Daily Archives: February 19, 2004

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Let the talks begin

THE RACE to reach a Cyprus solution based on the Annan plan before the island joins the EU on May 1 kicks off today as Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet to begin what are likely to be the most crucial negotiations in the island’s history.

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‘Jobs will have to go at CY’

CYPRUS Airways (CY) chairman Constantinos Loizides yesterday made it clear that the airline would not balk at redundancies if the airline’s new productivity drive shows up surplus staff in any area. Loizides told the Cyprus Mail that, with the way it operated today, the CY group of six companies does not have any surplus staff and has even hired a number of seasonal staff for the winter.

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What about your rights

Fact of the day: We talk of obligations and the necessary changes that have to be made to comply with the many requirements born from EU accession. For example, Cypriots can no longer treat waste disposal as a hobby; ships flying our flag can no longer avoid international shipping rules. But what about our rights as EU citizens?

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Greek Press

ALITHIA: “Solution or nothing” The daily reported yesterday on comments made by UN special envoy Alvaro de Soto that there was no plan B if the current procedure was rejected by the people in the two separate referenda.

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History is calling

PRESIDENT Papadopoulos and Rauf Denktash meet today in what many people hope to be the last round of negotiations on the Cyprus problem, as the express procedure agreed to in New York last Friday gets under way.

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Record compensation for work accident victim

THE SUPREME Court has ordered the A. Panayides Contracting company to award record compensation of £800,000 to a 29-year-old man who sustained injuries after a workplace accident. The man was seriously wounded after he fell from construction scaffolding on October 30, 1995. The Courts holds the company liable for asking an unskilled labourer to erect scaffolding around a block of flats.

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Kyprianou attached to EU’s Budget DG

FINANCE Minister Marcos Kyprianou will be shadowing the EU’s Budget Commissioner, it was announced in Brussels yesterday. Commission President Romano Prodi was announcing the twinning of the 10 new commissioners from the acceding countries. Kyprianou will join the budget directorate general of German commissioner Michaele Schreyer.

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Shooting victim still critical

A MAN shot in Nicosia on Tuesday was still in a critical condition yesterday as police continued the hunt for the gunman, believed to be a foreign hitman. Yiannos Iosif was shot three times in the neck, chest and stomach inside his motorcycle shop in Nicosia on Tuesday evening.

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