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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 04-10-11

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus President on official visit to Finland
  • [02] Weather forecast for Cyprus
  • [03] Cyprus' sovereignty must be respected, Finnish President says
  • [04] Key official interest rates remain unchanged
  • [05] Cyprus President to visit Estonia
  • [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [07] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
  • [08] Cypriots in UK call on Britain to support settlement efforts
  • [09] Greek and Turkish Cypriot youths stress need for solution
  • [10] Finnish President says Cyprus solution beneficial for Europe
  • [11] Straub says Turkeys' EU bid dead-end with Cyprus' occupation
  • [12] Cypriot FM says Turkey must recognise Republic before EU summit
  • [13] Cyprus says EU should support demilitarisation of island
  • [14] UN Security Council discusses UNFICYP report
  • [15] Cyprus President congratulates Cypriots who climbed Himalayas
  • [16] Wlosowicz says UNFICYP reduction has no cost on effectiveness

  • [01] Cyprus President on official visit to Finland

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    Cyprus President on official visit to Finland

    by Costas Stavrinou

    Helsinki, Oct 11 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos is currently in Finland for a two-day official visit, during which he will hold talks with Presiednt Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen.

    The official welcoming ceremony took place this morning in front of the Presidential Palace.

    President Papadopoulos flew to Helsinki via Moscow where he held a meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and former representative for Cyprus Vladimir Chizov.

    Finnish Chief of protocol Maija Lahteenmaki and Finnish Ambassador to Cyprus Risato Ripponen welcomed him yesterday afternoon at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport where a red carpet was laid and the President inspected a guard of honour.

    Cyprus Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism George Lillikas and Cyprus' Ambassador to Finland Loria Markides were also present at the airport.

    After the welcoming ceremony President Papadopoulos and his Finnish counterpart will hold private talks at the presence of Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Tassos Tzionis and Diplomatic Director and Adviser to the Finnish President Jarmo Vinanen.

    Talks will be held also between delegations of the two countries headed by Cyprus Minister of Commerce Industry and Tourism George Lillikas and Minister of Trade and Industry of Finland Mauri Pekkarinen.

    At midday, the two Presidents will leave the Palace for the luncheon given by the City of Helsinki at the City Hall.

    The Cyprus President will be greeted by the Chairman of the City Council Minerva Krohn and the Mayor of Helsinki Eva Riitta Siitonen.

    In the afternoon President Papadopoulos will visit Hietanlemi Cemetery to lay wreaths at the Cross of the Heroes and Marshall Mannerheim's Tomb.

    Later on the Cyprus President will attend a meeting organized by the Paasikivi Society and give a lecture titled «Cyprus in the post-referenda, post EU Accession period».

    He will then return to the Presidential Palace to attend a dinner given in his honor by the Republic's President.

    Tomorrow morning he will meet Finland's Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen at his Residence.

    Tuesday afternoon President Papadopoulos will receive Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja at his hotel and later on he will attend a reception in his honour given by Cypriot Ambasador to Helsinki at the City Hall.

    Minister Lillikas escorted by his Finnish counterpart and Cypriot businessmen will hold meetings with Finnish business people.

    [02] Weather forecast for Cyprus

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    Weather forecast for Cyprus

    Nicosia, Oct 11 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:

    Tuesday and Wednesday 12/10/2004 to 13/10/2004 ------------------------------------------- WEATHER: Mainly fine with temporal cloud in the afternoon.

    WIND: Gentle to moderate Southwesterly to Westerly 3-4BF during day, light to gentle Northwesterly to Northwesterly 2-3 over night.

    SEA STATE: Up to slight during day abating during night.

    TEMPERATURE: Min/Max 15/29 inland, 17/29 south coastal areas, 17/27 west coastal areas, 10/18 over Prodromos area.

    Outlook for Thursday and Friday: 14/10/2004 to 15/10/2004 ----------------------------------------------------- No significant change.

    [03] Cyprus' sovereignty must be respected, Finnish President says

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    Cyprus' sovereignty must be respected, Finnish President says

    by Costas Stavrinou

    Helsinki, Oct 11 (CNA) -- It is historically a good period for a Cyprus settlement because of the island's EU accession and Turkey's European aspirations Finland's President Tarja Halonen has stated.

    Speaking after talks with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos she added that she was expecting a big positive step at last April's referenda on the island when a UN-sponsored solution plan was rejected.

    She reiterated Finland's readiness to further evaluate the results of the referendum noting that the main issue now is to respect Cyprus' sovereignty.

    Cyprus is an independent state and Finland respects its sovereignty but we also see that your neighbours and the EU would benefit from a Cyprus settlement, said Halonen.

    President Papadopoulos said that Finland has always been a friendly country supporting Cyprus, adding that during the meeting with his Finnish counterpart they discussed the Cyprus issue and European matters.

    [04] Key official interest rates remain unchanged

    1430:CYPPRESS:04

    Key official interest rates remain unchanged

    [05] Cyprus President to visit Estonia

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    Cyprus President to visit Estonia

    by Costas Stavrinou

    Helsinki, Oct 11 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos will pay an official visit to Estonia later this week, during which he will hold talks with President Arnold Ruutel and Prime Minister Juhan Parts.

    President Papadopoulos, who is currently visiting Finland, is scheduled to arrive in Tallinn Tuesday night.

    He will be meeting his Estonian counterpart Wednesday morning at the Presidential Palace where the official welcoming ceremony will take place.

    The two Presidents will hold a private meeting at the presence of Cyprus Ambassador to Estonia Loria Markides, the Director of the President's Diplomatic Office Tasos Tzionis, Ambassador of Estonia to Cyprus Andres Unga and the Councellor to the Estonian President on Foreign Policy Angela Saks-Tammekand.

