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07 July 2017

1. Cyprus Conference ends without agreement being reached, says Guterres

The Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana ended without an agreement, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced on Friday after a dinner with all the participating delegations, that ended in the early hours without a result. In separate statements, Guterres said that there was a number of issues which did not allow participants to the Conference on Cyprus to reach agreement. Meanwhile, the UK Minister for Europe and a UN official both expressed disappointment over the failure to produce results.
2. Cyprus talks at Crans Montana end inconclusively due to Turkish insistence on troops and guarantees

The Cyprus talks at Crans Montana failed to reach a result as the Turkish side insisted on maintaining Ankara`s guarantees and its right to intervention, according to reliable sources. Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said the outcome of the Cyprus Conference is, under no circumstances, a positive development, pointing out at the same time that this is not the end of the road. Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias wrote on twitter that Turkey’s intervention rights throughout Cyprus could not possibly be accepted, adding that “the dream and plan for a Cyprus solution remains alive”.

3. Nicosia satisfied over Turkey report adopted by the European Parliament

The government of Cyprus expressed content over the European Parliament`s Turkey report that was adopted Thursday at the plenary meeting, in Strasbourg. The report calls on Turkey to return to the rule of law and implement a series of measures regarding Ankara’s European and Cyprus-related obligations. Furthermore, it calls on Turkey to start withdrawing its troops from Cyprus and expressed support to “a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on bi-communal and bi-zonal federation.”

4. Cypriot senior diplomat expresses support to efforts for solving the Eastern Ukraine conflict

Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon has expressed the Republic of Cyprus full support to efforts to solve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine in the framework of the Normandy Format and the OSCE Trilateral Contact Group.

5. Cyprus-Pakistan sign agreement for abolition of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic and Service or Official passports

An Agreement on the Abolition of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic and Service or Official Passports between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was signed on Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an announcement issued today says.

6. New terminal opens its gates at Limassol port

A new modern terminal designed to accommodate the largest operating cruise vessels, opened its gates for the first time on July 5, at DP World Limassol port, according to a press release.

7. Inflation slows in June, down to 0.7%

Inflation slowed to a 0.7% annual rate in June, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported Thursday in a release of the Consumer Price Index. This is the lowest increase in the last five months, since inflation stood at 1.05% last May, 2% in April, 1.91% in March, and 1.68% in February this year.

8. Applications for new companies decline by 6.1% in June 2017

Applications for registration of new companies declined by 6,1% on a year to year basis in June 2017, according to data of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver.

9. Building permits increase in number and value in January-April 2017

An increase of 8.4% was recorded in the number of building permits issued in the first four months of 2017 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.CNA