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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-08-24

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    President Demetris Christofias had on Monday telephone conversations with President of the Greek Republic Karolos Papoulias and Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, and expressed his personal as well as the Cypriot peoples sympathy and solidarity to the people of Greece for the great disaster caused by the raging fires in the country.

    According to an official press release, President Christofias had a telephone conversation with Papoulias to convey the sadness and sympathy, solidarity and support of both him personally and the people of Cyprus for the tragedy.

    President Christofias expressed the readiness of the government of the Republic of Cyprus to offer any help it can to address this tragedy.

    Papoulias thanked President Christofias both for the expression of sympathy and for the aid already sent to Greece by the Republic of Cyprus.

    President Christofias also contacted the Prime Minister of Greece and conveyed to him the sympathy and solidarity of Cyprus with the government and the people of Greece.


    All teams from Cyprus, which flew to Greece to assist efforts to put out fires, have been posted to various points in Nea Makri.

    Fire Department Spokesman Marios Kyprianou told CNA that the firefighters from Cyprus have been separated into three teams. The first team comprising 37 firefighters and 2 small fire engines has been fighting the fires in Dionysos-Nea Makri area since last night, a difficult task due to strong winds, Kyprianou said.

    Forestry Department Spokesman Andreas Christou told CNA that a team, comprising 16 persons, of which six forestry officers and ten forest firefighters, is in Greece to assist efforts. He added that the Forestry Department has also sent two small fully-equipped fire engines.

    Furthermore, in statements to CNA, Civil Defence Senior Officer Andreas Frantzis said 20 volunteers, members of the Rescue and Fire Fighting Department, are in Greece to fight the fires. The team is in Nea Makri near the Saint Ephraim monastery. Frantzis said the situation is difficult to tackle due to strong winds in the area.


    A campaign where the citizens of Famagusta are invited by their Municipality to mark on a map the location of their house - with the flag of return - thus claiming their right to return to their occupied city, fenced off since the 1974 Turkish invasion, was transferred to the capital on Monday.

    The campaign is held at the building of the Cyprus Olympic Committee where Famagusta citizens began trickling since morning on Monday to write the name of their street and then place it on one of large maps that have been set up in the foyer.

    Afterwards, they complete applications with their details, as part of a town register, to keep track of the people of Famagusta.

    Famagusta was captured by the advancing Turkish troops during the second phase of the Turkish invasion, in mid August 1974. Since then, it has remained sealed off, under the control of the Turkish military.


    The Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) has been implementing a special action plan since April 2009 to restrain and prevent unemployment, in the light of the global financial deceleration.

    The HRDA has been offering free training programmes to unemployed persons over the past four months, in cooperation with the Public Employment Service, the Productivity Centre and the Higher Hotel Institute.

    A total of 41 programmes have been implemented during the period May-August 2009, with the participation of 626 unemployed persons.

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