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Cyprus Halloumi                                                                Photo ©

10 February 2017

1. President: Relative progress on the chapter of Governance achieved during leaders` meeting

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci continued on Thursday their talks aiming to reach convergences on the issues which are still pending at the negotiations on the Cyprus problem by discussing the chapter of governance. In statements upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace Anastasiades said that relative progress has been achieved adding at the same time that quite a lot of work remains to be done. Furthermore he said that the various chapters will be discussed interdependently. Furthermore, speaking at the graduation ceremony of post graduate students at the University of Cyprus, the President said Ankara has to assume its responsibilities as regards Cyprus issue.

2. UNSG to visit Turkey on Friday, Cyprus on the agenda

UNSG Antonio Guterres is set to visit Turkey on Friday. His office confirmed the one-day visit and an announcement is expected to be issued in the next hours, CNA has learned. A diplomatic source told CNA that Cyprus issue is on the agenda, as well as Syria and the refugee crisis. Guterres is expected to depart NYC for Istanbul soon, however as it was announced, there are flight disruptions and long delays due to heavy snow. The UN headquarters are closed.

3. House President and Tornstrom discuss reform in local government

The reform of local government in Cyprus was discussed at a meeting the House President, Demetris Syllouris had here today with the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Gudrun Mosler-Tornstrom.

4. UK Defence Secretary: Cyprus is playing a larger role now in the security of the Eastern Mediterranean

Cyprus is playing a larger role now in the security of the Eastern Mediterranean, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Friday after a meeting he had with the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.

5. Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry on official visit to Cyprus

Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry of India, is paying Cyprus an official visit on February 13. According to an announcement sent to the press by the Indian High Commission in Nicosia, the visit will be the first at Ministerial level since the National Democratic Alliance Government took over in India in May 2014.

6. Occupied municipalities of Cyprus demand right of return of all refugees to their homes

The Committee of Cyprus Occupied Municipalities presented on Thursday its positions as regards the Cyprus issue asking for a solution of the Cyprus problem that would include the right of return of all refugees to their properties, held by the Turkish army since the invasion against this EU - Mediterranean island in 1974.

7. Halloumi registration as PDO not connected with Cyprus issue Minister of Agriculture tells CNA

The registration of halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is very close and despite the political aspect of the issue, any delay observed is not connected to the Cyprus problem, said in an interview with CNA, the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nicos Kouyialis.

8. Cyprus to request extension of transposing procurement directive into national law

Cyprus will request from the European Commission a two-week extension with regard to transposing the EU directive on public procurement and concession into national law. The letter requesting the extension has been drafted by the Law Office of the Republic, a meeting of the parliamentary Committee on Public Expenditure Control heard here today.

9. Tourists from Britain to Cyprus are increasing, according to British High Commissioner

The number of tourists from Britain visiting Cyprus is increasing, according to the British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd, who hosted on Wednesday a reception for the Cyprus Safer Tourism Platform, at his residence in Nicosia.

10. Stelios Bi-communal awards launched

The Stelios Bi-Communal Awards, which aim to strengthen socioeconomic ties between the two communities on the island and encourage cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, have been launched for the 9th consecutive year. This year, a Stelios Philanthropic Foundation press release says, a total of €750,000 will be awarded, which is the highest ever annual sum and a 50% increase on the sum offered last year.

11. Increase in imports in 2016 leads to external trade balance deficit reaching €781 mn

The deficit in Cyprus` external trade balance rose to €781 mn compared to 2015, due to the increase of imports and the small number of exports, according to provisional data for foreign trade released by the Statistic Service of the Republic of Cyprus.CNA