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06 May 2017

1. A solution based on injustice would be doomed, Cyprus President says

A solution based on injustice would be doomed, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday , adding that he asks that the rights of the Greek Cypriot community are respected too.“Turkish Cypriots must understand that they should demonstrate the same sensitivity we show over their concerns,” he added. Meanwhile UNSG Envoy Eide, who met with SG on Friday, said that if effort for a deal fails, other options may have to come on the table. Cyprus developments were discussed in Washington at the meetings FM Permanent Secretary had.

2. House President says Cyprus expects more solidarity from its EU partners

The Republic of Cyprus expects more solidarity from its EU partners, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has said. Speaking during the House plenary session, which celebrated Europe`s Day (9th of May) and observed a minute`s silence in honour of the victims of the Second World War, Syllouris said Cyprus, which became a full EU member state in 2004, is still under the illegal Turkish occupation and it faces a number of additional challenges. FM Kasoulides also stressed need to strengthen democratic security on the Day of Europe.

3. Lavrov to discuss Cyprus, bilateral ties, Russia-EU relations, international issues on visit to island

The Cyprus problem, Cyprus-Russia bilateral relations, Russia-EU ties, Syria and other international and regional issues, as well as stocktaking of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers are expected to be the focus of discussions which the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov will have in Cyprus on May 18-19. CNA has learned that Lavrov will be received by President Nicos Anastasiades and will hold talks with his counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.

4. My statements were misinterpreted, Israeli official says

Director General of the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources of Israel Shaul Meridor has said that his statements about the exploration of natural gas in the Mediterranean were “misinterpreted.” The Israeli Embassy in Nicosia re-tweets a message Meridor wrote in his account in which he says “Clarification: my statements about exploration of gas in the Mediterranean were misinterpreted. We view all our partners as important.”

5. House Committee to attend tripartite meeting between Cyprus-Greece-Israel in Jerusalem

The Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign and European Affairs Yiorgos Lillikas and the members of the Committee, Nikos Tornaritis, George K.Georgiou, Christiana Erotokritou and Costis Efstathiou depart on Monday 8 May for Jerusalem, to participate in the second Tripartite Meeting of Parliamentary Committees of Foreign Affairs of Israel-Cyprus-Greece. The meeting will take place on 9 May and is hosted by the Israeli Parliament (Knesset).

6. Cyprus Church regains three icons stolen from Turkish occupied churches

The Church of Cyprus has regained three religious icons dating from the 18th and the 19th centuries, which were stolen from churches in the northern occupied area of the island after the Turkish invasion of 1974. The three icons, depicting the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple and the Pentecost, both dated 19th century and Apostle James dated 18th century were discovered last April at an auction house in Düsseldorf, Germany, a Church of Cyprus press release says.

7. President of Oman`s Lower House to visit Cyprus officially

The President of the Consultative Assembly (Lower House) of the Sultanate of Oman, Skeikh Khalid Bin Hilal Al Maawali, will pay Cyprus an official visit at the invitation of the Cypriot House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris. According to a press release issued by the House of Representatives, the Oman official, heading a parliamentary delegation, will arrive in Cyprus on Sunday.

8. President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber participates in Executive Symposium in Italy

The President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, Themis Papadopoulos, participated in the deliberations of the Executive Symposium: ‘Shaping the Future of the EU Maritime Transport Cluster’, which was held in Florence, Italy on 4-5 May. According to an announcement, issued by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the Symposium focused on the review of the existing legal framework of the EU Strategy for Maritime Transport.

9. Remand order for suspects of kidnapping case renewed

The Nicosia District Court renewed on Friday for three more days the remand order for two out of the three suspects who have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a 4-year girl on April 27th outside her nursery in Nicosia. The police investigator told the court today that 35 more people will be questioned and police are looking for at least another five persons, including the father of the child.

10. Building permits rise by 14% in the first two months of 2017

Building permits in Cyprus rose by 14% in the first two months of 2017, reflecting the increased activity in the constructions sector, the Statistical Service said on Friday. Building permits, authorized by the municipal authorities and the district administration offices in the period of January – February of 2017 reached 909 compared with 794 in the respective period of 2016.CNA