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    Bulgarian City Ranked among Three Best Destinations Globally in Terms of Value for Money

    Sofia, September 30 (BTA) – The northern Bulgarian city of  Veliko Turnovo has been ranked as the third best destination in the world in terms of value for money of the tourist services offered in the city, in a ranking of trivago, the site for global hotel price comparisons. More…

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    Bulgarian Government Adopts Programme for Development of Defence Capabilities of Armed Forces

    Sofia, September 30 (BTA) – The government adopted Wednesday a programme for development of the defence capabilities of the Bulgarian Armed Forces until 2020, Deputy Defence Minister Dimiter Kyumyurdjiev told the press here. “This document provides the legal groundwork for starting the reform in the Bulgarian armed forces,” Kyumyurdjiev said. He also said that a workgroup of the Ministry has prepared revisions to the Defence and Armed Forces Act to allow joint protection of the Bulgarian air space with another NATO country. More…

  • President Plevneliev: New US Companies Will Enter Bulgarian Market Soon

    САЩ - Росен Плевнелиев – бизнес среща

    New York, September  30 (BTA) – Bulgaria has a very serious potential and is a centre of some very dynamic industries, said President Rosen Plevneliev during a meeting with representatives of large US companies, members of the Business Council for International Understanding which incudes many firms that are on the Fortune 500 list. More…

  • Putin says Russia will continue to stand for a just Cyprus solution

    The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades on the occasion of the Independence Day of Cyprus on October 1st.

    In his message President Putin says that the Russian-Cypriot relations, based on the long-standing traditions of friendship, cultural and spiritual closeness, “have been developing in a positive way” adding that this was fully confirmed by the outcomes of recent meetings the two leaders had in Moscow.

    “I am sure that by joining our efforts we will further promote the mutually beneficial ties in different fields”, President Putin says.

    In his message he also reaffirms that Russia will consistently continue to stand for a just, comprehensive, viable settlement of the Cyprus problem in the interests of all Cypriots “without any pressure from outside”.

    “I wish you strong health and success and to all your compatriots welfare and prosperity”, the Russian President says.

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    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

  • Obama: An historic opportunity the talks for a Cyprus settlement

    US President Barack Obama has described as an historic opportunity the talks for a Cyprus solution, noting the US is deeply committed to supporting the settlement process.

    In a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Cyprus, Obama said “we value our enduring partnership with the Republic of Cyprus. I am pleased that over the last year we have strengthened our ties, worked to promote peace and counter extremism in the region, and fostered opportunities for greater bilateral trade and investment”.

    He congratulated President Anastasiades “on the remarkable progress being made towards a settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation”.

    “This is an historic opportunity to forge a better future for all Cypriots”, he said, adding “the Unites States is deeply committed to supporting the settlement process, and we encourage you to continue efforts towards achieving a lasting peace.”

    Congratulatory messages were sent, among others, by the King of Sweden Carl Gustaf, the President of Ireland Michael Higgins, the President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis, the President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman, the Governor – General of Australia Peter Cosgrove, the President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.

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    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

  • DNA chief Kovesi: We got accustomed to duty limitation attempts; there is certain pressure

    Chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi says in a recent interview to AGERPRES that every two or three weeks there comes a bill amending the criminal legislation in an attempt to limit the duties of the judiciary, which represents “a certain pressure.”

    The DNA head says she cannot be at ease with the attempts to modify the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code even after Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc said he doesn’t believe they will be adopted if they don’t have an opinion issued by the Justice Ministry.

    “No, of course I am not at ease. We have gotten accustomed to see every two or three weeks one more bill for the amendment of the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code or the judicial organisation law, attempting not to aid the institutions in the judiciary, but, on the contrary, trying to restrict the duties we have, to limit the instruments we use in our investigations. There are very many bills that are directly proposed in Parliament. I doubt the Justice Ministry issues an opinion on all these bills. (…) Therefore, from this stand we cannot be at ease. There is, if we may say so, some pressure of these legislative modifications, because we never know about them in time, we never know what comes up on the agenda,” Kovesi said. More…

  • Kerry: The historic moment of Cyprus’ reunification is within reach

    US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the continued firm support of the United States for a fair and lasting political solution to the longstanding division of Cyprus, expressing optimism that “with the strong commitment of both courageous Cypriot leaders and the support of the United Nations and the international community, the historic moment of reunification is within reach.”

    “We believe this is the best chance in decades to achieve a permanent and mutually acceptable outcome,” Kerry said in a press statement on the occasion of Cyprus` Independence Day on October 1st.

    “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Cyprus on your 55th Independence Day this October 1. The Republic of Cyprus is a valued friend and partner of the United States. We share a long history of advancing mutual priorities such as promoting regional stability, fostering economic development, protecting cultural heritage, and defending human rights. Beyond these shared interests, our friendship is rooted in the democratic ideals and values of freedom and democracy that link our two countries,” Kerry noted.

    He added that “as the Republic of Cyprus celebrates this important day, I would like to express the continued firm support of the United States for a fair and lasting political solution to the longstanding division of the island. I am optimistic that with the strong commitment of both courageous Cypriot leaders and the support of the United Nations and the international community, the historic moment of reunification is within reach. We believe this is the best chance in decades to achieve a permanent and mutually acceptable outcome,” Kerry stressed.

    “I wish all the people of the Republic of Cyprus peace, prosperity, and a happy celebration as you mark this historic Independence Day,” US Secretary of State concluded.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci began in May this year with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

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    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

  • Biden: Cyprus reunification would unlock enormous opportunities for all Cypriots

    US Vice President Joe Biden has welcomed progress in the settlement negotiations in Cyprus and agreed with President Nicos Anastasiades that a settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation “would unlock enormous opportunities for all Cypriots”.

    The two leaders met Tuesday and according to a statement issued by the White House they discussed ways “to further strengthen bilateral relations and promote energy security for Cyprus and the broader eastern Mediterranean region”.

    Cyprus was divided in 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN backed talks between President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci resumed in May 2015 aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof.

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    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

  • ForMin Aurescu: CTBT coming into force – an important step to creating a safer world

    Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu in New York has reiterated Romania’s firm support for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) coming into force.

    According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) statement to AGERPRES, Aurescu on Tuesday participated in New York in a conference devoted to the endorsement of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty coming into force, an event that took place on the side-lines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

    “The treaty’s immediate coming into force will be an important step forward toward creating a safer world. This remains a priority objective in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, which we shall continue to fully support,” the Romanian head diplomat underscored, according to MAE. More…

  • Greek Prime Minister calls for a just solution to the Cyprus issue

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has stressed his country`s support to a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, on the basis of UN decisions and urged Turkey to support the ongoing talks, bearing in mind the dynamic towards a solution that prevails on the island.

    Tsipras was speaking after meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

    Tsipras also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with whom he discussed the Cyprus talks and the Secretary-General welcomed the progress made by the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities in the process.

    “The Secretary-General underlined the importance of the Hellenic Republic’s continued support in this context”, a UN statement said after the meeting.

    Speaking to overseas Greeks on Tuesday evening, Tsipras said “the Cypriot government’s efforts for a viable and just solution to the Cyprus issue should be reinforced”.

    He also underlined that there cannot be a fair solution if it does not provide for the withdrawal of the occupation troops from the island.

    Tsipras met with representatives of the Greek Diaspora, and concluded his meetings in New York with a dinner organized by the country’s permanent representative.

    He talked of the need to create the preconditions not only for the country`s economic revival but also to solve critical national issues that remain pending, naming the Cyprus issue, which he described as an open wound for 41 years now.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.

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    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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