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05 September 2017

1. I refuse to get involved in a blame game in relation to the Cyprus peace talks, President says

President Nicos Anastasiades has said that he refuses to take part in a blame game relating to the Cyprus peace talks, reiterating that he has never linked the talks with next year’s presidential elections. The President has also described as "unacceptable" remarks by the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community about a two-state solution.

2. Government urges Turkish Cypriots to react to Ankara`s moves to alienate Cyprus` two communities

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has sent a message to Turkish Cypriot political forces to react to Turkish moves in the occupied north of Cyprus which aim to alienate Turkish Cypriots from Greek Cypriots.

3. Cypriot economy is going through its 3rd year of recovery, FinMin says

Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades has said that he is satisfied with the state of the Cypriot economy, noting that the growth rate in 2017 will reach 3.5%.  “The Cypriot economy has been through dramatically difficult conditions” said Georgiades in an interview with the Greek newspaper “Kathimerini”, adding that “ominous” projections have been proven wrong. “We stayed in the eurozone, we rendered the Troika unnecessary and we are in the third year of recovery”.

4. President visits Solea region a year after disastrous wildfire

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades visited on Saturday the mountainous region of Solea where a wildfire that broke out a year ago burnt a large forest area and killed two firefighters. “We have been trying in every way to modernise and enhance the Department of Forests and the Fire Service through concrete actions, in order for them to be able to undertake their duty, that is to protect the forests, our natural wealth and the environment,” said the President during his visit to the area which has since been restored, according to a Press and Information Office (PIO) announcement.

5. EUMed Conference to be held in Nicosia in October

The Conference of the seven Mediterranean countries of the EU, which will take place in Nicosia on October 10th, is “a very important Conference,” Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said, noting that it will be attended by the Prime Ministers of the countries participating in the Southern countries.

6. Stavros Malas, former Health Minister, announces his candidacy for the 2018 presidential elections
Former Health Minister of Cyprus Stavros Malas officially announced on Saturday his candidacy for the 2018 presidential elections, backed by the main opposition left-wing party AKEL. In a special event, held in the capital Nicosia, Malas said he is running for the elections as an independent candidate.CNA