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Macron tells Erdogan to respect Cyprus sovereignty

French President Emmanuel Macron has told his Turkish counterpart that Ankara must respect Cyprus’ sovereignty. According to a statement issued by the French President’s office, during a telephone conversation Macron held with Erdogan on Monday morning, the French President told him that he was worried about recent events off the coast of Cyprus, stressing the need to respect Cyprus’ sovereignty.

FM says US should coordinate with the EU on the Middle East peace process

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has welcomed the initiative of EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to hold Mondays exchange of views of the 28 EU Foreign Ministers with the members of the Follow-up Committee of the Arab League (ASC). Speaking before the EU Foreign Affairs Council, held Monday in Brussels, on the latest developments in relation to the peace process in the Middle East, which was the focus of the meeting, the Foreign Minister welcomed Mogherinis initiative and noted that the EUs stance remains in favor of a two-state solution.

UN Under-Secretary-General Lacroix arrives in Cyprus for a two day visit

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations arrives Wednesday in Cyprus for a two day visit and will meet with government officials, local authorities and community representatives. According to an UNFICYP announcement, Lacroix will be received by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission, Elizabeth Spehar and UNFICYP’s Force Commander, Major General Mohammad Humayun Kabir.

EU High Representative Mogherini and Foreign Ministers bid Kasoulides farewell

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the EU Foreign Ministers, which met on Monday in Brussels, bade farewell and thanked Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, in a cordial and emotional atmosphere, as he participated for the last time in the meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council. More specifically during the meeting of the Ministers, Federica Mogherini took the floor and referred to the excellent cooperation that described her long-standing relationship with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, both during her term in office as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy and subsequently as the High Representative.

Villiers protests about Turkish actions in Cyprus EEZ

Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet, addressed over 400 members of the north London British Cypriot community on Saturday evening at the annual dinner for the Manor Hill Greek School which is based in Totteridge. She used the occasion to highlight concerns regarding the actions being taken by the Turkish Navy to obstruct ships involved in oil and gas activities in the eastern Mediterranean. Speaking after the event, Villiers said: It was good to have the opportunity this evening to set out my serious concerns on Turkish interference with hydrocarbon extraction work in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

Increase in revenue expected for Larnaca Port in 2018

Larnaca Port is expected to generate a revenue of over Euros 9.5 million this year, due to an increase in activities, mainly due to additional cargo reaching the port from Europe, destined for exclusive economic zone works in Egypt and Israel. Speaking before the Committee of Finance at the House of Representatives, which discussed the Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) budget for 2018, Chairman of the CPA Petros Krassas said that Larnaca Port was working to its full capacity.

Bank of Cyprus posts Euros 552 million loss in 2017

Bank of Cyprus Holdings announced Tuesday Euros 552 million loss after tax for the financial year 2017 due to total provisions and impairments of Euros 942 million, compared to Euros 64 million profit in 2016.

According to the Preliminary Group Financial Results for the year ended 31 December 2017, operating profit was Euros 485 million, while cost to income ratio was 47%. The Group has reduced the Stock of non-performing exposures (NPEs) for the eleventh consecutive quarter.

9th Mediterranean Oil and Gas Forum to discuss development of East Med gas and its impact on the market

The development of East Mediterranean Gas and its Impact on the European and International Gas Market is the topic of the 9th Mediterranean Oil and Gas Forum 2018 that will take place in Nicosia on March 27 and 28 and will focus on commercial agreements of American and European oil majors and independents in the Cypriot, Israeli, Egyptian, and Greek gas markets.

Cyprus records drop by 9.1% in serious injury of children from road traffic accidents

Cyprus has had a drop by 9.1% in the serious injury of children under 14 years of age in road traffic accidents between 2006 – 2016, ranking 2nd best in Europe. In a press release issued here on Monday, NGO Reaction quotes data by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) according to which 1 in 13 children’s deaths in Europe is due to a road traffic accident. In Cyprus, 6% of children’s deaths is due to a road traffic accident, the NGO said.

Latvia becomes the 10th country to sign the Nicosia Convention

Latvia is the 9th member state of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the 10th country worldwide to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, known as the Nicosia Convention. According to the CoE, Latvia signed the convention on February 22, 2018, following Cyprus, Armenia, Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Mexico, Slovenia, Ukraine and Italy. Nicosia also ratified the Convention first, on December 7, 2017.

Francophonie month launched in Nicosia

Under the slogan the French language unites us and makes us active citizens, events marking the international month of the Francophonie were presented, in Nicosia, on Monday. All events are organised with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Embassies and Consulates of member states of the Francophonie, in Cyprus. Addressing a press conference, Education and Culture Minister Costas Kadis said that 48 years have passed since the International Organisation of the Francophonie was established. Cyprus participates in the organisation as an associate member since 2006.

Source: Cyprus News Agency