Daily Archives: February 6, 2004

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UN sets April 21 as island’s D-Day

THE United Nations has put forward April 21 as the date for the referenda it wants to hold on reunification on both sides of the island. The date is one of the key conditions set out by UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan for reviving talks — conditions which were last night accepted by Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Mehmet Ali Talat, who confirmed he would attend the negotiations in New York.

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Strokes of instinct

“I WANT to give something back to Larnaca.” Turkish Cypriot artist Asik Mene was determined to hold his first personal exhibition in the south in Larnaca because it is his birthplace.

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How to solve prison overcrowding overnight

AGAIN, yet again, the issue of prison overcrowding has come to the fore. The figures speak for themselves: Nicosia prison has a capacity of 274, and currently houses 430. It is bursting at the seams. Worse still, it is quite apparent that crime is on the rise. One only has to flick on the evening television to hear daily tales of armed robberies, break-ins, muggings.

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Greek Press

PHILELEFTHEROS “Threatening to close the presidential road” Farmers and potato growers have sent a letter to the government threatening to close access to the Presidential Palace with tractors as their demands have not been met. Farming Unions decided to send a letter to Agriculture Minister Timis Efthimiou.

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Eurofile – Our man in Brussels

Fact of the day: Cyprus and the other nine acceding countries will send their first commissioner to Brussels after May 1. There are currently 20 commissioners from the existing member states (the larger ones get two) that make up the College of Commissioners, headed by Commission President Romano Prodi.

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Man remanded over alleged property scam

THE owner of a Paphos land developing company was yesterday remanded for five days for allegedly receiving deposits on property and selling it to another buyer. The man was arrested on Tuesday night in Paphos. He allegedly sold the same house to various people and is thought to have collected large sums of money in deposits — and in some cases the full amount – from 2001-2003.

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Minister: Syrian can in Cyprus for now

INTERIOR Minister Andreas Christou yesterday told the Cyprus Mail that the government had no immediate plans to deport Syrian illegal immigrant Josef Ibrahim after the death of his four-year-old son on Monday. “We have yet to decide whether he should be deported. For now, however, he will allowed to stay in Cyprus,” said Christou.

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EAC thinks again on Hellas Sat involement

LOWER-than-expected revenues from a Greek satellite venture has prompted the Cyprus electricity authority (EAC) to rethink its involvement in the project, a spokesman for the authority said yesterday. The EAC had expressed intent to acquire a 26 per cent stake in Hellas Sat Consortium Ltd – owner and operator of the satellite venture – for some $20 million.

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