CNA News – CNA- Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 30/01/2019 16:26

MED7 stress need for comprehensive approach and solidarity to address the migration issue

The seven Southern EU Countries stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to the issue of migration as well as for solidarity among the EU members states in order to address this major challenge for Europe.In the Nicosia Declaration, adopted yesterday, after deliberations at the 5th Southern EU Countries Summit, which took place in the capital of Cyprus, the leaders of the seven Mediterranean member states also say that EU membership is the best safeguard for a reunited Cyprus.

Ratification of Prespes Agreement terminated an unnecessary conflict Anastasiades said, congratulating Tsipras

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades congratulated today the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras “for his courage and determination” as regards the Prespes Agreement, noting that the ratification of the Agreement terminated an unnecessary conflict.Welcoming Tsipras, with whom he held talks at the Presidential Palace, Anastasiades noted that the ratification of the Prespes Agreement opens the doors for cooperation and the road for peace and stability in the Balkans, creating prospects for a balanced and stable relation with Northern Macedonia, something which will allow a closer financial cooperation and the creation of a new environment.

UN Security Council expected to renew UNFICYP mandate today

The UN Security Council is expected today to adopt a resolution renewing the mandate of UNFICYP for another six months, until July 31st, 2019. The vote is expected to be unanimous, although Russia broke yesterday the silence procedure, disagreeing with the language on the evaluation of peacekeeping performance, asking Council members to discuss these issues in the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, prior to the consultations and the introduction of the draft resolution by the pen holder, United Kingdom.

The International Court of Arbitration rules in favour of Cyprus in FBME case

The International Court of Arbitration in Paris yesterday ruled in favour of the Republic of Cyprus in the case of the Federal Bank of the Middle East (FBME), which the Central Bank of Cyprus decided to place under resolution in 2014.The Central Bank said it was fully satisfied with the ruling that indicates the correct decisions and actions taken by the Central Bank of Cyprus administration and its staff, its Spokeswoman Aliki Stylianou told the Cyprus News Agency. The Law Office of the Republic also welcomed the decision saying “it confirms that the Central Bank of Cyprus acted as a prudent supervisory authority and that the Republic did not violate any of its obligations”.

Energy and security/defence the focus of Anastasiades – Macron meeting

Presidents of Cyprus and France held yesterday a tA�te-A�-tA�te meeting in Nicosia, during which they discussed Cyprus energy programme, security and defence and other bilateral issues. According to CNA sources, the meeting falls within a series of meetings and ongoing contacts between the two countries, both at the level of the two Presidents and at ministerial level. It is noted that the deliberations between the two states are underway for some time now. The two sides are working on closer cooperation and possible agreements on energy and security.

European Court holds Turkey responsible for not cooperating with Cyprus to solve murder case

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously held on Tuesday Turkey responsible for failing to cooperate with Cyprus in a murder case which dates back to 2005. Although initially in its Chamber judgment of April 4 2017 the Court had ruled that Nicosia was also responsible in the case of Guzelyurtlu and Others v. Cyprus and Turkey, in today’s final judgment Grand Chamber judges said with 15 votes to 2 that Cyprus did all that could be reasonably expected.

Cyprus and Portugal agree to strengthen ties

Cyprus and Portugal have agreed to strengthen ties, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday, announcing their intention to organise a business forum, to further their cooperation on maritime science and to share best practices in tourism. Costa is the first Portuguese Prime Minister to pay Cyprus an official visit. He also discussed discussed Brexit, bilateral ties, the economy and Cyprus issue with House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris. In another development Spain and Cyprus expressed today their commitment to upgrade bilateral relations after a meeting between the two countries Ministers of Foreign Affairs Josep Borell and Nikos Christodoulides. In his remarks, Borell thanked Cyprus for defending the integrity of the Spanish state in the Catalan issue and He also said that Cyprus can count on Spain’s support on the Cyprus issue.

Greek Defence Minister: Cyprus and Greece are pillars of security and stability in an unstable region [VIDEO]

Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis said today that Cyprus and Greece are pillars of security, stability and regional cooperation in an unstable and turbulent neighbourhood, speaking after his meeting with his Cypriot counterpart, Savvas Angelides. During his first official visit abroad after assuming his duties, Apostolakis said that Greece always supports Cyprus in its struggle and that the two countries follow the direction of progress, development, peace and cooperation of peoples.

Maltas Prime Minister says EU’s scrutiny level regarding citizenship schemes needs to be upped

Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat said yesterday that the level of scrutiny regarding European citizenship schemes needs to be upped, speaking in Nicosia after his meeting with President of the Movement for Social Democracy (EDEK) Marinos Sizopoulos. Muscat who was visiting Cyprus for the 5th MED-7 Summit in Nicosia,said that Malta welcomes the conclusions of the Commission’s report, adding that Malta agreed that the way in which candidates were scrutinised needed to be upped and that the country was one of the proponents of a common European scrutiny system.

Source: Cyprus News Agency