CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 08/12/2017 12:44

Pavlopoulos and Tsipras tell Erdogan Cyprus solution must be based on international law

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos stressed during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the solution of the Cyprus problem must be based on the respect of the international law, the European law and the sovereignty of Cyprus, as an EU member state. Erdogan also met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who said Greece hopes for viable solution to the Cyprus problem, based on a bizonal bicommunal federation and within the framework set by the UN Secretary-General. Meanwhile, Cyprus’ Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said Greece and Turkey should prepare on the issues of security and guarantees before talks resume on the Cyprus issue.

EP President says Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus must end

The European Parliament supports the termination of the Turkish military occupation of northern Cyprus, President of the EP, Antonio Tajani has stressed in Nicosia. Tajani, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus, was received in the morning at the Presidential Palace by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The meeting focused on Brexit, the Future of the EU, the EU -Turkey relations, economy, as well as the Cyprus problem.

Foreign Ministry urges Cypriot citizens in West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, to be cautious

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cyprus has issued a press release regarding the demonstrations in the West Bank, Gaza, the old city of Jerusalem and East Jerusalem, urging Cypriot citizens to be cautious.

House President: We deplore the violations of human rights

The House of Representatives deplores the violations of human rights, wherever they are taking place, especially in Cyprus by Turkey, and declares its determination to defend the rights of the people of Cyprus, President of the House Demetris Syllouris has said, referring to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Interior Minister expresses concerns for migration flows from Turkey

?inister of the Interior, Constantinos Petridis on Thurdsay expressed his concerns on the increased and systematic migration flows from Turkey, at a meeting he had with Commissioner for Immigration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Unlawful property sales in Turkish-occupied areas not consistent with ECHR judgement, says Committee of Ministers

Turkey’s compliance with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Cyprus v. Turkey judgement is not consistent with any possible permission, participation, acquiescence or otherwise complicity in any unlawful sale and exploitation of Greek Cypriot homes and property in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe said.

Recent exercise with Israel beneficial for National Guard, says Defence Ministry

The recent military exercise conducted between Cyprus and Israel was particularly beneficial for the National Guard, the Ministry of Defence said in a written statement, adding that this kind of exercises upgrade the operational capabilities of the army. According to the statement, the exercise has proven the high level of professional training and operational readiness of the National Guard.

Cyprus ratifies first the Nicosia Convention for the protection of cultural property

The Republic of Cyprus is the first country to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, known as the Nicosia Convention and, according to a Foreign Ministry announcement, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative Dr. Spyros Attas met on Thursday with the Council of Europe’s Deputy SG Gabriella Battaini Dragoni to deposit the instrument of ratification.

Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee publishes report on UK Sovereign Base Areas

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published its first report on the United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) on Cyprus following a visit to the island in February 2017.

Non-performing facilities down by Euros 750 million in Q2

? further decrease of Euros 750 million or 3.2% in aggregate non-performing facilities (NPFs) in the Cypriot banks was recorded during the second quarter of 2017, compared with the first quarter 2017,with the largest part of the fall totalling Euros 610 million exhibited in June 2017.

Source: Cyprus News Agency