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03 May 2017

1. Agreement reached on definition of legal domicile and four freedoms, President says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side have agreed on a definition as regards the issue of the legal domicile and exercising the four EU fundamental freedoms by the citizens of a future federal Cyprus. Meanwhile UNSG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will hold consultations with UNSG on Cyprus issue and also talked with the  Cypriot FM.

2. Nicosia dismisses Turkish allegations over its EEZ

Nicosia dismisses the positions of Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN who expresses in a letter to the UNSG “grave concern” regarding what he described as “provocative act” by the government of the Republic of Cyprus to grant an offshore hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation licence for Block 6 of the Cyprus EEZ.Cyprus` Permanent Representative to the UN, Kornelios Korneliou, told CNA that the contents of Sinirlioglu`s letter to the UN is a “repetition of the standard position of Turkey which, of course, we dismiss”, adding that “our representations will continue where appropriate”.

3. FM: We should think about reviewing our stance that Turkey can be monitored through EU accession course

The Republic of Cyprus should start contemplating revising its stance that it can monitor Turkey through its EU accession course, since Turkish President Tayip Erdogan seems to care little about it, said on Tuesday Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.Speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on modernising Turkey`s EU customs union agreement, he said that Cyprus has made it clear that there cannot be any other agreement as part of the customs union agreement between the EU and Ankara if the latter does not implement the Ankara Protocol.

4. Interior Minister resigns for family reasons

Minister of the Interior Socrates Hasikos has submitted his resignation to President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades. According to a press release issued by the Presidency, in statements to the press after Wednesday`s Cabinet meeting, Hasikos said that in the past nine months his family has been going through difficult times and this is the reason for his designation.

5. ‘Nicosia Convention’ to add missing element to cultural protection “puzzle”, CoE Deputy SG Dragoni tells CNA

A new Convention on Offences related to Cultural Property, currently under negotiation among Council of Europe member states, adds “the missing element in the puzzle” of protecting cultural heritage, says Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE). Efforts to promote this Convention were underway when Nicosia assumed the six-monthly rotating Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the CoE, last November.

6. General Government`s financial assets at €15,42 billion, liabilities at €28,39 billion

The General Government’s financial assets stood at €15,42 billion at the end of December 2016, while its financial liabilities were at €28,39 billion, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Central Bank of Cyprus. Meanwhile, the state borrowed €100 mn in treasury bills auction.

7. Cyprus towards a new record in tourist arrivals

Cyprus is heading towards a new record in tourist arrivals in 2017, after registering an historic high of 3.2 million tourists last year, MPs heard on Tuesday. It was also announced that seven thousand Austrian pensioners chose Cyprus for their holidays. The revenue from tourism in Cyprus was up by 23.9% in February, data released on Tuesday by the Cyprus Statistical Service show. It was also announced that unemployment in Cyprus fell to 12.5% in March 2017.
8. Cabinet ratifies appointment of George Penintaex as CNA Director

The Council of Ministers ratified on Wednesday the decision of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) to appoint George Penintaex as CNA Director. Penintaex has been since 2005 Acting Director of the Agency and since 2004 Editor-in-Chief. He was employed by CNA as the first full time journalist of the Agency in February 1984. Before CNA, he worked as a journalist at the English-language daily newspaper Cyprus Mail.

9. Level of contestants at NASA Space Apps particularly high, Danos tells CNA

The level of the contestants at the local NASA Space Apps Challenge that took place last weekend in Cyprus was particularly high, President of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) George Danos has told CNA.The NASA Space Apps is an international hackathon that takes place over two days in cities around the world. People from every background, who are enthusiastic about space, come together to address challenges we face on Earth and beyond.

10. Queen Mary calls at Limassol Port

The Queen Mary 2, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, arrived into DP World Limassol port on Friday 28th April 2017 for a one day transit call.The ocean liner berthed for the day, giving many of its 2,500 passengers a chance to visit attractions on the island. Passengers boarded 50 buses from the passenger terminal to visit attractions including Kolossi, Kourion, Paphos, Omodhos and Nicosia, whilst others explored Limassol.CNA