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There is common will for peace, President Anastasiades says after a meeting with Akinci

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday, after a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, that they have a common will for peace, stability, cooperation on the basis of everything discussed until today. The leaders of the islands two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, announced that the Lefka/Aplici and Deryneia crossing points will open on November 12, in a joint statement released by the United Nations in Cyprus after their meeting on Friday.

Anastasiades tells Akinci that Guterres framework remains the basis of negotiations

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades explained on Friday to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci his idea on the decentralization of the powers of the central government in a future federal state, stressing at the same time that the Greek Cypriot side maintains its position that negotiations on the Cyprus problem must take place on the basis of the UN Secretary Generals framework, a well-informed source has said. CNA has learned that President Anastasiades said during his meeting with Akinci, that took place at the UNSG’s Special Representatives’ residence, that his idea about a decentalized federation refers to one of the Guterres’ framework parameters and is related to the way that the deadlock will be overcome and concerns by both sides will be met, while avoiding possible causes of conflict.

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions demand that the peace talks restart

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot unions, which organised a rally outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, demanded on Thursday that the Cyprus peace talks restart. The unions handed over a joint declaration to Deputy Minister to the President, Vasilis Palmas, which was also signed by other organised groups. Deputy Minister to the President Vasilis Palmas said on Thursday that the President of the Republic is ready for the Cyprus talks to resume from the point they stopped, in Crans Montana, Switzerland, in July last year.

Lieutenant-General Leontaris raises the issue of Turkeys actions in Cyprus EEZ before the EU Military Committee

Lieutenant-General Elias Leontaris raised on Thursday the issue of Turkeys actions in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, and the question of the conditions for future EU-NATO cooperation, to which Turkey is already a member, during the two-day Regular Meeting of the European Military Committee (EU) at the level of Chiefs of Armed Forces.

House President meets with UK Minister for Europe in London

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris, on the second day of his working visit to the UK, held a meeting at the Foreign Office with UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan. Syllouris said after the meeting that the agenda focused on three issues: the Cyprus issue, Brexit and the situation in the Middle East. The President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris attended a working dinner organised on Thursday evening in north London by the Executive Secretariat of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.

Fiscal Council: Public finances � banking sector improved, still a way to go for reforms

Fiscal Council President Demetris Georgiades has said that there has been an improvement on public finances and the stabilisation of the banking sector, adding however that there is still a long way to go as regards reforms. At the same time, he warned that one of the most significant risks the economy is faced with is the very low or even negative savings which we have in Cyprus throughout the years.

Cyprus issues 18,971 residence permits in 2017, 22.1 permits for every 1000 citizens, the 2nd largest rate in the EU

Cyprus issued a total of 18,971 residence permits in its territory in 2017, according to data released Friday by Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. Out of the 18,971 permits, citizens of India received 4 710, or 24.8%, citizens of Russia 2 883, or 15.2% and citizens of Nepal 1 406, or 7.4% of the total number of permits. The total of 18 971 corresponds to 22.1 permits for 1000 Cypriot citizens. This percentage is the second highest in the EU, second only to Malta (23 permits for 1000 citizens).

Two 14-year olds who win NASA Cyprus competition on moon colonisation talk to CNA [VIDEO]

The ideas put forward by two 14 year-old pupils from Cyprus on how to colonise the moon will be useful to NASA and other organisations such as the Moon Village Association, as humanity is getting ready to return to the moon, build a colony and then head for Mars. Athena Vourgos and Savvas Agisilaou from Senior School in Nicosia won first prize in a competition/challenge brought exclusively to Cyprus by NASA for Cypriot teams. Around ten teams participated in the Cyprus challenge that took place in the framework of the NASA SpaceApps Challenge, which was also attended by NASA chief scientist James Green.

US warns Turkey over plans to acquire S-400 system

Washington has expressed serious concerns over Ankara’s intention to acquire the Russian S-400 missile system, noting that a Russian system is not interoperable with NATO systems and such an acquisition could potentially trigger actions and have serious ramifications for US ability to do business with Turkey across the defence trade spectrum. The United States is committed to Turkey’s security and ensuring Turkey’s ability to defend itself. We have long made it clear that we want to work collaboratively on air and missile defence with Turkey. The United States has also made it clear to Turkey that we have very serious concerns with plans to proceed with the acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defence system, the spokesperson said.

Laudamotion launches flights from Larnaca to Vienna

Austria’s low fare airline Laudamotion has announced that it is launching flights from Larnaca to Vienna, twice a week, starting in October. Fares started from Euros 19,99, a press release issued by the company said on Friday. Our routes work because we have the right offer for price-sensitive customers. In particular, with our new routes, Im sure to increase the traffic with our new non-stop service to and from Vienna said Andreas Gruber, Managing Director.

Source: Cyprus News Agency