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13 July 2017

1. UN concerned about the ongoing tensions in the area, UNSG spokesperson says

“We would not want to see any incidents, and we are obviously concerned about the ongoing tensions in that area”, the UNSG spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has said when asked to comment on the start of the exploration drilling in the Cyprus` exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by ENI – Total.

2. Turkey continues to mock the international community, Greek Foreign Ministry says

The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement following Greek Foreign Minister’s statements on the Conference on Cyprus, proves Turkey’s audacity and its responsibilities regarding the collapse of the talks, a Greek FM Spokesperson has said. Turkey continues to mock the international community by making statements which prove that its audacity has no limits, the spokesperson of the Greek Foreign Ministry Stratos Efthymiou says.

3. All is going smoothly in relation to block 11 offshore drilling, government says

All is going smoothly in relation to the drilling ship “West Capella”, bound to start the exploratory drilling in block 11 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone on behalf of Total, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos stated on Wednesday. He also urged for calmness and dismissed reports linking the presence of foreign naval forces in the region with the drilling activity.

4. President Sisi voices support for Nicosia during telephone conversation with Cypriot counterpart

Nicosia secured on Wednesday Egyptian President’s support, as the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades informed Abdel Fattah el-Sisi about developments regarding the latest round of settlement talks. In statements at the Presidential Palace, Deputy Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said today that the two men had a long telephone conversation earlier, during which the President of Cyprus explained in detail to his interlocutor last week’s developments at the Conference on Cyprus, that took place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

5. It’s difficult to find a Cyprus solution outside the UN parameters, Russian Ambassador in Nicosia says

Russia’s Ambassador to Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has expressed the position that it is difficult to find a just solution to the Cyprus problem outside of the parameters of the United Nations. Asked to comment on Turkey`s position that a solution to the Cyprus problem should be sought from now on outside of the parameters of the United Nations, Russian Ambassador said that he heard of this position, noting at the same time that "it is difficult to find a just solution outside the parameters of the United Nations".

6. ALDE Group at the EP, calls for a high level debate on Cyprus with leaders of the 2 communities

ALDE Group leader, Guy Verhofstadt, called today on the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, to invite the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities for a high level debate in the September plenary, according to a written statement issued by the liberal group. According to the ALDE group, the request comes after the failure of last week’s talks in Crans-Montana on a settlement of the Cyprus issue, raising concerns that the current situation will prevail indefinitely.

7. Eurostat: Industrial production in Cyprus down by 2.3 % monthly up 3.2% y/y in April

In May 2017 compared with April 2017, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 1.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2017 industrial production rose by 0.3% in euro area and by 0.1% in the EU28. In May 2017 compared with May 2016, industrial production increased by 4.0% in both zones.CNA