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28 April 2017

1. Talks have been "quite good lately" Eide tells CNA

UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide has told CNA that despite a very difficult surrounding climate, the talks themselves "have been quite good lately". Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said the UN continue to have full confidence in the work of Eide. Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said the willingness to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem is judged at the negotiating table and dismissed allegations of Turkish media that the sides have pledged a moratorium of hydrocarbons-related activities until July 31st. Meanwhile, the agenda of the next meeting between the two leaders has been agreed between the two negotiators, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami.

2. President says natural gas discoveries in Cyprus` EEZ provide opportunities for cooperation

Discoveries of natural gas in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone provide opportunities for cooperation with third countries, in the region and beyond, President Nicos Anastasiades said, addressing an event in New Delhi organized on Thursday by the Observer Research Foundation titled "The European Union – Indian Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century: A Cyprus Perspective". In the framework of his visit, President Anastasiades was officially welcomed on Friday by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee at the Presidential Palace. He also posthumously honoured Indian Commander of UNFICYP Dean Premchamd, addressed the India-Cyprus Business Forum, in New Delhi, and attended a dinner hosted in his honour by the Business Associations of Cyprus and India.

3. FM Kasoulides satisfied with the paragraph on Cyprus in the Brexit guidelines text

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides, expressed his utmost satisfaction with the paragraph incorporated in the Brexit Process Guidelines concerning the British military bases in Cyprus, during the works of the Extraordinary General Affairs Council held in Luxembourg today. The Minister, during his intervention, noted that any bilateral arrangements between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom should be in accordance with European law in order to fully safeguard the rights and interests of Cypriot and European citizens living and Working in the British Bases.

4. Cyprus committed to continue active support of EU Common Security & Defence Policy

Defence Minister Christophoros Fokaides has conveyed to his EU colleagues Cyprus` commitment to continue supporting actively the EU`s Common Security and Defence Policy operations. The Minister outlined his position in his address at a two day EU Defence Ministers meeting, in Valletta, a Defence Ministry press release says.

5. Commercial Court to be established in Cyprus

Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nikolaou and the members of the Supreme Court decided at a meeting on Thursday to set up a Commercial Court as part of efforts to modernize the administration of justice in Cyprus and the demand for the island to further develop as a country for commercial services.

6. Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots ready for the opening of Derynia crossing point

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are ready for the opening of the Derynia checkpoint, in the East of Cyprus, which is only two kilometres away from the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta. During a visit to the checkpoint by representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties under the auspices of the Slovak Embassy in Nicosia, it was revealed that work for the crossing point is almost ready on both sides, however work within the UN-controlled buffer zone remains to be done.

7. There are significant prospects for development projects in Cyprus, EU Commissioner says

European Commission Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen has said that there are significant prospects for development projects in Cyprus, referring notably to the areas of tourism, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and research & innovation.

8. Embracing digital technologies in a transparent environment the only way to economic growth, says Petrides

Embracing digital technologies while creating a trusted, transparent and balanced environment, if possible with harmonized rules for Europe, is the only way to economic growth, Deputy Minister to the President, Constantinos Petrides said, addressing the Spring Conference of Data Protection Authorities in Limassol on Thursday.

9. Arrest warrant issued against a father who abducted his 4-year-old daughter

Cyprus Police have secured an arrest warrant for a Norwegian national, 49, father of a 4-year-old girl kidnapped early on Thursday morning in front of her Cypriot mother, outside a kindergarten in Nicosia, Police spokesman Andreas Angelides has said. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cyprus is in contact with the Norwegian Foreign Ministry with regard to the issue.

10. Frequency of accidents at work increased by 17.4% in Cyprus, labour productivity up 0.1%

The frequency of accidents at work increased by 17.4% in Cyprus, the Secretary General of SEK said on Thursday, during a ceremony held by the union on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The numbers cause concern, Labour Minister, Zeta Emilianidou said, addressing the ceremony, held at SEK headquarters. Furthermore, in 2016, labour productivity for Cyprus economy was estimated at € 47,138 per employee and €26.33 per hour worked, according to revised data published by Cyprus Productivity Centre.CNA