CNA News – CNA – Emilia Christofi – CYPRUS/Nicosia 20/07/2018 16:19

Cypriots wake up to the sound of sirens marking the 44th anniversary since the Turkish invasion

Cypriots woke up today, once more, to the sound of sirens to remind everybody, lest we forget, of that fateful Saturday morning of July 20th, 1974. Today, Friday July 20th 2018 marks 44 years since Turkish troops invaded and occupied Cyprus’ northern part.

President unveils Noratlas aircraft, in honour of Greek commandos killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion

An aircraft, similar to the Noratlas transport plane which was shot down by friendly fire during the 1974 Turkish invasion, was unveiled here today by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, in a somber ceremony marking the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s offensive against Cyprus.

“Presumed dead” is not an option with regard to missing persons issue in Cyprus, President says

The government will not accept the notion of presumed dead as a solution to the humanitarian issue of missing persons in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades has stressed, pointing out that his stance concerns all missing persons, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and Greeks.

Speaking last night at the unveiling ceremony of a memorial, dedicated to the mother of the missing, he criticized Turkey’s unwillingness and lack of interest in this issue, recalling that it ignores UN resolutions and various decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.In his address at the ceremony, Greek Minister of National Defence Panos Kamenos pledged that the struggle to ascertain the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus will continue.

President: We hope that the Turkish side will cooperate to convene a new Conference on Cyprus

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades has expressed hope that the Turkish side would cooperate to enable the Secretary General to convene a new Conference on the Cyprus problem.

He also said that next week he would analyze the situation to the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy Jane Jane Holl Lute, who will be in Cyprus on Monday to sound out the intentions of the two sides in an effort to establish whether a new conference can take place, to help find a negotiated settlement, to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Cyprus problem, economy and current affairs in Syllouris � Varemenos meeting

Acting Cyprus President and House Speaker Demetris Syllouris and 2nd Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Georgios Varemenos had a meeting in Nicosia during which the discussed the Cyprus problem, the economy and regional current affairs.

Varemenos is in Cyprus on behalf of the Hellenic Parliament to attend events marking the anniversary of the 1974 coup d’etat and subsequent Turkish invasion of Cyprus which has since divided the island resulting it the occupation of its northern third.

FinMin says credit rating agencies’ reports in line with the Government’s estimates

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said Thursday that the latest reports of credit rating agencies about Cyprus were in line with the Government’s estimates.

The findings of the credit rating agencies are in line with the governments estimates that the recent decisions regarding the banking sector, however difficult they may have been, will have a positive impact on the course of the Cypriot economy, and that the increase of public debt is manageable – as the rating agencies suggest, while the positive outlook that results from the consolidation of the banking system and the safeguarding of stability and trust will be even more important, Georgiades said.

Cyprus records largest annual decrease in public debt, among EU M-S, during Q1 2018, with -11.3 points

Public debt in Cyprus recorded the largest annual decrease in the EU, with -11.3 points, moving from 106% of GDP a year ago to 94.7% in Q1 2018, according to Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. More specifically, debt levels declined form 19,548 billion euro in Q1 2017 to 18,725 billion in Q4 2018 and 18,451 billion in Q1 2018, an -11.3 points annual drop, or -2.8 points compared to the previous quarter.

Industrial turnover up in first four months of 2018

Industrial turnover was up in both April and the first four months of this year, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service show.

The Industrial Turnover Index for April 2018 reached 89.6 units (base 2010=100), recording an increase of 7.7% compared to April 2017.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

CNA News – CNA – Emilia Christofi – CYPRUS/Nicosia 20/07/2018 16:19

Cypriots wake up to the sound of sirens marking the 44th anniversary since the Turkish invasion

Cypriots woke up today, once more, to the sound of sirens to remind everybody, lest we forget, of that fateful Saturday morning of July 20th, 1974. Today, Friday July 20th 2018 marks 44 years since Turkish troops invaded and occupied Cyprus’ northern part.

President unveils Noratlas aircraft, in honour of Greek commandos killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion

An aircraft, similar to the Noratlas transport plane which was shot down by friendly fire during the 1974 Turkish invasion, was unveiled here today by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, in a somber ceremony marking the 44th anniversary of Turkey’s offensive against Cyprus.

“Presumed dead” is not an option with regard to missing persons issue in Cyprus, President says

The government will not accept the notion of presumed dead as a solution to the humanitarian issue of missing persons in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades has stressed, pointing out that his stance concerns all missing persons, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots and Greeks.

Speaking last night at the unveiling ceremony of a memorial, dedicated to the mother of the missing, he criticized Turkey’s unwillingness and lack of interest in this issue, recalling that it ignores UN resolutions and various decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.In his address at the ceremony, Greek Minister of National Defence Panos Kamenos pledged that the struggle to ascertain the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus will continue.

President: We hope that the Turkish side will cooperate to convene a new Conference on Cyprus

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades has expressed hope that the Turkish side would cooperate to enable the Secretary General to convene a new Conference on the Cyprus problem.

He also said that next week he would analyze the situation to the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy Jane Jane Holl Lute, who will be in Cyprus on Monday to sound out the intentions of the two sides in an effort to establish whether a new conference can take place, to help find a negotiated settlement, to reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Cyprus problem, economy and current affairs in Syllouris � Varemenos meeting

Acting Cyprus President and House Speaker Demetris Syllouris and 2nd Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Georgios Varemenos had a meeting in Nicosia during which the discussed the Cyprus problem, the economy and regional current affairs.

Varemenos is in Cyprus on behalf of the Hellenic Parliament to attend events marking the anniversary of the 1974 coup d’etat and subsequent Turkish invasion of Cyprus which has since divided the island resulting it the occupation of its northern third.

FinMin says credit rating agencies’ reports in line with the Government’s estimates

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said Thursday that the latest reports of credit rating agencies about Cyprus were in line with the Government’s estimates.

The findings of the credit rating agencies are in line with the governments estimates that the recent decisions regarding the banking sector, however difficult they may have been, will have a positive impact on the course of the Cypriot economy, and that the increase of public debt is manageable – as the rating agencies suggest, while the positive outlook that results from the consolidation of the banking system and the safeguarding of stability and trust will be even more important, Georgiades said.

Cyprus records largest annual decrease in public debt, among EU M-S, during Q1 2018, with -11.3 points

Public debt in Cyprus recorded the largest annual decrease in the EU, with -11.3 points, moving from 106% of GDP a year ago to 94.7% in Q1 2018, according to Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. More specifically, debt levels declined form 19,548 billion euro in Q1 2017 to 18,725 billion in Q4 2018 and 18,451 billion in Q1 2018, an -11.3 points annual drop, or -2.8 points compared to the previous quarter.

Industrial turnover up in first four months of 2018

Industrial turnover was up in both April and the first four months of this year, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service show.

The Industrial Turnover Index for April 2018 reached 89.6 units (base 2010=100), recording an increase of 7.7% compared to April 2017.

Source: Cyprus News Agency