CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 13/05/2018 14:46

My vision is to hand over a reunified Cyprus in 2023, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has reiterated that this will be his last term in office, stressing that his vision is to hand over a reunified country in 2023. President Anastasiades was addressing, yesterday, the 16th Pancyprian Democratic Rally Congress, in Nicosia. This is my last term in office, he said, stressing that my vision is when I hand over in 2023 to hand over a reunified homeland.

UN frustrated over Turkey’s reluctance to confirm Lute as the Secretary-Generals envoy to Cyprus

Ankara’s reluctance to give the green light for the arrival of Jane Holl Lute in Cyprus, as the Secretary-General’s personal envoy to probe the potential resumption of settlement talks, causes frustration at the United Nations, CNA has learnt. According to a well-informed source, Greece and Great Britain already gave their go-ahead for the mission, as Lute is expected to hold contacts with the two communities and the three guarantor powers. The same source said that Ankara is not willing to make such a move before the June 24 early elections in the country. However, time is of the essence as the international organization prepares the UN Secretary-General’s report on UNFICYP, the peacekeeping force in Cyprus, with a deadline on June 15.

The existing system of guarantees in Cyprus should be abolished, says EPP Secretary-General

The existing system of guarantees in Cyprus is not sustainable and should be abolished, EPP Secretary-General Antonio Lopez said yesterday, addressing the 16th Pancyprian Democratic Rally Congress, in Nicosia. The Spanish MEP also expressed EPP support for a comprehensive and viable settlement in Cyprus, in accordance with UN resolutions and EU values and principles. Membership in the EU is the best guarantee while occupation troops and intervention rights have no place in a member state, the EPP official noted.

Senator Menendez outlines need for a new US policy in the Eastern Mediterranean

Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat of New Jersey, spoke on Friday of a new policy for the United Sates in the Eastern Mediterranean, distancing themselves from Turkey, while granting Cyprus and Greece a more prominent role. Speaking during a fundraising event, in Astoria, the Senator also expressed the view that the State Department and US Congress are at the brink of differentiating their views over Turkey, due to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s actions. Menendez said in his speech that he is on the side of Cyprus and Greece as a matter of principle and because he believes in their just cause.

First wedding of enclaved couple in Turkish occupied Rizokarpaso village in 27 years

The church bells of Ayios Synesios in the Turkish occupied village of Rizorkarpaso will sound to mark the happy occasion of a wedding next Saturday, for the first time since 1991. In statements to CNA President of the Karpasia Coordinating Committee Nicos Falas said that Rizorkapaso village “is coming alive” once more. Replying to questions he explains that about 15 families who come from the area have recently returned, have fixed up their houses and have taken up work. The groom is Christos Achilleos who is part of the largest family in the area and one of thirteen siblings. Together with his other half Chistina Halkiti from the Greek island of Rhodes, they will be receiving congratulations and sharing their happy occasion with friends and family at “Yiannakis” restaurant in Ayios Therissos.

Source: Cyprus News Agency