CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 27/02/2019 12:46

Cyprus leaders decide about a series of Confidence Building Measures

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, decided on Tuesday about a series of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) among the two communities, concerning, inter alia, mobile telephony and interconnectivity of the electricity grids, according to a statement of the UN spokesperson in Cyprus after an informal meeting which the two leaders had. President Anastasiades, who will convene the National Council on Friday, said that he and Akinci have agreed to do our utmost with a view to formulate such terms of reference that would allow us to enter into a creative and effective dialogue.

The UN Secretary Generals spokesperson Stephane Dujarric also referred to the confidence building measures announced from Nicosia.

Greek FM meets UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute in Athens

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, met yesterday the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Athens. The meeting was held in a very good atmosphere, according to diplomatic sources. Katrougalos reiterated Greeces commitment to the solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN resolutions for the reunification of the island, the abolition of the unacceptable system of guarantees and the withdrawal of the occupation troops.

Photo exhibition showcases Foreign Ministrys timeline since Cyprus Independence

A photopgraphic exhibition, with 500 photos from various archives, showcasing the Foreign Ministrys timeline since 1960 was opened yesterday evening, at the ministry by President Anastasiades who pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has linked its evolution and work with our state entity and the international recognition that the Republic of Cyprus enjoys.

Sri Lankas FM in Cyprus for official visit

Sri Lankas Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will meet with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides in the context of an official visit in Cyprus and will also be received by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. The two ministers will open on Thursday the countrys General Consulate in Nicosia. During their meeting today Christodoulides and Marapana are expected to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral relations, the latest developments in the Cyprus problem as well as EU – Sri Lanka relations, a Foreign Ministry press release issued here today says.

Economic climate declines marginally in February

Economic climate in Cyprus declined marginally in February on the back of deteriorating climate in confidence in industry, consumers and to a lesser degree in retail trade, the University of Cyprus’ Economic Research Centre Research (ERC) said on Tuesday. The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI-CypERC) in February declined by 0.1 points compared with January to 112.3 points, marking a reduction for the second consecutive month.

Cyprus President says ICJ opinion on Mauritius needs to be considered further

The advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) needs to be considered further, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday. The President was asked at the Presidential Palace about the relevance for Cyprus of an advisory opinion, issued Monday by the ICJ. The Court stated inter alia that the United Kingdom has an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible, and that all Member States must co-operate with the United Nations to complete the decolonization of Mauritius.

Source: Cyprus News Agency