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12 May 2017

1. President Anastasiades: New Geneva conference not ruled out, but we must be well prepared

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has not ruled out the possibility of attending a new Conference on Cyprus, pointing out however that this must be well prepared. Speaking at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia, after returning from a meeting he had with the Turkish Cypriot leader, in the context of the ongoing UN-facilitated peace talks, President Anastasiades said the climate between him and Mustafa Akinci was better than the results of their meeting. The two leaders discussed the chapters of property and governance, as well as "the day after" a settlement.

2. We will not change our energy programme, President Anastasiades points out

The government will not alter its energy programme, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades stressed on Thursday, adding that threats do not influence government planning on this score. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with UN Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide, President Anastasiades was invited to comment on the government’s energy plans in relation to statements that Eide made after their meeting in which he referred to international crisis and possible dramatic times in the near future.

3. New Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides sworn in

New Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said that he was fully aware of the responsibilities he was taking on, speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia. Petrides was the Deputy Minister to the President, and his appointment as Interior Minister was announced earlier this week after President Anastasiades accepted Hasikos’ resignation for family reasons. Vasilis Palmas was appointed new Deputy Minister, while Michalis Sofocleous assumes the post of the President’s Office Director

4. Cyprus` economic growth rate one of the highest in Europe, President Anastasiades tells OEV AGM

The growth rate of the Cypriot economy is close to 3%, one of the highest in Europe, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, adding that the medium and long term estimations and forecast of all international analysts are more than favourable.

5. Russia will continue to support efforts for Cyprus solution, Ambassador says

Russia supports and will continue to support efforts towards the solution of the Cyprus problem, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Nicosia, Stanislav V. Osadchiy said, noting that when Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov visits Cyprus, he will get a clearer picture of the situation.

6. Economic dividend following a Cyprus reunification far better than the status quo, EBRD President stresses

The economic dividend in a united Cyprus would be far better than the current state of affairs, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, Suma Chakrabarti has stressed. In the context of the EBRD Annual Meeting, Chakrabarti chaired a high level meeting with representativies of international organisations aiming to get a better understanding of what may be needed in order to provide support to the economy of Cyprus after a successful outcome of the reunification talks, which are underway.

7. Human remains found at a military zone in Turkish occupied Ayios Ilarionas, CMP member tells CNA

Human remains were found on Thursday at a military zone in Ayios Ilarionas, in the northern Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, during excavations conducted by crews working for the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus, CMP Greek Cypriot member Nestoras Nestoros confirmed in statements to CNA. Meanwhile it was announced that CMP will return to New York to complete review of archives to help find burial site

8. Cyprus is “potential pivot for gas development”, ENI International Affairs Director says

Italian energy company ENI sees Cyprus as a “potential pivot for gas development” in the region, Lapo Pistelli, the company`s International Affairs Director, told a conference on Thursday, noting that should the Levantine region become a gas hub, “Cyprus is at the crossroads of every potential destination”.

9. Six countries intend to sign the “Nicosia Convention”, diplomatic sources tell CNA

Six countries, including the Republic of Cyprus, intend to sign next week the “Nicosia Convention” on Offences relating to Cultural Property, while six more have expressed satisfaction with the legal text. According to diplomatic sources in Nicosia, Greece is among the countries that contemplate signing the treaty, along with Ukraine, Armenia, Belgium and Mexico, a country with observer status at the Council of Europe (CoE).

10. Cyprus` ship management revenues reach €896 million in 2016

Revenues from the Cyprus` ship management industry reached €896 million in 2016, the Central Bank of Cyprus said on Thursday. According to the ship management survey revenues (not value added) for the second half of 2016 amounted to €458 million, marking a slight increase compared with €458 in the first half of 2016. Compared with 2015, revenue declined by 3.24% or by €30 ml in absolute numbers.CNA

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