CNA News – CNA – Athena Arsalidou – Nicosia 22/04/2018 12:19

Government awaits for UNSGs reaction after leaders dinner

Todays status quo in the island can not constitute a solution, neither for the Greek Cypriots nor for the Turkish Cypriots, Secretary of the Council of Ministers, Theodosis Tsiolas, has said, in his speech at the burial of the remains of Adonis Christoforou, who during the Turkish invasion in 1974 was murdered by Turks, and whose remains were recently found and identified. He added that after the leaders informal dinner on the 16th of April the government expects now to be informed by the UN Secretary-General about his assessments and decisions on how we can move on with our efforts to reach a solution”.

US State Department Human Rights report for 2017 published

The most significant human rights issues included instances of corruption, which the authorities investigated; and societal violence against members of minority ethnic and national groups, said the State Departments Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2017 in Cyprus. According to the report, the government investigated and prosecuted officials who committed human rights abuses, while there were no reports of impunity during the year.

European Greens express support to Cyprus over nuclear concerns

European Greens expressed Saturday support to Cyprus and the Cyprus Green Party over concerns for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, in the southern coast of Turkey.

Green Party Member Evelyne Huytebroeck is paying a visit to Cyprus to attend the 11th Cyprus Green Party conference. Asked about Akkuyu, the Brussels MP and former Environment Minister referred to the resolution, the European Green Party adopted recently, noting that this is a very important problem that knows no borders.

Cyprus has taken important steps towards gender equality, Minister says

Cyprus has taken important steps aiming at eradicating violence, discrimination and promoting equality between men and women in various areas, Minister of Labour Zeta Emilianidou has stressed, addressing the 25th ZONTA International Conference (Greece-Cyprus-Lebanon) with the theme Advocate-Serve-End Violence – Take action to improve the lives of women and girls.

Cyprus’ pig farms almost cover local demand in pork meat

The 65 swine farms operating in Cyprus are able to cover over 90% of Cyprus’ needs in pork meat, said Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis, citing data from the Department of Agriculture.The Minister was addressing Saturday the 2nd Scientific Conference on Pig farming, in Limassol, organized by professional associations who are members of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Pig farming comprises a very dynamic sector of Cyprus’ agriculture, the Minister went on, and underlined the need to strengthen and support it as a matter of priority.

Cyprus to take part in Changwon ISSF World Cup with three shooting athletes

Three shooting athletes from Cyprus are attending the second stage of this years ISSF World Cup Series in Changwon, Korea. Giorgos Achilleos, Andreas Hasikos and Constantina Nicolaou depart this Monday for the Korean city. Skeet and trap shooting games will take place at the Changwon International Shooting Range, the same venue that will host the 52nd ISSF World Championship next September, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Cypriot athletes aim to secure a quota place, while getting to know the facilities.

Source: Cyprus News Agency