CNA News – CNA – by Kiriaki Demetriou – ?ICOSIA 07/07/2018 15:34

President Anastasiades is looking forward to Lute preparing the resumption of the talks, says Spokesman

President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, is very positively looking forward to Jane Hall Lute’s preparations for the resumption of the negotiations from the point where the talks ended, based on the progress achieved and the UNSG’s framework including its six parametres, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said.

Prodromou made the remarks after President Anastasiades met on Friday with UNSGs Special Representative in Cyprus and head of UNFICYP, Elizabeth Spehar.

Fiscal risks in Cyprus increase due to uncertainties concerning the CCB sale, European Commission says

Fiscal risks to Cyprus’ outlook have increased considerably due to the uncertainties surrounding the sale of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank and the associated government bond issuance, the European Commission said in its post-programme surveillance report. The macroeconomic situation and outlook remain very positive although the risks to the outlook have increased, the European Commission said.

Cyprus and China sign agreement for extradition of fugitives

Cyprus and China have signed an agreement for the extradition of fugitives, which is expected to set sound foundations in bilateral cooperation for combatting crime. The agreement was signed by Cypriot Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou, who visited China from June 28 to July 3, and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng. During a meeting with Le Yucheng, Nicolaou referred to the excellent bilateral relations, and informed the Chinese official on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

Civil societys involvement remains key in mobilizing greater support for the peace process, Spehar says

The involvement of civil society remains key in mobilizing greater support for the peace process within the society at large, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar said on Friday evening addressing an NGO networking event hosted at Ledra Palace hotel, in Nicosia buffer zone. The SG also firmly believes this and in his recent report on his Good Offices mission, he urged the leaders to consider supporting existing bicommunal initiatives, including to help mobilize public support for and involvement in the peace process, Spehar noted.

Defence Minister stresses the need for the Turkish occupation of Cyprus to be terminated

The Turkish occupation of Cyprus must be terminated, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides stressed on Saturday adding that a settlement of the Cyprus problem must be functional and viable. There must be no foreign troops and barbed-wires which divide the country, but a united country in which all of its legal inhabitants live in harmony, in a secure, peaceful and democratic environment, he added. Angelides was speaking on behalf of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades during the memorial service for National Guard Chief, Lieutenant General Evangelos, and other four army officers killed on 10 July 2002 near Paphos, when their helicopter crashed.

Source: Cyprus News Agency