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Cyprus & Greece to set up joint committee on shipping issues
2005-03-07 12:17:04

Nicosia, Mar 7 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Greece have decided to set up a joint committee on shipping issues and on their interstate cooperation in this field.

The decision was taken during the recent official visit to Cyprus of a delegation of the Greek Ministry of Merchant Shipping that wrapped up successfully, an official press release said here today.

The shipping policy within the EU and cooperation between Cyprus and Greece regarding a board spectrum of issues concerning shipping were the main issues discussed during the delegationís official visit.

During the talks the two delegations agreed that on an international level each country must represent itself and express its position autonomously.

To this direction, Cyprus, Greece, Malta and other EU countries have undertaken several initiatives, which aim to exclusively promote shipping at a European level and to protect professions at sea.

Communications and Works Ministry Permanent Secretary Makis Constantinides and Greek Ministry of Merchant Shipping General Secretary Ioannis Tzoannos also looked into ways of addressing several initiatives within the EU that they believe ignore international organisations and their policies.

The Cyprus delegation also put on the table the insurance rights of Cypriots, who have worked or work in Greek-flagged ships, as well as the issue of Cypriot students studying at Greek Merchant Navy Academies. They also examined setting up a Cyprus Maritime Chamber.

Both Constantinides and Tzoannos expressed their satisfaction over the results of their contacts, underlining that they look forward to further cooperation between the two countries in merchant shipping.

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