CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 27/04/2018 12:09

The status quo is not, under any circumstances, the solution in Cyprus, President stresses

The status quo can under no circumstance constitute a solution for either of the islands two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday evening, in his address at the opening of a museum, in Agia Napa, dedicated to the EOKA liberation struggle of 1955-59 against British colonial rule. Referring to a UN-hosted dinner earlier this month with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, to the recent EU Summit and the Commonwealth summit, he said he made it clear that “our side is ready for the resumption of negotiations at the point they were when they stopped last July in Crans – Montana.” In statements earlier yesterday Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the Cypriot governments effort is to bring Turkey back to the negotiating table via the United Nations, with the expectation that it will change its stance as regards the Cyprus problem.

FMs of Russia and Cyprus discuss Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, regional issues

Foreign Ministers of Russia and Cyprus, Sergey Lavrov and Nikos Christodoulides, hold talks today in Moscow, to discuss, among others, the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations, EU-Russia relations and regional issues. Christodoulides is paying a working visit to Moscow, following an invitation by his Russian counterpart. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that “contacts with the Cypriot authorities are aimed at discussing a wide range of bilateral issues, as well as regional and global problems” and expressed hope that the Cypriot top diplomat’s working visit to Moscow “will facilitate multi-faceted cooperation” between the two countries. Moscow and Nicosia have substantial cooperation in economic field, Russian Ambassador in Cyprus Stanislav Osatchiy said yesterday addressing a conference in Limassol.

PACE adopts resolution and recommendation favouring displaced Cypriots

?he Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on Wednesday a resolution that made reference to the rights of displaced Cypriots and proposed measures to alleviate their humanitarian needs. According to a press release from the Parliament of Cyprus, PACE adopted yesterday the resolution on the humanitarian needs and rights of internally displaced persons in Europe, along with a recommendation.

The Assembly voted against all the amendments to the Resolution tabled by the Turkish delegation regarding Cyprus, apart from one, which was approved with a majority.

Upward trend in tourism to continue, CTO and Hermes say

The upward trend in the tourism sector recorded for the winter season will continue in the summer period, which began on 1 April 2018, Cyprus Tourism Organisation and Hermes have said. A delegation comprised of officers from both organisations took part in the Forum Routes Europe 2018 that took place in Spain, in the context of which they met with representatives of airlines and tour operators. In the meetings, a press release says, they ascertained that the upward trend recorded for the winter tourist season will continue in the summer period as well and that the airlines confirmed their strong potential interest to further expand their operations in the summer of 2019. CTO President Angelos Loizou also reiterated this assessment yesterday before a parliamentary committee, based as he said on the bookings so far for airline tickets and accommodation.

Cyprus’ role in the Commonwealth, after Brexit, discussed in an event in Nicosia

The potential role that Cyprus can play in the framework of the Commonwealth especially after the exit of Britain from the European Union, was highlighted, yesterday, during the launch event of the Cyprus Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in Nicosia, in the presence of Prince Michael of Kent. Prince Michael spoke for a renewed opportunity for the Commonwealth after the recomposition within the EU, which presented and opportunity for Cyprus to play a bigger part in world affairs. He focused on the business and investment opportunities that the Commonwealth has to offer and welcomed the new strategic partnership established between Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and the Cyprus Investment and Promotion Agency in Nicosia.

Economic sentiment in Cyprus rises marginally in April, ERC says

The economic sentiment in Cyprus rose marginally in April, driven by stronger business confidence in services and industry, and firmer consumer confidence, the University of Cyprus’ Economic Research Centre has said. The Economic Sentiment Indicator ESI, complied by the ERC, accelerated by 1.5 points in April 2018 compared with the previous month, reaching 119 points. The increase was driven by stronger business confidence in services and industry, and firmer consumer confidence, the ERC said.

We are at a turning point in the history of technology, Director of KIOS Research Centre, tells CNA

“We are at a turning point in the history of technology,” Marios Polycarpou, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (KIOS CoE) at the University of Cyprus, has told CNA. In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Polycarpou said that soon, any electronic device we buy will be able to connect to the internet and receive and provide information to users and other devices.

Europe Minister reiterates UK support for Cyprus’s EEZ rights and talks

UKs Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, has reiterated his government’s recognition of the Republic of Cyprus’s sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and its support for the resumption of the Cyprus issue settlement talks. Sir Alan has provided these assurances in a letter addressed to Christos Karaolis, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, dated 20 April 2018.

Cyprus University of Technology ranks 2nd among New Europe states

The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) has been ranked second among fifty universities from EU member states which joined the Union from 2004 onward, in the Times Higher Education list entitled The Best Universities in New Europe. The list was announced in the Czech Republic’s Palacky University Olomouc on April 25, a CUT press release issued here today says. CUT ranks first in Europe on the citation score, it adds.

Trade unions call on Cyprus leaders to resume settlement talks

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions called yesterday on both leaders in Cyprus � President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci � to rise to the occasion and resume settlement talks on the island the soonest possible. In a joint declaration ahead of May Day celebrations, trade unions PEO, DEV-IS, KTAMS, KTOS, KTOEOS, BES, KOOP-SEN, DAU-SEN also say that convergences to date need to be preserved, in line with the parameters set by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The joint deceleration was read in Greek by PEO Secretary General Pambis Kyritsis and in Turkish by DEV-IS President Hasan Felek, during a press conference this morning at the Home for Cooperation, in the Nicosia buffer zone.

Bicommunal action against Akkuyu nuclear power plant held in Nicosia

A human chain was formed yesterday evening in a bicommunal action against the opening of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Turkey. Young people, elderly and children, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots from more than 40 parties, organizations, movements, unions, trade unions and professional groups holding candles and some of them wearing gas masks, lined up to honour Chernobyl victims with a minutes silence. A large banner wrote “Nuclear Free Mediterranean” and another one “Not in Nuclear” in all three languages, Greek, English and Turkish.

Source: Cyprus News Agency