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14 September 2017

1. Results at "Onesiphoros" encouraging but well is non-commercial, says Energy Minister

The “Onesiphoros West 1” well in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is estimated to have less than half a trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference, in Nicosia, after the completion of a drilling operation by energy giants ENI and Total in Cyprus’ offshore block “11”, Lakkotrypis also said that the outcome means that the reserve is commercially not a stand-alone project.

2. President: Turkey`s demands were put before me in Crans-Montana and I did not accept them

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that during the talks on the Cyprus problem in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Turkey`s demands were put before him and he did not accept them.
Speaking during an event on Tuesday evening, Anastasiades noted that "it is well known that recently we did our utmost in Switzerland with a view to achieve a settlement that would at last allow us to feel free and enjoy free movement throughout our country."

3. Cyprus presents investment opportunities as economy gathers pace

The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) presented on Tuesday the island’s major investment opportunities as economic growth is gathering pace four years after the 2013 financial crisis. “The Cyprus economy is currently growing at a rate of 3.5% of the GDP per year, much higher than the EU average, and the outlook remains positive,” Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told the 2nd Cyprus International Investment Summit taking place in the coastal town of Limassol, attracting more than 150 investors from across the globe. The presence of investors from 30 different countries at the 2nd Cyprus International Investors Summit in Limassol is “a testament to the success of Cyprus in transforming its economy and, through a series of key reforms, in developing into a world-class investment destination,” Minister of Transport Marios Demetriades said.

4. Turkey must protect burial sites of missing persons in Cyprus, Nicosia stresses

Given the severity of confirmed relocation cases in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus and the interference with burial sites of missing persons for construction purposes, Turkey is under the obligation to ensure that no interference with burial sites takes place in the future, by employing practical and effective means, says the government of Cyprus. According to Nicosia, it has been established that the intentional relocation of remains belonging to missing persons has occurred in four sites in the northern, occupied part of Cyprus.

5. Working Groups to prepare the Tripartite meeting of House Presidents of Israel, Greece and Cyprus

A preparatory and coordinating meeting of the Working Groups set up to prepare the 2nd Tripartite Meeting of the Presidents of the Parliaments of Cyprus, Greece and Israel will take place on Thursday at the Cyprus House of Representatives. The tripartite meeting of the House Presidents will be held in Nicosia on November 2, 2017.

6. Defence Minister attends the launching of Cyprus’ first open sea vessel in Israel

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides has successfully concluded his visit to Israel where he attended the ceremony of the launching of the first open sea vessel acquired by the Republic of Cyprus through the Inter-State Agreement with Israel. According to a press release issued on Monday by the Ministry of Defence, during his visit to the neighbouring country, Fokaides had a meeting in Tel Aviv with his counterpart Avigdor Liberman with whom he discussed issues of bilateral relations with a view to deepen the cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

7. House President meets with the Ambassador of Slovakia to Nicosia

Cyprus House President Demetris Syllouris met here Tuesday the Ambassador of Slovakia to Nicosia Oksana Tomová on the occasion of her departure from Cyprus. According to an announcement, issued by the House of Representatives, Syllouris reaffirmed the excellent level of relations between Cyprus and Slovakia, particularly in the area of parliamentary diplomacy, and expressed the wish to continue and further intensify the contacts between the two Parliaments.

8. Αnti-racist programme aims to bring Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot school children together

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot primary and secondary school children will have the opportunity to hold joint educational activities this year, in the framework of the Educational Programme "Imagine" which aims to promote anti-racism and peace. The programme was implemented last year, on a pilot basis, for primary school children, and this year will include students of secondary schools as well.

9. AKEL and Turkish Cypriot Communal Democracy Party call for the resumption of Cyprus talks

ΑΚΕΛ General Secretary Andros Kyprianou and President of the Turkish Cypriot Communal Democracy Party Cemal Ozyigit have called for the resumption of the Cyprus peace talks as soon as possible, warning at the same time that as time goes by the effort to reunite the island under a federal roof becomes even more difficult.

10. Harmonized Price Index presents annual increase 0.5% in August

The Harmonized Price Index increased by 0.5% in August, compared to August 2016, the Statistical Service reported on Tuesday. The Index recorded a monthly increase of 1.0% compared to July 2017, Cystat said. For the period January-August 2017 the HICP increased by 1.0% compared to the same period of the previous year.CNA