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Casinos Back on the Government Agenda

23 June 2004

CYPRUS -- As reported by the Cyprus Mail: ``With so many Greek Cypriots crossing to the north to gamble, talks are now under way to set up a casino in the government controlled areas. Yesterday, Commerce Minister George Lillikas met with KS EDEK president Yiannakis Omirou to discuss the matter.

"After the meeting, Lillikas gave statements saying that he would be speaking to all party leaders to talk about the possibility of starting up a casino in the south to promote tourism on the island.

"He added that he has expressed his concerns to Omirou about creating a casino. A request has been submitted to the Cabinet to begin a study into the first phase of building a casino.

"...Successive governments have been thinking about setting up a casino for years, but the issue has gained added urgency since the opening of the checkpoints last April, given the north's huge gambling industry..."

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