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DIKO is told to shape up

THE decision by government partner DIKO to join in Parliament’s rejection of the government bills to increase corporate tax and immovable property tax was not based on economic reality, and those who voted against the bills will “bear a huge responsibility” should Cyprus fail to consolidate its public finances within the deadline set by the European Commission, President Demetris Christofias said yesterday.

Barely disguising his anger, Christofias told reporters: “Let me tell you that I regard it as crossing the line to say that with the additional one per cent tax on profits the economy will lose out and be badly damaged. That bears no relation to reality. No relation at all – these are excuses.”

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Lopez cancels Kyrenia gig

JENNIFER Lopez has cancelled her scheduled performance at the luxury casino-hotel complex in Kyrenia.

The American singer and actress announced her withdrawal from the proposed inauguration of the hotel which had triggered angry protests from Greeks and Greek Cypriots worldwide.

“Jennifer Lopez would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse,” a statement on Lopez’s website said. “After a full review of the relevant circumstances in Cyprus, it was the decision of her advisors to withdraw from the appearance. This was a team decision that reflects our sensitivity to the political realities of the region.”

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Our View: Christofias’ concern is to protect the public service labour aristocracy

THE DECISION of the majority of the legislature to vote against the government’s bill increasing corporate and real estate tax was a clear rejection of its one-sided approach to reducing the budget deficit. No amount of class struggle rhetoric by the government and AKEL, about making the rich pay for the recession could hide the one-sidedness of the measures that would have caused much more harm than good to the economy.

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Property-territory link must be made

IF TURKEY and the Turkish Cypriots really want a solution by the end of the year, they should be the ones wanting to link the issues of property and territory in the talks, said President Demetris Christofias yesterday.

Speaking after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, Christofias said the two leaders had made a “small step forward” but that “we cannot say progress has been achieved”.

During yesterday’s three hour meeting, Christofias reiterated his proposal for a discussion of the chapters on property and territory in tandem, stressing this would simplify and accelerate talks on property.

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Chairman of ‘undermined’ Eurocypria announces resignation

EUROCYPRIA HEAD Eleftherios Ioannou yesterday announced his resignation from the state-owned airline, giving as reason the “actions and oversights” of the government which are leading the company to closure.

The airline chief’s resignation follows on the heels of the resignation of Kikis Lazarides, former chairman of the other state-owned carrier, Cyprus Airways (CY). Ioannou argued that the government and CY have consistently undermined Eurocypria by creating uncertainty surrounding its future and fighting against its privatisation, leading to “huge disappointment and bitterness” among staff.

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British authorities pave the way for Nadir’s return

BRITISH prosecutors will not oppose the release on bail of fugitive Turkish Cypriot business tycoon, Asil Nadir, pending his trial for an alleged multi-million-pound fraud, the Times newspaper reported yesterday.

In an interview with the Times, Richard Alderman, director of the British Serious Fraud Office (SFO), said that he would listen to any serious proposal on bail conditions from the former Polly Peck chairman.

Nadir, 69, is currently beyond the reach of UK courts, after he fled to the occupied areas in May 1993 to avoid standing trial for fraud connected to the collapse of his business empire.

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Cyprus’ reds and oranges prepare for victory

THE Dutch and Spanish communities in Cyprus are both in confident moods ahead of the climax of the World Cup tomorrow night.

Neither Holland nor Spain have ever won football’s most coveted prize, and expats from both sides are predicting that their team will become only the eighth country to lift the famous trophy.

Chairman of the Dutch Society of Cyprus (NVC) Yme van den Born praised the “unbelievable” achievement of reaching the final, and predicts a 2-1 win for Holland with star midfielder Wesley Sneijder finishing the tournament as top scorer.

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Giving kids a chance

WALKING from the quiet street into KISA’s two-storey building in old Nicosia, visitors are immediately met by music and laughter.

For two weeks the immigrant equality group’s building is acting as a free summer school. The group’s programme is open to children of any nationality from ages six to 16. The programme, which is in its third summer of operation, has about 30 children.

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Trial date set for suspects in Limassol murder

THE TRIAL against five suspects believed to be involved in the murder of a former cabaret owner in Limassol last year begins on July 28, Limassol court ruled yesterday.

The five suspects, Soteris Athinis, Panayiotis Kondos, Andreas Alexandrou, Lazaros Lazarou, and the 44-year-old Iraqi-born Greek national Azad Berwari who was extradited to Cyprus from Greece last week face a number of charges in connection with the murder of 67-year-old Michalis Kakathymis from Limassol last July.

Lazarou faces four charges including possession and transportation of the murder weapon and explosive devices. The other four suspects will have to answer to ten charges including conspiracy to commit murder and the possession of weapons and explosive devices.

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