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30 April 2017

1. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to visit Cyprus next week

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen will visit Cyprus next week, United States Embassy in Nicosia announced on Saturday. During the visit, from May 2 to May 3, Cohen will have meetings with officials of the Republic of Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot leaders, and representatives of the United Nations.

2. EU 27 adopt Brexit Guidelines, which refer to the British Bases in Cyprus and to N.Ireland

The European Council adopted Saturday its negotiating guidelines following the United Kingdom`s notification under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, during an extraordinary Summit today in Brussels. The official procedure concerned lasted only 60 seconds.The guidelines address the issue of the British Bases in Cyprus, saying that the EU should recognise bilateral agreements and arrangements between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom which are compatible with EU law, “in particular as regards safeguarding rights and interests of those EU citizens resident or working in the Sovereign Base Areas.”

3. Government Deputy Spokesman stressed the importance of British Bases paragraph in Brexit guidelines

Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos stressed Saturday the importance of EU-27 Brexit  negotiation guidelines and in particular the fact that it will take place in a climate of unity, in two phases, always with the agreement of all the Member States and with special provision for the future status of the of citizens living and working in the British sovereign bases in Cyprus.

4. Cyprus issue, security and anti-terrorism on agenda of talks FM Permanent Secretary  in Washington

The Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Alexandros Zenon, will be in Washington next week for a series of meetings with US Administration officials. He leaves on Tuesday for a two-day visit, during which he will discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, security concerns, anti-terrorism issues, bilateral and regional matters.

5. Investigations into child`s kidnapping inconclusive so far

Police investigations into the kidnapping of a four-year old girl have so far been inconclusive as far as efforts to locate the girl, according to the latest information from the police, the lawyers and the Foreign Ministry. The girl, kidnapped on Thursday morning as her mother was delivering her to her nursery in Nicosia, is said to be at an unknown location with her Norwegian father, who is the prime suspect for the abduction.

6. Pafos prepares to celebrate as it welcomes the Berliner Philharmoniker

Pafos and indeed the whole of Cyprus will have the great honour of hosting for the first time ever the internationally acclaimed Berliner Philharmoniker, in a unique concert that will take place on Monday at noon, at the Castle square of Kato Pafos, marking one of the most special moments of the Programme of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017.

7. CMP members to hold meetings in New York

The Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot members of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus will travel to New York next week, where they will meet UN officials. The third member of CMP and two officers of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot members` offices are already there to look into the archives of 1963 and 1974 for Cyprus.

8. Banks` complicated lending procedures cause stagnation of property purchases by Cypriots

Chairman of the Cyprus Real Estate Agents Association (SKEK) Marinos Kinegirou has said that the complicated lending procedures followed by the banks are a reason that leads to the stagnation of purchases of real estate by Cypriots.In contrast,  Kinegirou said that the real estate market improves every year, when it comes to foreign buyers, as a result of the incentives introduced by the Government.

9. Greek and Turkish Cypriot unions issue joint declaration for May 1

Under the slogan “Working for reunification, trade union and social rights”, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade union organisations PEO, Dev-is, KTAMS, KTOS, KTOEOS, BES and KOOP-SEN, DAU-SEN, members of the World Trade Federation, will celebrate Labour Day at the buffer zone at Ledra Palace.CNA