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11 February 2017

1. UN Secretary General: I am determined to do my best towards a Cyprus solution

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said he is “determined to do his best” to help the two communities in Cyprus find a negotiated settlement to reunite the country, adding that a breakthrough must address the security concerns of both communities.“Turkey is one of the guarantor powers in the Conference for the unity Cyprus. I am hopeful that the efforts of the two communities will continue and they will be meeting at the highest level and the efforts of the guarantor powers will allow for a breakthrough in the near future,” the UN Secretary General said, speaking at a joint press conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim Binali, in Istanbul.

2. Spokesman: Cyprus` role in the region must be further reinforced in case of a settlement

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said on Friday that it is important that the British government recognizes the upgraded role of the Republic of Cyprus as a provider of stability in the region, adding that this role must be reinforced even more in the framework of a possible settlement of the Cyprus problem. His statements came after a meeting which Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades had with British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

3. Juncker reassures Cypriot Ambassador of Commission support to the peace effort

European Commission President Jean - Claude Juncker has expressed his personal and institutional support to the Cyprus settlement talks, during a farewell meeting with the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Institutions, Ambassador Kornilios Korniliou, whose term in Brussels was concluded yesterday.

4. London supports a Cyprus deal that would allow both communities to feel secure

London will do what ever is necessary to help secure a settlement to the Cyprus problem that would allow each community to feel secure about its future, Michael Fallon, the UK Defence Secretary said on Friday, noting that the UK is ready to consider any future security arrangement the two sides will agree on. His remarks came after a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Fokaides who said that Turkey should realise that anachronistic security systems of the 60s have no place in the 21st century especially for EU member-states.

5. Turkey should assume its obligations on the missing persons issue, Commissioner says

The problem of the missing persons in Cyprus could be not be resolved unless Turkey assume its responsibilities and obligations, Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou told a delegation of the All-party parliamentary group for Cyprus in the House of Commons. Fotiou briefed on Saturday the delegation on the serious problems and challenges facing the efforts to solve the “tragic issue of the missing persons,” and underlined the need to restore and respect the human rights both of the missing persons as well their families which have been blatantly violated by Turkey for almost half a century.

6. British MPs, visiting Cyprus, are briefed on the latest developments in the peace effort

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris expressed the Cypriot Parliament`s gratitude to British deputies, members of All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus of the House of Commons, for their support for justice in Cyprus and liberation from the Turkish occupation since 1974. The APPG delegation, which is currently in Cyprus for contacts with Cypriot officials, was received by President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the President of the House of Representatives.

7. CoE Congress recommendations on Cyprus should be incorporated in the bill on Local Government

The recommendations of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe regarding the Reform of Local Government in Cyprus should be incorporated in the bill in order to be compatible with the European Charter of Local Government. The recommendations for Cyprus was the main subject of a press conference of the Congress Bureau, given on the occasion of the work of the Bureau in Cyprus in the framework of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

8. Cyprus posts € 9,1 million surplus in 2016

Cyprus posted a surplus of € 9,1 million in 2016, according to data release Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.The budget surplus for January-December 2016 was € 9,1 million compared with a deficit of €196,4 mn in the corresponding period of 2015.The primary balance recorded a surplus of € 473, 8 million compared with a surplus of € 299 million in 2015.

9. Road transport increases in 3rd quarter

National road transport increased by 49% in July - September 2016, compared to the corresponding period of 2015, according to data released Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. International road transport increased by 34,4% in July - September 2016, compared to the corresponding period of 2015.CNA

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