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Cyprus report Cyprus report
by Euro Reporter
2011-06-11 11:21:30
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Refugees and migration influx

Interior Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis stressed the need for additional action and policies with a view to implement the EU principle of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility with regard to refugees and migrants. According to an official statement issued here Friday, in his intervention during the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Luxemburg on Thursday, Sylikiotis underlined that the member states, which are more affected by the influx of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, require more than just financial assistance. The Interior Minister expressed Cyprus’ disagreement with the Commission proposal to reform the Schengen Agreement.

Referring to the vision for a Common European Asylum System (CEAS), Sylikiotis noted that the EU ought to take measures on further support and assistance to the member states which are mostly in need. In his intervention, Interior Minister also highlighted the need to establish a mechanism which will enable member states to seek support and assistance for specific periods of time. According to an official press release issued on Thursday, the EU Ministerial Council in Luxembrug adopted conclusions on borders, migration and asylum and had a first exchange of views on Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

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Internet coverage


Cyprus is second in Europe after Belgium for internet coverage island wide, Cyprus' Communications Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis said. Marcoullis was speaking at the third annual telecommunications conference Infocom 2011 yesterday, which focused on the use of digital technology to boost economic development. Cyprus' Internet coverage island wide has taken a mammoth leap since 2009 with coverage rate jumping from a meagre 30 per cent to 100 per cent by 2010, surpassing the European average rate of 82.5 per cent, according to Marcoullis. “We are developing a comprehensive digital strategy for Cyprus as we recognise the enormous economic and social benefits that can arise from the widespread use of digital technology by citizens, businessmen and the public sector,” said Marcoullis

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Cyprus supports Ban’s 2nd term candidacy

Cyprus was the first European country that formally expressed its support to the candidacy of Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Cyprus participates in the Asian group of the United Nations that unanimously backed UN Secretary Candidacy on Monday. As Ban comes from the Asian group, he informed early in the morning the countries of the group about his candidacy.

In an intervention, Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN Minas Hadjimichael said he is happy to be the first representative of a European country stating support to the nomination of UN Secretary-General. Ban Ki-moon announced Monday his candidacy for a second term during a press conference, at the UN Headquarters. ''I would be deeply honoured to serve once more,'' Ban said. He also said he is proud of what the organization has accomplished in the four and a half years of his term in cooperation with the member-states and pointed out that finding common ground is central to delivering results.

“Amid the worst economic crisis in a century, we kept the focus firmly on the needs of the most vulnerable,'' he added. In order to promote his candidacy, Ban requires a unanimous vote from the permanent Security Council members. China and Russia have not yet expressed their intensions, but in the absence of any other strong candidacy, they are expected to support Ban. The Secretary-General sent a letter to the Security Council announcing his intention to be a candidate. The UN Security Council will be asked to decide on the candidacy of the Secretary General by the end of the month, while General Assembly will vote after September.


       
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