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27 April 2017

1. President begins contacts in Indian capital

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who is paying India a state visit, will attend a business forum organized by the business associations of Cyprus and New Delhi.In the afternoon, President Anastasiades will be the keynote speaker at an event organized by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) think tank on “The EU-India Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century; A Cyprus Perspective.” On 28 April, the President of the Republic will visit the Presidential Palace where he will be officially welcomed by the President of India. Earlier today he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

2. A Cyprus settlement must be in line with European law, Greek President tells PACE

The resolution of the Cyprus issue has to take place within the framework of European law, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Wednesday, adding that this is not a national issue, but rather an international and European one.Addressing the Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, Pavlopoulos added that Greece does not accept a Cyprus settlement which provides for foreign troops or guarantees by third parties.

3. Negotiators to meet today as UN-facilitated peace talks continue

The negotiators of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami, will meet again today in the context of the ongoing UN-facilitated peace talks.According to reliable sources, Tuesday`s meeting between the two, attended also by the UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, was “good and productive.Meanwhile, the new Cypriot Ambassador in Berlin briefed German President on developments in negotiations on the Cyprus problem.

4. Draft EP report calls on Turkey to support Cyprus talks

European Parliament rapporteur on Turkey`s accession process calls Turkey to actively support the negotiations and reiterates that its commitment and contribution to a comprehensive settlement remains crucial, in a draft intended for the Foreign Affairs committee and dated 18 of April 2017. In the Draft report, MEP Kati Piri "underlines that a settlement of the Cyprus problem would have a positive impact on the entire region, while first and foremost benefiting Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots".

5. Government rejects Milliyet report on drilling delay

Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said in a written statement that "claims by the Turkish newspaper Milliyet of a supposed deal, mediated by the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, to delay Total’s drilling schedule by 12 days in July, in exchange, no less, for the Barbaros not illegally entering the Cypriot exclusive economic zone are not only false, they verge on the ridiculous.” Meanwhile, Cypriot MPs stressed Cyprus potential role as energy hub during works of Asian Parliamentary Assembly.

6. Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots demonstrate against nuclear power

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots gathered on Wednesday evening on both sides of the divide, at Ledras Street, in Nicosia, on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of Chernobyl’s tragedy, to demonstrate against the use of nuclear power and the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, Turkey.  Meanwhile, yesterday, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties discussed about nuclear threat.

7. Cyprus in the middle of a political battle in the US, CBC sources say

The Cyprus Central Bank has rejected U.S. media reports accusing Cyprus of being a “money laundering heaven,” attributing them to a domestic “political battle” that’s being waged in the US.
CBC sources said Cyprus is implementing very strict anti-money laundering procedures, adding that they are among the strictest in the European Union.

8. CEOs of Cypriot systemic banks list challenges for banking sector

Over-banking and excess regulation are challenges the banking sector in Cyprus is confronted with, according to the Chief Executive Officers of the three systemic banks on the island. John Patrick Hourican from the Bank of Cyprus, Nicholas Hadjiyiannis from the Cooperative Central Bank and Ioannis Matsis from the Hellenic Bank spoke of the challenges and opportunities in the Cypriot banking system during a lecture at the University of Cyprus, on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the economic sentiment in Cyprus picked up in April.

9. Cyprus granted asylum to 1420 individuals in 2016, of which 1155 from Syria

The 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) granted protection status to 710 400 asylum seekers in 2016, more than double the number of 2015. In addition to these, the EU Member States received over 14 000 resettled refugees, according to Εurostat.Cyprus granted asylum to 1 155 individuals from Syria (81%), 100 from Palestine (7%) and 80 from Iraq (6%).

10. Cyprus surpasses national targets on tertiary education attainment and early school leavers

Cyprus increased its share of persons attending tertiary education from 36.0% in 2002 (35.9% male and  36.1% female) to 53.4% in 2016 (43.7% male and  62.1% female), surpassing with a wide margin its national target of 46.0%, according to Eurostat. It also lowered significantly the percentage of early school leavers form14.9% in 2006 (22.5% male and 8.2% female) to half that at 7.7% in  2016 (11.4 male and  4.3 female) also surpassing the national target set at 10.0% (one of 13 member states to achieve it).CNA