    Later on talks between the Presidents and their delegations will take place at the State Council Hall.

    Midday President Papadopoulos will visit the Town Hall where he will be received by the Chairman of Tallinn City Council.

    He will afterwards attend a lunch hosted by the Prime Minister Juhan Parts.

    The next day he will be meeting with the Speaker of the Riigikogu, Ene Ergma and other officials of the Parliament of Estonia.

    During his visit President Papadopoulos will also visit the Tallinn Port and the Kardiorg Art Museum.

    [06] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    
    
    
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    Cyprus Stock Exchange Nicosia, Oct 11 (CNA) - The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows: INDICES BASE VALUES: FTSEMed=5000, OTHERS=1000 TRADED VALUE 204.715,32 GSE GENERAL INDEX 71,69 -0,69 190.367,35 FTSE/CySE 20 319,00 -0,78 129.346,91 MAIN MARKET INDEX 953,40 -0,69 132.147,89 PARALLEL MARKET INDEX 990,68 -0,85 4.443,26 INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX 1.011,39 -0,32 26.471,43 MAIN AND PARALLEL MARKETS INDEX 954,85 -0,70 139.591,15 BANKS INDEX 948,97 -0,81 71.741.45 HOTELS INDEX 883,68 -0,54 1.532,63 ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX 907,84 -1,10 35.053,88 FTSE Med (8/10/2004) 6.115,01 -0,31 * The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices

    [07] Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus

    
    
    
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    Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus Nicosia, Oct 11 (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 29 15 FINE Larnaca 29 16 FINE Limassol 28 16 FINE Paphos 26 17 FINE

    [08] Cypriots in UK call on Britain to support settlement efforts

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    Cypriots in UK call on Britain to support settlement efforts

    by Kyriakos Tsioupras

    London, Oct 11 (CNA) - The National Federation of Cypriots in the United Kingdom has called on the British government to support future efforts to solve the Cyprus problem on the basis of a settlement plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and relevant UN resolutions.

    [09] Greek and Turkish Cypriot youths stress need for solution

    1845:CYPPRESS:09

    Greek and Turkish Cypriot youths stress need for solution

    Nicosia, Oct 11 (CNA) - Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth organisations have stressed the need to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem the soonest possible and have expressed their common will to continue and strengthen the struggle for peace and prosperity on the island, in the framework of a reunited Cyprus.

    In the context of efforts to enhance their activities towards the rapprochement of the two communities and the reunification of Cyprus, the youth organisations have decided to organise a bicommunal concert with the participation of Greek singer Vassilis Papaconstantinou and Turkish singer Zulfi Livanelli.

    [10] Finnish President says Cyprus solution beneficial for Europe

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    Finnish President says Cyprus solution beneficial for Europe

    by Costas Stavrinos

    Helsinki, Oct 11 (CNA) - Finnish President Tarja Halonen said today that a solution to the Cyprus problem would benefit the region and Europe in general, noting that the current situation with Cyprus as a full EU member and Turkey aspiring to join the Union was an historically good phase.

    [11] Straub says Turkeys' EU bid dead-end with Cyprus' occupation

    1955:CYPPRESS:11

    Straub says Turkeys' EU bid dead-end with Cyprus' occupation

    Nicosia, Oct 11 (CNA) - President of the EU Committee of the Regions Peter Straub, who is currently visiting Cyprus, said today that if Ankara began negotiations for EU membership they would lead nowhere if Turkey continued to maintain occupation troops in Cyprus, an EU member state.

    [12] Cypriot FM says Turkey must recognise Republic before EU summit

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    Cypriot FM says Turkey must recognise Republic before EU summit

    by Nicos Bellos

    Brussels, Oct 11 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou called today for the recognition of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey before the December 17 European Council, during which Turkey aspires to obtain a date to commence accession negotiations with the EU.

    [13] Cyprus says EU should support demilitarisation of island

    2010:CYPPRESS:13

    Cyprus says EU should support demilitarisation of island

    Nicosia, Oct 11 (CNA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus has pointed out that Turkey constitutes a unique example of a country that aspires to join the EU, while maintaining an occupying military force in a member state, adding that the EU should support the earliest demilitarisation of the island with the full withdrawal of the occupation troops.

    [14] UN Security Council discusses UNFICYP report

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    UN Security Council discusses UNFICYP report

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Oct 11 (CNA) - Discussions at the UN Security Council on the latest report by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan regarding the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) were wrapped up today.

    [15] Cyprus President congratulates Cypriots who climbed Himalayas

    2015:CYPPRESS:15

    Cyprus President congratulates Cypriots who climbed Himalayas

    Nicosia, Oct 11 (CNA) - Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has congratulated the nine Cypriot mountain-climbers and the trainer of the first Cypriot mission, which managed to conquer the peak of the Himalayas and raise the flag of the Republic on the 6,548-metre-high Chulu East peak.

    On behalf of the government and the people of Cyprus, President Papadopoulos thanks all those who contributed to the preparation of the team and the success of the attempt.

    CNA/RG/MK/2004

    [16] Wlosowicz says UNFICYP reduction has no cost on effectiveness

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    Wlosowicz says UNFICYP reduction has no cost on effectiveness

    by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

    United Nations, Oct 11 (CNA) - UN Chief of Mission and Acting Special Representative of the UN chief, Zbigniew Wlosowicz, said today that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), proposing a reduction in the military component of the Force, does not jeopardise its capacity to be effective.

    Speaking after the informal briefing of the UN Security Council on Annan's report, Wlosowicz said the members of the Council viewed it positively.

    He said the briefing ''was on the review of UNFICYP, a task that was given to us by the Secretary General in his June report and since then we have been conducting a thorough research on the island, about a review on UNFICYP.''


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