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13 February 2017

1. National Council condemns attempts to distort Greek Cypriot position on union with Greece

The National Council unanimously condemned on Monday a "deliberate" attempt by circles within the Turkish Cypriot community to distort the position of the Greek Cypriot side vis-à-vis the union of Cyprus with Greece. The Republic`s top advisory body, which met today, presided over by Cyprus` President Nicos Anastasiades, issued the following unanimous statement:“The National Council condemns the deliberate distortion, within the Turkish Cypriot community, as to a reinstatement by the Greek Cypriot side of the policy of Enosis (Union of Cyprus with Greece)".It is added that "such an issue was neither brought up nor will it ever be brought up, just as there is also no way of accepting any form of a solution that leads to partition."

2. No condition on four EU freedoms for Turkish nationals, says Spokesman

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said that while some comments have been made, no condition on the four EU freedoms for Turkish nationals has been put forward on the part of Turkey as regards the continuation of the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, making it clear at the same time that no such condition would be acceptable. In statements after a meeting of the National Council, on Monday and asked whether for this reason the date of the Geneva conference has not been yet set, he replied negatively, noting that preparations continue and that the parties involved in the process are many.

3. Cyprus is experiencing solid economic recovery, EU Commission winter forecast says

Cyprus is experiencing a solid economic recovery and growth is expected to remain robust, although it looks set to slow slightly. Inflation is projected to turn moderately positive this year and the labour market is expected to perform strongly. Banks remain burdened by non-performing loans, despite the ongoing deleveraging efforts. The general government position is expected to remain broadly balanced. More specifically, the European Commission forecasts growth of 2.8% in 2016, 2.5% in 2017 and 2.3% in 2018.

4. Russian Supreme Court President and Judges visit Cyprus

Supreme Court of Russia President and judges are paying a visit to Cyprus from Monday until Wednesday, at the invitation of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Cyprus. According to an official announcement, the Russian delegation will have meetings with the President and Members of the Supreme Court and will also be received by the President of the Republic and the Archbishop of Cyprus, who will host a lunch for the delegation on Tuesday.

5. National Guard launches campaign for waste management in army camps

The National Guard in cooperation with the Environment Department of the Agriculture Ministry which serves as an action leader, is launching a large scale campaign for the waste management in army camps. Last week during a seminar at an army camp in Nicosia the main aims of the campaign were presented. The campaign takes place under the European project RETHINK for the reduction, reuse and recycle of waste through an extensive awareness campaign. The seminar will be followed by a series of conferences addressed to officers and soldiers. A press released issued on Monday by the Ministry of Defence says that the actions will inform, educate and mobilise all the target groups through training and workshops.

6. Match-day 23 of Cyprus League concludes on Monday with the game Doxa-Anorthosis

Match-day 23 of the Cyprus football League concludes on Monday with a match between Doxa Katokopias and Anorthosis, set to kick off at 1900 local time (17.00 GMT) in Makario Stadium. During the weekend matches, APOEL beat Karmiotissa and increased its lead from the second in the standings AEL, which drew 1-1 with AEK of Larnnaka. The results of match day 23: Karmiotissa-APOEL 0-1, Omonia-AEZ 2-0, Ermis-Aris 1-2, AEL-AEK 1-1, Ethnikos-Apollon 2-2, Anagennisis-Nea Salamina 0-1.CNA