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07 June 2017

1. President says that if Turkey’s rhetoric coincides with real actions, a lot might be achieved

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades expressed the belief that if Turkey’s rhetoric coincides with real actions, we do expect that we might do a lot in the Geneva Conference on Cyprus which is set to reconvene in June. Meanwhile, the Government Spokesman said that the UNSG called Sunday`s meeting because of the proposals put forward by President Anastasiades.  The American Hellenic Institute noted that Turkey`s provocative behaviour towards Greece and Cyprus  constitute examples of law violation.

2. Anastasiades and Woods discuss ExxonMobil’s exploration programme in Cyprus EEZ

ExxonMobil’s exploration programme in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone was discussed on Tuesday in a meeting between the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and the company’s CEO Darren Woods, an official press release said.

3. Turkey`s role in Geneva Conference will be critical, US official says

Turkey’s role in the talks at the new Geneva Conference on Cyprus will be critical, Jonathan  Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US State Department has said. Cohen, who was addressing the 33rd PSEKA Conference that began on Tuesday in Washington, said that he will be going to Turkey next week to hold contacts about Cyprus.

4. EU Commission welcomes new conference on the Cyprus issue and stands ready to help

The European Commission welcomes the prospect of another conference on the Cyprus issue and stands ready to aid the process, stated Margaritis Schinas the Chief Spokesman of the EC. Meanwhile, France, the US,  and Russia commented on the recent developments of the Cyprus issue.

5. Foreign Ministry advises Cypriot citizens regarding Qatar situation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given advice to Cypriot nationals on the situation in Qatar as well as contact details for consular assistance."The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closely monitoring the situation developing, due to the fact that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt and the Maldives have suspended diplomatic ties with Qatar, on June 4th 2017," a Foreign Ministry statement says.

6. Deepening pragmatic cooperation between Cyprus and China discussed at seminar

Ways for deepening pragmatic cooperation in all areas within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative were discussed during a seminar entitled “Chinese One Belt One Road Initiative and Cyprus’ role as a stepping stone into the Region”, that took place on Tuesday in Nicosia and was attended by the Chinese Ambassador, the Minister of Education of Cyprus, other officials and prominent businessmen from China and Cyprus.

7. UK Cypriots urged to vote on Thursday as candidate MPs pledge support for the Cyprus issue

The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has urged the Cypriot community to vote in this Thursday’s general election.Federation President Christos Karaolis said: "The community must make its voice heard on the 8th of June by going out to vote for those candidates who have demonstrated their support for Cyprus.

8. Environmental NGOs network at bi-communal meeting

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot NGOs who promote environmental actions, such as recycling, reducing and reusing waste, cleaning up Cyprus’ natural environment, sustainable development, as well as the protection of nature and wildlife, met at the Fulbright Center in the buffer zone in a networking event and presented their work, marking the World Environment Day.
9. University of Cyprus improves worldwide ranking

The University of Cyprus has improved its worldwide ranking by 44 positions in the last six months and by 178 positions in the last 18 months, according to The Webometrics website indicated that the UCY is first with a world ranking of 652, followed by the Cyprus University of Technology with a world ranking of 985 and the University of Nicosia third on the island and a world ranking of 1166.

10. Nine drug-induced deaths reported in Cyprus in 2015

Nine drug-induced deaths were reported in Cyprus in 2015, a report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction revealed on Tuesday. Cyprus’ 2017 Country Drug Report was presented by the Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council at a press conference, in Nicosia. Drug-induced deaths are deaths that can be attributed directly to the use of illicit drugs (i.e. poisonings and overdoses).CNA