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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-10-25

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  • [03] CYPRUS - EU - MERGER


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the date for a tripartite meeting in New York between UN Secretary General and the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus has not been set yet.

    Moreover, he underlined that the agreed procedure, which is being followed at the UN-led Cyprus talks, has not changed.

    Replying to questions Monday, Stephanou explained that the invitation extended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to meet in New York does not change the procedure followed at the Cyprus talks, saying that there are numerous UN resolutions defining the procedure as well as the basis of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem.

    The UNSG has a mandate from the UN Security Council as regards the negotiations on the Cyprus problem, he pointed out.

    Replying to questions, the Spokesman rejected allegations that the Cypriot President had initially not agreed to meet with the UNSG and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

    It is not true that the President initially had not agreed to meet with the UNSG and the Turkish Cypriot leader in New York, he said, when invited to comment on a statement made by Eroglu on the matter.

    The Turkish Cypriot leader, he noted, attempts to give the impression that the Greek Cypriot side rejects or is unwilling to proceed to such a meeting.

    He went on to add that President Christofias has agreed to meet with them and has also proposed the 15th and the 17th of November as possible dates.

    Asked whether the dates of the meeting have been set, Stephanou said that this has not been agreed yet.

    There is an ongoing consultation as to the dates, bearing in mind that Eroglu has announced that the particular dates are not convenient for him, he added.


    The successful conclusion of negotiations for an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of income tax evasion between Cyprus and United Arab Emirates (UAE) was announced on Monday.

    According to an official announcement, the agreement will contribute greatly to further capitalizing on UAE investment interests in Cyprus as well as fostering the development of commercial and financial relations between the two countries.

    A Cyprus delegation and a UAE delegation, including UAEs Ambassador to both Lebanon and the Republic of Cyprus, met today with Cyprus Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Christos Patsalides.

    The importance placed upon the agreement as well as UAEs interest to invest in Cyprus was underlined by both delegations during the meeting.

    [03] CYPRUS - EU - MERGER

    Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis said that it is not useful to talk on the take over of Eurocypria and its 320-man-strong staff by Cyprus Airways, adding that the most important element of the case is the approval of the merger by the European Commission.

    Responding to questions after his meeting with AKEL Secretary General Andros Kyprianou, Stavrakis said that the governments political decision, taken several months ago, to merge the two companies is still valid.

    He added that both companies had come near bankruptcy, due to long standing problems and wrong decision taking, saying that the only hope was the merger of the two, with prospective savings of 12-14 million euros annually.

    Stavrakis added that the legal way on the governments decision to merge the two companies would be the subject of a report by independent auditors.


    Minister of Health Christos Patsalides has said that the government aims to upgrade its medical services with an ultimate goal to turn Cyprus into a centre for medical tourism.

    Patsalides said that the government has communicated to all medical centres and universities with which it cooperates its intention to develop cooperation in order to upgrade its medical services.

    Through this cooperation, Cyprus could become a centre for medical tourism, he said.

    Patsalides, who met Monday with Director General of the Hadassah University Medical Centre of Israel, Shomo Mor-Yossef, and Director of the Hadassah University Hospital, Yuval Weiss, said that the Ministry of Health promotes cooperation with Israel, through which Cyprus will gain knowledge and experience in the fields of medicine, by training its medical staff and upgrading its hospitals.

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