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02 July 2017

1. Discussions on security and guarantees continue in Crans Montana

Discussions on the issues of security and guarantees continue at Crans Montana with a new meeting underway this morning in the framework of the Conference on Cyprus. The Conference on Cyprus is set to continue into the next week with the leaders working on the issue of securities and guarantees and reaching further progress on internal aspects issues, while the UN Secretary General departs on Saturday, assuring the leaders he will return if necessary. In statements, Guterres said the UN is not impatient and is not threatening the parties in Cyprus, adding however that slow progress has been observed.

2. Cyprus President: Creative discussions that can lead to a way out of the deadlock
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has described Friday morning’s talks at the Conference on Cyprus chaired by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as very creative.

3. Greek FM: Effort to blackmail the negotiations averted

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has said that efforts to blackmail the negotiations were averted by Greece, as talks resumed on Friday in an effort to achieve a breakthrough. He also described the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as useful. In separate statements, he said Guterres` views on central issues are on the right track. Meanwhile, President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker tells CNA “this is the last chance for the procedure for the reunification of Cyprus”, vouching that he would “do everything to be useful”. Furthermore, UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan announced his return to Crans-Montana for the Conference on Cyprus with a video tweet.

4. Members of US Congress urge Tillerson to take strong stance on Turkish threats against Cypriot EEZ

Thirty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives in a letter they cosign, encourage U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to continue the active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular to urge a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years. “

5. President: We will continue to work for determination of fate of missing persons

The government remains focused on the effort to determine the fate of missing persons and will continue to work towards shifting Turkey’s unacceptable stance on the issue, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday, at an event in Nicosia. His speech was read out by Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis.

6. Hellas Sat 3 and Hellas Sat 4 to establish an extended and more diversified satellite footprint says Minister

The ambitious plans of Hellas Sat to launch two new telecommunications satellites, Hellas Sat 3 and Hellas Sat 4 next year, will establish an extended and even more diversified satellite footprint with substantially higher capacity offerings in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said Minister of Transport Marios Demetriades at the Hellas Sat 3 launch event in French Guiana, on Thursday.

7. Government receives €2.836.200 from six year bonds

The Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) received applications for six-year government bonds for natural persons, the 7th series (July 2017) valued at €2.836.200.

8. Parliament returns Limassol parliamentary seat to Georgios Papadopoulos

The House of Representatives plenary, passed a law, on Friday, returning a parliamentary seat in Limassol to Georgios Papadopoulos, whose election had been annulled by a ruling of the election court on May 31.  

9. Industrial Output Prices increase 4% in January-May 2017

The Industrial Output Prices Index for the period January-May 2017, recorded an increase of 4% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, according to data released Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

10. Greek & Turkish Cypriot youths send message of friendship and peace

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youths who take part in the Cyprus Friendship Programme, which promotes inter-communal friendship by organising among others summer trips in the US were cross-community pairs of teens are hosted by American families, have sent a message of friendship, cooperation and peaceful coexistence between the two communities in Cyprus.CNA