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 US Senator: TSA officials' visit to occupied north raises concern
US Senator: TSA officials' visit to occupied north raises concern
Washington, Dec 2 (CNA) Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine has underlined that an inspection by officials from the US Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at illegal airports in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus ''raises troubling issues related to international civil aviation and US foreign policy''.
In a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell and Thomas Ridge, US Homeland Security Secretary, dated 29 November, Snowe stresses that as a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, it came to her attention that in late October, two officials from the TSA ''conducted an inspection of the airport at Tymbou, Cyprus, which is located in the area of Cyprus presently under illegal occupation by Turkish troops''.
''This action apparently comes in the wake of other US measures related to possible flights into the Tymbou airport and the airport of Lefkoniko, also in the occupied territory'', she said, adding that the US administration has contacted the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) about access to these illegally operated airports, and that in May 2004, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency designated these airports with official US government identifiers LC46 for Tymbou and LC47 for Lefkoniko.
''These actions raise troubling issues related to international civil aviation and US foreign policy'', Snow said, noting that the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 sets forth the US policy on Cyprus, which is a free government of Cyprus, and the withdrawal of all Turkish military forces on the island.
Citing Security Council resolutions 541 and 550 which support the US policy, Snowe notes that ''international norms of civil aviation, including those administered by ICAO, recognize the legal flights into a country cannot occur without the consent of the government with sovereignty over the airspace in question and the target airports specifically''.
 Cypriot FM addresses WEU Assembly
Cypriot FM addresses WEU Assembly
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou said that a process of normalisation of relations between Cyprus and Turkey will make possible the restart of negotiations for the solution of the Cyprus problem so that Cypriots will look forward to a new era of relations not only between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Cyprus and Turkey, but also between Turkey and the EU.
 To CNA subscribers and associatesCNA invites all its subscribers and associates to a presentation on the information services it offers in Cyprus, in cooperation with ELYROS-Athens News Agency, with regard to European Union Programmes and Actions, including electronic bulletins on all sectors of EU activity.
The event will take place on Thursday, December 9, from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m. at the new building of the Union of Cyprus Journalists (Δημοσιογραφική Εστία) on RIK street, Aglantzia.
The presentation will be made by Mr George Markatatos, Managing Director of Elyros. Mr Andreas Christodoulides, Director General of the Athens News Agency, will also be present.
Please contact Mrs AnnaMaria Charalambous at CNA, tel. 22499662 (08.00 to 15.00 weekdays), to register for the presentation.
 Weather forecast for Cyprus
Weather forecast for Cyprus
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) -- The Meteorological Office at Larnaca International Airport has issued the following weather forecast for Cyprus:
Friday and Saturday: 3/12/2004 to 4/12/2004 ------- WEATHER: Mainly fine with patchy cloud. Probability of mist patches and low cloud towards dawn.
WINDS:NE'ly to SE'ly gentle to moderate during the day and NW'ly to NE'ly gentle overnight.
STATE OF SEA: Slight, but locally up to moderate, during the day becoming slight during the night.
TEMPERATURE: Maximum temperature: Maximum temperature 20C inland, 22C over coastal areas and 11C over Prodromos.
Minimum temperature 9C inland, 11C over coastal areas and 4C over Prodromos.
Outlook for Sunday and Monday: 5/12/2004 to 6/12/2004 ------- On Sunday the weather will be mainly fine, but on Monday it will become cloudy at times with probability of isolated showers during the night. The temperature is not expected to note any significant change.
 British PM: No special obstacles should be put in Turkey's European course
British PM: No special obstacles should be put in Turkey's European course
by Kyriakos Tsioupras
London, Dec 2 (CNA) -- There should be no special obstacles put in Turkey's European way, but the criteria that have to be applied, should be applied to Turkey fairly and properly, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday.
Invited to say if the EU and in particular the United Kingdom have let Turkish Cypriots down after the referendum in Cyprus on the UN plan for a Cyprus settlement, Blair said ''I don't think we have let people down because we are trying to find a way through, because obviously if there is going to be a deal for the whole of Cyprus it has got to involve the Greek Cypriot side as well as the Turkish
 Egyptian Speaker says his country rejects occupation of Cyprus
Egyptian Speaker says his country rejects occupation of Cyprus
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) President of the Egyptian Peoples' Assembly, Dr. Ahmed Fathy Sorour, who is on an official visit to Cyprus, has stressed that his country rejects the occupation of territory and the creation of states on foreign land.
Speaking after meeting Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias who had invited him to Cyprus, Sorour said his country welcomes the position of the people of Cyprus who did not accept a proposal for a solution to island's long standing division which was contrary to their interests.
Welcoming Sorour, Christofias pointed out that with the island's accession to the European Union, ''Cyprus will not forget its neighbouring friends and co-fighters in the Non-Aligned Movement and hoped Cyprus will become an ambassador for these countries to the EU''.
 Cypriot and Czech deputies satisfied with the two countries' friendly relations
Cypriot and Czech deputies satisfied with the two countries' friendly relations
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) -- Cypriot and Czech deputies, who met in Prague, expressed deep satisfaction with the level of friendly relations between the two countries, especially at parliamentary level.
 Weather and Temperatures for Cyprus
 Cyprus Stock Exchange
 Interior Minister will be acting Health Minister
Interior Minister will be acting Health Minister
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) -- Cypriot Minister of the Interior Andreas Christou assumed his duties today as acting Health Minister, replacing Constantina Akkelidou, who resigned following her conviction by a local Court for interfering with the course of justice.
 Consumer Price Index up in November 2004
Consumer Price Index up in November 2004
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) - The Consumer Price Index in Cyprus for November 2004 increased by 0.67 units or 0.56% to 121.10 units compared to 120.43 in October 2004.
 Cyprus' Foreign Trade Statistics for January-July 2004
Cyprus' Foreign Trade Statistics for January-July 2004
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) - The Statistical Service of Cyprus has announced that total imports/arrivals and total exports/dispatches from and to third countries and other member states recorded increases in January-July 2004.
 Annual European Court of Auditors report useful, says Court member
Annual European Court of Auditors report useful, says Court member
Nicosia, Dec 2 (CNA) -- Cyprus stands to gain from studying the annual report of the European Court of Auditors for 2003 in future claims for European Union funding, Kikis Kazamias, Cyprus' member of the Court has said.
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