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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-02-07

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  • [03] CABINET - EURO


    Cypriot Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said on Wednesday that threats by Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul about red lines on the issue of oil deposits was taken into consideration but did not dissuade the Republic of Cyprus from exerting its legal sovereign and internationally recognised rights.

    Commenting on a letter sent by Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon requesting that the issue of oil deposits in the island`s sea area be settled through a solution of the Cyprus problem, Pashiardis reiterated that the Cypriot government, in the framework of its national rights and legitimacy, has taken some decisions and will proceed with their implementation irrespectively of any reactions by Talat or Ankara.


    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Lillikas has said that if there is a possibility of opening the Turkish occupied port of Famagusta, this is ``always in conjunction with the return of the legitimate inhabitants of the fenced off city of Famagusta,`` noting that ``there is a binding decision and commitment by the EU`s COREPER that this is a package.``

    Addressing the House European Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Lillikas assured that the Republic of Cyprus has ``many points to raise`` which are ``unshakable`` in relation to EU member states` efforts to adopt a clause on trade between the island`s Turkish occupied areas and the EU.

    Lillikas said that after the failure of previous EU presidencies regarding the regulation for trade with the Turkish Cypriots, Cyprus took the initiative to ask the current German presidency to push forward the issue from where it was left off by the previous presidency and consultations are underway.

    [03] CABINET - EURO

    The Council of Ministers decided on Wednesday to authorise the Minister of Finance and the Central Bank of Cyprus Governor to submit an application to the European Commission and the European Central Bank for the preparation of an extraordinary convergence report concerning the adoption of the Euro on 1 January 2008.

    The Cabinet convened under President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos.


    The health of former President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides, who was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Larnaca General Hospital on Saturday with severe bronchitis, is steadily improving.

    Clerides` personal doctor Joseph Kasios told reporters on Wednesday that ``the health of President Clerides is steadily improving and we are very happy because since yesterday morning he has shown no other anginal incident.``

    ``We hope that this steady course will continue and that soon he will be discharged from hospital,`` Kasios added.

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