CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 12/05/2018 13:22

Revenue from tourism annually up by 13.1% in February

Revenue from tourism rose to Euros 52.7 mn in February 2018 compared to Euros 46.6 mn in the corresponding month of the previous year, recording a significant increase of 13.1%, on the basis of the results of the Passenger Survey, published by the Statistical Service yesterday. In the first two months of this year revenue from tourism increased to Euros 91.1 mn compared to Euros 82.0 mn in the same period last year, recording an increase of 11.1%.

Cystat said that expenditure per person in February 2018 was down to Euros 519,43 compared to Euros 566,79 in the corresponding month of the previous year, a decrease of 8.4%.

UK Cypriots urge PM May to defend reunification efforts in meeting with Erdogan

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to stress her Government’s support in the efforts to reunify Cyprus in a meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next Tuesday at Downing Street. In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK Christos Karaolis describes the meeting as an opportunity for Mrs May to make a lasting difference for Cyprus and to make a positive contribution towards efforts to reunify Cyprus for the benefit of all its people. In another development, the Municipality of Famagusta has reiterated that it unreservedly supports the resumption of talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem, noting that this process is the only way to peacefully solve the Cyprus issue and reunify the island.

Hariri tells President Anastasiades he intents to visit Cyprus after government formation in Lebanon

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades spoke yesterday on the phone with Saad Hariri, wishing him to get reelected as Prime Minister of Lebanon. Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou wrote on twitter that President Anastasiades also welcomed Hariri’s intention to pay a visit to Cyprus after the formation of the new government in Lebanon.

“Act in Space” international competition comes to Cyprus

The European Space Agencys space start-ups competition Act In Space will come to Cyprus in the weekend 26-27 of May. The organiser of the event is the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO). President of CSEO Giorgos Danos told the Cyprus News Agency that “it is an honour for Cyprus to host this competition in our country along with only 20 other countries globally”.

Belgium-Cyprus Friendship Group in Cyprus for a two-day visit

? tripartite delegation of the Belgium-Cyprus Friendship Group at the Belgium Parliament arrives in Cyprus on Sunday for a three-day visit. The delegation is headed by Luk Van Biesen and comprises Senator Pol Van den Driessche and Parliamentarian Stephane CrusniAre. They will be accompanied by Belgian Ambassador to Cyprus, based in Athens, Luc Liebaut and Iuna Sadat, advisor for European issues at the Belgian Parliament.

Opening of Japanese Embassy the base for further enhancement of bilateral ties

The opening of the Embassy of Japan in Cyprus on January this year is the symbolic representation of the deepening mutual relations and it shall be the base of further enhancement and expansion of bilateral ties in various areas including politics, economy, trade, culture, education, science and technology, the Ambassador of Japan Shinichi Nakatsugawa has said. He was presenting yesterday his credentials to President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace.

Casual government staff increases, while permanent staff decreases

The government labour force increased by 773 persons or 1.5% in April 2018 compared to 2017, as a result of an increase of 9.5% in the casual staff that rose to 16.491 persons compared to 15,062 persons in the same month last year, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported on Friday. According to Cystat, the permanent staff of the government decreased by 656 persons or -1.8%.

AKEL and T/c Communal Democracy Party agree on need for Cyprus talks to resume

Left-wing opposition party AKEL and Turkish Cypriot Communal Democracy Party have agreed on the need for the Cyprus talks to resume and for a solution to be achieved as soon as possible. Delegations of the two parties met yesterday at AKELs offices in Nicosia where they also decided to established a joint committee that would work towards the goal to resume the Cyprus talks after the elections in Turkey (end of June). They also expressed their support towards a federal solution while voicing their opposition towards any other sort of solution, including the one of two states.

Teachers’ trade unions anounce 2nd Bi-communal Conference

Six Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot teachers’ trade unions organize on May 15 and 16, 2018, their 2nd Bi-communal Educational Conference and Workshop, in the Nicosia buffer zone, to discuss public and quality education. Teachers belonging to POED, OELMEK, OLTEK KTOS, KTOEOS and DAU SEN � all members of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) � are expected to exchange views on preventing and mitigating harassment and violence in schools, while discussing the issue of teaching foreign children.

The conference was announced yesterday, during a press conference at the Home for Cooperation, in Nicosia, during which POED President Filios Fylaktou and Tahir Gokcebel from KTOEOS read a joint announcement, in Greek and Turkish respectively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency