The Minister of Health Or Andreas Mikellides addresa- Ing the sclentific working group meating on malaria. Malaria experts meet in Nicosia The Minister of Health, Or Andreas Mikel- lides, has said that Cyprus is one of three coun- tries in the Eastern Mediterranean which are free from malaria. Addressing the opening meeting of the “scientific working group on malaria” in Nicosia, Dr Mikellides recalled that Cyprus has been free from malaria since 1950, following an intensive campaign launched in 1946. He told the delegates: “The maintenance service had to be strengthened in 1974 in view of the increased risk of the relmportation of malaria as a result of the Turkish Invasion and occupation of 40 per cant of the island, and this because malaria ls endemicin Turkey”. He added: “The Cyprus Health Services have acquired considerable experience in the various aspects of anti-malaria work and we shall only be too glad to share such experiences with other countries”. Dr AH. Tada, Regional Director of the World Health Organisation, told tha meeting: “Although the initial expectation of malaria eradication from all coun- tries of the Ragion has not yet come about, | can say with confidence that malaria is belng well controlled in the majority of the countries where measures against this disease are being applied.” The two-day meating was attended by scientists from Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Syria, as well as advisers from WHO Head- Quarters in Ganeva and the Regional Office from the Eastern Mediterranean. The funeral has been held in Nicosla of veteran Cyp- means extra revenue The Suprame Court fas ruled by majority that the law demanding self- employed people and companies to make spe- cial contributians to the fefugee relief lund is not unconstitutional. The decision was up- held by five mambers of the Court while the Prasi- dent, Mr Michael Trianta- fyltides, ruled that the law was discriminatory against se/f-ernployed people and others and af- fected them adversely. According to focal press reports, the Court ruling means that the gove ernment will collect re- venue estimated at between £12-175 million. not journalist Harllaos Yapanas who died after a short iliness at the age of 64. He had been worklng with Haravghi newspap- er. Yapanas leaves a wi- The President of the House of Representatives Mr Alecos Michaelldes pictured at Larnaca alr port before his departure for Sofla at the head of a five-member all-party parliamentary delegation. He held talks with the chainman ofthe Bulgarian Natlonal Assembly Mr Viadimir Boney on ways of increasing coperation between the two parlia- ments. Mr Bonev accept- ed his Invitatlon to visit Cyprus next year, The Gold and Sliver Arts Exhibition, organised at ihe Hilton Hotel by the Britain denies report on bases The British authorities in Cyprus ealegcricaly denied reports that the Americans plan to use the British bases on the island for an operation against Iran to rescue the hos- tages held in the US Embassy in Teheran. Reports (reproduced from an Athens newspaper) said the Pentagon included RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in its con- tingency plans for such an operation, in the event of the US government deciding to take military action. The government spokesman said the British High Commission in Nicosia had assured the Cyprus govern- ment that the reports about an expected use of the British bases for such an operation were ‘absolutely unfounded”. Pancyprian Association of Goldamitha and Silversmiths drew large crowds during the four days November 23-26. In the picture, Minister of Commerce and Indusiry Andress Papageorghiou admires some of the Jewellery on dis- play after opening the exhibition. dow and two daughters. Donation to The Maronite Archbishop, Mgr. Ellas Farah, Is currently,on a week's visit to his community in Cyprus in order to deal with the special problems faced by Maronites In the Turkish-occupled northem sector of the Island. He has had separate meetings with President Kyprianou and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, and has seen for him- self the living conditions In the three Maronite villages of Kormakitl, Asomatos and Karpashia. Pictured here with President Kyprianou, Mgr. Farah Is flanked (I-r) by Nino Yamakls, a leading Nicosia auditor Mgr. Jean Foradaris, the spiritual leader of the Cypriot Maronites Mr. Alex Ammoun, charge daffalrs of the Lebanese embassy Mr. John Mavrides, the Maronite member of the House of Representatives, and Mgr. Jemayel, personal vicar to Archbishop Farah. children of Kampuchea The Holy Synod of the Cyprus Ghurch has decided to donate £2,000 “as a symbolic contribution from the children of Cyprus to the suffering children of Kampuchea. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Archbishop Chrysostomos to mark ihe International Year of the Ghild. The Synod de- cided to publish soon the new Gharter of the Cyprus Church which will come into force from January 1. No shooting Both sides issued statements on Tuesday denying reports of any shooting Incidents along the “green line”.