CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – Nicosia 14/05/2019 12:09

Foreign Minister calls for collective EU action against Turkeys illegal actions in Cyprus EEZ

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides called on Monday for “collective action” by the EU on the basis of the EU Treaties provisions during the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting that took place in Brussels where he raised the issue of the illegal Turkish actions within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini reiterated the EU call to Turkey to respect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus. EU Commissioner on enlargement and neighbourhood policy Johannes Hahn said that he shares Christodoulides’ grave concern over Turkeys drilling plans.

Turkey’s occupation of the northern part of Cyprus has no place in the 21st century, Slovak Speaker says

Turkey’s occupation of the northern part of Cyprus has no place in the 21st century, Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrei Danko said on Monday, after a meeting with President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris, adding that the Cyprus problem should have been solved a long time ago. Syllouris and Danko inaugurated a photo exhibition in Bratislava to honour the Slovakian contingent in UNFICYP. Syllouris continues his official visit in Slovakia on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister to pay official visit to Kazakhstan

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides pays on Wednesday an official visit to Kazakhstan, during which he will discuss with his counterpart Beibut Atamkulov the Cyprus problem in relation with Turkeys actions in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and ways to enhance bilateral relations. He will also sign a Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations and a double taxation avoidance treaty.

Presidential Commissioner says Turkey must give information about mass graves of missing persons

Only if the Turkish army provides information from its archives there will be information about a number of missing persons’ cases, Monday Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Monday.

Art very important for people and their history German auctioneer, who returns looted casket to Cyprus, tells CNA

The Managing Director of a German auction house who recently bought a casket with the relics of saints originally from St Mamas church in Morphou, Cyprus, and will return it on Tuesday to its rightful owner, the Metropolis of Morphou, has stressed in statements to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that art is very important for the people and their history, their culture and their identity.

Bratislava, Nicosia, Riga and Sofia offer to host ELA seat published by the Council

The Council of the EU has published the offers sent by four EU countries to host the seat of the future European Labour Authority (ELA) by Bratislava (Slovakia), Nicosia (Cyprus), Riga (Latvia) and Sofia (Bulgaria).

Bank of Cyprus posts Euros 95 million profit in 1Q 2019, new CEO announced

The Bank of Cyprus announced on Monday that it posted a Euros 95 mn profit for the first quarter of 2019. The Bank reported a good capital position, as at 31 March 2019 the CET1 ratio was 14.9% and the Total Capital ratio was 17.9%, both pro forma for Helix, well in excess of our regulatory requirements. The Bank of Cyprus also announced that Panicos Nicolaou has been appointed as the Group’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Government labour force rises in April due to temporary employees hiring

Cyprus’ government labour force rose by 215 persons or 0.4% year on year in April mainly driven by temporary employee hiring, data released on Monday by the Statistical Service show.

Source: Cyprus News Agency