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22 September 2017

1. Cyprus President tells UN General Assembly he is ready to resume settlement talks

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday that he will convey during tomorrow’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General his readiness to immediately resume negotiations for a settlement on the island, in accordance with the SG’ framework and the relevant UN resolutions.  Addressing the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, in New York, President Anastasiades said it was not his aim to engage in a blame game, he attributed however the deadlock reached in the latest round of settlement talks, at Crans-Montana, last July “exclusively to the intransigent stance of Turkey” which, as he pointed out “aimed at reducing Cyprus to a Turkish protectorate”.

2. Cyprus President to hold meeting with UN SG in New York

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades who will meet with Guterres in New York on Friday, will raise a number of issues during their meeting, diplomatic sources say. He is expected to express concerns the way forward as regards efforts for a Cyprus settlement. The President will note the need for a serious preparation of the next steps on the Cyprus problem and for a similar attitude by the Turkish Cypriot side. He will also refer to the Secretary General`s forthcoming report about his good offices mission and to the Turkish activities in the occupied areas of Cyprus, as well as to the Turkish threats and provocations against the Republic of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

3. Pence expresses commitment for a Cyprus solution within UN parameters

US Vice President Mike Pence has expressed the United States` commitment for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem within the parameters of the UN relevant resolutions at a meeting he had with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, diplomatic sources say. The two men met on Tuesday evening in the sidelines of the reception which US President Donald Trump hosted for the heads of state and delegations taking part in the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. President Anastasiades is said to have referred to the failure of the Conference of Cyprus in Crans-Montana and briefed Pence about the reasons of this failure, noting that he expects the US to offer its assistance for the resumption of efforts for a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

4. "Customs duty" on goods for enclaved a breach of Third Vienna Agreement

The imposition of "customs duty" on goods carried by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus to enclaved Greek Cypriots in the Turkish occupied areas of the island would constitute a breach of the Third Vienna Agreement of August 1975, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA. Photiou was asked to comment on statements by Tahsin Ertugruloglu, "minister of foreign affairs",  to AFP, that that he would inform UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Saturday of a decision to start charging "customs duty" on the goods carried by United Nations aid convoys to Greek Cypriots who are enclaved through the cross-points from the government controlled areas to the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus and that the decision would be enforced as of October 1.

5. IMF visit to Cyprus focuses on approaches to reduce debt and manage NPLs

An IMF visit in Cyprus which kicked off yesterday and concludes on October 4, will focus on approaches to reduce excessive private and public debt as well as managing non performing loans, which are critical priorities for Cyprus, IMF Resident Representative Vincenzo Guzzo has told CNA. Replying to CNA questions Guzzo said that  “this is a regular visit to member countries, during which staff engage with government and central bank officials in discussions about risks to domestic and global stability”.  He added that IMF staff will review the recent developments, the medium-term growth prospects and the risks surrounding the economic outlook.

6. Situation is Larnaca “a bit complicated,” EP Petition Committee says

The situation in Larnaca is “little bit complicated,”  MEPs of the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions have found after having a series of meetings with the city municipal councils, the port authorities and citizens groups. After receiving a number of petitions by affected citizens with regard to problems created by the operation of the Larnaca port and other infrastructures such as gas tanks, a seven-member delegation visits Cyprus on a fact- finding mission with a view to recommend solutions. The Committee will prepare a recommendation in the end of 2017 or ealy-2018.

7. Education Ministers of Cyprus and South Africa discuss cooperation prospects

The prospects for cooperation between Cyprus and South Africa were the focus of a meeting, yesterday, between the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis and the Minister of Higher Education and Training of South Africa Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel "Blade" Nzimande.

8. South Africa’s minister is currently on a visit to the island to attend the International Symposium "The Left in the 21st Century" - One hundred years since the October Revolution. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Education and Culture and was attended by senior officials from both Ministries and a representative of the Embassy of South Africa in Athens, a press release says.CNA