CNA News – CNA – George Michael – Nicosia 03/12/2017 16:29

President stresses need for a state that will guarantee security and peace

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades stressed on Sunday the need to create conditions for a state in Cyprus which will be harmonized with the acquis communautaire, will guarantee security and peace and will not be controlled by a third country. He also called on everyone to join forces and work together in order to reunify the island. He noted the Greek Cypriot sides good will to reach a settlement, after the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974, indicating that the only reason for not achieving a solution that could be accepted by Greek Cypriots is the Turkish intransigence.

We will continue efforts to establish the fate of missing persons, President says

We will continue our efforts to establish the fate of missing persons, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday, noting that this is a key issue as regards “the solution of the Cyprus problem weve been pursuing.” President Anastasiades said that Turkey refuses to provide information on a humanitarian issue such as the issue of missing persons, and referred to a war crime “which they have tried to cover up by dislocating remains, so that the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) work becomes more difficult.”

Turkish side aims to politicize the issue of missing persons, Commisioner Photiou says

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Photis Photiou has said that the Turkish side is aiming to politicize the issue of missing persons in Cyprus. He was commenting a press release issued on Saturday by the so called presidency of the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, regarding the efforts to discover the remains of 31 people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, at an area near the Nicosia General Hospital, by the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital. They were killed when the site was bombed by the Turkish air force, during the first phase of the invasion of the island on July 20, 1974. Among the 31 people, believed to be inmates of the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital, are 3 Turkish Cypriots and seven women.

DBRS confirms Cyprus’ ratings at BB and changes trend from stable to positive

DBRS Ratings Limited (DBRS) has confirmed Cyprus’ Long-Term ratings at BB (low) and changed the trend to positive from stable, according to an announcement issued on Friday. DBRS has also confirmed the Short-Term Ratings at R-4 and maintained the stable trend. According to the rating agency, the positive trend reflects DBRS’s view that Cyprus’s solid fiscal and economic performances are likely to be maintained, leading to the further decline in the government debt-to-GDP ratio.

Cyprus and Israel hold joint military exercises

Cyprus and Israel are holding joint military exercises which begin on Sunday and will last until December 7, within the framework of the annual programme of the two countries military cooperation.According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Defence, the exercises are taking place within the Nicosia FIR. They will also cover a large part of the Republic of Cyprus land area.

Source: Cyprus News Agency