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03 July 2017

1. Positions on all issues delivered, substantive discussion on security and guarantees opens tonight

Discussions at Crans Montana are taking a new turn as all sides have given their positions on all issues and substantive discussions on security and guarantees will start Monday evening.  During the morning meeting of Table 1, all parties, (Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot communities) and the Guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and the UK and the EU as observer, presented their written proposals on the issue of security and guarantees.

2. Experienced diplomat represents UK at “new phase” of Crans-Montana talks

The UK enters the second week of the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland’s Crans—Montana with a delegation headed by Jonathan Allen, an experienced diplomat, head of the National Security department at the Foreign Office. Allen has been representing the UK since the beginning of the talks in Switzerland. Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan, who had returned to the Conference on Friday afternoon, following his presence there at the start of the talks on Wednesday, departed for London on Saturday evening. During his two-day presence in Crans-Montana he led the British delegation and held separate meetings with all parties.

3. House President and Presidential Commissioner refer to “crucial” point in Cyprus talks

House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris and Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou have spoken of a “crucial” point the Cyprus UN led negotiations have reached in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Addressing a memorial service, on Sunday, Syllouris said that the aim of the Cypriot leadership but also of every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus is to guarantee our borders, the territorial integrity of our state and the guarantee of the human rights of Cypriot citizens. On his part, Photiou, who was addressing another memorial service, conveyed a message by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades that he stands with great responsibility before the ongoing developments and “is ready to take all necessary steps in order for our great goal to be reached.”

4. Total: Drillship “West Capella” arrives in Cyprus on July 12 ahead of Block 11 drilling

Preparations for drilling in Block 11 of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone procced normally and are progressing according to the plan, General Manager of Total E&P Cyprus Yves Grosjean has told CNA. The drilling by French Total in consortium with Italian Eni which acquire last March 50% participating Interest of Block 11 was expected by mid July.

5. Unemployment in Cyprus further declines to 11% in May 2017

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Cyprus dropped to 11% (or 46 000 individuals) in May 2017 from 11.3% in April 2017 and 12.8% in May 2016. The unemployment rate was 11.2% in males and 10.8 in females. Youth unemployment also dropped to 9000 individuals, down form 11000 in May 2016. Meanwhile the euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.3% in May 2017, stable compared to April 2017 and down from 10.2% in May 2016. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since March 2009.CNA

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