CNA News – CNA – Thomas Kettenis – Nicosia 13/11/2018 13:50

Anastasiades and Trudeau discuss Cyprus problem, regional and international matters

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades had a meeting on Monday evening with Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the old Larnaka airport, where the latter had a layover on his way to Asia from France, during which they discussed the Cyprus problem and regional and international developments. Anastasiades also extended an invitation to Trudeau to pay an official visit to the island. Anastasiades stresses to Trudeau the need for guarantees abolition and withdrawal of occupation army Specifically, Anastasiades referred to the effort which is underway, aiming at the resumption of Cyprus reunification talks, highlighting the need to abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and to terminate the presence of occupation troops in an EU member state, as well as to have a functional solution in Cyprus. CNA has learned that Trudeau expressed his interest in developments on the Cyprus problem and President Anastasiades outlined the new effort which is underway, referring briefly to the outcome of the Crans-Montana Conference on Cyprus in the summer of 2017.

Cyprus President seeks to resume talks under right terms, Spokesman says

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades seeks the resumption of settlement talks under the rights terms, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said. He was speaking on Monday at the Presidential Palace, after the end of a National Council session, which lasted for about 2 hours. Prodomou said that the meeting of the top advisory body to the President on the handling of the Cyprus issue was constructive, and the President informed political leaders about his October 26 meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and his October 31 meeting with Jane Holl Lute, the envoy of the UN Secretary-General. Moreover, the President also informed them about the process to conclude the terms of reference, the Spokesman added.

Greek Cypriot side wants Guterres framework and convergences to be part of the terms of reference, CNA learns

The Greek Cypriot side is expected to ask for the Guterres framework and previous convergences to be part of the terms of reference, which the UN Secretary General expects the two sides in Cyprus to agree on, before resuming substantive negotiations. CNA learns from a well-informed source that convergences also include the map which the Turkish Cypriot side submitted during talks in Geneva, in January 2017, and later withdrew at the request of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. President Anastasiades reflection regarding the decentralization of powers in a federal Cyprus is part of the Guterres framework, the same source noted.

Spehar welcomes opening of crossing points, UN ready to facilitate new CBMs Siddique tells CNA

?he UN Secretary Generals Special Representative in Cyprus and Head of Mission, Elizabeth Spehar, has welcomed the opening of two new crossing points in Cyprus, noting that “these crossing points will play an important role in helping to increase people to people contacts, contributing to build much needed trust and confidence between the communities on the island. Replying to a question by CNA about the opening on Monday of two new crossing points in Dherynia and Apliki-Lefka, Spehar said that “today is good day for Cyprus.

Cyprus energy planning on track, Energy Minister says

A drill is in place on block 10 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on the spot where the drilling will take place, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Monday, assuring that the Republic of Cyprus’ energy plans are on track. Lakkotrypris, who briefed the parliamentary committee on Energy about the country’s energy plans and the ministry’s plans about renewable energy sources funding schemes also called on everyone to maintain a low profile on energy issues.

Fund Management part of the new beginning for Cyprus, FinMin says

Fund Management is part of a new beginning for the Cypriot economy, as the industry is presenting significant growth following the 2013 financial crisis, Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades said. And I am delighted to note, that Fund Management, is part of this new beginning for the Cyprus economy, Georgiades said, addressing the 4th International Funds Summit, noting that apart from tourism, shipping, real estate and business services, Cyprus’ productive base is expanding into new sectors such as higher education, innovation, offshore natural gas and renewable energy.

Government labour force marginally up in October

The government labour force was marginally up this October compared to October 2017, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Monday, show. In particular, according to the data the number of people who are employed by the government increased by 56 or 0.1% compared to October last year reaching 51,670. It is further noted that the number of permanent staff fell by 710 people or 2%.

Europeans need to raise their defence spending and work together, Dijsselbloem says

Former Eurogroup chief, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday that the most important issues for the EU are currently not the euro or the economy but security and migration and agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron that Europeans need to raise their defence spending and work together. Dijsselbloem was addressing an event in Nicosia marking 25 years since the establishment of the Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs of the University of Nicosia. The most important issues for the EU are currently not the euro or the economy, but security and migration, he said, adding that these are issues which require European cooperation.

Larnaka beach cleaned in framework of green international marathon

A large part of the Finikoudes beach in Larnaka was cleaned on Monday from rubbish in the context of the green international Larnaka marathon. A cleaning of the Finikoudes beach took place in cooperation with the Larnaka municipality as part of an important and at the same time symbolic move on which the organising committee of the Larnaka Marathon pays particular importance, a press release issued by the organisers said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency