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Tension high as rallies cross paths

THOUSANDS of protestors took part in two rallies at the Presidential Palace last night although trouble was avoided by draconian police measures.

While around 7,000 gathered to commemorate the 1974 July 15 coup and subsequent invasion inside the presidential palace, about 4,000 protestors congregated outside calling for President Demetris Christofias to resign.

While people flocked to the presidential palace for the annual event chanting anti-fascist slogans demonstrators outside chanted “Down with Christofias’ Junta”.

The two rallies were polar opposites: at the presidential palace people chanted ‘Christofias, we’re with you’ waving Cypriot flags, while outside the gates they chanted ‘murderer’, some waving Greek flags.

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Our View: ‘Ironic’ remarks by Erdogan could spell end of the talks

TURKISH Prime Minister’s Tayyip Erdogan’s arrogant remarks, about not returning Morphou and the Karpas, ahead of his visit to the occupied north sparked strong-worded statements from the Greek Cypriot parties yesterday. The parties focused their announcements, marking the 37th anniversary of the invasion, on Erdogan’s “inflammatory and provocative” outburst during which he bluntly stated that there was no going back to the Annan plan.

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Kyprianou latest in line of those who are irredeemable

Midday last Friday I was ‘on the beach’ which adjoins Evangelos Florakis Naval Base.It was almost deserted. I spotted lugs of shrapnel, charred splinters of window/door frames, and what looked like spent shotgun pellets, thousands of them littering the shoreline beyond the reach of the incoming tide; many more must have dissolved in the sea.

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No more night or weekend cuts but ‘crisis not over’

AS OF yesterday authorities announced that power cuts would be limited to one per day without night or weekend blackouts, Trade and Industry Minister Antonis Paschalides said.

Since the Mari naval base blast took out the island’s main power station ten days ago, some areas islandwide have been subjected to two and three power cuts each day, some lasting more than the initially-stated two and a half hours. Other areas have had fewer, or no cuts at all.

Paschalides said the one-a-day cuts, which was due to be implemented as of yesterday, should not last more than two hours and 15 minutes.

Despite the good news about no more weekend or nightly blackouts, Paschalides said the energy crisis was far from over.

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Polyviou: let me do my job

THE investigator appointed to look into last Monday’s blast at a naval base that killed 13 and knocked out the island’s main power station, yesterday urged his critics to judge him after the job is done and not before.

Legal expert Polys Polyviou said he respected the views of people like Archbishop Chrysostomos, main opposition DISY chief Nicos Anastassiades and others who cast doubt over the ability of a “one-member committee” to look into the matter and his impartiality, adding that they “should not judge me before doing the job. They can judge me later.”

Polyviou had been named last Thursday by President Demetris Christofias to look into the explosion and its causes and apportion responsibility at any level it may lay.

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Kyprianou: my decision is irrevocable

PRESIDENT Demetris Christofias yesterday unsuccessfully asked foreign minister Marcos Kyprianou to stay on as he struggled to keep his coalition together following a deadly munitions blast last week.

Kyprianou officially handed in his resignation at a meeting with Christofias yesterday afternoon, telling reporters on leaving the palace that his decision was irrevocable.

In a brief statement, Kyprianou, a member of coalition partner Democratic Party DIKO, said his decision to resign was dictated by “conscience and morality”.

He said Christofias had asked him to remain at his post for a few more days until he could be replaced.

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Power from the north ‘a great help’

 

DAILY power cuts would be even more extensive if the north was not supplying the Electricity Authority Cyprus (EAC) with such a significant amount of electricity, according to Christos Christodoulides, director of the Cyprus Transmission System Operator (TSO).

“The two systems have been connected and things are going smoothly,” said Christodoulides, stressing that the supply of such a significant amount from the north was more than helpful.

Christodoulides’ praise of the deal made with the north came hot on the heels of Archbishop Chrysostomos’ remark on Monday that he would rather get by with a lantern and a flashlight than be supplied with power from the north.

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‘Renewable energy sources must be promoted’

WIND FARMS and renewable energy sources are the way forward, the Cyprus Wind Energy Association’s secretary Christos Tsingis said yesterday, suggesting that if certain measures were taken the system would be bolstered by 50 to 70 megawatts daily.

“Today we could easily get 250 megawatts from already installed wind farms and another 20 megawatts from other forms of renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic, solar and biomass,” said Tsingis.

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Reassurances on Mari health concerns

HEALTH MINISTER Christos Patsalides assured residents of Mari as well as members of the House that public health was not in danger as a result of last week’s massive naval base explosion in the area.

Speaking after a meeting with Mari residents and Environment Commissioner Charalambos Theopemptou, Patsalides said there was nothing to cause concern regarding public health.

“There is a continuous flow of results and we will not stop checking until we’re absolutely sure,” he said.

The Health Minister said yesterday that he had been given a list of what the containers at Mari had and there was no reason to worry.

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EU experts to help with blast fallout

UNIT 5 at the destroyed Vasilikos power station is in a relatively good condition but will still need some time to repair, EU experts on the island to help with the blast fallout said yesterday.

“I can’t say how long it will take to put it into operation. This is for the time being the most important thing,” said leader of the mission Alois Hirschmugl.

The Austrian was speaking after a meeting with Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis. “They have at their disposal all data concerning the station and the health and security issues and we will take measures based on their recommendations in cooperation with the competent authorities and the Cyprus Electricity Authority,” he said.

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