CNA News – CNA – Evie Mitsidou Phillips – Cypurs/NICOSIA 16/02/2018 13:48

The Cyprus government wont be led into a competitive frenzy with Turkey, President says

Under no circumstances will the Greek Cypriot side be led into the competitive frenzy that Turkey is trying to create, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday evening, adding that provocations cannot be met with statements or by showing off. In statements earlier after a meeting between President Anastasiades and UN SGs Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said that Nicosia has made it clear that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to re-engage in UN-led talks aiming to solve the Cyprus problem, as long as Turkish provocative actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone are terminated.

UN SG looks forward to President Anastasiades efforts for a Cyprus solution

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has sent Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades a congratulatory message on his re-election in which he said that he looks forward to his continued cooperation and efforts to resolve the long-standing Cyprus problem, adding that the UN will continue to be supportive of such efforts. President Anastasiades also received messages of congratulations today from US President Donald Trump, and China’s President Xi Jinping.

Eurozone strikes Euros 25.4 bn surplus in trade in goods, Cyprus Euros 5.1 bn deficit in December 2017

Eurostat pubished on Thursday its first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in December 2017, that was Euros 180.7 billion, an increase of 1.0% compared with December 2016 (Euros 179.0 bn). Cyprus exports amounted to 2.8 billion euro, increasing by 6% compared to last year. More specifically intra – EU exports stood at 1.1 billion euro, falling by -18%, but extra – EU exports increased to 1.8 billion euro or by 29%. Meanwhile, imports worth a total of 8.0 billion euro, also increasing by 13% (4.7 billion from the EU, or 1% increase and 3.2 billion outside the EU or 35% increase).

Turkish provocations in Cyprus EEZ must be addressed by the international community, MPs say

Cyprus parliamentarians have denounced the Turkish provocation in the islands Exclusive Economic Zone during the Annual Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean which takes place in Bucharest. According to a press release by the Cyprus House, MP Yiorgos Georgiou (AKEL) delivered a speech on terrorism during which he spoke of the provocative and illegal actions by Turkey. He called on the Assembly of the Mediterranean, the EU and the international community to exert pressure on Ankara and to protect Cyprus sovereign rights. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Cyprus parliament is travelling to Brussels to attend the European Parliamentary Week, the European Semester Conference 2018 and the Interparliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance of the European Union.

Government assures identification process for missing persons will be repeated if necessary

The government has assured relatives of the missing persons that it is taking all measures to ensure that the results of the identification of their relatives are valid and according to international protocols and if necessary a re-examination of the remains will take place. The position was outlined in written a statement issued on Thursday by the Office of the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots Photis Photiou regarding press reports about two cases where the remains of missing persons located in the government controlled areas were wrongly identified and that their remains were located in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic and identified in the context of the Committees on Missing Persons (CMP) programme.

Value of bounced cheques at Euros 149,728 in January

The value of bounced cheques registered in the preliminary list of the Central Banks Central Information Registry (CIR) stood at Euros 149,728 in January 2018. In January 2017 the value of bounced cheques was Euros 120,438, while in December 2017 it was Euros 116,701. According to data by the Central Bank, 37 persons, were listed in January in the Banks CIR, which is the highest number since last October.

Cypriot MP says Parliaments bear responsibility for implementation of agreements on environment

The National parliaments bear a collective responsibility for the ratification of agreements on the protection of the environment and should also assure that these agreements are implemented, MP Charalampos Theopemptou has said. The Cyprus Greens parliamentarian as rapporteur of the 2nd Standing Committee on Economic, Social and Environmental Cooperation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, presented a report titled “The role of parliamentarians in tackling climate change”, during the 12th Annual Assembly that takes place in Bucharest.

Source: Cyprus News Agency