CNA News – CNA – Kyriaki Christodoulou – Nicosia 06/01/2018 12:37

We ask countries friendly towards Turkey to exert their influence on Ankara, Anastasiades tells CNA

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the government is trying to mobilise countries, which maintain friendly relations with Turkey, to exert their influence in order to help find a negotiated settlement that would reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Cyprus-Israel relationship is one of strategic choice, President says

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed deep appreciation for the strong support of the government of the State of Israel to the continuous efforts to reach a just, viable and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, noting that the relationship between Cyprus and Israel is one of strategic choice.

UK is a key partner for Cyprus, Defence Minister says

The United Kingdom is a key partner in our effort to tackle common threats, Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides said on Friday.Phokaides said that Cyprus is utilising for the first time its location to serve its own interests Defence Minister also held a meeting with Italian Admiral Andrea Cottini, in the context of his visit to Cyprus and the further deepening of bilateral relations.

Economic sentiment indicator in Cyprus declines but remains at historic high levels

The Economic Sentiment Indicator in Cyprus deteriorated as the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI-CypERC) decreased in December 2017 by 3.4 points compared with November 2017 declining to 118.9 units.

Nine per cent of Europeans and 24% of Cypriots could not heat their homes in 2016, Eurostat says

Nine per cent of the EU population said in a 2016 survey, that they could not afford to heat their home sufficiently, according to an infograph released by Eurostat on Friday. The index after peaking in 2012 (11%), has fallen continuously ever since. The situation in the Member States varies. Eurostat also released figures on euroarea annual inflation.

OSCE will monitor the presidential elections in Cyprus

The OSCE will be monitoring the upcoming presidential elections in Cyprus and for this reason it is seeking to recruit local staff. An OSCE press release, issued on Friday, says that following an official invitation from the authorities of Cyprus, the OSCE/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is deploying an Election Assessment Mission (EAM) for the upcoming presidential election scheduled for 28 January 2018.

Nicosia’s European Youth Capital candidacy presented to Foreign Minister

The initiative for the preparation of Nicosia’s candidacy for the European Youth Capital 2021 was presented on Friday to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides by President of the Nicosia Tourism Board Elena Tanou and the professional team of Greater Nicosia 2021.

Source: Cyprus News Agency