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Turkey continues to impose restrictive measures on Cypriot ships
2007-04-05 09:40:44

Nicosia, Mar 30 – Cyprus House President Demetris Christofias has said that Turkey continues to impose restrictive measures on Cypriot ships. These measures have negative implications on the Cyprus flag and the economy of the country in general, he added.

Addressing the 18th Annual General Meeting of the Cyprus Shipping Council in Limassol, Mr. Christofias also praised the strong participation of Cyprus in international maritime organizations, something which enhances the Republic’s status and has positive political ramifications.

Furthermore, Cyprus Minister of Communications and Works Harris Thrassou stressed that due to the continuation of the main obstacle in the further development of Cyprus Shipping, namely, the Turkish embargo against Cyprus ships, the Maritime Administration is exploring new incentives, which aim at improving the competitiveness of the Cyprus flag and the attractiveness of Cyprus as a maritime centre.

In addition, he specified a number of certain problems that the Cyprus Shipping Industry is facing which arise from European regulations and policies and said he was confident that with the excellent cooperation and working relationship between the Ministry, the Department of Merchant Shipping and the Cyprus Shipping Council which are already in progress will lead to a successful outcome.

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