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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-01-04

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    The accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union will not bring a massive influx of workers towards Cyprus, the Ambassadors of the new EU members in Nicosia, Andrea Pastarnac and Peter Vodeski respectively have assured Cyprus. They also said that their countries relations with the Turkish Cypriots will remain within the existing legal framework, which does not allow any kind of recognition of the illegal regime in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

    Regarding the free movement of workers from Romania and Bulgaria, the Ambassador of Romania said that Romanian workers are not a danger to the EU member states or Cyprus adding that one of the strongest arguments supporting this statement is Romanias economic growth. The Bulgarian Ambassador said that according to a research made by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labor no massive inflow of workers is expected from Bulgaria to the EU.

    Asked whether their countries consider to establish links with Turkish Cypriots, they both said that they will continue their links with the Turkish Cypriot community, as long as their actions do not imply any recognition of the so-called state in occupied Cyprus. We, as members of the EU, abide by the rules of the EU. Ties with the Turkish Cypriots should exist to help solve the Cyprus problem, the Bulgarian Ambassador said.


    Minister of the Interior Neoclis Silikiotis has said that the government had decided not to set any clause, not even a transitional one, regarding the employment of Romanian or Bulgarian citizens in Cyprus. Silikiotis added though that the government reserves the right at any time to impose restrictions on the employment of Romanians and Bulgarians, in the event of any breach of labor relations.

    Commenting on the same matter, Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardes said that there is an overreaction on the issue, and added that Cyprus faced no such problem in 2004 when it entered the EU together with nine more countries. The Republic of Cyprus is not concerned that there will be a massive influx of Romanian and Bulgarian workers to the country to such an extent that the labour market will be seriously affected, he added.

    The remarks were made as press reports emerged about a possible influx of Turks, of Bulgarian descent, from the island`s northern Turkish occupied areas. The Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied one third of its territory.


    The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) is the official voice of the Cypriot state and through CNA the international community is being informed on Cypriot issues, the Minister of Interior Neoclis Silikiotis has aid, who also praised CNAs role in informing public opinion. The Minister of Interior, who attended CNAs New Year celebrations at the Agency premises, assured that he would support the Agency in its efforts to obtain its privately owned premises in Nicosia and its goal to employ more staff, that would enable the Agency to fulfill its important role in Cyprus and abroad.

    The Chairman of the CNA Board of Directors Costakis Costantinou welcomed all guests and said that CNA has laid down the foundations for an important and qualitative upgrading of its work. He referred to four goals set by CNA which include the employment of new staff, the construction of privately owned premises, the technological upgrading of the Agency and the enhancement of the Agencys international relations.

    ``In the world of globalization, CNA should be able to send and receive news items from every corner of the globe, he said. CNA Chairman referred to the renewal of an agreement between CNA and the Athens News Agency (ANA) and said that ANA has been and remains one of the main supporters of the Cyprus News Agency since it was established. Constantinou also talked about CNAs great success in being re-elected General Secretary of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), for the next three years. He also referred to the agreement signed recently between CNA and the Spanish News Agency (EFE), ``one of the largest agencies in the world, which will give the Agency the possibility to enrich its product even more``.

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