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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-04-15

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  • [02] CYPRUS - DUST


    Britain believes that Cypriots must agree on a political settlement for their country, on the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation, in a reunited Cyprus Londons special representative for Cyprus Joan Ryan has said. She also said that Britain is willing to accept its responsibility as a guarantor power of Cyprus independence and territorial integrity and noted that the current atmosphere on the island is significantly different to what it was in October last year.

    Speaking after a meeting with Ryan here today, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said he expects Britain to be consistent with the principles of a settlement. I hope there will be consistency from all parties, our side, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Turkey, he added. Asked about his meeting with Ryan, he said we expect that Britain will play the positive role which we want it to play. Replying to questions, he said that he has known Ryan, a Labour party deputy, for a long time and has met her on different occasions.

    In her remarks, Ryan said she had a very positive and constructive meeting with the President and his Commissioner George Iacovou. I think the atmosphere here is significantly different to the last time I was here as a special representative which was October. There is a much more positive feel, she added. She congratulated Christofias on his election last February to the presidency and on his very positive approach, peace talking and the work he is doing with the leader of Turkish Cypriot community to seek reunification of this island.

    [02] CYPRUS - DUST

    A high concentration of particles in the atmosphere that can be inhaled was recorded on Tuesday in Cyprus. According to official measurements, the particle concentration was between 107 and 253 micrograms per cubic metre (mg/m3) and thus the average 24-hour reading will exceed the respective 50mg/m3 limit that has been set by relevant legislation.

    Due to the small size of the particles and the possible adverse effects on human health, the public and especially the vulnerable groups of the population, such as children, patients and the elderly, are urged to avoid open spaces until the phenomenon recedes. Furthermore, workers in open spaces should use the appropriate personal safety measures, and workers who believe the conditions might aggravate their health by the increased concentration of dust should consult their doctor.

    At 0700 local time, the concentration was between 133 and 220mg/m3. In the capital Nicosia at the same time the average was 170mg/m3, in the southern coastal town of Limassol 197mg/m3, Larnaca, on the southeast, 221mg/m3, Paphos, on the west, 104mg/m3 and Ayia Marina Xyliatou, in the lower mountainous areas, 133mg/m3.

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