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31 August 2017

1. Government, local authority and Church denounce decision to prohibit pilgrimage to occupied church

The Cyprus government has expressed regret for the fact that the self-styled authorities of Turkish Cypriot regime in the island’s northern Turkish occupied areas have prohibited Greek Cypriot pilgrims from attending a mass at Saint Mamas church in occupied Morphou.

2. Request for religious service denied but pilgrimage can take place at a later stage, UN tells CNA

The Turkish Cypriot side denied a request for a religious service with apologies due to the timing clash with the Bayram religious holiday, the UN Spokperson`s office in Cyprus said on Wednesday replying to a question by CNA about the refusal of the Turkish Cypriot self-styled authorities in the island`s northern Turkish occupied areas to allow Greek Cypriot pilgrims to attend a mass at the Saint Mamas church in occupied Morphou, to celebrate the Saint`s name day on September 2.

3. UNFICYP necessary while Cyprus problem is unresolved, Cypriot official tells UN SC

The continued operation of UNFICYP the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Cyprus is necessary while the Cyprus problem remains unresolved, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, ambassador Kornelios Korneliou has told the UN Security Council, reiterating at the same time the Republic of Cyprus’ commitment to do its utmost to overcome the deadlock and to prepare the way for a comprehensive settlement of the issue.

4. Cyprus remains committed to CoE principles, says new Permanent Representative in Strasbourg

The new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus in Strasbourg, Spiros Attas, assured Wednesday the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, that Nicosia remains committed to the principles of the organisation.

5. Public expenditure for education at 6.5% of GDP in 2014

Public expenditure in public and private education for 2014 stood at €1,142.2 millions, for all levels, which represents 13.4% of the Government budget and 6.5% of the Gross Domestic Product, according to the annual report "Statistics of Education" for the school year 2014/15.

6. Industrial production at the highest level of the last 10 months

Industrial production in June 2017 rose at the highest level of the last 10 months, according to data released on Wednesday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

7. Ryanair launches new route from Paphos to Dublin

Ryanair is launching a new Paphos route to Dublin, with a twice-weekly service commencing in April 2018, the first of its summer 2018 routes, which will go on sale on the website in September.CNA