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29 July 2017

1. Government says it is monitoring carefully reports on Turkish actions

The government is meticulously following information as regards steps taken by the Turkish side in the Cyprus problem and is getting ready to take specific action which will be announced once it has been implemented, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said. Asked whether the minutes of what happened at the final dinner in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, have been sent to the permanent members of the UN Security Council and the EU, he replied that “everything referred to by the President of the Republic in his relevant statement on the specific issue has been implemented.”

2. Foreign Ministry welcomes Security Council resolution renewing UNFICYP`s mandate

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the unanimous adoption on Thursday, by the UN Security Council, of a resolution on the six-month renewal of UNFICYP, the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. In a statement on the matter, the FM points out that the resolution reflects the unanimous position of the members of the Security Council for the continuation of the Secretary General`s Good Offices Mission and the main role played by the United Nations to help the parties achieve a comprehensive and viable solution.

3. Government welcomes Moody’s upgrade of Cyprus` economy by one notch

Moody`s rating agency has upgraded government bond ratings of Cyprus by one notch, to Ba3 from B1, a move Nicosia has welcomed. Moody`s maintained a positive outlook and said the short-term ratings have been affirmed, at Not Prime (NP) and (P)NP. Commenting on the rating action, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CNA that the upgrade of Cyprus by Moody`s, "is another step in restoring confidence in our economy and another confirmation that we are now on a path that creates a positive outlook."

4. Minister, trade unions and employers` organisations sign deal for reintroduction of COLA

Five years after its payment was suspended the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) will be reintroduced as of the beginning of next year, based on a deal signed on Friday by the Labour Minister, the trade unions SEK, PEO and DEOK and the employers’ organisations OEB and KEVE. President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has expressed satisfaction over the agreement reached.

5. France pledges support for a Cyprus solution in the framework of the UN parameters

French Ambassador to Cyprus Rene Troccaz has reiterated his country’s support for a Cyprus solution based on EU and international law which should also be in line with the framework of the UN parameters. Troccaz made statements to the press, in Greek, following a meeting he had today with President of the Citizens Alliance Yiorgos Lillikas..

6. Cyprus to be in contact with the International Space Station

European Space Agency’s astronaut, Paolo Nespoli, who spoke to Cypriot pupils a year ago, will launch to the International Space Station on Friday. Before his departure to space, Nespoli held a telephone conversation with President of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation, George Danos, who wished him every success to his mission. They also discussed about the continuation of the cooperation with Cyprus, from space. CNA has learned that Danos will be one of the few people to have direct personal communication with the Italian astronaut during his stay in space.

7. Second open meeting of Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage outlines common vision

A year after the first open discussion, the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage returned to Famagusta on Thursday,  where together with civil society networks, heritage lovers and experts they examined ongoing and future projects in the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta and talked about the committee’s common vision.CNA