Daily Archives: February 7, 2004

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Denktash: I will go to New York

TURKISH Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash said yesterday he would travel to New York to meet UN Secretary-general Kofi Annan on Tuesday, hours after saying the date fixed by the UN was a cruel imposition. Speaking on arrival in the north after intensive consultations in Ankara, a tired Denktash said his trip to the US did not mean he accepted Annan’s terms for the resumption of talks.

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Greek Press

HARAVGHI: “Raising the age of retirement” Finance Minister Marcos Kyprianou said studies have shown that the retirement age will have to go up to 63 in the civil service. This will have a huge impact on reform of the pension system and productivity in the civil service, he told reporters on Thursday.

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Eurofile – Directive 94/65/EC and the status of sheftalia

Fact of the day: How many of you stood on the front porch watching Uncle Petri turn a darker shade of black as he cooked sheftalia on the foukou (barbecue) and asked yourselves…“Hmm, I wonder if that meat was packaged at 12 degrees centigrade?” No, I didn’t think so, but don’t panic and put the thermometer back in its case because this is not your job.

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Euro info on the square

THE NICOSIA Municipality, in collaboration with the European Commission and the Cyprus Co-ordinating Office, will be handing out information pamphlets to the public today and tomorrow on Eleftheria Square. The aim of the campaign is to inform the public of Europe Direct, the EU’s free information service, as part of efforts to raise awareness about EU accession.

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Bridging the business divide

FOR THE first time, a bi-communal business co-operation event will be held to promote communication between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in the business sector today. Dr Yiannis Laouris, who is organizing the event, yesterday told the Cyprus Mail that they had decided to include a combination of events in order to avoid antagonism and to promote initiative.

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Balcony collapses in Limassol

A FIFTH floor balcony yesterday collapsed in Limassol yesterday, with the debris falling onto the balcony beneath and a bedroom. No one was injured in the 2am incident on Ayias Phylaxeos Street. The head of the municipality’s technical services said the collapse was due to poor maintenance work on the building.

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Bomb found outside Vlittis’ house

AN EXPLOSIVE device was yesterday found outside the house of beleaguered Paralimni Mayor Nicos Vlittis. Police evacuated Vlittis’ home and the area after the mayor’s wife Kyriaki found a strange item on their balcony at 7.30am. The CID immediately visited the scene and confirmed the item was indeed a bomb. An explosives expert was also present who attempted to deactivate the device.

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Skiing until the end of April

TROODOS has not had this much snow in over a decade, with skiers in for a real treat this year as people in the business predict this year’s snowfall will last right through until the end of April. “It snows enough to ski every year, but this year it’s different.

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CyTA price cut injunction lifted

THE telecommunications regulator yesterday withdrew an injunction that had prevented CyTA from cutting international call rates. The injunction had been issued around a week ago following a CyTA announcement of up to 95 per cent reductions to some international destinations.

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Gul optimistic ahead of Cyprus talks

TURKEY wants next week’s Cyprus reunification talks in New York to succeed and has already shifted its position to achieve a compromise, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday. EU Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said after meeting Gul he believed the fresh talks indicated the Greek and Turkish sides had basically agreed on a settlement.

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