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Ban pushes for progress by Autumn

THE LEADERS ended their meeting with the UN chief in Geneva yesterday, agreeing to intensify negotiations to reach convergence on the core issues by October, give the UN an “enhanced role” and ultimately conclude the talks with an international conference.

Speaking after four hours of meetings with the two sides, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon left little room for doubt that the UN was ready to see the process come to its end, one way or another.

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Our View: UNSG’s October target heralds a Cyprob endgame

PRESIDENT Christofias may have gone to Geneva in a defiant mood, insisting that he would not accept artificial time-frames, UN arbitration and an international conference, but he returned to Cyprus defeated and humiliated. His three ‘nos’, which newspapers reported he would have told the UN Secretary-General, were not uttered in Geneva or if they were, Ban Ki-moon ignored them.

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Cabbies announce strike over public transport

TAXI drivers across the island will go on a 24-hour strike next Thursday, after a meeting at parliament yesterday left them unconvinced their problems would be solved.

“We met after the meeting at parliament and decided we will go on a 24-hour strike to protest the lack of a response from MPs as well as the minister, starting from 6am on Thursday, July 14,” the spokesman for the taxi drivers’ union, Kyriacos Moustakas, told the Cyprus Mail yesterday.

Urban taxi drivers in particular have been pushing for the government to announce measures that will boost their business, which they say has suffered with the operation of the new transport system, a surplus of licensed taxi drivers and illegal cabbies.

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Paphos-Polis road demands ‘would lead to economic collapse’

THE CONTRACT changes sought by the consortium of companies chosen to build the Paphos-Polis highway would mean a sudden €300 million expense for the state, which would lead to economic collapse, the Communications Minister said yesterday.

Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis informed the House Communications Committee, in a closed session, on the details of the ongoing highway saga.

Speaking afterwards, she avoided giving away too much about the changes the consortium was requesting; but she made it clear that any changes in the financial aspect would not be accepted.

The government is being asked to guarantee any loans the consortium takes on to build the controversial road.

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Showdown coming on economy

THE political leadership will meet with President Demetris Christofias today to discuss measures for the economy, as a showdown seems unavoidable with unions who say they are being sidelined and have warned against any decisions without dialogue.

Politicians on the other hand stress the urgency of the matter if Cyprus wants to restore the confidence of international markets and avoid Greece-like effects.

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Solving pensions problem should be a priority for government

 

THE Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) yesterday said resolving the state pensions problem should be the government’s priority when it discussed measures today with political parties.

“Conditions are ripe, views have been expressed repeatedly and the actuarial study takes away any arguments for the need of additional studies,” KEVE chairman Manthos Mavromatis said.

The study had been ordered by the government in an effort to resolve the unsustainable state pensions system.

Citing the study, Mavromatis said state pensions currently make up 34.3 per cent of the state payroll but at the same time civil servants contribute little towards their pensions.

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Geronisos island offers insight into ancient pilgrims

ANCIENT pilgrims to the “Symbolically charged” Geronisos island might have celebrated rites of passage with a diet rich in liquids, soups, and strained foods, dancing and clay gifts to Apollo, according to the latest excavations.

The theories about First Century BC visitors to the ‘Holy Island’, which lies just off the coast of Paphos, emerged after a four week dig by 17 archaeologists from New York University, the communications and works ministry and the department of antiquities.

In early Byzantine times, a Christian basilica was built atop Geronisos, a partner to the three basilicas that sit just opposite on the mainland at Ayios Georgios tis Peyeias.

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33 draft dodgers caught in new sweep

AROUND 33 men who kept getting their National Guard conscription postponed were not happy to hear they would be serving an additional eight months on top of the normal military service, it emerged yesterday.

“There was a lot of fuss with shouting and kicking but they have no choice, they will have to show up along with the new conscripts and serve their term,” Defence Ministry spokeswoman Aliki Stylianou told the Mail.

Army authorities reviewed on Tuesday and Wednesday a total of 85 men who in the past few years got their conscription postponed; in addition to the 33 who have to do the extra military service, army authorities told the remaining majority that they would be serving normally or be given limited duties depending on their circumstances.

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Air passenger rights in the spotlight

PASSENGERS at Larnaca airport were yesterday welcomed by consumer experts bearing gifts and useful air travel advice.

The four experts from the European Consumer Centre in Cyprus (ECCC) and a Civil Aviation Authority representative were on hand from 8.30am until 3pm as part of a pan European project to inform the public about their rights when travelling on EU registered airlines to or from the EU.

ECCC Director – and coordinator for the project in Cyprus – Elena Papachristoforou said yesterday: “This is an informative campaign taking place in 28 airports around the European Union, informing customers of their rights, for example when facing delays to their flights or the handling of their luggage.”

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