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UNSGs report on UNFICYP circulates as official document

UN Secretary Generals report on the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) circulated on Wednesday as an official Security Council document. The Security Council is expected to adopt the resolution renewing UNFICYPs six-month mandate on July 26.

UNSGs envoy to be received by President Anastasiades on 23rd of July

UN official Jane Holl Lute is expected to be received by President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades on the 23rd of July. Jane Holl Lute, as a personal envoy of the UN Secretary General, will come to Cyprus to hold consultations with the leaders of the two communities regarding the outcome of their reflections in relation to the stalled peace talks.

Lavrov reaffirms Moscows position of principle on Cyprus issue

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held on Wednesday a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides, to whom he reaffirmed Moscows position of principle as regards the Cyprus issue.

House Presidents of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt to meet before end of year

Presidents of Parliaments of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt are expected to hold their first meeting before the end of the year, in the framework of the parliamentary dimension of the trilateral cooperation scheme between the three countries. The issue was discussed on Wednesday, at a meeting between House President Demetris Syllouris and a delegation from the Egyptian Parliament.

Cyprus and Israel focus cooperation on water management and firefighting

Israel and Cyprus agreed to further develop their cooperation in the fields of water management and firefighting, two areas in which both countries face similar challenges. Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis met on Wednesday in Nicosia with the Ambassador of Israel Smuel Revel and they agreed to organize a visit of a Cypriot delegation to Israel regarding water management.

Photiou and UK High Commissioner discuss Brexit, missing persons and enclaved

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou and UK High Commissioner in Nicosia Stephen Lillie held a meeting on Wednesday during which they discussed how Brexit affects Cypriots living in the UK, as well as humanitarian issues such as the missing persons problem and the enclaved.

Tourism revenue declines in April, but rises between January – April

Revenue from tourism decreased in the fourth month of 2018 but showed an increase in the first months of the year, as Cystat, the Statistical Service of Cyprus, reported on Wednesday. Revenue reached Euros 181.4 mln in April 2018 compared to Euros 189.6 mln in the corresponding month of the previous year, recording a decrease of 4.3%. Between January � April 2018 revenue rose by 6,9% compared to the same period in 2017.

Non-performing facilities down by Euros 653 million in first quarter

Non-performing facilities (NPFs) decreased further by Euros 653 million or 3.2% in the first quarter of the year, compared to December 2017, the Central Bank of Cyprus reported on Wednesday. March registered the largest decrease totaling Euros 2,074 million, in the first quarter of 2018. NPFs stood at Euros 21.9 billion in February.

Trade records positive growth in 2016

Cyprus’ trade sector registered a positive growth rate in 2016, compared to the year before, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported on Wednesday. According to Cystat, the turnover in trade, wholesale and retail, increased in 2016 by 3.9% to Euros 11.337,1 million compared to Euros 10.910,1 million in 2015.

Government casual staff numbers up in June

Government labour force increased by 880 people or 1.7% in June 2018 compared to the same month of 2017, the Statistical Service reported on Wednesday. It said that casual staff increased by 10% and reached 16,674 persons compared to 15,161 persons in June 2017, while permanent staff recorded a drop of 633 persons or -1.8%.

Source: Cyprus News Agency