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15 September 2017

1. UNSG very interested to hear concrete ideas on the way forward, his Special Representative in Cyprus says

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres would be very interested in hearing concrete ideas of how the parties in Cyprus could come together, his Special Representative on the island said in statements after being received on Friday by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

2. Appropriate preparation needed to lift reasons that led the talks to failure, Spokesman tells CNA

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has pointed out that it is pivotal to prepare properly any future talks in order to do away with the reasons that led the most recent round of negotiations to failure, if positive results towards a settlement are to be achieved.

3. Bilateral ties, the Cyprus issue, EU and a presidential visit were on the agenda of talks in Moscow

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alexander Zenon and the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Ambassador Alexey Y. Meshkov, discussed on Thursday issues of mutual interest, including bilateral ties, EU matters and the Cyprus problem.

4. Parliament hosts preparatory meeting for the Cyprus–Greece–Israel House Speakers` conference

House Speaker Demetris Syllouris said here today that cooperation with Israel and neighbouring Arab countries (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon) in the framework of tripartite meetings with Greece is increasingly important in geopolitical and geostrategic terms in the key region of Eastern Mediterranean.

5. Justice Minister discusses with Russian official ways to deal with children`s kidnappings

Justice and Public Order Minister Ionas Nicolaou discussed on Wednesday with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Justice, Maksim Travnikov, ways to tackle children`s kidnappings in a more effective way.

6. Cypriot Transport Minister has important meetings in London

Cypriot Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Marios Demetriades, at the invitation of UK Maritime Minister John Hayes and in the framework of the International Shipping Week London 2017, visited London from September 12 to 15, where he had a series of meetings.

7. CVAR receives prestigious European award for highlighting shared Cypriot heritage

The Center of Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) was awarded on Thursday evening “the highest European award for public outreach in the field of cultural heritage”, during a ceremony for the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards.

8. Anti-bribery standard ISO 37001 an effective tool in combating bribery, experts say at workshop in Nicosia

The new anti-bribery standard published last October by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) is regarded as an effective tool in combating bribery, as the World Bank estimates that about $1 trillion is paid each year in bribes around the world.

9. Shipowners welcome new IMO convention for marine environment protection

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) welcomes the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) that entered into force on September 8, 2017, noting at the same time the cost this entails for shipowners, while calling for pragmatism at the early stages of implementation.

10. Symbolic sculpture donation from Austria unveiled at Foreign Ministry

Two mirrors facing each other on concrete, symbolising the complexities, many aspects and many possible outcomes of the Cyprus problem, entitled “Stuck Reflection”, is the sculpture donated by the Austrian government to Cyprus, which was unveiled, on Friday, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Nicosia.

11. Job vacancy rate in Cyprus declines to 0.8% for Q2 2017, according to Eurostat

Job vacancy rate in Cyprus further declined to 0.8% for the whole economy in Q2 2017, down from 1.1% in Q1 2017 and Q2 2016,  according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. That is the second lowest job vacancy rate, after Greece (at 0.7%).CNA