CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 15/08/2019 10:30

Consultations underway to set date for National Council, source tells CNA

Consultations are underway since Tuesday to determine the date of the next National Council session, where the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, is expected to inform members about the outcome of his informal meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, on August 9.

Greek Cypriot side ready for preparatory process proposed by UNSG, Spokesmans office says

Following the recent meeting of the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the Greek Cypriot side is ready and will fully respond to the preparatory process proposed by the UN Secretary General, a press release by the Office of the Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou says.

The Cyprus economys growth remains strong, says Finance Minister

The growth of the Cyprus economy remains strong, said Finance Minister Haris Georgiades, noting however that there are still weaknesses and risks both inland and from external sources. In a written statement, Georghiades said the growth of the Cyprus economy for the fifth year, remains strong, with a rate of growth of 3.4% for the first quarter and 3.2% for the second quarter of 2019. This way, he added, jobs and opportunities are created. (Cyprus Statistical Service – Eurostat)

The remains of 80-85% of the individuals who are still missing have most probably been relocated, Photiou tells CNA

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA that the implementation of an action plan on the issue of missing persons that was drafted by the Republic of Cyprus is on good track, adding however that important information on this humanitarian issue can be found in the archives of the Turkish army, but Ankara refuses to give it. This information concerns for example massive graves and relocation of remains, Photiou noted. He went on to say that the remains of 80-85% of the individuals who are still missing have most probably been relocated.

Prolonged inactivity in the Cyprus talks could lead to permanent division of the island, Famagusta resolution warns

The Famagusta Municipality has warned that the prolonged inactivity in the Cyprus talks could lead to the occupied areas’ gradual annexation by Turkey and the permanent division of the island.

Historical discovery on the citadel of Ancient Paphos

A historical discovery on the citadel of Ancient Paphos (Kouklia-Palaepaphos) was made by the University of Cyprus expedition. In particular, the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus has announced the completion of the 14th annual field campaign carried out by the University of Cyprus in Palaepaphos.

Preliminary data show increased fiscal surplus during the 2nd quarter

The general government’s fiscal surplus increased to Euros 215.4 mn in the second quarter of the year compared with a surplus of Euros 106.0 mn in the corresponding period of 2018, the Statistical Service announced on Wednesday.

Source: Cyprus News Agency