Gul sees Cyprus settlement by end of next year

By a Staff Reporter

TURKISH Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday he believed a settlement in Cyprus was possible by the end of next year, when Turkey hopes to launch its European Union accession talks.

The EU is prepared to admit a divided Cyprus next May if a deal with Turkish Cypriots to end the island’s division cannot be reached.

We don’t need any more helicopters, government insists

By a Staff Reporter

IN THE latest twist on the procurement of helicopters for the military and the police, the government confirmed yesterday it was scrapping the tenders process and initiating another one “no later than 12 months from now”.

Mitsotakis lashes out at Papadolpoulos ‘inexperience’

By a Staff Reporter

THE HONORARY President of Greece’s right-wing Nea Dimocratia, Constantinos Mitsotakis, yesterday blasted President Tassos Papadopoulos for being “the first Cypriot President to meddle with Greek domestic politics.”

Mitsotakis was commenting on the President’s participation at a Socialist Party (PASOK) meeting in Athens on Tuesday.

More frogs to feed endangered water snakes

By Alexia Saoulli

THE FISHERIES department said yesterday it planned to construct small ponds around a Nicosia district dam in order to provide an endangered water snake with its predominant food source of frogs.

Judge blasts police over detention of asylum seekers

By Alex Mita

A NICOSIA District Judge yesterday rejected a police request for the eight-day remand of 20 foreign men seeking political asylum and blasted the force for not complying with the asylum law.

The men, 11 Turks, three Palestinians, three Syrians and one Pakistani presented themselves at the Paphos Gate police station on Tuesday seeking political asylum.