CNA News – CNA – Maria Koniotou – Nicosia 25/06/2019 15:25

President Anastasiades hopes Turkey will opt for peace instead of arbitrary actions

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said he hoped Turkey will realise that peace, justice and mutual understanding are preferable for progress instead of arbitrary actions, threats and turmoil. Addressing the Senior Citizens of Cyprus organisation’s conference on Monday, President Anastasiades said his life aim is to create the conditions necessary for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will be based on mutual respect, the principles and values of the UN and the EU. In statements earlier, the President said that it takes some time to decide EU measures against Turkey for its actions in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus.

Greece and Cyprus achieved an important diplomatic victory, Greek FM tells CNA

Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos said that the European Council’s decisions regarding Turkey’s illegal actions in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) constitute an important diplomatic victory on the part of Greece and Cyprus. In an interview with CNA, Katrougalos underlined that the European Council’s decisions provide for the first time concrete targeted measures against Turkey, worded in stronger terms than the decisions of the General Affairs Council of the EU.

UK F35s complete first operational missions to Syria and Iraq from RAF Akrotiri

The UK’s newest and most advanced generation of fighter jet, the Lightning F-35B, has completed its first operational missions to Syria and Iraq, as part of the ongoing fight against Daesh, following a successful training period in Cyprus, UK Defence Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said during a visit she paid to the British Bases in Cyprus.

Greek Cypriot serial killer receives seven life sentences

A 35 year old army captain was sentenced to seven life sentences for the premeditated murder of five women and two of their children in a case that has shocked Cyprus. The badly decomposed bodies of all his victims were retrieved from the toxic lake at Nicosia village of Mitsero, a reservoir at Xyliatos and the Orounda firing range.

President, political leaders and officials honor Christofias’ contribution to Cyprus

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anstasiades said on Monday that he hoped history would judge former President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias fairly and in a positive light. A book of condolences was opened on Monday in the Presidential Palace for the former President who passed away last Friday at the age of 72.

CMP present via teleconference at a PACE committee meeting in Strasbourg

The three members of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) spoke via teleconference during a meeting of the PACE Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons Committee on Monday in Strasbourg. A press release issued by the Cyprus Parliament says that the Committee discussed Resolution 2214 (2018), on the humanitarian needs and the rights of the displaced people in Europe.

ICPAC to present a ten-point document on the challenges facing Cypriot economy, its president tells CNA

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) will present ten proposals on the challenges facing the Cypriot economy, Marios Skandalis has said in a interview with CNA. We intend for the first time to submit ten specific proposals to the government with a view to strengthening of the economy so it could withstand the various challenges and particularly external risks, Skandalis said speaking to CNA ahead of the ICPAC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Wednesday in Nicosia.

Cyprus should exploit growth momentum to carry out structural reforms, Hellenic Bank says

Cyprus should exploit the current favourable growth momentum to implement structural reforms that would boost the competitiveness of the economy, Hellenic Bank’s Department of Economic Research said in its bi-annual economic review for the first half of 2019. The department’s baseline scenario forecasts a growth rate of 3.4% in 2019 and 3.2% in 2020 with unemployment rate declining to 6.6% this year and inflation in the region of 1%.

Three programs with budget of Euros 18 million aim to boost innovation in Cyprus’ enterprises

Enterprises already active in Cyprus, as well as startups, are having the opportunity to raise funding from three new programs, aiming to boost innovative entrepreneurship and internationalize innovative products or services. The three programs with a total budget of Euros 18 million were presented Monday at the workshop Financing your Innovation organized by the Research and Innovation Foundation in collaboration with the European Commission, the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, the Enterprise Europe Network and the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development.

Cyprus Meteorology Department issues warning for extreme temperature on Tuesday

The Cyprus Department of Meteorology issued in the afternoon a yellow warning for extreme high temperature on Tuesday. The warning says that inland maximum temperature will rise to around 41 degrees Celsius.

Source: Cyprus News Agency