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06 August 2017

1. President says it is time to get rid of third parties in Cyprus

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said that it is time to get rid of the presence of third parties, or those who want the third parties to control Cyprus. The President wondered who would ever support the position that "we could have accepted a solution that would include the continuation of the system of guarantees, Turkey’s intervention rights, or even worse, a permanent military base and the presence of a Turkish military contingent in Cyprus for ever."

2. The UN is not leaving Cyprus, UNSG`s spokesperson says

The UN is not leaving Cyprus, the UN Secretary General`s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.Replying to a question during his briefing about press reports, according to which the UNSG`s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar referred to a possible withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping force from Cyprus, Dujarric said: "I will have to shut it down. The UN is not leaving Cyprus."

3. Proposal to exhume remains from Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital soon before the Cabinet

A proposal to exhume the remains of 31 persons, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, who were buried following air raids by the Turkish air force during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus at the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital, on the outskirts of the capital Nicosia, will be submitted for approval by the Cabinet as soon as possible, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA.

4. Relatives of missing persons, honoured at bicommunal event, express hope for peace

Slovak Ambassador to Cyprus, Oksana Tomova, and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties honoured on Friday 8 Greek Cypriot and 8 Turkish Cypriot members and supporters of “Together We Can”, the only Bicommunal Association of Relatives of Missing Persons and Victims of War, for their “humanity and devotion” in the past 11 years.

5. We are ready to deal with any Turkish designs, Mayor of Famagusta says

The Municipality of Famagusta is ready to deal with all possible moves by the Turkish side with regard to Famagusta, the town Mayor Alexis Galanos has said, referring to scenarios, circulated in the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot press on the opening of the fenced-off part of the city (Varosha).
 «I would like to state clearly, on behalf of the Municipal Council, that the return to Famagusta – and the first step is the opening of the fenced off part – is acceptable only on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions 550 and 789, which are binding,” Galanos told a press conference.

6. Defence Minister meets with French Ambassador

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides had a meeting on Friday with French Ambassador, René Troccaz, who was accompanied by the outgoing military attaché Lieutenant Colonel Lucien-François Palisse and his successor Lieutenant Colonel Robert Hazemann.The Minister thanked the outgoing Lieutenant Colonel Lucien-François Palisse, highlighting his contribution to the progress made in recent years in the co-operation between the two countries in the field of defence and security, an official press release said.

7. NPEs decline by €48 million in April

Non-performing exposures (NPEs) in April declined by €48 million to €23.16 billion, according to data released on Friday by the Central Bank of Cyprus.Total loans increased to 50.25 billion with NPEs amounting to 46.1% of total loans.However, loan restructurings declined to €12.98 billion in April from €13.05 billion in March. Of the total restructurings, €9.17 bl continue to be classified as non-performing due to the strict European Banking Authority directive, which keeps a restructured loan facility as non-performing for 12 months.CNA