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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-10-11

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    The award of the Economy Nobel Prize to Professor Christopher Pissarides constitutes the highest possible honour for Cyprus and its people, President of the Republic Demetris Christofias stressed Monday.

    In a written statement, the President praised the Cypriot born Nobel Laureate saying the award of the Nobel Prize translates to international recognition both for his excellent scientific work as well as for his lifetime achievements in the demanding area of Economics.

    President Chirstofias extended his heartfelt congratulations to Pissarides, who has truly made us all proud.

    The Economy Nobel Prize for 2010 was awarded jointly to Professors Peter Diamond, Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissarides for work focusing on problems like unemployment.

    Pissarides who is currently a Professor of Economics and Norman Sosnow Chair in Economics, all at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK is due to hold the Marfin Laiki Chair at the University of Cyprus starting January 2011.

    The prize amount is approximately one million euro and will be shared equally between the Laureates.


    President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek has said that UN Security Council resolutions are the basis for a solution of the Cyprus problem, and pointed out that any reference that he sought to legalise any illegality concerning direct trade between the EU and Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas was a complete misunderstanding.

    Speaking in Nicosia after a meeting on Monday with President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, Buzek said that there was no decision yet on the issue of direct trade with the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, and expressed hope that a reunited Cyprus would exercise the EU rotating Presidency in the second half of 2012.

    President Christofias noted that he briefed Buzek on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and thanked him for his full support to efforts to achieve a solution providing for a bizonal bicommunal federation.

    On the issue of direct trade, President Christofias said he was not in dispute with Buzek, and expressed hope that the European Parliament, at the end of the day, would observe the position of the EU for one Cyprus, with a single sovereignty, a single international identity and a single citizenship.


    President of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Danilo Turk arrives in Cyprus on Tuesday for a two-day official visit, during which he will sign with President of the Republic Demetris Christofias a Convention on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income.

    According to the programme of his visit, on Tuesday Dr Turk, his spouse and members of the Slovenian delegation will arrive before midday, at Larnaca International Airport on a private flight. They will be welcomed by Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis.

    In the afternoon, President Turk and the Slovenian official delegation will head to the Presidential Palace for a meeting with President Christofias. Following an official welcoming ceremony where the two Presidents will inspect the Guard of Honour, the Slovenian President will lay a wreath at the statue of the late President of the Republic Archbishop Makarios III. President Christofias will hold a tete-a-tete meeting with President Turk which will be followed by official talks and the Signing of the Visitors Book by the Slovenian President.

    The two Presidents will sign the Convention between the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Slovenia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention


    The European Parliament and the EU strongly support the efforts towards reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem, which will re-unify the island to the benefit of all its people, the President of European Parliament Jerzy Buzek said Monday addressing the House of Representatives of Cyprus.

    For Europe, he said, no-solution or a partition is not an option.

    The settlement of the Cyprus issue, said Buzek, will bring greater stability and prosperity to the whole Eastern Mediterranean, adding that it will also have far-reaching implications for the whole of the European Union and the Middle East. A durable settlement would go a long way to strengthen EU-NATO relations, he noted, adding that with NATO about to unveil its new Strategic Concept, the timing would be ideal.

    European Parliament President also said that the Turkish government has followed the road of reforms and its progressive alignment with the EU, pointing out however that more needs to be done in that direction. Implementing the Ankara Protocol, he said, will show Turkey`s commitment to fulfill its obligations to the EU. He expressed the hope that Turkey will actively support reunification negotiations and contribute in concrete terms to a lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue, which as he said, would be in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, international law and the principles on which the EU is founded.

    A solution to the Cyprus problem is within your reach, he said, noting that if any settlement between the two communities is to pass the test of time then it must be functional and it must be viable.

    Buzek also expressed the view of how important it is for a unified Cyprus to bring together not only land, public institutions and the economy, but also its people, adding that a bi-zonal and bi-communal Federal agreement will only work if Turkish Cypriots are fully integrated within the states institutions.

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