CNA News – CNA – Thalia Neophytou – Nicosia 20/04/2018 10:58

CHOGM communique to include reference to Cyprus issue

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) communique will include a reference to Cyprus with regard to the need for a settlement of the long-standing division of the island, said Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.President Anastasiades has been taking part in the main business of the leaders’ summit that began Thursday and will conclude Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides presented a Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group activity report for 2015-2018, during a special executive session of the CHOGM.

Foreign Minister holds meeting with UK Brexit Secretary

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, who is in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, had the opportunity to meet with the UK Secretary for Exiting the European Union David Davis on Wednesday evening. They discussed the progress that has been achieved in Brexit talks and the negotiations between the UK and the EU on their future trade relationship.Reliable sources have said that Christodoulides reaffirmed Cyprus’ position that it would be to the benefit of all sides if the UK were to maintain as close a partnership as possible with the EU.

US and Russian Embassies pledge to raise missing persons’ issue after receiving relatives’ memorandum

Representatives of the Embassies of the United States and Russia in Cyprus assured Thursday relatives of persons who became missing as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus to raise their issue with their respective governments, in order to exert pressure on Turkey to open its military archives and allow for excavations in military zones in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. The Pancyprian Organisation of Relatives of Undeclared Prisoners and Missing Persons, accompanied by representatives of the Women Organizations of Cyprus, handed over a memorandum to representatives of the US and Russian Embassies, in Nicosia, in the framework of the 33rd Missing persons marathon

UK Liberal Democrats condemn Turkeys illegal actions in the Cypriot EEZ

UK Liberal Democrats have condemned Turkey’s illegal and aggressive actions in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. In a statement, published through the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, the party’s Brexit and International Development spokesperson, Tom Brake, said that “illegal actions taken by Turkey in the Republic of Cyprus should be met with concern and condemned.

UN Cyprus and Italy representations form Friends of Cultural Heritage Protection group

Cyprus’ permanent representation in the UN in cooperation with Italy’s permanent representation have formed the Friends for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Group, taking an important step towards the implementation of the international legal framework.The protection of cultural heritage constitutes a top priority of the two countries’ foreign policy and the group’s main goal is to raise awareness over the need to protect the cultural heritage, to combat cultural goods trafficking, to prevent it and all forms of related illegal activities, to jointly follow best practices and promote them internationally and enhance relations between legislative sources, an announcement released by the press and information office (PIO) says.

EU Member States grand protection status to 538 000 asylum seekers in 2017, Cyprus to 1300

The 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 538 000 asylum seekers in 2017, down by almost 25% from 2016, according to Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. According to Eurostat, Cyprus granted protection status to 1005 Syrians (78%) to 75 Somalians (6%) and 50 Iraqis (4%).

Cyprus gave 1300 positive decisions on asylum applications (1520 per 1 million inhabitants), 235 for refugee status and 1065 for subsidiary protection.

Climate change Conference in Nicosia, a very timely one, SG Emeritus of World Meteorological Organization tells CNA

The nine warmest years since scientific records are available have all occurred since 2005, while over the past 40 years, each decade has been warmer than the previous one, Michel Jarraud, Secretary General Emeritus of the World Meteorological Organization, has told CNA. Jarraud spoke to CNA on the occasion of the International Summit-Conference that will take place in Nicosia in mid-May and which will address the scientific basis of Climate Change in the region, its impact and challenges.

EU energy efficiency targets should be feasible and financially viable, Cypriot Minister says

Cyprus Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis called for balance EU targets concerning the share of renewables and energy efficiency. These targets should be feasible and financially viable, Lakkotrypis said speaking to the Informal EU Energy Ministers Council in Sofia, Bulgaria which discussed the sustainability of the Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. Lakkotrypis also said it is important the member � states to contribute in achieving the EU targets taking into account their specific conditions, especially the absence of interconnections, market size and climate change.

Israeli institutions interested in cooperating with CING on innovation

Israeli Ambassador to Cyprus Sammy Revel visited Thursday the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) and said there was great interest for cooperation from similar organizations in Israel, in the field of innovation. According to a CING announcement, the Israeli diplomat was briefed on the Institute’s work in research, education and services by CING Chief Executive Medical Director Leonidas Phylactou.

President Anastasiades sends message of condolences on passing of Barbara Bush

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has sent a message of condolences to former US Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush on the passing of the former First Lady of the United States of America Barbara Bush, wife and mother of the two former US leaders respectively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency