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CMP was refused permission to excavate in possible burial locations in Turkish-occupied Cyprus

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was refused permission to excavate in at least 20 possible burial locations in civilian areas, in the occupied part of Cyprus, according to a memorandum on missing persons by the Republic of Cyprus. Nicosia says this comes on top of existing obstacles in military areas in Turkish-occupied Cyprus, where CMP’s unhindered access continues to be withheld. Cyprus’ memorandum to the Council of Europe, ahead of the next session of the Committee of Ministers, on March 12-14, in Strasbourg, notes that the problems relating to access to burial locations are not limited to military zones.

Cypriot exports significantly up in recent years, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that there has been a significant increase of exports in recent years, noting at the same time that supporting businesses in practice, by creating a friendly environment and by promoting Cyprus as an international high-level business hub, constitutes a key priority for the government.

Minister expects to be informed about discovery in Calypso target within the next couple of weeks

Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday that he expects to be informed about the discovery of natural gas resource in Block 6 Calypso target, in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), within the next couple of weeks.Representatives of ENI, Total and ExxonMobil, attending the 6th Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference in Nicosia, referred to Cyprus’ capacity to become a hub for providing services for hydrocarbon activities and underlined the need to find immediate solutions, in order for Cyprus to gain a competitive advantage against other players.

Declassified military documents will be included in the Cyprus File

A number of classified documents, containing information about Hellenic National Defense General Staff’s operations in the summer of 1974, have been declassified, in the process of their integration to the Cyprus File. The documents are expected to be sent to the Hellenic Parliament where they will be included in the Cyprus File.

Minister says Cyprus will not agree to a fragmentation of the Asylum Reform debate in the EU,

Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta will not agree to fragmenting the debate on immigration not to include a comprehensive reform of the Dublin asylum system, Interior Minister Konstantinos Petrides warned today in Brussels. “EU-level negotiations at the level of the Ministers of Immigration and Internal Affairs regarding the reform of the Common European Asylum System are indeed at a crucial point after many years and in the absence of an agreement on the allocation mechanism of people seeking protection and which would help the front line countries, “said the Minister, on the sidelines of the Council.

Cyprus, Greece, Jordan parliamentary trilateral to take place next month, Jordanian Speaker says

Jordan’s House of Representatives Speaker, Atef Al Tarawneh, has said that a trilateral meeting at parliamentary speaker level between Cyprus, Greece and Jordan will take place next month in Amman.Al Tarawneh and a group of Jordanian MPs were received on Friday by Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades. Cyprus-Jordan House Friendship Group met Thursday with Speaker of Jordans House of Representatives.

UN diplomat stresses need to incorporate gender dimension in a renewed negotiating process

The importance of incorporating the gender dimension into a renewed negotiating process aiming to solve the Cyprus problem was highlighted during a discussion on Wednesday, under the title Does the future of Women belong to women? that was hosted at the residence of the Ambassador of France in Cyprus, Rene Troccaz, on the occasion of the International Women’ s Day.

Annual rate of inflation at 1.2% in February

Annual inflation in February reached 1.2% with the rate of inflation effectively remaining stable compared with the previous month, according to data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat).Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19), by 0.3% in the EU28, by 1.1% in Cyprus, but decreased by 0.1% in Greece during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with the previous quarter, according to an estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Swedish embassy celebrates Women’s Day with a photo exhibition on fatherhood-parental leave

What a more innovative way to celebrate International Women’s Day than a photo exhibition on fatherhood and parental leave and how important it is for mothers, Ambassador of Sweden Anna Olsson Vrang said, during the inauguration of the exhibition titled Swedish Dads-Cypriots Dads hosted at the Centre of Visual Arts and Reserch CVAR in the old city of Nicosia. The exhibition, inaugurated on Wednesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicos Christodoulides, who was there with two of his four daughters and Ambassador Vrang, features 25 pictures of Swedish fathers who chose to take parental leave and stay at home with their kids for a period of six months or more and 12 pictures of Cypriot dads. It will remain open until March 22.

Source: Cyprus News Agency