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Cypriot and British officials discuss shipping issues
2005-07-06 12:23:29

Nicosia, Jul 6 (CNA) -- Shipping and port services issues were discussed here Tuesday between Cypriot Communication and Works Minister Haris Thrasou and British Minister of State for Transport Stephen Ladyman durings the latter's short visit to the island.

According to an official press release issued here, the meeting took place in connection to the assumption by Britain of the EU Presidency (1st July), at the presence of high ranking officials of the two ministries.

Ladyman briefed Thrasou over the British EU Presidency's priorities and asked the views of the Cyprus Republic on specific issues.

The two sides also discussed the EU relations with third countries in the field of Civil Aviation with emphasis on relations with the US, the common European sky as well as issues concerning rights of passengers with difficulties in movement.

''The Minister of State for Transport of Britain has expressed his appreciation over the ideas and the views of the Cypriot side, while the talks took place in a friendly and constructive environment'', the press release added, noting that meetings on a technocrat level will continue throughout the British Presidency.

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