CNA News – CNA – by KiriakiDemetriou – ?ICOSIA 03/01/2019 12:18

Cyprus President to discuss bilateral relations, EU and Cyprus problem during Slovenia visit

The President of Cyprus, NicosAnastasiades, is expected to discuss bilateral relations, EU affairs and the Cyprus problem, during his official visit to Slovenia, on January 9 and 10, Government Spokesman ProdromosProdromou has said. Speaking to CNA, Prodromou said that President Anastasiades is expected to depart from Cyprus on Tuesday, January 8.

2019 will be a milestone year for the Cyprus issue, Foreign Minister tells CNA

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has expressed the conviction that 2019 will be a milestone year for the Cyprus issue, underlining that the current status quo is unacceptable and cannot constitute the settlement of the problem, in an interview to Cyprus News Agency (CNA). Meanwhile, Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s envoy, is expected to pay another visit to Cyprus at the end of this month, in order to continue deliberations for an agreement on the terms of reference that will pave the way for the resumption of settlement talks.

Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and China discuss UNFICYP and Cyprus problem

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides met on Wednesday with State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi, in Larnaca, with the two men discussing, among others, the Cyprus problem, the renewal of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and bilateral relations.

Cyprus protests Turkish provocations in its EEZ to UNSG

The Republic of Cyprus has protested Turkey’s provocative actions within its Exclusive Economic Zone, last October, to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In particular, in a letter dated December 12, which was circulated on December 31, 2018, as an official document of the UN General Assembly, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN KorneliosKorneliou focuses on the illegal activities of the research vessel Barbaros.

Tourism Deputy Minister highlights need for collective work

No one has the right to decide alone on matters regarding tourism, Deputy Minister of Tourism SavvasPerdios said on Wednesday, adding that stakeholders also need to submit their views ahead of policy-making decisions. Perdios was speaking during a ceremony, in Nicosia, after assuming his official duties as Cyprus’ first Deputy Minister of Tourism.

Appointment of next US Ambassador to Cyprus confirmed by the Senate

The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Judith Gail Garber as the new Ambassador of the United States to Cyprus. The American diplomat is expected to be sworn in, in the coming days. It is not yet known when she will be arriving in Cyprus. Garbers nomination was announced on August 15, 2018 and was presented before the Senates Foreign Affairs Committee on October 4, 2018.

Man who suffered heart attack rescued off shore Cyprus

A person who suffered yesterday a heart attack was transported early on Thursday to Nicosia General Hospital by helicopter. His condition is said to be stable. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) received on Wednesday an “urgent call” by a drilling platform vessel in the maritime area south of Cyprus. It “immediately activated” the national search and rescue plan “NEARCHOS” and sent a police helicopter carrying a nurse to collect the patient. The helicopter was faced with “adverse weather conditions” and was forced to remain on the drilling vessel until this morning when conditions allowed for its take-off.

Snow, rain, rockfall and fog continue to affect roads, police say

Roads in Cyprus, especially in the mountains, continue to be affected by snow, rain, rockfall and fog, the police have said, warning drivers to be extremely careful. Roads in the mountains are slippery while visibility is limited due to heavy fog.

Source: Cyprus News Agency