CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 08/06/2018 11:47

UN Secretariat has not approached Nicosia regarding a visit by UNSG’s envoy, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday that the Greek Cypriot side has not been approached by the UN Secretariat regarding a visit by a UNSGs envoy in Nicosia on July 9-12. The President was invited to comment on a statement by a UN source, saying that the UN Secretariat approached the two sides in Cyprus with regard to such a visit by Jane Holl Lute. “There is no such a thing. It is well known that we have been approached and asked to give our consent for the appointment of a special representative that will hold exploratory meetings and will look into the current state of play, so that the Secretary General will decide if he will convene a new Conference on Cyprus or not,” he added.

CoE calls on Turkey to grant access to military zones and archives in search for missing persons in Cyprus

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) has asked Turkey to ensure that the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) has unhindered access to military zones and archives on burial sites in the northern, Turkish-occupied part of the island. In a decision issued on Thursday, following the Committee’s three-day session for the supervision of the execution of the European Court’s judgments, the Deputies of the 47 member states reiterated that due to the passage of time, it remains urgent for the Turkish authorities to sustain their proactive approach to providing the CMP with all necessary assistance to continue to achieve tangible results as quickly as possible.

UK has “vital role” in Cyprus talks when they resume, President says

The United Kingdom, as a Guarantor Power and a Permanent Member of the Security Council, has a vital role to assume when the Cyprus negotiations resume, President Nicos Anastasiades has said. Addressing on Thursday evening an event at the High Commission of the United Kingdom ?n the occasion of the celebration for the Birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the President pointed out that the UK has a role to play particularly as regards the external dimensions of the settlement and the need to end, as the Gutterres framework prescribes, the Treaty of Guarantee and establish robust implementation and oversight security mechanisms of the implementation of the settlement. In another development, the Foreign Office has reaffirmed the UK Government’s positions on issues concerning the Cyprus settlement with a letter addressed to 11 members of the populous UK Cypriot community.

Cyprus records annual inflation of 1.3% in May

Inflation was up by 1.3% in Cyprus this May on an annual basis, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service show. In May 2018, the Consumer Price Index increased by 1.09 units to 100.96 units compared to 99.87 units in April 2018, a Statistical Service press release issued here today says. Compared to May 2017, the CPI is increased by 1.3% while for the period January – May 2018, the CPI is decreased by 0.1% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, it adds.

Russia could assume a more active role on external aspect of Cyprus problem, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who was addressing a reception at the Russian Embassy in Nicosia, expressed yesterday the strong belief that the Russian Federation as a permanent member of the Security Council could assume a more active role as regards the external dimension of a settlement of the Cyprus problem and the new security arrangements which would exclude the existing anachronistic ones. On his part, Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy stressed that Russia is not going to pull back from its position of principle on the Cyprus issue and will always stand for finding a formula of settlement without imposing artificial timeframes and schemes, which will meet best the aspirations of both communities. We want to see a peaceful, flourishing and united Cyprus, he noted.

Cyprus should urgently reduce NPLs, IMF says

The IMF Executive Board has stressed the urgency of reducing non-performing loans in a decisive and durable manner in Cyprus, while extending the Post-Program Monitoring. The position was outlined in the IM Executive Board which also highlighted the need to ensure that banks remain adequately capitalized and provisioned. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded on Monday the Second Post-Program Monitoring Discussions with Cyprus and supported extending post-program monitoring through July 31, 2019. In the meantime, international ratings agency DBRS has released a commentary in which it views in a positive light both the reduction of non-performing loans by Cypriot banks and the government’s strategy for their further reduction.

Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and Ireland to meet on Friday in Nicosia

Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides holds bilateral consultations today with the Tanaiste and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland Simon Coveney, who will be on a working visit to Cyprus. They are set to discuss, among other issues, the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, European and regional issues of common interest, as well as the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Ireland, and possible ways to strengthen cooperation in various fields such as education, trade, investments, and tourism.

Cyprus President congratulates new governments in Madrid and Rome

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, in a congratulatory message, has invited new Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez Perez-Castejon to visit Cyprus in the near future. Anastasiades also sent a congratulatory message to Italy’s new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and expressed his wish to work with him for the smooth realization of the potential of bilateral relations, arising from the discovery of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and the active presence of ENI.

Excavations at Dreamer’s Bay indicate a well preserved ancient harbour

The area of Dreamers Bay on the southern shores of the Akrotiri peninsula in Limassol district, contains archaeological remains that are linked to an ancient harbour in the bay and appear to represent one of the best preserved ancient port sites in the Mediterranean. The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works in a press release, announces the completion of the 2018 archaeological mission of the University of Leicester at Akrotiri-Dreamer’s Bay, in the Limassol district. The present programme of work is conducted by the University of Leicester-led Ancient Akrotiri Project. It is planned to last five years and is intended to document and record the endangered shoreline structures, to establish their nature and date, and to characterize and date other apparently associated ancient remains, including a building complex on the hill overlooking the shoreline, the nearby quarries, and the submerged remains.

AFIS has recycled 352 tons of batteries in eight years of operation

Between the years 2009 and 2017 AFIS Cyprus has installed a total of 4,000 recycling bins and has collected 352 tons of batteries, approximately 20,000,000 batteries. It has also invested 1,213,800 euro in its communication strategy trying to raise awareness on the significance of recycle for the environment and the human health. The Organization, founded in 2009, aims at recycling 45% of the batteries that imported in Cyprus. AFIS organized a press conference on Thursday to brief the public about its actions and accomplishments as well as the difficulties it faces.

Source: Cyprus News Agency