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06 September 2017

1. Prospects of a political settlement in Cyprus must not be lost, Foreign Minister points out

The prospects of a settlement of the Cyprus problem and what has been achieved during the latest round of the UN-led peace talks must not be lost, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Tuesday, adding that if the dialogue resumes on the basis of the framework set out by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, then the timeframe will be brief.

2. Cyprus monitoring developments with typhoon Irma

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus is following developments regarding the dangerous weather phenomena - with typhoon Irma - which are expected to hit the area of Puerto Rico and the north-eastern Caribbean as of September 6th.

3. Energy Minister urges for patience over “Onisiforos” drilling

Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis urged for a few more days of patience when asked about the results of an offshore drill, while noting that drilling operations are moving on normally.

4. Cyprus - Bahrain bilateral relations reaffirmed at a meeting in Nicosia

Political discussions were held between Cyprus and the Kingdom of Bahrain on Tuesday in Nicosia where the very good level of bilateral relations was reaffirmed and the FM noting that Bahrain is important for the region.

5. We must work together to secure farmers` income security, Kouyialis tells his EU counterparts

Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nicos Kouyialis has called on his EU counterparts to work together to create the mechanisms that will prevent and effectively address crises in the market, in order to reduce the risk, provide security for the farmers’ income and make farmers more competitive and more sustainable, regardless of geographic, environmental and economic constraints.

6. Muslim pilgrims allowed to visit Hala Sultan Tekke irrelevant of their status, FM Kasoulides says

The government addresses the pilgrimage to Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca as a pilgrimage of Muslims, irrelevant of their status, legal or illegal in Cyprus` occupied areas, as it always did, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Executive Coordinator of the Office the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process (RTCYPP) said Tuesday`s pilgrimage to Hala Sultan Tekke is a small sign of hope and bridge-building at a time when trust among Cypriots has been broken again.

7. House President wraps up first day of contacts with EU officials in Brussels

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has held a series of meetings with EU officials during the first day of a three-day working visit in Brussels. Syllouris met with the European Commissioner responsible for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Demetris Avramopoulos, the President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Gianni Pitella, the President of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group Nigel Farage and Co-chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament Syed Kamall.

8. Progress in Cyprus-related judgments to be reviewed anew in Strasbourg

The Permanent Representatives of the Council of Europe’s member states meet later in September anew to discuss, among others, progress on the part of Turkey in implementing court rulings regarding properties in Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus and missing persons.

9. Cyprus to protest illegal excavations in Galiporni, Antiquities Department Director says

Antiquities Department Director Marina Solomidou-Ieronymidou has said that excavations taking place in Galiporni, in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, violate international laws and well as the relevant law of the Republic of Cyprus and that the department will refer the issue to the Foreign Ministry so that the latter makes representations, at the international level, against these actions.

10. Stakeholders team up for archaeology excellence hub in Cyprus

MedSTACH, European project, aims at establishing Cyprus as an excellence hub in archaeology and cultural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean region, capitalizing on multidisciplinary research and technological innovation, Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Marios Demetriades has said.

11. Turkish Cypriot activist talks to CNA about struggle to halt Akkuyu power plant development

Turkish Cypriot biologist Hasan Sarpten, a member and activist of the platform “No to nuclear”, has pointed out the importance of solidarity between the two sides in Cyprus against the nuclear power plant under development in Akkuyu, Turkey.

12. Registered unemployed hit lowest level of past five years for August

The unemployed persons, registered at the District Labour Offices on the last day of August 2017, reached 31,003 persons, the lowest level of the past five years for the month, according to data released on Tuesday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

13. Retail trade down by 0.3% in the euroarea, 0.2% in EU28

In July 2017 compared with June 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat. In Cyprus, retail trade increased in June by 1.2% in monthly basis and by 6.6% in annual basis.CNA

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