CNA News – CNA – Kyriaki Christodoulou – Nicosia 29/11/2017 13:46

President says biggest duty to young generation to get rid of Turkish occupation

President Nicos Anastasiades has said that our biggest duty towards the young generation of our country is to get rid of the Turkish occupying forces so that the young people can live in peace and security, with no foreign troops, guarantees and any rights of intervention. The President, who delivered a speech on Tuesday evening, at an event organized by the Youth Board of Cyprus, pointed out that he personally, as well as the society as a whole, invest in young people so that they can contribute to the efforts underway to reform the government which will lead to a solid basis for the youth to explore their potential.

CMP: Information on the relocation of remains from Ornithi mass grave is reliable

The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) regards as reliable a piece of information concerning the intentional relocation of remains belonging to Greek Cypriot residents of Assia, Nestoras Nestoros, the CMP’s Greek Cypriot member has said. Briefing on Tuesday the House Committee on Refugees, Enclaved, Missing and Adversely Affected Persons, Nestoros said the information was passed by the CMP’s Turkish Cypriot member, Gulden Plumer Kucuk, and concerns the relocation of remains of people listed as missing from a mass grave in a location known as Ornithi, to the landfill in Dikomo, a village between Nicosia and Kyrenia.

Syllouris and Radev agree that Cyprus and Bulgaria could contribute to addressing the challenges of the region

Cyprus and Bulgaria could contribute decisively to addressing the challenges of the wider region, due to their proximity, common experience and better understanding of the problems, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris and President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev agreed in a meeting on Tuesday, in Nicosia. A press release issued from the Parliament said that Syllouris praised the high level of bilateral relations between the two countries, while noting that the relations between their parliaments could be further upgraded and co-ordination of their positions in the context of their joint participation in the European Union could be improved. Earlier Radev gave a speech at the University of Cyprus.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues announcement regarding Agung volcano eruption

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an announcement regarding eruption of Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia. Reminding that volcanic cloud has led to temporary suspension of flights from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Foreign Ministry encourages Cypriot citizens who are affected by the situation to contact their travel agents and / or airlines to arrange their flights. Foreign Affairs Ministry, recommends to Cypriot citizens who are in Indonesia, particularly Bali, to be cautious and remain outside the designated vacant zone (ranging from 9 to 12 km from the volcano crater) and follow the instructions of the local authorities and also follow the media.

House President on working visit to London

House President Dimitris Syllouris departs on Friday for London, on a working visit.

According to an announcement by the Parliament, Syllouris will hold contacts, among others, with First Secretary of State Damian Green, Archibishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain , Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

CBC Governor calls for radical solutions to reduce NPLs in Cyprus

The Cypriot banks should take more radical measures to reduce their high stock of non-performing loans (NPLs) as the tool of restructurings is not enough, Chrystalla Georghadji told the Parliament on Tuesday. Speaking to the parliamentary committee of Finance, Georghadji also said the Singe Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), which as of November 2014 assumed the supervision of Cyprus’ systemic banks (Bank of Cyprus, Hellenic Bank, the Cooperative Cyprus Bank and RCB Bank) is not exhibiting the same patience as the Cypriot authorities concerning the reduction of NPLs in the Cypriot banking system, which amount to 46% of total loans.

Bill drafted to set the legal framework for the mass media sector, Spokesman says

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said on Monday that the government is drafting a new legal framework that will safeguard the mass media operation that can be concluded, approved and implemented during the first months of 2018. Christodoulides was speaking during a Conference on Fake news: A phenomenon of manipulation in the modern world that was organised in Nicosia by the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus, the Cyprus News Agency, the Union of Cyprus Journalists, the Cyprus Radiotelevision Authority and the Cyprus Media Complaints Commission. Greek MEP Stelios Kouloglou said that Internet favours and promotes extreme news stories the validity of which cannot be verified.

Total deposits increase by Euros 335 million in October

Total deposits in October 2017 recorded a net increase of Euros 335.1 million, compared with a net decrease of Euros 164.9 million in September 2017, according to data released on Monday by the Central Bank of Cyprus for the Monetary Financial Institutions. The annual growth rate stood at 3.4%, compared with 3.6% in September 2017. The outstanding amount of deposits reached Euros 49.5 billion in October 2017.

Bicommunal programme promoting culture of peace and non-violence among schoolchildren continues

The Imagine programme that runs under the auspices of the Technical Committee on Education and implemented by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C) with the support of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, continues this school year after succesfully completing the pilot phase in 2016-2017 school year, a press release issued on Tuesday by UNFICYP on behalf of the Technical Committee on Education said.

Small increase in municipal solid waste generated in Cyprus in 2016

?he total amount of municipal solid waste generated in Cyprus in 2016 stood at 545 thousand tonnes compared to 541 thousand tonnes in 2015, recording an increase of 0.8%, according to the Statistical Service. The total amount of waste treated in 2016 was 521 thousand tonnes, of which 78.7% was disposed to landfills, 14.1% was sorted for recycling, 4% was sorted for composting and the remaining 3.2% was used for backfilling, it is added.

Source: Cyprus News Agency