CNA News – CNA – Thalia Neophytou – Nicosia 16/12/2018 15:23

President Anastasiades to meet again with Lute in the coming days, Spokesman says

President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, will meet again with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on the Cyprus problem, Jane Holl Lute, in the coming days, after her meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, according to Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou. In statements to the media, Prodromou said that Sundays meeting between Anastasiades and Lute was creative and productive and that there was a discussion on the terms of reference and the crucial issues of the Cyprus problem. He said, however that amid crucial consultations on the continuation of Cyprus’ talks, it was better to avoid comments.

Anastasiades expresses Cyprus full support to the Finnish EU Presidency

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed Cyprus full support to the Finnish EU Presidency, during the second half of 2019. Anastasiades who had on Sunday, at the Presidential Palace a private meeting and a working lunch with the Finish Prime Minister Juha SipilA�, in view of the Finnish EU Presidency, said in a post on his twitter account that “it is indeed a great pleasure to welcome today in Cyprus, PM of Finland Juha SipilA�. ? would like to express our full support to the Finnish Presidency which we believe identifies accurately our Union’s policy priorities and addresses our common challenges.”

House President says it is extremely difficult to negotiate with the Turkish Cypriot leader

House President, Demetris Syllouris, said on Sunday that the efforts made by the Greek Cypriot side to negotiate with the Turkish Cypriot leader “who has been acting as the mouthpiece of the government in Ankara” constitute an extremely difficult process. In a speech at a memorial service for the policemen and volunteers that were killed during the Turkish Cypriot mutiny of 1963-1964, Syllouris said that the provocative and exaggerated demands of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, as well as behaviours aiming at separating the population of Cyprus and legitimizing unlawful acts as a fait accompli, show that achieving a just solution to the Cyprus issue is something impossible.

The Cyprus problem is an international law issue, Greek Alternate FM says

The Cyprus problem is an issue of international law and for this reason it is imperative that guarantees are abolished and that troops leave the island, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos said, after concluding his meetings in Washington. Moreover, referring to the relations between Greece and Turkey, Katrougkalos, who was speaking to Greek correspondents in the US, said that Greece does not aim to escalate tensions, for which it is not responsible, but favours Turkey’s European prospects under the condition that the country will stop its provocative behaviour.

Cyprus records the largest decrease on NPLs according to EBA data

Cyprus recorded the largest decrease among EU countries in Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) between June 2017 and June 2018, according to a report by the European Banking Authority (EBA). According to EBA’s risk assessment of the European Banking System the largest decrease in NPL ratio was in Cyprus (-8.6 %) followed by Portugal (-5 %), Ireland and Slovenia (-4.8%).By sector, Cyprus is the country with the highest NPL ratio for exposures towards households as of June 2018 (around 51% of the total NPLS). The ratio for exposures towards SMEs was also high at around 42% of the total NPLs.

Agriculture Minister to participate in the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Costas Kadis, departs on Sunday for Brussels, where he will participate in the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, which will take place on 17 – 18 December. According to a PIO press release, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council will mainly discuss the Austrian Presidency’s Progress Report on the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) beyond 2020, as well as the EU Strategy for the Bio-Economy, which is the strategy that seeks to improve and to strengthen the sustainable use of renewable resources. Agriculture Ministers will also be briefed on how to deal with the disasters that had affected EU forests last summer and on the need for collective action.

Source: Cyprus News Agency