Daily Archives: February 2, 2002

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State lab in urgent EU plea

THE director of the General State Laboratory yesterday launched an urgent appeal to the government to act swiftly over the building of new premises, without which the lab will be unable to get EU accreditation.

The laboratory first initiated negotiations for a new building in 1995, but nearly seven years later nothing has happened.

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What caused Nicosia fire?

INVESTIGATIONS were under way yesterday into the fire that broke out in old Nicosia on Thursday night, trapping six people in an apartment block.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but fire officials and police said yesterday they had collected substantial evidence from the scene.

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Leaders eighth meeting lasts 90 minutes

PRESIDENT GLAFCOS Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash held their eighth meeting since the resumption of face-to-face talks yesterday afternoon in the UN-controlled buffer zone.

The meeting lasted 90 minutes and the two leaders were joined by UN Special Envoy Alvaro de Soto.

Reports said the talks centred around measures of how to guarantee the security of both communities on the island.

Their next objective was reaching an agreement on the distribution of powers and the administration of territories by each community.

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Rauf Denktash and the two-inch cucumber

TURKISH Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has discovered one of the basic rules of EU membership: size does matter – at least as far as cucumbers are concerned.

Denktash left Thursday’s meeting with President Glafcos Clerides in high spirits, Turkish Cypriot papers reported yesterday.

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Private stabilisation fund for market?

SIX public companies, including the three main banks, were yesterday silent in the face of reports that they would set up a £40 million stabilisation fund to prop up the ailing stock market.

Sources at Laiki, one of the six companies named, said the report in Politis newspaper was groundless, while the others failed to make any public statements on the issue.

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Defence expert slams demining decision

THE GOVERNMENT’S decision to remove landmines in and around the buffer zone could harm its defence, the chairman of the Centre of Strategic Studies warned yesterday.

Dr. Aristos Aristotelous was speaking at a news conference called to present a report on the balance of power between Cyprus and Turkey in the past year.

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Shares up on the day, down on the week

SHARES ended marginally down on the week, with an upturn checked by concerns that corporate results which will flow in over the next two months will disappoint investors.

The benchmark index rebounded from early lows to add 0.21 per cent yesterday at 124.61 points, 0.3 per cent softer on the week.

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New stage opens in old Nicosia

THEATRICAL life in Nicosia is blossoming. Only a few months ago, The Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC) opened a new Experimental Stage at the Ayios Andreas Theatre. And yesterday another new theatre raised its curtains when well-known TV director Alexia Papalazarou launched the Open Theatre in old Nicosia.

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