CNA NEWS – CNA – Maria Antouna – Nicosia 13/04/2018 13:04

Things are going smoothly, Spehar says ahead of leaders meeting

Things are going smoothly and the UN look forward to hosting both leaders, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Deputy Special Adviser on Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar has said ahead of a dinner between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, on Monday.

President convenes Council of leaders ahead of informal dinner with Akinci

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades convened on Thursday the Council of the political party leaders to brief them on developments in the Cyprus issue and exchange views ahead of the informal dinner that he will have on the 16th of April with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Photiou highlights role of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt while discussing preparations of Nostos in Athens

Greece, Egypt and Cyprus are beacons of stability in the region, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said today after a meeting in Athens with his counterparts, aiming to coordinate action ahead of the Nostos, the return programme, to be held later this month in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.

Russian Ambassador tells CNA any step towards war, dangerous for all countries in the region

Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has expressed his deep concern over the escalating crisis in Syria, noting that any step towards a war is dangerous for all countries in the region.

Attracting capital for the Coops’ good part” a more feasible scenario, says FinMin

Attracting investor interest for the nationalised Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s (CCB) good operations is more feasible scenario, as this option would need less capital, Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades has said.

Cyprus ends fiscal year 2017 with a Euros 368 m. budget deficit

Cyprus government finished the fiscal year 2017 with a budget deficit of Euros 368 million compared with a surplus of Euros 263 million in 2016, taking into consideration the withdrawals and payments of loans during 2017.

Industrial production falls by 0.8% in the euroarea in February, by 0.9% in Cyprus in January

In February 2018 compared with January 2018, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.8% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January 2018, industrial production fell by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28. In February 2018 compared with February 2017, industrial production increased by 2.9% in the euro area and by 3.1% in the EU28. In Cyprus industrial production decreased by 0.9% in January 2018 compared to December 2017, but increased by 7.2% compared to January 2017 (latest available data).

President inaugurates CyI’s APAC Labs

The Cyprus Institute’s (CyI) Andreas Pittas Art Characterization Laboratories (APAC Labs) were inaugurated by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday at a ceremony held at the premises of the Cyprus Institute in Athalassa.

Cyprus celebrates Gagarins space flight, wishing for peace to prevail on Earth

Cyprus celebrated on Thursday the anniversary of Soviet Yuri Gagarin’s first human journey into outer space when his spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Speaking at the event, that took place in front of Gagarin’s monument in the Nicosia Municipal Gardens, Russian Ambassador to Cyprus, Stanislav Osadchiy, talked about the space cooperation between Russia and the US, saying that this is a good example of their cooperation, while, unfortunately, on Earth, the two countries have misunderstandings.He continued by expressing the wish that their cooperation in space prevails on Earth as well.

Cypriot athlete wins second gold medal in gymnastics in Commonwealth Games

Cypriot athlete Diamanto Evripidou has clinched her second gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. According to the EAK correspondent, Mikaelo Papadakis, Evripidou won on Thursday a gold medal in the women’s individual all-around event. The athlete from Canada Katherine Uchida took the silver medal and Amy Kwan Dict Weng from Malaysia won the bronze medal.

Source: Cyprus News Agency