CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 30/03/2019 09:41

UNFICYP presence remains indispensable, Defence Minister tells UN meeting

UNFICYP presence remains indispensable until such time as to ensure the end of the illegal Turkish occupation and the restoration of peace and international legality, Cypriot Minister of Defence Savvas Angelides said on Friday. Any attempt to change the mandate or the composition of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) could prove detrimental to the status quo on the island and to the overarching objective of restarting negotiations on finding a mutually acceptable solution, Greek Minister of National Defence Evangelos Apostolakis has told the UN ministerial meeting.

President and government’s stance on Cyprus problem stable, Spokesman says

The position of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the government on the Cyprus problem issue remains stable and the Greek Cypriot side is ready to cooperate with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute for the resumption of negotiations aimed at a settlement, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said yesterday afternoon. Referring to Turkey’s provocative remarks, Prodromou said that this may be explained by the fact that elections are about to be held in Turkey, which are presented as being of particular importance or even crucial.

Strong revenue increase pushes up government surplus in first two months of 2019

A strong increase in state revenue by 19.3% pushed up the General Government surplus in the first two months of this year to Euros 407.3 million or 1.9% of the GDP, compared to Euros 254.3 million or 1.2% of the GDP in the same period last year, preliminary fiscal results released yesterday show. The strong increase was a result of a significant rise in capital transfers of Euros 125 million received by the state.

Mavroyiannis appointed Permanent Representative to the UN, remains negotiator for Cyprus issue

Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis assumes duties as Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN, in NYC but remains negotiator in the UN-backed talks for the Cyprus issue. Mavroyiannis will succeed Kornelios Korneliou. Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that nothing changes as regards Mavroyiannis duties as the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side for the Cyprus problem. He was appointed negotiator in 2013.

Deputy Shipping Minister aiming at establishing Cyprus as a shipping centre

Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilides is aiming at establishing Cyprus as a shipping center through a series of actions, which she informed the parliamentary Committee on Transport, Communications and Works about on Friday. During the Committee’s meeting and in statements afterwards, Pilides referred to actions which would lead to expanding Cyprus’ register, efforts to open the register to Asian shipping companies, securing Cyprus ranks first in systems to protect the environment, and attracting Cypriots to the sector’s jobs.

Presidential Commissioner to highlight issue of missing persons during contacts in New York

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA that during a visit to New York next month, he will hold contacts in an effort to enlist the support of the diaspora, US politicians and Security Council members, in exerting pressure on Turkey with regard to the issue of missing persons. In the meantime, a group of German Parliamentarians visiting Cyprus reiterated yesterday the long-term support of the German Bundestag to the Committee on Missing Persons. In a press release the CMP says Germany is its fifth largest single bilateral donor.

Industrial Output Prices Index increased by 4.9% in the first two months of the year

The Industrial Output Prices Index increased by 4.9% in January-February 2019 compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, the Statistical Service said yesterday. According to Cystat, the Index reached 102.7 units (base 2015=100) in February, recording an increase of 0.2% compared to January 2019. In manufacturing the index reached 99.8 units in the second month of the year, increasing by 0.2% compared with the previous month.

Public spending on education increased by 3.2% in 2016

Public expenditure on all levels of education amounted to Euros 1.186,4 million in 2016, accounting for 16.9% of the Government Budget and 6.3% of the Gross Domestic Product, an increase of 3.2% compared with Euros Euros 1.150,0 million in 2015, according to official data released yesterday. Based on the results of the Annual Survey on Education for the school year 2016/2017, the cost per student in public education in terms of current expenditure, stood at Euros 4.867 for pre-school and pre-primary education, Euros 6.170 for primary education, Euros 10.206 for secondary general education, Euros 12.424 for secondary technical education and Euros 10.251 for tertiary education.

Source: Cyprus News Agency