CNA News – CNA – Emilia Christofi – CYPRUS/Nicosia 31/01/2019 11:49

UN Security Council unanimously extends UNFICYP’s mandate until end July. The UN Security Council unanimously adopted on Wednesday resolution 2453 (2019) extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus, UNFICYP, for another six months until July 31, 2019. In their interventions all diplomats expressed support for a Cyprus settlement. Earlier on, Cyprus’ permanent representative to the UN gave the Cypriot government’s consent for UNFICYP’s continued presence. Cyprus and Greece share identical views as regards further actions on the Cyprus problem, Presidency says . Cyprus and Greece share identical views as regards further actions on the Cyprus problem, a press release issued by the Presidency of the Republic said, following the talks which President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras had this morning in Nicosia. Resumption of talks as soon as possible is necessary, G/c and T/c parties agree Leaders and representatives of the majority of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties who had on Wednesday their regular meeting at Ledra Palace hotel, in Nicosias buffer zone, agreed that the resumption of negotiations as soon as possible is necessary in order to achieve a mutually agreed federal solution of the Cyprus problem. Foreign Minister travels to Bucharest to take part in Gymnich . Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides travels to Bucharest on Thursday morning to take part in an informal meeting of EU FMs, known as Gymnich, which takes place on Thursday and Friday. “During the informal Councils work EU Foreign Ministers will have the opportunity to exchange views on a series of topics which have to do with EU foreign relations,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release says. Turkish Cypriot leader donates Euros 75,000 to the CMP Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci donated on Wednesday Euros 75,000 to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot community. According to a CMP announcement, this brings the Turkish Cypriot financial assistance to the CMP to a total of Euros 433,000 over the past thirteen years. A total of 2,275 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018, says UNHCR.. Refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea lost their lives at an alarming rate in 2018, as cuts in search and rescue operations reinforced its position as the world’s deadliest sea crossing, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency said on Wednesday. UNHCR released its latest ‘Desperate Journeys’ report, saying six lives were lost on average every day. Industrial production rose 4.9% in November 2018 The Index of Industrial Production reached 122,2 units (base 2015=100) in November 2018, rising 4.9% compared to November 2017, the Statistical Service reported Wednesday. Between January � November 2018, the index gained 5.6% compared with the corresponding period of 2017. Liabilities of public corporations reach 74.8% in Cyprus for 2017, according to Eurostat. Greece (119.6% of GDP), the Netherlands (102.7%), Germany (91.7%), Luxembourg (82.5%) and Cyprus (74.8% , 0.0% is non performing) are the countries with the highest level of liabilities of public corporations, according to data released today by Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. The main reason for the high level of these liabilities is that the data include government controlled financial institutions, among other public banks.

Source: Cyprus News Agency