Morphou and inform the government whether it can guarantee their security.
Morphou Municipality and Morphou Bishop have called upon all to attend the evening service as well as tomorrow's holy ceremony on the Saint's day and pray to God and to the Patron Saint of Morphou, so that the way is soon paved for reunification of Cyprus.
In the occupied areas, self-styled premier Mehmet Ali Talat supported the move while Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash opposed it, noting that the reopening of the church signals the return of Greek Cypriots to the occupied areas.
 Cyprus Airways losses 25 m. Cyprus pounds
Cyprus Airways losses 25 m. Cyprus pounds
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- Cyprus Airways, the island's national carrier, reported Tuesday a loss of 25 million Cyprus pounds (one Cyprus pound = 2 US dollars), approximately the same loss it reported a year earlier for the first six months.
Around 3.65 million pounds of the losses were absorbed by other shareholders in the group's Greek-based airline Hellas Jet unit.
 G/C and T/C artists join forces for Kypria 2004
G/C and T/C artists join forces for Kypria 2004
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- Kypria 2004, the island's international cultural festival, which has been running for 14 years now, will unite for the first time the ''forces'' of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot artists in an art celebration offering a variety of cultural events.
 Journalists protest over violation of Press freedom by occupation regime
Journalists protest over violation of Press Freedom by occupation regime
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- The Union of Cyprus Journalists has expressed its profound concern and strong protest over the announced decision of the Turkish occupation authorities in the northern part of Cyprus to forbid to journalists to take pictures or to cover events and give news reports in the area of Ayios Dometios checkpoint.
 Cyprus Mid East Rally hopes high as Troodos Rally approaches
Cyprus Mid East Rally hopes high as Troodos Rally approaches
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- The UAEs Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi leads the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) table going into this weeks Syria Rally, but hopes are high for renowned Cypriot driver Andreas Tsouloftas who lies 3rd, just 4 points off the leader.
 Cyprus Stock Exchange
1430:CYPPRESS:0 Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: CSE General Index 75,32 (-0,08) Traded Value CYP 199.994 FTSE/CYSE 20 CYP 147.765 334,85 (-0,31) FTSE Med 100 5.988,91 (-0,62) Sectoral Indices Banks CYP 113.951 97,83 (-0,38) Approved Investment Companies CYP 2.854 71,95 (-0,19) Insurance Companies CYP 9.373 12,39 ( 3,08) Manufacturing Companies CYP 2.604 46,46 ( 1,71) Tourism Companies CYP 253 46,22 (-4,52) Trading Companies CYP 15.862 20,75 ( 0,63) Building and Cement Companies CYP 256 62,14 (-1,66) Énformation Technology Companies CYP 4.418 2,41 (-0,41) Financial Services Companies CYP 17.765 6,99 ( 2,64) Fish Culture Companies CYP 184 11,10 (-0,54) Hotels CYP 1.727 27,42 ( 0,07) Other Companies CYP 26.660 61,57 ( 0,15) * The third column presents the percentage variation of
 Dutch Minister: EU regulations a way to create a solution for Cyprus
Dutch Minister: EU regulations a way to create a solution for Cyprus
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA)--The European Commission's regulations for financial assistance to Turkish Cypriots and direct trade with the occupied areas of Cyprus constitute a way to create a solution for the island, Dutch European Affairs Minister Atzo Nicolai has said today.
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 Relations with Cyprus necessary for Turkey's European course, FM says
Relations with Cyprus necessary for Turkey's European course, FM says
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) It is extremely difficult for Turkey's European course to move forward without establishing relations with the Republic of Cyprus, Foreign Affairs Minister George Iacovou has stated.
 Cyprus President: Regime to ensure safety of pilgrims at Ayios Mamas1735:CYPPPRESS:09
Cyprus President: Regime to ensure safety of pilgrims at Ayios Mamas
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed hope that the occupation regime in northern Cyprus would ensure the safety of all people who are going to attend tonight and tomorrow the religious rites at the Turkish occupied Christian orthodox church of Ayios Mamas.
