CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 11/07/2019 11:52

Tusk warns Turkey on continued escalation with EU response in full solidarity with Cyprus

European Council President Donald Tusk warned today Turkey on its continued escalation, with an EU response in full solidarity with Cyprus, due to the illegal drilling activities in the EEZ. Head of the European Commission Representation to Cyprus Ierotheos Papadopoulos said the EU services acted in record time to present a list of options for measures against Turkey. Meanwhile, the discussion at the level of COREPER on the EU measures will continue on Thursday. According to a diplomatic source, the diplomats did not have a draft text to discuss. A government source said the EU measures will fall within the range of government expectations.

Spehar meets Cyprus leaders, Lute to return in three weeks

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades raised on Wednesday Turkey’s violations in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus, during a meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar. Shehar also met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. Meanwhile, UN Envoy for Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, returns to the island in three weeks to continue efforts for the resumption of Cyprus talks.

Our primary concern is to terminate Turkeys illegal actions and resume negotiations the soonest possible, FM says

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides has said that the government’s primary concern under the current circumstances is the termination of the illegal Turkish activities in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and to create the necessary conditions for the resumption of the negotiations on the Cyprus problem the soonest possible, from the point they were suspended in Crans Montana.

Greek and Swiss Foreign Ministers discuss Turkish violations of International Law

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met today with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis. During their meeting the two Foreign Ministers discussed about the Turkish violations of the International Law in the Eastern Mediterranean and the refugee crisis. Meanwhile, Israel said it opposed any attempt to violate Cyprus’ sovereign rights, and Armenia expressed its deep concern over Turkey’s actions.

UN SG recommends extending UNFICYP’s mandate for another six months

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has recommended that the Security Council extends UNFICYP’s mandate until January 31, 2020 in recognition of its continued contribution to the maintenance of peace and stability. On the effort for the resumption of Cyprus reunification talks the UN SG reiterates his call to the parties to engage in the current consultations exercise constructively, creatively and with the necessary urgency.

COREPER position on 2020 budget confirms cuts in Turkey Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II)

EU ambassadors today agreed the Councils position on the 2020 EU draft budget. Once formally adopted by the Council, this will serve as a mandate for the presidency in negotiations with the European Parliament. According to a written statement issued by the Council, “the Turkey lines of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II) have again been adjusted downwards compared to the financial programming, to bring them to 2019 levels”, while “the relevant funds have been reallocated, including as increased support for the Western Balkans”.

Cyprus aims to be among the first to regulate aspects of Blockchain, conference speakers say

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and more specifically, Blockchain, can offer endless possibilities in many different fields, according to speakers addressing the Cyprus Blockchain Summit, on Wednesday, in Nicosia. Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said that Cyprus aim to be among the first countries to regulate aspects of DLT. The creation of the regulatory framework should be flexible, so that it will promote innovation and provide legal certainty and protection for both consumers and investors, House President Demetris Syllouris noted.

Eurostat: Population in Cyprus reaches 875,900, house prices rise 4.3%

The population of Cyprus increased from 864,200 in 2018 to 875,900 in 2019, or by +13.4 (0.2% of the EU total), according to Eurostat. It also said house prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 4.0% in both the euro area and the EU, and by 4.3% in Cyprus in the first quarter of 2019.

Cystat: Imports and exports drop in May, house price index up

Total imports and exports in Cyprus recorded a decrease in May 2019 compared to May 2018, accordingto the Statistical Service of Cyprus. It also said the House Price Index recorded an annual change of 4,3%.

Source: Cyprus News Agency