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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-01-29

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    Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou will be participating in the General Affairs and External Relations Council of the EU, which will take place in Brussels on January 31.

    In the framework of External Relations Council, the Ministers will discuss the situation in Tunisia, Belarus, Lebanon, Cote d`Ivoire, Sudan, Iran and the Sahel area.

    EU relations with its strategic partners, with emphasis on Russia, as well as religious freedom issues, are also on the agenda.

    The General Affairs Council will discuss the programme of the Hungarian Presidency, as well as EU strategies for the Roma and the Danube region.

    It will also discuss the follow-up to the December 2010 European Council and preparations for the February 2011 European Council, which is dedicated to energy and innovation.

    Furthermore, there will be a presentation by the Presidency of the Annual Growth Survey, which marks the beginning of the European Semester on the coordination of fiscal policy, as well as the Presidency`s Road Map.


    The visit to Cyprus by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman Yousuf Alawi Adbullah Al Imbrahim will not take place, according to an official press release.

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Oman was scheduled to arrive in Cyprus on Saturday and to meet, during his stay, with the President of the Republic, the President of the House of Representatives and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.


    Turkish Cypriots protested on Friday against the economic policy of the so called government in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    The massive rally was organized by the platform of Turkish Cypriot Trade Unions comprising approximately 30 trade unions, organizations and political parties opposing the policy followed by Dervis Eroglou illegal government. The Platform demands civil and labour rights and the re-unification of the country. The demonstrators protested against the package of financial measures the illegal government, following Turkeys instructions, tries to implement in the occupied areas of Cyprus.

    Participants were holding placards, inter alia, with slogans against Turkey and the Turkish government, while on two placards the flag of the Republic of Cyprus was pictured. The Turkish Cypriot parties Turkish Republican Party, Democratic Party, Democratic Society, United Cyprus and New Cyprus were participating in the rally along with the biggest unions of workers in the occupied areas, in the so called state and semi state services, telecommunications and electricity authorities, health sector, banks and education system, teachers and professors.

    The main slogan on the podium of the rally was There is no salvation for ourselves. All together or none of us». Representatives of the organizers estimate that the participants in the rally exceeded 20.000, while other estimations refer to 40.000 people. The protesters adopted a declaration A declaration prepared by the platform was approved. In the declaration, the support to a solution of the Cyprus problem the soonest is stated.


    Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou expressed the Governments satisfaction over the European Commissions announcement that Cyprus has taken all appropriate measures towards the correction of the excessive deficit within the time limits and therefore no further steps in the excessive deficit procedure are needed at present.

    We are satisfied that the European Commission in its announcement recognizes and underscores that Cyprus fulfills its targets as a result of the measures taken by the Government, Stephanou said.

    The Government will continue to implement is programme aiming both to tackle the impact of the global financial crisis and the fiscal consolidation of Cyprus economy, he added.

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