The church will operate for the first time after the Turkish invasion of 1974, to celebrate the Saint's day.
''Our hope is that the Turkish occupation forces will acknowledge the people's feelings and if they are truly sincere in the efforts for understanding between both communities in Cyprus, they will ensure that the religious rite will be attended without any problems or provocations'', President Papadopoulos stressed.
 Cyprus President satisfied over EU's legal department opinion on direct trade
Cyprus President satisfied over EU's legal department opinion on direct trade
Larnaca, Sep 1 (CNA) - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos deems as very satisfactory the fact that the EU Council's Legal Department has confirmed the correctness of the Cyprus government's positions regarding the European Commission's regulation for direct trade with the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.
President Papadopoulos was also invited to comment on statements made by Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul that Turkey is considering to include Cyprus in its Customs Union with the EU, in such a way that there will be no recognition of the Republic of Cyprus.
 Cyprus condemns attacks in Moscow and North Ossetia
Cyprus condemns attacks in Moscow and North Ossetia
Nicosia, Sep 1 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the bomb attack in Moscow and the seizure of a school by armed terrorists in North Ossetia.
According to an official statement released today, the new bomb attack in Moscow and the armed seizure of a school in North Ossetia carried out by terrorists during the last two days has shocked the Cypriot society.
Expressing the strong abhorrence and disapproval of the government and the Cyprus people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns these hideous crimes which have cost the lives of innocent civilians and forced tens of children to experience dramatic moments under the threat of arms.
It considers that such actions, as well as the bomb attacks against two Russian planes that took place last week, as a serious blow against civilised society and reaffirms the Republic of Cyprus opposition to any form of violence irrespective of its motives.
Furthermore, the Foreign Ministry expresses the Republic of Cyprus full support to the difficult effort undertaken by the government of the Russian Federation to preserve the territorial integrity of the country and reaffirms Cyprus readiness and that of its people to cooperate and join the international community in its struggle against terrorism.
 St. Mamas church in Turkish-occupied reopens
St. Mamas church in Turkish-occupied Morphou reopens
Morphou, Sep 1 (CNA) -- For the first time in 30 years, a religious service is taking place at the christian orthodox church of Agios Mamas in the Turkish-occupied town of Morphou, west of Nicosia, in the presence of hundreds of Greek Cypriot pilgrims and politicians as well as foreign diplomats.
The occupation authorities have taken strict security measures following last weeks bomb attack against the church.
Bishop of Morphou Neofytos, who initiated the idea to reoperate the church, received a heros welcome by the Greek Cypriot pilgrims as he arrived at the church around 1830 local time (1530 GMT) and shortly after began the service in the packed church. Earlier, the icon of St. Mamas was carried in procession outside the church for pilgrims to worship.
Tonights service, is carried live by Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and transmitted through the Hellas Sat satellite programme for overseas Cypriots.
The pilgrims began their journey early in the afternoon, traveling in their vehicles or busses that were specially arranged by the organisers.
The occupation authorities took unprecedented security measures, following last Fridays bomb attack of the church which has been in the limelight in the recent weeks in both sides of the divide following Bishop Neophytoss decision to conduct religious rites at the occupied church on 1 and 2 September to celebrate the Saints name day.
The so-called policemen used metal detectors during their inspections while a strong police presence guarded the churchs surroundings. A helicopter hovered around the church, while fire brigade vehicles were on alert outside the church.
Turkish flags as well as flags of the illegal regime were hoisted at a mosque which is only 50 metres away from the church, and which was scheduled to operate simultaneously with the Agios Mamas church, in protest against the Greek Cypriots religious rites.
A peace gathering will be held at Morphou square later this evening by the Turkish Cypriot platform This country is ours, which Greek Cypriots will also address.
 Greece welcomes EU Legal Department opinion on direct trade
Greece welcomes EU Legal Department opinion on direct trade
Athens, Sep 1 (CNA) -- Greeces Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos has expressed satisfaction with the opinion of the EU Council's Legal Department on the European Commission's regulation for direct trade with the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.
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