CNA News – CNA – Antonios Gkildakis – Nicosia 02/11/2018 13:26

President stresses need for an effective deadlock prevention mechanism after a Cyprus solution

President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, said on Friday that the decentralization of powers related to daily life issues and the acceptance of the Turkish Cypriots positive vote for matters that might affect them after a Cyprus solution, as long as there is an effective deadlock prevention mechanism, are the foundation for a functional solution in Cyprus. In statements to the press on the sideline of the Economist conference in Nicosia, Anastasiades said at some point we need to realize that both communities have concerns. Addressing the Summit, the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of Mission, Elizabeth Spehar said that hope remains for a Cyprus settlement, but that is not enough.

Government hopes Lute will find ground to begin consultations over terms of reference

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou expressed on Thursday the governments expectation that UNSGs envoy Jane Holl Lute will find suitable ground to begin consultations in order to agree and finalise the terms of reference so that the Cyprus negotiations can be held in the best possible way and in an effective manner. UN Secretary General’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has confirmed that Guterres’ Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute will no doubt have other meetings. The National Council is due to convene on November 12th.

Lute will have other meetings, UN SG’s spokesperson says

Defence Minister: Cyprus will fully implement its energy planning

Defence Minister Savvas Angelides expressed his strong belief that the Republic of Cyprus, following the right steps without promoting disputes, will fully implement its energy planning, in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA). At the same time, he called upon everyone in Cyprus, including the Media, to behave seriously and not to send wrong messages.

Cyprus President, political leaders receive first four volumes of Cyprus File

The first four volumes of the Cyprus File, containing evidence and other material collected by the House of Representatives and the Hellenic Parliament regarding events that shook the island in 1974, were presented Thursday to the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and political party leaders by the President of the House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris.

Energy, bilateral and trilateral cooperation at meeting between Foreign Minister and Israeli official

Trilateral cooperation, bilateral ties and developments in the energy sector were discussed at a meeting held on Thursday in Nicosia between Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and Israeli Deputy Minister in the Prime Ministers Office, Michael Oren, who is paying Cyprus a working visit upon an invitation by the Cypriot side.

EBRD upgrades projections for the Cypriot economy

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has upgraded its projections for the Cypriot economy. In its Regional Economic Prospects (REP) report, issued Thursday, the EBRD said the Cypriot economy will grow by 3.9% and 3.5% in 2018 and 2019 respectively, upgrading its May projections by 0.7% and 0.5%.

Cyprus and Romania sign MoU in the field of energy

Cyprus and Romania signed on Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of energy. The MoU was signed on behalf of the Cypriot Ministry of Energy by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minas Hadjimichael who paid Bucharest a visit and Romanian State Secretary for Energy Doru Visan.

Energy Ministry faced with significant challenges for RES

Despite significant interest, the ability to link renewable energy sources (RES) to Cyprus electricity grid remains limited due to shortage of electricity storage systems, Minister of Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has said. He recalled the Ministry’s plans to launch new schemes aiming at subsidising the use of renewable energy from home owners so that Cyprus could achieve its 2020 targets.

Deputy Ministry of Shipping to assess Cyprus-Greece sea connection

The Deputy Shipping Ministry of Cyprus was given the green light by the Cabinet to prepare a study on the maritime link between Cyprus and Greece, the Deputy Minister Natasa Pilides has said. Speaking to the press following the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Pilides said that the sea connection between the two countries is considered a positive development.

No agreement yet on an arrangement for mobile telephony source tells CNA

An agreement on an arrangement that would allow for the implementation of the Confidence Building Measure that would enable the connection of mobile phones of both sides of the divide, does not seem possible for now, a source told CNA. The issue was discussed during a meeting of the involved parties in the Greek Cypriot side under Greek Cypriot negotiator at the Cyprus talks Andreas Mavroyiannis.

Revenue from ship management climbs to a new three-and-a-half year high

Revenue from the ship management industry in the first half of 2018 amounted to Euros 506 million, or 5.1% of Cyprus’ GDP, the highest level since 2013, while marking a new three-and-a-half year high in absolute terms. According to the Central Bank of Cyprus ship management survey, in absolute terms, revenue for the period of January � June 2018 marked an increase of 7.3% on an annual basis.

Foreign Ministry launches campaign to help Kenya Archbishoprics philanthropic work

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cyprus began Thursday a humanitarian campaign to collect necessities to contribute to the philanthropic work of the Archbishopric in Kenya which runs an orphanage, schools and medical centers in the African country. The campaign will continue until the end of November.

Circular economy could be the answer to plastic pollution, Environment Commissioner says

Circular economy could be the answer to plastic pollution, Cyprus Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou has said, calling on everyone to become a green consumer and reduce the use of plastics. The Commissioner delivered a speech on Wednesday on the EU Strategy for Marine Pollution, organized by the Open University in Nicosia.

Source: Cyprus News Agency