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03 April 2017

1. UN to continue interaction with the leaders to help resume Cyprus peace talks

The UN has issued a new corrected version of the "Joint Statement by the Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Mustafa Akıncı", with an additional sentence in the second paragraph. "Tonight, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, had an open and constructive exchange about the challenges experienced over the last months. The two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots, taking into account the concerns of both communities. Furthermore they exchanged ideas about the way ahead”, the two first paragraphs read.

2. CBMs must not give political advantage to any side, FM Kasoulides stresses

Those who want to proceed with the implementation of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) must have the political will to adopt such measures that do not give political advantages to either side in Cyprus, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said, noting that if CBMs create faits accomplis on a political level, then they are not CBMs.

3. Spokesman said President went to dinner hopeful for immediate resumption of talks

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said, before the dinner of the leaders of the two communities, that President Nicos Anastasiades was hopeful that there would be a response from the Turkish Cypriot side for the immediate resumption of the UN-backed talks for the reunification of the island.

4. Civil society calls on the leaders to return to talks and achieve a solution the soonest possible

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, supporters of a solution, gathered outside Ledra Palace hotel, in the UN-controlled buffer zone, to press on with their demand for a political settlement and send a message to the leaders of the island’s two communities to reach an agreement to reunite Cyprus as soon as possible.

5. Growth in Cyprus is expected to remain brisk, IMF says

Cyprus` capacity to repay the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to be satisfactory, growth is expected to remain brisk and the GDP growth is forecast at around 2.5 percent on continued support from foreign demand and external financing, the IMF says in a press release.

6. AEK and Apollon achieve great victories for match day 3 of second phase of Cyprus` league

AEK of Larnaca and Apollon of Limassol achieved great victories over APOEL and Omonia respectively for match day 3 of the second phase of the Cyprus league. The results of match day 3 of the second phase of the championship are as follows: Group A`: AEK-APOEL 2-1, Omonia-Apollon 0-2, Anorthosis – AEL 0-1. Standings: APOEL 68, Apollon 64, AEK 62, AEL 55, Omonia 54, Anorthosis 39. Group B`: Doxa-Karmiotissa 3-0, Aris – Ethnicos Achnas 0-1, Nea Salamina-Ermis ¾ 19:00. Standings: Ermis 38, Nea Salamina 34, Ethnikos Ahnas 33, Karmiotissa 30, Aris 30, Doxa 26.CNA