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Cypriot News Headlines 21.6.11

Cypriot newspaper headlines for June 21st, 2011...Alithia: "Moleskis burned" headlines an article saying that Andreas Moleskis, the official in charge of coordinating Cyprus' EU presidency project, has been criticised by the auditor-general for not complying with hiring procedures. The official's daughter's boyfriend got a contract in the project but resigned after accusations of nepotism. In other news, president of DIKO Marios Garoyian has been waiting for President Christofias to meet him for several weeks.

Simerini: "Chrystalla Georgatzis report burns Moleskis" headlines an article about discrepancies in hiring procedures reported by Auditor-General Chrystalla Georgatzis. Her report is on official Andreas Moleskis who is in charge of Cyprus' EU presidency events. In other news, the President is expected to reveal the government's intentions on pensions in the public sector in today's meetings with the unions.

Phileleftheros: "Moleskis' back door" headlines an article saying that Cyprus' EU presidency coordinator Andreas Moleskis was exposed as using loose procedures to hire personnel for event coordination and management. 

Xaravgi (communist party paper): The paper reports that Minister of Labour Sotiroulla Charalambous has complained about serious violation of labour laws. Employers pay minimum salaries and they owe back salaries, she said.

Turkish-Cypriot news headlines 21st June, 2011 (source PIO).

Bayrak television reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu said that if a solution is to be found to the Cyprus problem, it will be during the next 3-5 months, adding that the talks can’t continue forever.

“TRNC foreign minister” Huseyin Ozgurgun complained that the Greek Cypriots “had intensified their campaign to distort the current situation in the talks,” reports Bayrak.

 He criticized the latest statements by the Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou that a solution to the Cyprus problem was at the hand of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan, saying that “this attitude and approach in no way helps the efforts to reach a speedy solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN parameters.”

Kibrisli reports that Omer Kalyoncu, a deputy with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), has said that the new “citizenship law” is imposed on north Cyprus by Turkey. In statements to Kibrisli, Kalyoncu accused the National Unity Party (UBP) “government” of being a “government” which accepts such enforcements.

Bayrak television reports that Hungary’s third biggest political party, Jobbik, has carried the issue of lifting isolations on the “TRNC”, to the Hungarian Parliament.

Explaining the reasons for their proposal, Marton Gyöngyösi, an MP with Jobbik and Vice-President of the Committee, argued that the “embargoes and isolations” on north Cyprus should be lifted and said that the accession of the Republic of Cyprus into the European Union (EU) before “the unification with the TRNC” and an agreement to be reached was “a big mistake”. He expressed the view that Hungary should open a trade consultancy office in the occupied area of Cyprus. He also said that Turkey should be supported on the Cyprus problem.

In the voting that followed, the proposal was rejected with fourteen votes against, three in favour and one abstention.

Haberdar reports that the first charter flight by Corendon airlines from Poland arrived yesterday night in north Cyprus.

According to the paper, the charter flights between Warsaw-Ercan (Turkish-held airport of Tymbou), which will continue every Monday, are organized by cooperation of Citron Travel in Poland and Akmina Travel Club.

Halkin Sesi reports that the initiatives for these charter flights were kept quiet, so the “Greek Cypriot administration” would not to be in a position to prevent them.

Gunes reports that the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has accepted the “TRNC” as a member.

The “TRNC” participated at the Championship with three athletes and under the “TRNC flag”.

Cyprus, Greece and Turkey are affiliated members of FILA while, the “TRNC”, Kosovo and Scotland are participating as associated members.

Bayrak television reports that the marble statue of a woman was found in Salamis.

The vice-president of the Salamis Excavation program Prof. Dr Erhan Öztepe held a press conference yesterday on the course of the ongoing excavation program and its target for 2011. Prof. Öztepe said that their aim for this summer was to complete the ongoing excavation work being carried on the cooling room of the city’s Roman Bath and to open it to visitors. The excavations at the ancient city, which are being carried out by a team of 20 archaeologists, are expected to last until the end of July.

Kibris reports that, according to a statement issued by Turkish-Cypriot police, the bell of the church in Pano Zodia village has been stolen. The church is used as a mosque.

Haberdar refers to the church of Panayia Kanakaria in Lythrangomi village and reports that the bell of this church has also been stolen. The paper recalls that the mosaics of the church were stolen and sold abroad. Haberdar argues that a guard is needed for the church, so that the tourists who visit it to be able to enter inside.

Haberdar (reports that the Freedom and Reform Party (ORP) will join the ruling National Unity Party (UBP) on the 15th of July.

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