CNA News – CNA – Emilia Christofi – CYPRUS/Nicosia 06/04/2018 14:04

Funding, Ashia missing and archives research some of the biggest concerns of the CMP, Committee member Arni tells CNA

Urgent funding needs linked to DNA analysis, the missing persons of the Turkish occupied village of Ashia, whose remains have been transferred to a landfill, and research in archives in various countries are the main concerns of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), according to one of its members.

The Cyprus News Agency met the third Member of the CMP, Swiss Paul-Henri Arni, a day before a visit to the island by the European Parliament LIBE Committee, on April 4th. He was especially concerned about securing funding for the CMP and told us that he wanted to make an urgent appeal, through CNA, to countries to support the work of the Committee.

Privatisation of Coops may lead to the creation of a bad bank FinMin says

The privatisation process launched by the nationalised Cooperative Cyprus Bank may lead to the creation of an Asset Management Company (AMC) also called as a bad bank which will manage non-performing loans, Harris Georgiades, Cyprus Finance Minister said on Thursday.

The CCB launched on March 19 a privatisation process offering two options either the acquisition of the banking entity as a whole or the acquisition of assets (mainly loans) liabilities as well as part of the bank’s branch network.

Construction production index up by 21.9% in 2017

The Index of Production in Construction recorded an increase of 21.9% in 2017 compared to 2016, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Thursday show.

According to the official data in the fourth quarter of 2017 the index reached 72.1 units (base year 2010=100.0), recording an increase of 12.1% over the fourth quarter of 2016.

Cyprus records deflation in March due to electricity prices

Cyprus recorded a rate of deflation of 0.5% on an annual basis in March mainly due to electricity prices, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Thursday show.

The art of chanting psalms in the byzantine music nominated in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The art of chanting psalms in the byzantine music is nominated to be included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO, at the proposal of Cyprus and Greece.

The nomination file will be examined in the fall of 2019.

Source: Cyprus News Agency