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17 February 2017

1. Turkish Cypriot leader walks out of today`s meeting in the UN-led peace talks

The Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci walked out of today`s meeting, part of UN-led settlement talks, with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, according to a well-informed source. The meeting was scheduled to start at 10.00am local time (8.00am GMT), in the framework of UN-led talks for a Cyprus solution. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades did not wish to say anything on his return to the Presidential Palace from his talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who according to a well-informed source walked out of today`s meeting. Anastasiades said he would make a statement and therefore he did not wish to say anything to journalists on arrival at the Presidential Palace.
2. President: Inconceivable to question Greek Cypriot side`s will for solution

It is inconceivable for anyone to question the Greek Cypriot side`s will to reach a solution of bizonal, bicommunal federation after some 37 years of dialogue, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday evening, addressing a ceremony for the Youth Awards 2016 in Limassol, assuring that he will do everything in his power to reunify the country.

3. True reconciliation unattainable if missing persons` issue not resolved, CMP Member tells CNA

Paul-Henri Arni, Third Member at the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, has called for additional financial support for the CMP, saying that the Committee is in its final push to solve the missing persons issue, stressing at the same time that true reconciliation cannot be reached without solving this humanitarian issue. In an interview with CNA, Arni, who represents the United Nations at the CMP, said the Committee has finalised a four -year strategy to present to its donors which identifies the major challenges they are facing, and in particular the pressure of time and the need to improve the quality of the investigations.

4. Cabinet approves Cyprus Startup Visa for third country nationals

The Council of Ministers approved on Wednesday the Cyprus Startup Visa, a scheme aiming at attracting investments from third countries to Cyprus in the fields of innovation and research. In statements after the meeting, Undersecretary to the President Constantinos Petrides said that this scheme concerns individual investors and groups of investors who will be in a position to establish a startup in Cyprus.

5. Cysec aims to further boost capital market and supervision, Kalogerou says

The Cyprus Security and Exchange Commission (Cysec) aims to further boost the Cypriot capital market and the supervision of the sector, Cysec Chairwoman Demetra Kalogerou has said. Cysec has seen its supervising companies rise almost twofold from 315 in December 2011 to 610 in December 2016, whereas an additional 134 applications for licensing are in the pipeline.

6. New British Bases Administrator pledges to enhance ties with Cyprus

Major General James Illingworth has pledged to continue to strengthen the relationship between the Bases Administration and the Republic of Cyprus after being sworn in as the new Administrator this morning. Speaking at Flagstaff House, the residence of the Administrator in Episkopi, he welcomed ambassadors and members of the Republic of Cyprus Government and he promised to build upon the legacy left by his predecessor, Air Vice Marshal Mike Wigston.

7. Cyprus very interested in the return of the Parthenon Marbles, Culture Minister tells CNA

The Republic of Cyprus shows a great interest in the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their natural environment, Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis has told CNA in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, in the context of a CNA e-campaign for their return to Athens, 200 years after Lord Elgin smuggled them to the United Kingdom.

8. Cyprus committed to UNESCO values, the Republic`s Ambassador to the UN organisation says

Cyprus` Ambassador to France, Pantias D. Eliades, has briefed the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, on the UN-led peace effort to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. He also reaffirmed the Republic`s commitment to UNESCO values and principles.

9. Cyprus international short film festival launches call for entries

The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre have announced the call for entries of the international short film festival of Cyprus, due to take place at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol from 14 to 21 of October 2017. The festival’s aim, an official press release says, “is to promote and propagate short films and to develop a spirit of friendship and cooperation among filmmakers.”

10. Cyprus` exports grow by 1% between January and December 2016, cement exports surge in January 2017

Cyprus` exports to the rest of the world grew by 1% in the period between January and December 2016, amounting to 1.7 billion euro, according to Eurostat estimates. Meanwhile, cement exports surged in January 2017, marking a 131% increase compared to January 2016. Cement production was also up during the same month.CNA