CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 16/11/2018 13:49

US reiterates support to Cyprus right to develop its natural wealth , as drilling begins in block 10

US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis Fannon reiterated the US government’s support to the Republic of Cyprus right to develop its natural wealth, adding that his country promotes energy developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region as a matter of priority.

His comments came as ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum today, began drilling in block 10 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone. Speaking after a meeting with Cyprus Minister of Energy Georgios Lakkotrypis, Fannon said his visit is part of a regional trip to discuss energy development in the region. Cyprus was his second stop, after Israel and he will travel to Egypt, he said.

Termination of occupation top priority, Spokesman says on UDI anniversary

The priority of President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the government was and remains the termination of the Turkish occupation of the third of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said yesterday, deploring the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence and Turkish celebrations. In a written statement, Prodromou notes that 35 years have passed since the illegal UDI, which was condemned by the international community and declared void by the United Nations, however the Turkish side continues to celebrate the anniversary and promote the pseudostate and the concept of division.

Rights of Britons in Cyprus and Cypriots in Britain protected under Brexit agreement, diplomat says

British High Commissioner in Cyprus, Stephen Lillie, said yesterday that under UKs withdrawal agreement with the EU, the rights of Britons in Cyprus and all over the EU, as well as the rights of Cypriots in Britain are protected, and after Brexit they will continue to live and work and access public services, health services, just like they do now. In statements after a meeting he had with Limassol Mayor, Nikos Nikolaides, and invited to say if Brexit will influence the relations between Britain and Cyprus, Lillie said: “Not at all. We are very pleased that Britain and the EU have reached an agreement on the future relationship and our departure from the European Union. That is a positive development.”

Health sector to change completely by 2020, President says

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday evening that the health sector in Cyprus would change completely by 2020. In an address at the 3rd Graduation Ceremony of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine, delivered on his behalf by Health Minister, Constantinos Ioannou, President Anastasiades noted that the government is now in the process of implementing the National Health System, which is based on the fundamental principles of social solidarity, equality and universal coverage.

CMP excavation underway in Strovolos in search for Turkish Cypriots remains

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) launched a new excavation last Monday, in Strovolos, Nicosia, in search for the remains of four to five Turkish Cypriots who went missing in 1964. The Cyprus News Agency (CNA) has learned that CMP has information that their corpses were thrown in wells. Air photos of the region examined by CMP experts, have shown that two of the wells at that site were open during that period. CMP is currently also carrying out excavations in the occupied areas of the island, looking for the remains of Greek Cypriots who went missing in 1974.

Euroarea inflation at 2.2% in October 2018, at 1.9% in Cyprus

The euro area annual inflation rate was 2.2% in October 2018, up from 2.1% in September 2018, Eurostat data published today show. A year earlier, the rate was 1.4%. European Union annual inflation was also 2.2% in October 2018, up from 2.1% in September 2018. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7%. In Cyprus inflation stood at 1.9% in October 2018, up from 1.7% in September 2018 and 0.4% in October 2017.

Cash outflows from Cyprus reach Euros 490 million in 2017, according to Eurostat data

According to data released yesterday by Eurostat, in 2017, flows of money sent by residents of the European Union (EU) to non-EU countries, (personal transfers), amounted to Euros 32.7 billion, compared with Euros 31.8 bn in 2016. Inflows to the EU totalled Euros 10.7 bn in 2017, compared with Euros 10.1 bn in 2016. This resulted in a negative balance (-Euros 22.0 bn) for the EU with the rest of the world. The majority of personal transfers consist of flows of money sent by migrants to their country of origin. In Cyprus, the total amount of inflows was 176 million euro, 87 million intra- EU and 89 million extra- EU. Total outflows amounted to 490 million euro, 240 million intra- EU and 251 million extra-EU.

Nicosia asks for Polands support with regard to UNFICYP

Nicosia asked for Poland’s support in the effort to secure the presence of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), for as long as Turkey continues to occupy the northern part of the island. According to a Foreign Ministry announcement, the issue was discussed during political consultations held in Nicosia between the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Minas Hadjimichael and Polands Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek.The two officials also expressed their joint commitment in strengthening and deepening bilateral relations further.

Students and activists clean up Coral Bay Beach from plastic waste

Students from the Apostolos Pavlos High School and members of the research centre AKTI collected and separated waste polluting the beach and the sea of the Coral Bay Beach. The students collected, separated and recorded a total of 16kgs of waste. The greatest volume concerned cigarette buts the filters of which contain micro-plastics which flow in the marine environment. Cigarette buts were 65% to 70% of total waste collected by the students, followed by plastic straws which are considered dangerous because they damage the stomachs of fish, plastic bottle caps, earbuds used mainly by tourists as well as plastic bags.

Source: Cyprus News Agency