CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – Nicosia 17/04/2019 12:44

UNSG says his envoy will continue discussions despite low expectations for real progress

There are low expectations for real progress or agreement on the terms of reference, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his report on his good offices mission an unofficial copy of which was handed over on Tuesday evening to the UN Security Council members. Nicosia appears to be, in general, satisfied with the report on the good offices mission. Meanwhile, Russia has expressed readiness to send up to five servicemen of its armed forces to UNFICYP.

Cyprus President meets his Georgian counterpart, delegations of the two countries hold talks

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, attended this morning in Tbilisi, where he is paying an official visit, a private meeting with his Georgian counterpart Salome Zourabichvili. After the meeting expanded talks between the delegations of the two countries took place.

Cyprus considers early repayment of Russian loan, Finance Minister says

Cyprus is considering an early repayment of part of the Euros 2.5 billion loan it obtained from the Russian Federation during the financial crisis, as its funding costs decline to new lows, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said. Meanwhile, Georgiades and new Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus Constantinos Herodotou pledged to set their cooperation on a new basis with a view to further promoting financial stability.

Senator Menendez says great moment for Cyprus to form new relationship with US and the West

US Senator Robert Menendez referred to a great moment for Cyprus to form a new relationship with the United States and the West, after a meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, in Nicosia.

Messages of solidarity the best proof of bilateral relations level, French Ambassador tells CNA

Ambassador of France to Cyprus, Rene Troccaz, has told the Cyprus News Agency that the hundreds of messages of solidarity which the Embassy of France in Nicosia has received from politicians and other citizens in Cyprus, after the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, constitute the best indication and proof of the reality regarding the level of bilateral relations between France and Cyprus.

Deputy Minister for Shipping upbeat over Cyprus shipping’s future

Deputy Minister for Shipping Natassa Pilides said she is optimistic over the Cyprus’ shipping future, outlining the results of the Deputy Ministry’s efforts to attract new shipping companies as very good.

Defence Minister in Alexandria for aeronautical exercise Medusa 8

Cypriot Minister of Defence Savvas Angelides is flying to Alexandia, Egypt, on Wednesday, at the invitation of Egyptian Minister of Defence Colonel General Mohamed Zaki, to watch the final phase of aeronautical exercise Medusa 8, along with his counterparts of Greece and Egypt.

Antiquities Department in race against time to minimize fire hazards, its Director tells CNA

The Antiquities Department is in a race against time to minimize fire hazards in archeological sites ahead of a busy summer season that sees many tourists visiting Cyprus’ ancient treasures. Speaking to CNA, a day after the devastating blast at the iconic Parisian cathedral of Notre Dame, Director of the Department of Antiquities Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou noted that the biggest challenge in Cyprus’ archaeological sites is fire safety, due to dense vegetation caused by heavy rains on the island.

Production in the construction sector increases in EU

In February 2019 compared with January 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 3.0% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.3% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat. Compared with the previous quarter, production construction decreased in Cyprus by -0.6%. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year production in constructions increased in Cyprus by 14.1%.

Source: Cyprus News Agency