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08 July 2017

1. UN Secretary-General to consult with all concerned over Cyprus

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is going to have a number of consultations with all concerned before the next step in the Cyprus issue, following the collapse of the Crans-Montana Conference on Thursday, said his Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. Replying to a question by CNA, Dujarric also noted that “what happened yesterday has to be absorbed” and added that the role of the United Nations is to facilitate.

2. International community reacts to Crans-Montana outcome

The EU stands ready to support any future initiative to resolve the Cyprus issue, Alexander Winterstein, the Commission’s Deputy Chief Spokesman said Friday, in the aftermath of talks in Crans Montana that ended inconclusively. Heather Nauert, a State Department Spokesperson, said from her part that the United States is disappointed that the Conference on Cyprus has closed without an agreement. Russia considers the latest round of talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, merely as “a stage” of the settlement process of the Cyprus issue, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy told CNA.

3. Commission calls for renewed fiscal vigilance in Cyprus

European Commission Staff in liaison with the ECB, the ESM and in parallel with the IMF, concluded Friday that the risks for Cyprus’ capacity to service its debt to the European Stability Mechanism remain low and the country is currently benefiting from robust growth and improving conditions in the financial sector. The Post Program Surveillance report prescribes, however, vigilance and calls the government to resist fiscal relaxation pressure.

4. AHEPA Supreme President says Turkey should be more constructive

AHEPA Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades issued Friday a statement on the closure of the Conference of Cyprus without an agreement, saying that the conference demonstrated the epitome of Turkish intransigence. He also called on Turkey to demonstrate the will and play a constructive role.

5. Important archaeological findings discovered at Hala Sultan Tekke excavation site

Important archaeological findings have been discovered during the excavations at the Late Cypriot harbour city of Hala Sultan Tekke, which were carried out by a Swedish team between May and June 2017. Archeologists discovered various stone structures, storage units and a workshop. Ceramic fragments bearing Cypro-Minoan signs and Mycenaean pottery dating from the 13th century BC were among the findings.

6. Commissioner Photiou meets with young overseas Cypriots

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots Photis Photiou met on Friday with young overseas Cypriots who participate in the program "Explore Cyprus", sponsored by the Cyprus Youth Organization. They were joined by young Cypriots who take part for the first time in the distance learning program "Introduction to the History of Cyprus ", offered by NEPOMAK at the Open University of Cyprus. The meeting took place at the Presidential Palace.CNA

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