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Nicos Anastasiades                                            Photo ©

05 February 2017

1. President Anastasiades to convene National Council

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades announced on Sunday he will convene a meeting of the National Council next week to inform leaders of the parliamentary political parties on the developments on the Cyprus issue.Speaking in Nicosia on Sunday, the President was asked about a letter he sent to the 27 EU governments over the Turkish demand for the four liberties to apply for Turkish citizens after a solution to the Cyprus issue. The President said “as I have outlined in the letter, it is not an issue that concerns merely one country but the entirety of the EU and I believe that the Republic of Cyprus cannot negotiate on behalf of the EU countries or create precedents which might cause significant issues in the EU”.

2. President Anastasiades says Maronite community demand for return of their villages is justified

The Maronites of Cyprus` demand for the return of their four villages in the Turkish occupied areas under Greek Cypriot administration, is fair and completely justified, said Sunday President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.Speaking during the celebration of St. Maronas Feast Day at the Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady of Graces in Nicosia, President Anastasiades said the fate of the maronite villages is one of the issues that “we paid special attention during the recent meeting in Geneva”.

3. Ιt is a crucial time in negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem, Greek Deputy FM says

Greek deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Amanatides said it is a crucial time in negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem.In a speech at Kilkis on Saturday, referring to external policy issues, Amanatides said that “we should stress that it is a crucial, historic time in the negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem and also our relations with our neighbouring country Turkey”.

4. Cyprus, Malta and Greece to promote shipping cooperation

The 5th trilateral ministerial meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Malta on maritime issues took place in Pireaus, Athens on Friday where ministers examined ways to improve cooperation.An official statement said the meeting was held with the participation of Cyprus Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Marios Demetriades, Greece`s Minister Shipping and Island Policy, Panagiotis Kouroublis and Alternate Shipping and Island Policy Minister Nektarios Santorinios and Malta`s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Joe Mizzi.

5. Cyprus secures important win in Davis Cup

The Cyprus National Tennis Team beat Turkey during Saturday`s match in Group II in the Europe/Africa First Round of the Davis Cup in Nicosia, Cyprus.The match between Petros Chrysochos (Cyprus) and Cem Ilkel (Turkey) ended with 3-2 set. However, Turkey has an advantage as it has 2-1 victories against Cyprus and needs one more to win while the Cypriot national team will need to win two more matches.

6. Eide encouraged by progress achieved in Mont Pelerin

UN Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide said he was encouraged by the progress achieved at the civil servant level at Mont Pelerin.
7. Parliament approves legislation to reduce capital conservation buffer for Cyprus` banks

The House of Representatives passed into law on Friday a bill to improve harmonization with the European acquis, which reduces the capital conservation buffer of financial institutions from 2.5% to 1.25%.
8. EU 28 heads of state agree on plan on central Mediterranean migration routes and Libya

The EU 28 heads of State and Government agreed today in Malta to step up efforts to tackle migration flows from the central Mediterranean route, in a conclusive declaration. The first part of the summit is over and after a working lunch, the British PM will depart and the 27 will engage in talks over the future of Europe.
9. CMP experts are working to locate remains in Angastina village in Cyprus

A small number of remains have been found during excavations carried out by forensic experts working for the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP), in Turkish occupied Angastina village.

10. Cybersecurity field very promising in job creation in Cyprus, ECSO SG tells CNA

ECSO, the European Cyber Security Organisation was founded in June 2016 and it represents an industry-led contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the Cyber Security contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP). Its Secretary General Luigi Rebuffi was in Cyprus on Thursday where he addressed a Conference co-organized by CCCI and the Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute (CNTI) on Cyberscurity.
11. Free workshops launched, with US funding, to support SMEs in food production

A series of free workshops aiming to support small and medium enterprises in the area of food production, funded largely by the US State Department, was launched on Friday in Akaki village, in Nicosia District.
12. Hera and Ergul appeal to both leaders to work for peace in Cyprus

Two teenage girls, Greek Cypriot Hera, 16, from Paphos and Turkish Cypriot Ergul, 15, from Turkish occupied Nicosia, who have spent together one month in Virginia, USA, have appealed to the leaders of the island`s two communities to work for peace, imploring them to listen to the Cypriots.
13. Bronze Olympic Medalist Jan Hudec speaks to CNA and encourages Cypriots to join the sport

Bronze Olympic 2014 Medalist, Canadian Jan Hudec, has sent a message to the Cypriots “to come and meet” winter skiing and experience the wonderful moments it gives to the lovers of this sport. Hudec is currently in Cyprus and he talked to CNA about Cyprus, his future goals in his personal and sports career.CNA