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18 August 2017

1. President of Cyprus condemns `heinous terrorism act` in Barcelona

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has condemned the `heinous terrorism act` in Barcelona.
All Cypriot tourists who are in Barcelona on organized trips via travel agencies in Cyprus, are accounted for and are all in good health, the Head of the Cypriot Travel Agencies has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CNA has learned,  following today`s fatal terrorist attacks in Barcelona.
2. Turkish statements are proof of Ankara`s goal to legalise its illegal actions in Cyprus, Nicosia says

Public statements by Turkish officials to the effect that the Cyprus peace talks have ended are nothing more than proof of Turkey’s objective to legalise its illegal actions on the island, the government said on Friday.
In a written statement, issued in response to remarks by Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik that the negotiations on Cyprus have neither been frozen nor suspended but have actually ended, Acting Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said “as we have repeatedly stated, our position is that the unacceptable status quo on the island is the result of the Turkish invasion and continuous occupation of Cyprus’ northern part.”

3. UN: The future of Cyprus will be dependent on negotiations between the parties

The future of Cyprus will be dependent on negotiations between the parties, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General has said. Answering questions on Thursday during the daily press briefing, regarding the Cyprus issue, Haq said if there is a new round of talks the UN “we will make our positions clear at that point, but where we stand is that basically where we left on what they said at that time”.

4. House President sends letter of condolences to his Egyptian counterpart

House President  Demetris Syllouris sent on Thursday a letter of condolences to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt Ali Abdel Aal Sayyed Ahmed, regarding the disastrous train collision near Alexandria, on Friday, 11 August, a press release issued by the House said.
5. Cyprus tourism sets another record in July and during the first 7 months of 2017

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus marked another record in July this year, as well as during the first seven months of 2017.
 On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 531,030 in July 2017 compared to 482,132 in July 2016, recording an increase of 10.1%.
6. Inflation in Cyprus turns marginally negative at -0.1% in July 2017

Inflation in Cyprus turns marginally negative in July 2017 at -0.1% compared to +0.9% in  June 2017 according to Eurostat. Cyprus still has the second lowest inflation rate in the EU, after Ireland (-0.2%). A year earlier the rate was -0.4%.
7. Cyprus` trade deficit increases to € -2,4 billion for the first six months of 2017

The first estimate for Cyprus` exports of goods to the rest of the world in June 2017 was 1.2 billion euro, a decrease of -15% compared to June 2016. Exports to the EU amounted to 0.5 billion euro, a decrease of -42% and to the rest of the world to 0.7 billion, an increase of 24%.
8. Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Cyprus on September 25

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Cyprus on September 25, for the last leg of its European tour ahead of the 21st Commonwealth Games. The 2018 Games will be held in Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia and Cyprus will participate with 40 athletes.CNA