CNA News – CNA – Gregoris Savva – Cyprus/??COSIA 20/10/2018 16:05

President and Akinci to bring forward proposal to unlock the negotiations, Spokesman says

The President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiades and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, M. Akinci, are expected to bring forward views and ideas on how to proceed with the resolution of the Cyprus issue, at the forthcoming meeting announced yesterday, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos told the Press this morning in Brussels. Meanwhile, the Greek Cypriot side is in contact with the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) as regards the opening of two new crossing points, but developments on this issue are expected in the framework of the meeting which Anastasiades, and Akinci, will have on October 26, and not before that, a source has told CNA.

We are at an important crossroad in Cyprus with respect to the peace process, Spehar says

We are at an important crossroad in Cyprus with respect to the peace process, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus and head of the UN peacekeeping force on the island (UNFICYP) Elizabeth Spehar said, addressing on Thursday a UNPOL medal presentation. Spehar said that the coming period, will be crucial, as the United Nations seeks to gauge the possibilities and modalities for a return to meaningful, results-oriented talks.

Our goal is to to create conditions for resumption of Cyprus talks, FM says

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides expressed the hope that the scheduled meeting between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on October 26, will create the conditions for the resumption of substantive Cyprus reunification talks. Furthermore, delivering a speech titled “The Migration Crisis: Europes Political Vision and how the crisis affects South Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East”, at the 9TH Limassol Economic Forum, Christodoulides said it is for EU to apply pressure towards Turkey, given its role in migration crisis

Korneliou highlights human rights situation in Turkish-occupied Cyprus

Kornelios Korneliou, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, referred to the impact of the 1974 Turkish invasion on the human rights and basic liberties of the Cypriot people. He was addressing Friday the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, in a discussion regarding the protection and promotion of human rights. Korneliou noted that one third of Greek Cypriots continue to be displaced in their own country, deprived of their rights to live and enjoy their homes and properties, while witnessing their properties’ illegal exploitation by Turkey.

Fitch upgrades Cyprus rating to investment grade

Fitch rating agency has upgraded Cyprus’ long – term credit rating to BBB- from BB+ assigning stable outlook, elevating the Cypriot economy to investment-grade after seven years in junk. The agency cited buoyant fiscal revenue associated with prudent fiscal policy, a projected declining public debt trajectory and economic growth. Furthermore, Rating agency Scope assigned a first-time rating of BBB- to Cyprus’ long-term issuer rating, citing the ongoing economic recovery and restructuring of the banking sector; fiscal outperformance, and moderate refinancing needs.

Nicosia becomes permanent venue for MUAN Mars scientists

Top scientists from around the world who study the upper atmosphere of Mars have decided that Nicosia will become their permanent venue for the meetings they hold every two years. The scientists, members of the Mars Upper Atmosphere Network (MUAN), held a meeting in Nicosia this week during which they discussed about international co-operation for future exploration missions to Mars. Their meeting was hosted by the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) as part of CSEOs ongoing efforts to develop the sector on the island. The Nicosia Municipality was its strategic partner. Meanwhile, The local competition of the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2018 began on Saturday in Nicosia in the presence of NASA Chief scientist James Green.

Clocks go back one hour October 28 as Cyprus enters winter time

Winter time in Cyprus and throughout the European Union comes into effect as of 4:00 AM, Sunday, 28 October 2018. Clocks will have to be turned back one hour. The winter time ends 31 March 2019.

Source: Cyprus News Agency