CNA News – CNA – George Michael – Nicosia 04/05/2019 14:50

Turkey’s actions do not facilitate the resumption of the dialogue, President says

Turkey does not facilitate the resumption of the dialogue by sending its drill ship to the Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus, President of the Republic Nicos Anastadiades has said. President Anastasiades said that Turkeys unlawful actions come immediately after the Security Councils decision or recommendation that any action should be avoided referring to Turkey in order to facilitate what we are all seeking which is the resumption of the dialogue.

President dismisses Police Chief over serial killings

President Nicos Anastasiades dismissed on Friday Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou over the force’s perceived failures to properly investigate the cases of missing women, who eventually turned out to be victims of a serial killer. The dismissal, which is effective from May 7, was announced in a letter to the Chief published by the Presidency. Chrysostomou met with the President this morning.

President Anastasiades promises changes for foreign workers following killings of foreign women

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades conveyed his deep regret on Friday to diplomats of the home countries of female domestic workers after a 35-year old man allegedly confessed to killing seven, including two of the women’s young daughters over the last years. During the meeting at the Presidential Palace, President Anastasiades agreed to examine further suggestions brought forward by India’s High Commissioner, Dr Raghavan, as well as the general consuls of Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines and Nepal.

A total of 72 candidates from Cyprus run in the May European elections

A total of 72 candidates from Cyprus, competing for 6 seats in the upcoming European elections, submitted on Friday their candidacy, during an official process at the Conference Center, in Nicosia. Chief Returning Officer Kypros Kyprianou said afterwards that the process was completed successfully and on time. From a total of 72 candidates, 69 run with the backing of political parties or coalitions and three are independent. Candidates also include 9 Turkish Cypriots, who are citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, Kyprianou added.

European elections hopefuls submit their candidacies

European elections hopefuls, whether running under the banner of parliamentary parties, newly founded movements or as independents, submitted their candidacies, on Friday seeking to attract enough votes on May 26 to be elected as a Member of the European Parliament. We vote for Europe and we move forward, DISY President Averof Neofytou said, immediately after six hopefuls for the position of MEP submitted their candidacies. Neofytou spoke of a ballot which combines experience, renewal and wider social acceptance and called on voters to trust his party which as he reminded is a member of the most powerful political group at European Parliament level. DISY’s candidates are Georgia Constantinou-Panayiotou, Panayiotis Sentonas, Eleni Stavrou, Nicos Tornaritis, Loukas Fourlas and Lefteris Christoforou.

UNSC sends message that actions which create tension in our region should be avoided, Prodromou says

The UN Security Council continues to support the Secretary Generals effort to resume negotiations and sends the message that actions which create tension in our region should be avoided, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos said today. Invited to comment on yesterday’s Security Council statement with regard to the Cyprus problem, Prodromou said that it is very important that the Security Council with its statement, certainly continues to support the Secretary Generals effort and initiative to resume the negotiations, which is also the goal of the President of the Republic and Greek Cypriot side.

Cyprus energy plans move forward, Defence Minister says

Defence Minister Savvas Angelides has said that the Republic of Cyprus its energy plans move forward, despite Turkish provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Responding to a question, Angelides said that an illegal Turkish NAVTEX has been renewed. He also noted that the Republic of Cyprus is in contact with various authorities and is taking actions, continuing with its plans as regards its energy programme.

?here is still scope to think creatively and to act decisively, Spehar says

While prospects for the resumption of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem remain a concern for all, the United Nations believes there is still scope to think creatively and to act decisively about the way forward, UN Secretary Generals Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar has said. Speaking on Thursday during a UNPOL medal presentation, Spehar noted that “for our part, as the UN, we stand ready to assist both the leaders and the women and men of Cyprus to pave the way ahead to a brighter, shared future for all.”

UK Defence Minister hails cooperation memorandum with Cyprus

The Cyprus-UK defence and security cooperation memorandum that was recently signed in London by the Cypriot Defence Minister and the British Defence Secretary allows for closer collaboration on a range of areas, the House of Commons has been told. Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell asked the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the Memorandum of Understanding with Cyprus on UK defence and security.

Deputy Minister for Tourism vows to promote sustainable tourism growth

Cypriot Deputy Minister for Tourism, Savvas Perdios said his Ministry’s main target is to put tourism growth on a sustainable footing. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual exhibition Taxidi 2019, the main event for Cyprus tourism operations, attracting the participation by businesses and organizations coming from the tourism industry.

Source: Cyprus News Agency