CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – Nicosia 27/03/2019 12:11

Closer to lifting arms embargo, says US Senator after meeting with Cypriot FM

Cyprus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides concluded his three-day visit to Washington having discussed matters such as the arms embargo against Cyprus implemented by the US since 1987, security and energy matters and the Cyprus problem in meetings with Senator Bob Menendez and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, with Menendez expressing the view that “we are getting ever closer” to lifting the arms embargo. Christodoulides also met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale.

EP adopts Special Committee report containing references to Cyprus and Golden visa schemes

The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday the conclusions of a report by the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance (TAX3), that expresses concern over Golden visa schemes and makes particular references to Malta and Cyprus.

There are regulations as regards entry to the Republic, and individuals affected can lodge a complaint, source tells CNA

Regulations and practices are in force as regards the entry to the Republic of Cyprus territory and these are implemented, a source has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) invited to comment on statements by the foreign minister of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime in the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, Kudret Ozersay, who said that a foreign academic who arrived to Larnaca Airport with a view to attend an academic activity at a university in the occupied areas was denied entry by the authorities, and was sent back to Dubai.

CMP excavation teams discover bone fragments in Yerani and Templos villages

Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) excavation teams discovered on Tuesday fragments of bones at a site in the Turkish occupied Yerani village, where, according to information, a Greek Cypriot who went missing since 1974 was buried, CNA has learned.

Cabinet to approve extra Euros 500,000 for cultural heritage committee conservation work

The Cabinet is set to approve an extra Euros 500,000 in funding for the Bicommunal Cultural Heritage Committee’s work, its Greek Cypriot co-chairman Takis Hadjidemetriou told MPs, on Tuesday.

Villiers to raise issue of UK funding for CMP with Foreign Secretary

Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers expressed strong support for the work of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) and said she would raise the issue of maintaining UK financial support with the Foreign Secretary. Meanwhile, members of the Cypriot community in north London gathered together in Barnet on Friday to celebrate Villiers’ 20 years of campaigning for Cyprus.

Stelios Foundation and UKCEC’s event celebrates Cyprus bi-communal collaboration

An event co-organised in London on Monday evening by the Foundation of Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council (UKCEC) highlighted the significance on bi-communal collaboration in delivering the reunification of Cyprus.

Cypriot businesses ready even in event of no-deal Brexit, OEV senior officer says

Cypriot businesses are adequately prepared for Brexit, even a no-deal Brexit, according to the General Director of the Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEV) Michalis Antoniou.

CSEO assumes elevated role in endeavour to return to the moon

The Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) assumes an elevated role in the endeavour to return to the moon, via the Moon Village Association (MVA).

Statistics: Retail up, trade deficit down, economic sentiment down

The Turnover Volume Index and the Turnover Value Index of Retail Trade increased in January 2019, according to the Statistical Service. It also said that the trade deficit declined by almost Euros 350 mln in 2018, compared to 2017, and that the reduction is attributed to the rise of exports by almost Euros 1.26 bln. Meanwhile, the economic sentiment declined for a third month in a row, according to the University of Cyprus’ Economic Research Centre. The Finance Ministry announced that the central government debt stood at Euros 21.05 billion at the end of 2018. furthermore, the Central Bank said bounced cheques issued in February 2019 amounted to Euros 0,13 million.

Source: Cyprus News Agency