CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 22/01/2019 12:06

Cyprus ready to contribute to better results in EU-Arab states Summit, Foreign Minister tells FAC

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides expressed the readiness of the Republic of Cyprus to contribute to achieving substantial results during the EU summit with the Arab world in the coming weeks. Minister Christodoulides conveyed that message to his counterparts at Monday’s EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels.

Cyprus reports Turkish violations of its air and marine space

The Republic of Cyprus has reported violations of its air and marine space which happened in November 2018. The violations were reported to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in writing on January 8, 2019, by Cyprus’ Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Poly Ioannou.

Funds for ESTIA scheme released by majority vote

Parliamentary Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs has released the funds for the government scheme called ESTIA (home) amounting to Euros 33 million aiming to subsidise part of the repayment plan for non-performing housing loans. The decision was taken by majority vote during a closed-door meeting of the Committee held on Monday at the House of Representatives.

CMP to launch new excavation in Assia for the remains of two Greek Cypriot soldiers

The Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) will launch a new excavation on Tuesday in the occupied Assia village to locate the remains of two Greek Cypriot soldiers missing since 1974, who according to information by the Turkish Cypriot side were buried there.

House President in Dublin for Dail A�ireann centennial celebrations

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris is in Dublin for the centennial celebrations of the first session of the Dail A�ireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament, and is holding a series of meetings there.

Cypriot, Greek and Israeli diaspora leaders meet in February in Jerusalem

Cypriot, Greek and Israeli diaspora leaders are set to meet trilaterally in Jerusalem, between February 24 and 26. Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Monday that the goal is to promote the interests of the three countries in powerful decision-making centres abroad, noting in particular the successful model of cooperation in the US.

Four fragments of looted frescoes from occupied Cyprus return home

Four fragments of looted frescoes from the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus were handed over to the Republic of Cyprus after they have been recovered by international NGO Walk of Truth.A special event took place on Monday at the Embassy of Cyprus in the Hague and the frescoes were accepted by Transport, Communications and Works Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou, on behalf of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

General government deficit increases as a result of CCB sale

The general government deficit increased in the third quarter of 2018, following the decision of the Cyprus Statistical Office, in coordination with Eurostat, to classify the two entities created after the closure of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank Ltd (CCB) within the General Government sector.

Statistics: Trade deficit down, industrial turnover up, government debt up

The trade deficit declined 12.8% in the period January-October, according to the Statistical Service of Cyprus. It also said the Industrial Turnover Index increased 15.6% in October 2018 reaching 138,2 units, compared to October 2017. Meanwhile, according to Eurostat, the government debt was down to 86.1% of GDP in the euro area, down to 80.8% of GDP in the EU28 and up to 110.9 in Cyprus (22.643 bn).

Flamingos at Oroklini Lake add to magical scenery

The flamingos have arrived at Oroklini Lake in the Larnaca District, adding to the magical scenery of the wetland. From the observatory, visitors can watch the majestic creatures feeding in the lake among ducks and other local birds, while others fly overhead.

Source: Cyprus News Agency