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03 August 2017

1. President believes Eide`s report will reflect the reality

The President of the Republic of Cyprus believes that the UNSG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus and the UN will prepare a report in which the truth will be written down as to what happened in the Conference on Cyprus that took place in Crans Montana 28 June - 7 of July,  Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos said on Thursday after a farewell meeting that the Cypriot President held with the UN envoy. Eide will have various contacts during his current visit to Cyprus

2. It is clear that the US never asked for NAVTEX, Deputy Government Spokesman says

Deputy Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos said on Thursday that it is clear that the US never asked for a NAVTEX from Turkey, acknowledging that that particular area where they held an excercise is under the control and responsibility of the Republic of Cyprus. Papadopoulos was replying to a question as to whether the government is satisfied with the reply of the US embassy regarding the issue of NAVTEX.

3. Presidential Commissioner urges Turkey to implement III Vienna Agreement

Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou called on Turkey to implement in its entirety the Third Vienna Agreement and to prove that it respects the agreements it has signed.In 1975 the Third Vienna Agreement was concluded between the intercommunal negotiators, Glafcos Clerides, former President of the Republic and Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, regarding the Greek Cypriots living in the occupied areas and the Turkish Cypriots living in the government controlled areas.

4. Turkish scenarios on the opening of Varosha “a bluff” says Mayor

The Mayor of Turkish-occupied Famagusta has described the scenarios, circulated in the Turkish Press with regard to the opening of the fenced-off part of the city, “a bluff”. Speaking to CNA, Alexis Galanos also said that he sees Turkish financial interests behind the move.“We insist that the only viable and functioning development with regard to Famagusta…is the return [of the fenced-off city] on the basis of Security Council resolutions 550 and 789, under UN and of course Greek Cypriot administration” Galanos told CNA.

5. EAC imposes new electricity tariffs from 1 September

Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) announced that from 1 September 2017 will impose the new tariffs which were approved on Tuesday, by Cyprus Regulatory Authority for Energy (CERA) and will cover the period until the end of 2017.The bills for monthly customers will be issued with the new tariffs from 1/10/17 and from 1/11/17 for bimonthly customers

6. Lending interest rates increase in June

Lending interest rates for the main loan categories increased in June 2017 according to data released by the Central Bank of Cyprus on Wednesday. According to the CBC figures, interest rates for consumer credit increased by 19 basis points reaching 4.23% in June from 4.04% the previous month. The interest rate for housing loans amounted to 2.82% in June, recording a small rise of 6 basis points compared with May.

7. Registered unemployed record significant annual decrease in July

The number of the registered unemployed showed a significant annual decrease of 12.3% in July, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported on Thursday. The unemployed persons, registered at the District Labour Offices on the last day of July 2017, reached 31.670 persons, it said.

8. July 2017 the hottest month in 30 years

July 2017 was recorded as the hottest in the past 30 years. According to an official press release, during July extremely high temperatures were recorded all over Cyprus. Specifically, the mean provisional daily maximum temperatures of Athalassa, Prodromos, Pafos Airport, Larnaka Airport and Paralimni are a record of high temperatures of July and rank July 2017 as the hottest for at least the last 30 years.CNA