CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – Nicosia 18/12/2018 11:42

Lute will return to Cyprus early 2019, Prodromou says

The UN Secretary General’s envoy Jane Holl Lute is not conveying any messages, Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, said after a new meeting which the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, had on Tuesday morning with Lute, adding that discussions with a view to formulate the terms of reference for the resumption of the Cyprus talks will continue, and Lute will be back to Cyprus at the beginning of 2019.

Trilateral Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Palestine held in Athens

The Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Greece and Palestine, was held on Monday in Athens. During their meeting, Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece George Katrougkalos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Palestine Riad Malki held a wide-ranging discussion on issues of common interest, including developments in the Middle East and their impact on the broader region, the Palestine issue, the Cyprus issue, as well as areas for future trilateral cooperation.

House President and Chinese parliamentarians agree to further enhance relations on parliamentary level

House President Demetris Syllouris met on Monday with a delegation of the Finance Committee of the National Peoples Congress of the Peoples Republic of China which is visiting Cyprus. Syllouris and Vice Head of the Committee Wu Ritu agreed to further enhance the parliamentary relations and praised the traditional ties between the two countries.

Cyprus FM discusses Cyprus issue with Greek Alternate Foreign Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Christodoulides met with Greek Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos, on the fringes of the Trilateral Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus-Greece-Palestine. During their meeting, Christodoulides and Katrougkalos discussed the developments on the Cyprus Issue, the topic of energy planning, and also the tripartite coalitions of Greece and Cyprus.

Agriculture Minister presents Cyprus-led counter climate change initiative to EU Commissioner Canete

Minister of Agriculture Costas Kadis presented today a Cyprus Initiative to address Climate Change in the Wider Region of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, to the Commissioner for Climate and Energy M.A.Canete, as he said in the camera of the Press and Information Office (PIO) in Brussels.

Ireland donates Euros 25,000 to the CMP

Ireland donated on Tuesday Euros 25,000 to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, bringing the Irish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of Euros 350,000 over the past twelve years.

Presidents of chambers of commerce of Cyprus, Greece and Israel to have a trilateral meeting in Beersheba

The Presidents of the chambers of commerce and industry of Cyprus, Greece and Israel will hold a trilateral meeting next Thursday, in the framework of the trilateral meeting of heads of state of the three countries in Beersheba of Israel.

Recycling inspires me artist George Paphitis tells CNA

Young artist George Paphitis, who has chosen metal as his main material of choice, breathing new life into scrap metal, speaks to CNA of his love for recycling. George, whose first personal exhibition entitled A journey: From scrap metal to sculpture, is showcased at Gloria Gallery, in Nicosia, until December 22, decided to start using metal during his studies at Stas Paraschos’ Cyprus College of Art.

Tourist arrivals hit record high, harmonised inflation up, tourists happy with stay in Cyprus

Arrivals of tourists reached 158,685 in November 2018 compared to 144,676 in November 2017, recording an increase of 9.7%, on the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, the Statistical Service said on Monday. Furthermore, it reported that the Harmonised Price Index increased by 1.6% in November, compared to the same month of 2017, while compared to October of 2018 it decreased by 1.5%. Meanwhile, a survey commissioned by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has shown that the majority of tourists that visited Cyprus between June and September 2018 were satisfied to a great extent with their stay.

Eurostat: Cyprus’ trade deficit shrinks, inflation drops

The value of Cyprus total exports stood at Euros 4 billion in the period January to October 2018, representing an increase of 56% compared to the same period of 2017, according to Eurostat. Total imports amounted to Euros 7 billion, a 14% increase compared to the same period of last year. As a result, Cyprus registered a Euros – 3.4 billion trade deficit, decreased compared to the same period of 2017. Meanwhile, the inflation rate stood at 1.9% in the Eurozone, and 1.6% in Cyprus, for November 2018, down from 2.2% and 1.9% respectively in October.

Source: Cyprus News Agency