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Archives March 13, 2013 posted by

Peace talks can wait till we are done with the troika

PRESIDENT NICOS Anastasiades will first have to face the “huge economic challenges in the short-term” before moving forward on Cyprus peace negotiations, UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said yesterday.

The Australian met Anastasiades for the first time yesterday morning since the latter took over at the presidential palace to sound out his views on how the peace talks could be resumed. Later in the afternoon he also met Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu.

The special adviser is due in New York next week to brief UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his meetings with the two leaders and prospects for the resumption of talks which halted last June after Eroglu refused to continue negotiations during Cyprus’ EU presidency. 

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Archives December 5, 2012 posted by

Government housing budget drastically cut

THE government’s spending on housing has been cut by around 37 per cent or €55 million in a bid to achieve the savings dictated by the terms of a bailout agreement, it emerged yesterday.

The figure represents some €42 million that would have funded various housing schemes for refugees and €13 million for non-refugees.

It was discussed before the House Finance Committee, which examined the interior ministry budget for 2013.

“It is a budget of drastic cuts, which are substantive in many cases,” ministry permanent secretary Andreas Ashiotis said. “It reflects the effects of the negotiations between Cyprus and the troika (international lenders)”

The ministry’s overall budget is cut by around €127 million in relation to 2012, MPs heard.

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Archives September 19, 2012 posted by

Public transport in deep trouble

PUBLIC transport is faced with collapse, a top MP has said, as lawmakers discussed a bill to inject an additional €21 million into the system to keep the upgrade programme going.

The House Finance Committee heard that bus companies were losing between €200,000 and €300,000 a month while banks were no longer willing to provide more breathing space.

“We are headed towards collapse and bankruptcy of the system and if this is what the Communications Ministry wants its better if they say it in public so that we find alternative way of public transport,” committee chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said.

The new public transport system, up and running since the second half of 2010, has been dogged by disagreement over how much the government pays the companies.

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Archives August 18, 2012 posted by

Passengers of diverted flight asked how much cash they could stump up if it was necessary

THE CREW of an Air France plane that was re-routed to Cyprus via Damascus on Wednesday asked passengers how much cash they could stump up after Syrian authorities refused credit card payment to refuel the aircraft, it emerged yesterday.

Ultimately it found an alternative arrangement, it said.

The plane that was headed for Beirut on Wednesday night was diverted due to civil unrest in the Lebanese capital and sought to go to Amman, but it was forced to land in Syria due to lack of fuel.

Air France stopped its flights to Damascus in March as fighting in the country escalated, and relations between France and Syria have collapsed since Paris demanded that President Bashar al-Assad step down.

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Archives August 17, 2012 posted by

Boost for Paphos from domestic tourism

THE occupancy of Paphos hotels reached 95 per cent in recent days, boosted by Cypriots and Russian tourists, a tourism official said yesterday.

“The arrival of Russian tourists continues and is quite satisfactory,” said the chairman of the district’s hoteliers’ committee, Themis Philipides. 

Arrivals from Russia jumped 40.7 per cent year-on-year in July, compensating for the 9.1 per cent reduction in traffic from the UK – the island’s main market.

But Paphos apparently benefited from locals’ decision not to travel abroad this year because of the downturn.

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Archives July 10, 2012 posted by

Our view: Would-be draft dodgers unlikely to be dissuaded by new slogans


IN ITS campaign to restrict draft-dodging the ministry of defence has resorted to advertising slogans, telling new recruits that National Guard service is about “coolness and pride”; avoiding it was “shameful and cowardly”. Commendable as the ministry’s initiative may be, it is out of touch with the youth of today who are unlikely to be moved by advertising slogans commissioned by the defence ministry.

Could anyone seriously believe teenagers would change their thinking about military service because the ministry claims conscripts feel “cool and proud” about it? And what is the likelihood of any teenager who does not want to serve, sharing the assertion of the ministry that his decision was “shameful and cowardly”? 

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Archives July 7, 2012 posted by

Top US envoy visit

AMERICA’S DIPLOMAT on Europe will be visiting Cyprus at the end of next week as part of four-stop tour of the continent. 

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon travels to France, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo and Cyprus between July 6 and 12.

According to the US State Department, during his visit to Cyprus, the last destination of his tour across the Atlantic, Gordon “will meet with European Union Political Directors to discuss the range of European and global challenges on which we are closely coordinating with our EU partners”.

In Nicosia, he will also meet with Republic of Cyprus officials and other Cypriot interlocutors.



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Archives June 27, 2012 posted by

Car bomb

A BOMB exploded at 4:30am yesterday targeting a car belonging to a 43-year-old resident of Limassol.

Police said the explosion was caused by an improvised high power explosive device placed at the front of the car, which was parked outside the man’s property. The car was reportedly used exclusively by his 19-year-old daughter.

Extensive damage was caused to the front of the car, while the rear end of another car parked just ahead was also damaged. 

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Archives June 26, 2012 posted by

Roads closed for presidency opening ceremony


DUE to rehearsals for the opening ceremony for Cyprus’ takeover of the EU presidency, roads around the ancient theatre at Curium are to be shut.

Police announced that between 4pm and midnight on July 5 and during the final rehearsal preparations on June 26, the following road closures will take place; part of the old Limassol-Paphos highway between the British bases and the western M1 junction will be closed, as well as between the Queen’s bridge and the M1 junction, and between the Curium coastal road and St Ermogenous junction.

Drivers are encouraged to use the Limassol-Paphos highway instead.


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