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09 February 2017

1. New meeting of leaders today

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci continue their meetings in Nicosia`s UNPA area today, in the context of the ongoing UN-led peace talks to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, will present to the leaders the pending issues of the chapters discussed at the talks on the Cyprus problem, and the two leaders will decide on how to proceed with the discussion of these issues. UNSG`s spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has said that he has nothing more to report on the ongoing Cyprus reunification process or to announce on any Cyprus related travel just yet.

2. UN Security Council members` presence in Cyprus peace effort beneficial, says Russian Ambassador

Russia`s Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy said on Wednesday that the presence of the members of the UN Security Council in efforts for the Cyprus problem would be beneficial. Osadchiy was briefed by President Nicos Anastasiades on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and the prospects, during a meeting they had at the Presidential Palace. A statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic said that the excellent relations between Cyprus and Russia were reaffirmed during the meeting.

3. Former Deputy Attorney General found guilty in corruption case

The Assize Court in Nicosia has found former Deputy Attorney General Rikkos Erotokritou and his co-defendants, lawyers Andreas Kyprizoglou and Panayiotis Neocleous as well as the law firm Andreas Neocleous LLC, guilty of charges related to corruption. All charges have been proven beyond any reasonable doubt and the defendants are found guilty, according to the lengthy Court ruling which took the judges over eight hours to read with three ten minute breaks.

4. Startups visa proposal to be submitted to the Council of Ministers next week, President says

A proposal promoting startups visa, aiming to attract entrepreneurs from non-EU countries will be submitted to the next meeting of the Council of Ministers for approval, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.

5. Process of EuroAfrica Interconnector implementation moves forward

The EuroAfrica Interconnector, the subsea electric cable connecting the Egyptian, Cypriot and Greek power grids to continental Europe, entered the crucial phase of conducting project studies with a signing ceremony in Cairo for a memorandum of understanding among all parties on Monday, February 6, a press release issued on Wednesday said.

6. Meeting decides on action abroad to raise awareness about missing persons in Cyprus

A meeting of competent authorities, which convened on Wednesday, decided on a series of actions at decision-making bodies abroad to help raise awareness about the issue of missing persons in Cyprus. The meeting was attended by all relevant services and representatives of organisations of relatives of missing persons, under the presidency of the Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues Fotis Fotiou.

7. Shipowners stress that Cyprus must take advantage of Brexit

Cyprus must take advantage of Brexit to develop as a maritime and financial centre, Andreas Hadjiyiannis, President of the executive committee of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners, said on Wednesday, following a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace.
However he refrained from elaborating on the specific measures that should be taken.

8. Bilateral and tripartite cooperation discussed between Syllouris and Israeli Ambassador

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris received on Wednesday the Ambassador of Israel in Nicosia Yael Ravia-Zadok with whom he discussed bilateral cooperation as well as the tripartite cooperation between Cyprus, Israel and Greece with particular emphasis on the parliamentary aspect.

9. BoC receives the Best Bank for Private Banking award in 2017

The Bank of Cyprus (BoC) has been named as the Best Bank for Private Banking in Cyprus by the international magazine Euromoney, for the second consecutive year. According to a BoC press release, "the award confirms the high quality of Private Banking services offered by the International Banking, Wealth & Markets Division of the Bank of Cyprus. It also confirms the successful strategy of the Bank in offering bespoke solutions and integrated products and services in the area of wealth management."

10. Global prizes for UCY graduates in ICAEW’S exams for 2016

Graduates of the University of Cyprus School of Economics and Management have obtained five international first place awards in Institute of Charter Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) professional exams for September and December 2016 sittings.    

11. Negotiators to brief Cyprus leaders on pending issues in the talks

Negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, will present on Thursday to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci the pending issues of the chapters discussed at the talks on the Cyprus problem, and the two leaders will decide on how to proceed with the discussion of these issues.The two  negotiators met on Tuesday to look into the pending issues which they will present to the leaders during their meeting on Thursday, in the framework of their UN-led talks negotiations aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, and then Anastasiades and Akinci will decide on how they will proceed with their discussion, a well-informed source has told CNA.

12. Greek Foreign Minister: We need to employ our best minds to deal with Turkey`s irrational behaviour

Greece has to deal with Turkey’s unreasonable demands on Cyprus and other bilateral issues by employing the best minds as consultants and specialists, said the country’s Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias. He was addressing a  special parliamentary session on a law proposal regarding the organizational structure of the Foreign Ministry, and especially his intention to enhance various in-house diplomatic departments with people from the academic area, who will offer their specialised knowledge and proposals on various complicated national foreign affairs issues.

13. UN does not confirm UNSG`s visit to Turkey

The United Nations did not confirm reports in the Turkish press that its Secretary General intends to visit Turkey.
Stephane Dujarric, invited to confirm on Tuesday Secretary-Genera Antonio Guterres` visit to Turkey, according to Turkish press reports, replied “Sure the answer is no, I cannot confirm”. Dujarric added however “we may have some announcements on travels in the days ahead”.

14. Enclaved Greek Cypriots murdered by Turkish army or settlers in the list of those killed in `74

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues Photis Photiou has said that the enclaved who have been murdered by the Turkish troops or illegal settlers in Cyprus` Turkish occupied areas will be included in the list of those killed during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Speaking on Tuesday during a meeting of the House Committee on Refugees, Photiou said that to this end the murders of thirteen enclaved persons, that took place between 1976 and 1999 will be investigated with a view to find proof that they were killed either by illegal settlers or by Turkish soldiers.

15. Ministry of Finance to use new tools for better public debt monitoring

Cyprus Ministry of Finance acquires new tools towards a more effective monitoring of public debt.The Ministry of Finance intends to issue a tender for the hiring of consultants to conduct a Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA), and has also introduced the Commonwealth Secretariat - Debt Recording and Management System, that helps in a more efficient medium- term tracking of the Republic’s debt. To proceed with these project, the Finance Ministry has submitted to the Parliamentary Finance Committee a request to release a fund of € 90,000.

16. Minister of Justice blames insufficient sentences for road accidents

Road violations are not sufficiently managed with existing penalties, stated Justice and Public Order Minister Ionas Nicolaou on Tuesday, noting that insufficient sentences for traffic violations and the absence of immediate measures for their implementation do not decrease traffic injuries or fatalities in Cyprus.

17. Making art from reused materials

Reusing waste materials is a trend very popular abroad. Mostly young people, either out of an internal need for creation and innovation, or because of the economic crisis, but also because of environmental awareness, make art out of waste materials which most people throw in trash. Cyprus is no exception. Several young artists follow this trend which became more widespread especially after the economic crisis hit Cyprus in 2013. Stavros Loizou Paou sees art in all objects and old materials which could have ended up in recycle bins or in landfills.CNA