CNA News – CNA – Kyriaki Christodoulou – Nicosia 08/12/2018 11:44

Cypriots have the right to determine their own fate in an independent state, President says

Cypriots have the right to determine their own fate in an independent state, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said, adding that the homeland to be passed on to the next generation should have sound foundations, guaranteeing a secure future in a prosperous country with a European idendity. President Anastasiades said that in order to achieve this, the Cyprus problem must be solved.

President ready for consultations says Government Spokesman ahead of Lute’s arrival to Cyprus

The President of Cyprus is ready for consultations, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Friday, ahead of the arrival of Jane Holl Lute, the UN Secretary-General’s envoy to Cyprus between December 15-16. We want Lutes mission to have a positive outcome, FM told CNA.

Nicosia calls Russian remarks on US military buildup unfortunate, considers matter closed

The government of Cyprus says the comments aired by a Russian official, regarding a US military buildup in Cyprus, were unfortunate and considers the matter is closed.

No thoughts on militarising Cyprus, Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras said in Moscow.

Russian Deputy FM will meanwhile hold political consultations in Nicosia on December 14.

Nicosia advises Cyprus citizens on “Yellow Vests” demonstrations in France

The Cyprus Embassy in France advises Cyprus citizens who are in France to be extra vigilant because of the demonstrations organized by the “Yellow Vests” movement in Paris and other French cities. In an announcement posted on its website, the Embassy points out that because of the demonstrations, some roads, metro and railway stations will be affected or might be closed.

Trilateral Meeting between Cyprus-Greece- Israel on diaspora issues in Nicosia

Nicosia will host on December 12 the fourth Trilateral Meeting of Cyprus, Greece and Israel on diaspora issues. Presidential Commissioner, Photis Photiou, has told the Cyprus News Agency that the three countries continue to work together, in the framework of the implementation of the strategy that they set out two years ago for cooperation of their diasporas, aiming at its enhancement and at promoting more actions to this end.

Maronite villages are close to extinction their representative tells CNA

Maronite villages are close to extinction and we can not wait for a Cyprus solution before relocating there, said Yiannakis Moussas, the Representative of the Maronite religious group in the Cyprus House. In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Moussas said that the return of Maronites to their villages in Agia Marina and Asomatos will be possible only after the removal of the Turkish army.

Poland supports efforts to solve problem of missing persons

Adam Kwiatkowski, Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, has expressed support to the efforts made by the Republic of Cyprus to solve the humanitarian problem of missing persons, as well as the justification of the struggles of the people of Cyprus.

Kwiatkowski was speaking during a meeting with Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, who referred to issues of the diaspora and the missing persons problem.

Cyprus FinMin brings reform agenda on the table

Cyprus Finance Minister Harris Georgiades presented a 13-point reform agenda for the next period, stressing that reforms should be a national goal. Promoting reforms and changes in the structures and processes of the state and the economy should he a national goal, Georgiades said addressing the Plenary of the House of Representatives in view of the parliamentary debate on the 2019 state budget.

Justice Minister stresses need of EU cooperation with third countries on immigrants trafficking

Minister of Justice and Public Order, Ionas Nicolaou, has stressed the need of EU cooperation with third countries to combat immigrants trafficking. Nicolaou represented the Republic of Cyprus in a two-day EU Interior and Justice Ministers meeting that took place in Brussels and concluded on Friday.

UNHCR welcomes UK decision to allow residence for refugees stranded in the British Bases

UNHCR welcomes a UK government decision to grant an indefinite leave for six refugee families who arrived on the British Bases in Cyprus in 1998. A spokesperson of the office of UNHCR in Cyprus said that following the settlement of the proceedings, the UN Refugee Agency is currently examining with relevant partners how best the refugee families can be supported to integrate in the UK and rebuild their lives that has been in limbo for 20 years.

Source: Cyprus News Agency