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08 June 2017

1. It is of utmost importance to advance the chapter on security and guarantees, Anastasiades says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, addressing the PSEKA banquet in Washington, said that the chapter of security and guarantees will be discussed as a priority at the Conference on Cyprus set to convene in June. Negotiations on all outstanding issues will follow, starting with territory, property, and power-sharing. Furthermore, a German Marshall Fund’s event in Washington on the challenges and prospects in Eastern Mediterranean, he said a re-united Cyprus, with an independent foreign policy, will prove of great value for regional stability, development of the EU–Turkey relations, including its security dimension, as well as Greco-Turkish relations.

2. Eide continues preparations for Geneva Conference on Cyprus, UN source tells CNA

The UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide continues to work on preparations for the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva and is currently in contact with the Conference participants, a UN source in Cyprus has told CNA, adding that the actual day of Eide`s return to the island will be decided in due course.

3. Government and Parliament condemn Tehran attacks

The Republic of Cyprus condemns unequivocally the abhorrent terrorist attacks in Tehran on Wednesday against innocent people and the country’s parliament. Furthermore, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has sent a letter of condolences to the Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Parliament of Iran, regarding the attacks at the Iranian Parliament and the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Mausoleum.

4. Turkey under scrutiny in Cyprus-related cases

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe concludes on Wednesday a two-day review regarding the execution of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments, including those pertaining to Turkish-occupied property cases and missing persons in Cyprus.

5. Cyprus FM and US Deputy National Security Adviser discuss bilateral ties and Cyprus issue

Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides, who is accompanying President Nicos Anastasiades in Washington, met on Wednesday with US National Security Deputy Adviser Ricky Waddell to discuss the Cyprus problem, bilateral issues and regional developments.

6. Cyprus is “a major asset”, says Lebanese Defence Minister

The presence of Cyprus in Europe is a major asset to Lebanon, said the country’s Defence Minister Yaacoub Riad Sarraf, while underlining the “tremendous prospects” that open up with the forthcoming “historic visit” of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to Beirut.

7. Fiscal Council sees destabilization risks as Cyprus outperforms economic targets

Cyprus’ Fiscal Council believes that despite the positive image of the country’s economy with improvement in fiscal performance and important indicators, there are significant imbalances which are likely to become destabilizing factors and lead to negative economic developments.

8. Recycling up by 11% in 2016, Green Dot says

Recycling was up by 11% in 2016 according to Green Dot. In its annual report for the year, the NGO says that “in 2016 a total of 16,871 tonnes of materials were collected, of which 24,092 tonnes were household packaging and 36,779 commercial packaging.”CNA