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05 April 2017

1. Cyprus peace talks resume on April 11, UN announce

Talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11, the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, announced on Tuesday. President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades expressed satisfaction with the resumption of settlement talks, saying he hopes that they will focus on a creative dialogue. In separate statements, he expressed hope that discussions will concentrate on proposals that do not deviate from the acquis communautaire.

2. Cyprus and France update their Defence Cooperation Agreement

Cyprus and France updated their Defence Cooperation Agreement, during an official visit to Paris of the Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides.

3. Remains of missing Greek nationals to be unearthed

The exhumation process of the remains of Greek nationals killed in the intercommunal strife in 1964 and during the Turkish invasion of 1974 began on Monday in Nicosia. Six of the Greek nationals were among the crew of Faethon Greek patrol boat when it was bombed by Turkish fighter jets, off Xeros in Morphou Bay, on August 8, 1964.

4. We will continue to seek answers about our missing, relatives tell CNA

No matter how many years elapse, relatives of missing persons in Cyprus will continue to seek answers about the fate of their loved ones, an elderly lady, Androulla Aristodemou, has told CNA, one of the relatives who handed a petition to the US and the Russian embassies here today.

5. Conservation works completed for the Holy Cross Church in Karpasha

The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme have announced the completion of conservation works to the Holy Cross Church in Karpasha village, in the Turkish occupied Kyrenia district.

6. ECHR dismisses allegations of ill-treatment of Kenyan applicant by Cyprus Police

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) dismissed allegations of ill-treatment of a Kenyan national by the Cyprus Police during his deportation from the island, back in 2005. Delivering on Tuesday its judgement on the case "Thuo v. Cyprus", the Court found however that the investigation had been ineffective, and noted a violation with regard to the conditions of detention pending the applicant`s deportation.

7. Bounced cheques in first quarter of 2017 increase to €0.4 million

A total of 275 bounced or dishonoured cheques, amounting to €0.4 million, were issued in the first quarter of 2017, according to data released on Tuesday by the Central Bank of Cyprus.

8. Number of contracts on property sales rises to the highest level in 6 years in March 2017

The number of sale contracts for properties in Cyprus submitted to the Land Registry department has risen to the highest level in six years in March 2017, according to information released by the department of Lands and Surveys.

9. Retail trade rises in the Eurozone by 0.7% in February, drops in Cyprus by -0.9% in January

In February 2017 compared with January 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 0.7% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat. According to the latest data released on Cyprus, a decrease of -0.9% in January, in a monthly basis has been observed.

10. Cyprus cultivated 7,781 hectares of vineyards in 2015, most for high quality wine

According to Eurostat, in Cyprus in 2015 there were 14,202 holdings cultivating 7,781 hectares of vineyards, with an average area of 0.5 hectares per holding.CNA