Monthly Archives: February 2004

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Cycling for peace in the Middle East

A GROUP of Cypriot women has joined the Follow the Women Organisation to cycle for peace around the Middle East in an effort to raise awareness of how the current situation affects the lives of women and children in the region. The organisation was founded over a year ago and is a registered NGO, according to Cypriot member Yiota Kamaratos.

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Eurofile – Calling corporations to account

Fact of the day: Last week, the European Parliament and Council of Ministers agreed on a draft directive on the prevention and remedying of environmental damage. This was a major breakthrough for EU environmental policy. Up to now there has been a big gap in legislation leaving the “polluter pays principle” without muscle, looking pretty only on paper.

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Vlittis lawyer says mayor victimised

HIGH-profile lawyer Efstathios Efstathiou, representing Paralimni Mayor Nicos Vlittis, currently in custody on suspicion of abuse of power, yesterday blasted the authorities over their “heavy-handedness”. On Thursday, a Famagusta court remanded Mayor Nicos Vlittis in custody for five days.

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Medical school could start operation in three years

PLANS for a Medical School in Cyprus could soon be under way if the University of Cyprus’ proposal is accepted by the government. University Dean Stavros Zenios yesterday told the Cyprus Mail that the University could start accepting students for the Medical School in three years and would be in full operation in eight if plans were to begin right away.

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Hunters, sewage and lead killing off the flamingos

DUCK hunting, lead poisoning, sewage contamination and heavy rainfall are just a few of the problems threatening wildlife at the Larnaca Salt Lake. Flamingos are dying at an alarming rate, their existence put at greater risk because of a lack of concerted action on the part of the government.

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Central Bank warns of post-solution economic problems

THE CENTRAL Bank said yesterday that the United Nations plan to reunify the island had serious flaws, including the question of where the money would come from to compensate people who lose their property. “If this plan remains as is it would not lead to a viable central bank and there would be economic problems,” governor Christodoulos Christodoulou told reporters.

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April 15 meeting to lay the ground for donors’ conference

THE head of the European Union negotiating team for Cyprus said yesterday that a preparatory donors’ conference had been planned for April 15 to find ways of financing a possible solution. The actual conference will be held at a later date, Leopold Maurer said. The date was confirmed by Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides, who added that no pledges would be made at the April 15 meeting.

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