CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 02/03/2019 14:30

Pompeos participation in Cyprus, Greece, Israel Trilateral Summit important, FM says

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides, confirmed on Friday, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s participation in the Trilateral Summit of Cyprus, Greece and Israel, which will be held on the 20th of March. In an interview on SKAI TV, Minister Christodoulides described US Secretary of State’s participation in the forthcoming Trilateral Summit as a very important development, which constitutes a vote of confidence on the part of the USA. US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt, confirmed yesterday from the Delphi Economic Forum, that discussions are ongoing on the possibility of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attending the summit.

Parliament passes law on National Investments Fund to manage income from hydrocarbons

The House of Representatives plenary adopted on Friday, by a majority of 43 for and 7 against, a legislative bill establishing a National Investments Fund which will manage future capital income from hydrocarbon reserves within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, expressed satisfaction, yesterday, over the results of the exploration programme, in Block 10 Cyprus EEZ, and assured that the government of the Republic of Cyprus will serve the interests of all the citizens of the Republic.

Our aim is to conclude the terms of reference, Cyprus President stresses

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, stressed on Friday that the aim is to conclude the terms of reference that will pave the way for a creative dialogue to bring results. Invited to say how close we are in drafting the terms of reference, the President said he did not think that it would be wise to speak about how close or how far we are before the conclusion of the contacts. Earlier on, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou had said that the President informed the members of the National Council about his telephone conversation with UN SGs envoy Jane Holl Lute and how deliberations aiming to formulate the terms of reference, are evolving.

Attorney General pledges to make the most of Inquiry Committees Coop report

An Inquiry Committee appointed to look into the facts surrounding and leading to the demise of Cyprus’ cooperative credit system handed over on Friday its 800 pages long report to Attorney General Costas Clerides. Speaking during the handover Clerides pledged that the Committee’s findings will not be put away and will not be forgotten and that they will be studied thoroughly.

President to be received by the Queen, Prince of Wales and PM May in London visit

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will pay a working visit to London starting Sunday, having accepted an invitation by the UK Government. On Tuesday afternoon he will be received by Prime Minister Theresa May in 10 Downing Street. The efforts to resume settlement talks over the Cyprus issue, Brexit and other issues of shared interest are set to feature in the agenda. On Monday evening the President will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to celebrate the Cypriot diaspora in the UK, the ties between the two countries and the shared membership of the Commonwealth. During his visit, the President of the Republic will also have the opportunity to meet separately with Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge Prince William, as well as Her Majesty The Queen.

Schinas: Cyprus has enormous possibilities in EU which could use to benefit a solution

Cyprus is a modern member state of the EU, at its hardcore which is the Eurozone, with enormous possibilities which, if maximized, could work to the benefit of a solution, Margaritis Schinas, the Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission said, during an open discussion in Nicosia on Friday, organized by the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the Press and Information Office. The event was in the framework of ECs citizens dialogues for the Future of Europe. The event was also attended by students from seven high Schools in Cyprus.

Unemployment in Cyprus drops to 7.4% in January 2019

Unemployment in Cyprus further dropped in January 2019 to 7.4% (33,000 individuals) down from 7.7% (34,000 individuals) in December 2018 and 10.1% (43,000 individuals) in January 2018, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Meanwhile the euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8% in January 2019, stable compared with December 2018 and down from 8.6% in January 2018. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since October 2008.

Revenue from tourism up 2.7% in 2018

Revenue from tourism in Cyprus recorded a new high in 2018 according to data released yesterday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. For the period of January � December 2018 revenue from tourism is estimated at Euros 2,710.6 mn compared to Euros 2,639.1 mn in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of 2.7%.

No new information in 2019 about missing persons, Photiou tells CNA

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told the Cyprus News Agency that up to date there has been no new information on where missing persons remains could be located. He appealed on all Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to come forward with any information they may know without any fear.

Source: Cyprus News Agency