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02 August 2017

1. Government works on measures to prevent Turkish plans

The government is working on measures to prevent Turkish plans that seek to create new faits accomplis on the ground, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said. Speaking Tuesday after a session of the National Council, in Nicosia, the Spokesman said that the President has asked political party leaders to submit concrete proposals for a list of preventive measures. He reiterated that the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana was due to the persistence of Turkey to maintain intervention rights in Cyprus and a permanent military presence on the island.

2. UN Cyprus envoy visits for farewell meetings

UN Secretary – General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, returns on Wednesday to the island to hold farewell meetings with the leaders of the two communities. Eide will hold separate meetings on Thursday with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. His meetings, in the morning, are expected to be his last with the two leaders, as the Norwegian diplomat will run in his country’s elections scheduled for September 11.

3. Cyprus’ Ambassadors briefed on Crans-Montana Conference

Heads of the Republic`s diplomatic missions abroad were briefed last week by President Nicos Anastasiades and Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on the Conference on Cyprus, that took place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, and subsequent developments. The Foreign Ministry`s annual conference was held in Nicosia, on July 27 and 28.

4. Beaches become accessible for people with disabilities

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) announced that a total of 47 beaches are accessible to people with special access needs. According to a CTO announcement on Tuesday, 26 beaches will be fully accessible and 21 partially accessible. An innovative system called “Seatrac” enables users to enter the sea in five of them.

5. Negotiations with Turkey over the Customs Union are up to the Council

A decision concerning negotiations for the modernization of the Customs Union with Turkey will be taken by the Council, European Commission Spokesman Carlos Martin said on Tuesday. He added that a possible decision to suspend pre-accession funds should not be taken in isolation from the EU’s general approach to relations with Turkey. Martin was commenting on reports in the German Press.CNA

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