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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-08-05

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    President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will hold on Thursday their 40th meeting, in the framework of UN-led direct negotiations aiming to solve the Cyprus problem.

    UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative in Cyprus Tayee-Brook Zerihoun, in statements after the leaders previous meeting on July 30, said they discussed issues relating to aliens, citizenship, immigration and asylum.

    The two leaders will continue the discussion on these issues with the intention to conclude their deliberations on 6 August, Zerihoun said.

    During their 40th meeting, the leaders are expected to initiate the second reading of the negotiations and discuss the schedule and programme of the second phase, which will start when they resume negotiations in September.


    The Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, is preparing a fully-fledged plan to deal with problems that may arise from the new flu (H1N1), with the start of the new school year.

    The Minster of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou assured on Wednesday that the Ministry is vigilant and has prepared specific measures which will be announced shortly. He also made clear that there is not going to be a delay in the start of the school year, because of worries about a possible pandemic.

    The Ministry of Education has a plan to address the problem, which will be announced well before the start of the school year, he said, reassuring that the Ministry of Health and doctors point out that this type of flu is not very serious but very mild.

    Replying to questions, he said the Ministry will consult with the Ministry of Health on the need for mass vaccination at schools, an eventuality which at present is not included in the measures to be taken with regard to the new flu.


    The unemployed persons in Cyprus reached 17,989 on the last day of July 2009, recording an increase of 6,106 persons or 51.4%, compared to July last year.

    According to a press release issued here today by Cyprus Statistical Service (CyStat), the increase was mainly observed in the sectors of construction (an increase of 1.845 unemployed persons), trade (an increase of 1.096), real estate and business activities (an increase of 669), hotels and restaurants (an increase of 548), manufacturing (an increase of 490) as well as to newcomers in the labour market, where an increase of 554 unemployed persons was recorded.

    Furthermore, the number of registered unemployed, based on the seasonally adjusted data, reached 17.612 persons, recording a slide decrease of 0.7% compared to the previous month.

    According to the CyStat, the upward trend of the registered unemployed seems to have stabilised in the past three months after the sharp increase observed during December 2008 to April 2009.


    The 2009 field season of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project (PKAP), which was the largest and most complex to date, with a staff of 30 students and specialists from the US, Canada, the UK and Cyprus, has been completed in the coastal zone of Pyla village near Larnaca.

    According to a Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Communications and Works press release, since 2003 the PKAP team has worked under the direction of William Caraher from the University of North Dakota, R. Scott Moore from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and David K. Pettegrew from Messiah College, and has used intensive survey, remote sensing, and soundings to document this rich archaeological landscape.

    Over a five-week season, the PKAP team opened six small trenches at the sites of Vigla, Koutsopetria, and Kokkinokremos, each designed to test the results of intensive pedestrian survey and remote sensing. The trenches on the prominent coastal height of Vigla produced significant evidence of a Hellenistic 4th to 3rd century BC settlement.

    An imposing fortification wall surrounded domestic quarters whose collapsed mudbrick walls sealed valuable ceramic material on the floors. These buildings may have been the houses for mercenary or garrison forces positioned to protect a vulnerable stretch of coastline near the cosmopolitan city of Kition, or perhaps the homes of local residents who had settled in fortified villages during politically unstable times.

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