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30 March 2017

1. EPP emergency resolution calls Turkey and Turkish Cypriots to resume negotiations

The European People`s Party convening in Malta for its annual congress is set to adopt an emergency resolution backing the Cyprus resolutions talks and calling the Turkish-Cypriot leader to resume negotiations and on Turkey to facilitate the process and maintain the momentum. The emergency resolution is going to be voted later this evening in Malta and reiterates that the best security guarantee for all the reunified Cyprus, is its very membership in the European Union, calling Turkey to withdraw its forces. The emergency resolution also backs Cyprus sovereign rights to explore and exploit natural resources in its exclusive economic zone. President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades arrived on Wednesday in Malta to participate in the EPP Congress.

2. President Anastasiades discusses Brexit challenges with Maltese opposition leader

Pesident of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Simon Busuttil, chairman of the Nationalist Party and leader of the Opposition in Malta, discussed today the challenges the two countries will face from the Brexit. Meanwhile, according to an official European Council Statement, issued upon reception of the article 50 notification, the EU will start immediately arranging the practicalities of Brexit.

3. Fishing boat with 91 immigrants runs aground in Cyprus` northwestern shore

A small fishing boat carrying 91 immigrants ran aground near Pomos village on Wednesday and all passengers were transferred for ID checks to the nearby Police Station in Polis Chrysochous, on Cyprus` northwestern shore.

4. FinMin says government to continue implementing policies towards economic growth

Finance Minister Harris Georgiades stressed Wednesday the government`s intention to continue implementing all necessary policies to fully alleviate the consequences of the financial crisis and achieve more economic growth.

5. AstroBank unveils its new name and brand identity

AstroBank, formerly Piraeus Bank Cyprus, unveiled its new name and brand identity on Wednesday. Piraeus Bank Cyprus was acquired last December by a group of international investors led by the prominent Lebanese Banker and former Energy Minister, Maurice Sehnaoui. Piraeus Bank Group’s remains with a participation in the new bank, of 17.6%.

6. EBRD official says the bank stands ready to take part in privatisation of Cyta

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) stands ready to take part in the privatisation of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta), an EBRD official has said. EBRD began operations in Cyprus in 2014 amid a severe financial crisis, and from the onset has placed privatisations among its key targets.

7. Cyprus participates for first time in NOBLE DINA exercise

The Republic of Cyprus has participated for the first time in the multinational exercise NOBLE DINA together with the US, Israel and Greece. A press release by the Ministry of Defence, issued today, says that Cyprus participated on the 28th of March in the exercise and that the Joint Rescue Coordination Center of Larnaka coordinated the Search and Rescue part of the exercise, which took place in Cyprus` area of responsibility, while officers of the Navy command were aboard Israeli and Greek vessels as observers.

8. Cypriot parties reaffirm determination to support efforts for solution

Leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties, who had their regular meeting on Wednesday at Ledra Palace, have reaffirmed their determination to support all efforts to reach a mutually agreed federal solution that will reunite Cyprus.

9. Turkey donates 92,000 euros to the CMP

Turkey donated on Wednesday 92,000 euros to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP). A statement issued by the CMP said it wishes to express its sincere thanks to Turkey for its donation of 92,000 EUR made today. This donation, it added, “brings the Turkish financial assistance to the CMP to a total of EUR 826,000 over the past ten years”.

10. Symposium in Nicosia discusses ways to combat counterfeit medicines

The European network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories has highlighted how new analytical techniques will support national authorities, such as health government agencies, customs, police and courts, in the fight against falsified medicines in Europe and globally.CNA

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