CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cyprus/NICOSIA 31/03/2018 12:26

Spehar hosts informal dinner between Anastasiades and Akinci on April 16

The leaders of the islands two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, will be meeting at an informal dinner on April 16, the United Nations announced yesterday. Both leaders have agreed to an informal meeting hosted by Elizabeth Spehar at the Chief of Mission’s residence in the buffer zone on 16th April at 7pm, UNFICYPs press release said. In another development, Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy expressed his countrys support for the resumption of Cyprus talks and its readiness to take any necessary measures to help.

Cyprus GDP projected to grow by 4 � 4.25% during 2018 � 2019 IMF says

The IMF, in its Staff Concluding Statement after the second post-program monitoring mission, has referred to the rapid pace of Cyprus’ economic expansion, noting that GDP is projected to grow by 4 � 4.25% during 2018 � 2019, but has also pointed out the need for improving payment discipline and reducing NPLs, as well as guarding against procyclical policies and restarting targeted structural reforms. Over the medium term, growth is projected to ease to 2� percent as construction projects are gradually completed, it says. The IMF also points out, among others, that the recently-announced search for strategic investors in the Cyprus Cooperative Bank is a welcome development and should proceed in a smooth manner.

General Government surplus almost doubled in first two months of 2018

General Government surplus stood at Euros 250.6 mn or 1.2% of GDP in the first two months of the year compared to a surplus of Euros 133.0 mn or 0.7% of GDP in the same period of 2017, the Statistical Service reported yesterday. The preliminary General Government fiscal results showed that total expenditure between January-February 2018 recorded grew by Euros 28.9 mn or 3.0%, compared to the same period last year and reached Euros 1,008.2 mn, from Euros 979.3 mn in 2017. In another development, Cyprus’ current account balance dropped in 2017, recording a deficit of Euros 1.29 billion million compared with a deficit of Euros 888.8 million in 2016, according to data released on Friday by the Central Bank of Cyprus.

House President: Cyprus sovereign rights must be safeguarded

House President Dimitris Syllouris has said that “we need to safeguard the sovereign rights of the Cyprus Republic and find a solution to the Cyprus issue as a token of appreciation and honour to the 1955-1959 anti-colonial struggle of the EOKA heroes and all those who sacrificed their lives for the reunification of our country.”

Addressing the House of Representatives plenary , yesterday, and referring to the EOKA struggle, Syllouris said that during the 77 years when Cyprus was under the British crown, the people of Cyprus fought with peaceful means for self determination and the unification with Greece. April 1st marks the anniversary of the EOKA struggle in Cyprus.

Skripal attack a provocation, says Russian Ambassador in Nicosia

Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has said that Russia has received no evidence as regards the attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and that it considers it to be a provocation against it.

Osatchiy was asked about the deportations of Russian diplomats after a meeting he had with AKEL Secretary General Andros Kyprianou, yesterday morning. I would like to underline that we truly know nothing more than what you know. Do you think that the British informed us?, he asked, replying at the same time that they did not.

We have only heard what Theresa May said in Parliament, we have no other evidence and we are just hearing criticism, he noted. At the same time he wondered how can diplomats be deported when no evidence was given, no proof, absolutely nothing in that direction.

Industrial Output Prices Index records slight monthly decline in February

The Industrial Output Prices Index recorded a slight decline in February, according to figures released by the Statistical Service, yesterday. In February the index reached 98.8 units (base 2010=100), recording a decrease of 0.3% compared to January 2018. Between January-February 2018, the index decreased by 0.5% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

Trump and Erdogan discuss regional developments

US President Donald Trump spoke yesterday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss regional developments and the strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey. Later in the afternoon, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan met with Umit Yalcin, the Turkish Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs, at the Department of State. The State Department issued no statement after the meeting. Diplomatic sources say the meeting is considered a precursor of a visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu to the United States, for talks with Mike Pompeo as soon as the latter is confirmed by the Senate as the new Secretary of State.

Ioannis Kasoulides joins EuroAsia Interconnector as Chairman of the Strategic Council

Ioannis Kasoulides, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has assumed the position of Chairman of the Strategic Council of the EuroAsia Interconnector, the official EU project developer of the 2,000MW electricity interconnector Project of Common Interest (PCI) between Israel, Cyprus, Crete-Attica, Greece, and Europe. EuroAsia Interconnector CEO Nasos Ktorides said we are delighted that Dr. Ioannis Kasoulides has joined Euroasia Interconnector, noting that his unprecedented career and impressive presence in the international political sphere is of great importance to the EuroAsia Interconnector that is building bridges between continents and contributing to the economic and social welfare of all citizens of the countries involved.

Circulatory system diseases and neoplasms the leading causes of death in Cyprus in 2016

Diseases of the circulatory system and neoplasms were the two main causes of death in Cyprus in 2016, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported yesterday. According to Cystat, 5,587 deaths of residents and non � residents were recorded in Cyprus in 2016. Of those who died, 54% or 3.012 were male and 46% or 2,575 were female. Diseases of the circulatory system and neoplasms were the leading causes of death with 33.1% and 23.7%, respectively, followed by the diseases of the respiratory system (8.9%), endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (6.9%), and the external causes of injury and poisoning (5.4%). Other causes of death followed with lower rates.

Source: Cyprus News Agency