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05 October 2017

1. UNFICYP “obliged” to limit today’s delivery to enclaved Greek Cypriots to medical aid supplies

UNFICYP was obliged to limit today’s delivery to medical aid supplies to Greek Cypriot communities in the Karpas peninsula in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus, following the unilateral decision of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime to impose taxes and fees on other humanitarian goods. According to a press statement on humanitarian deliveries on behalf of UNFICYP, issued here today, an UNFICYP vehicle carrying humanitarian supplies departed Nicosia for Greek Cypriot communities in the Karpas, as has been regular practice for close to four decades.

2. Nicosia condemns Turkey for attempting to annex Cyprus` occupied areas

The Republic of Cyprus condemns Turkey for attempting to annex the occupied areas of Cyprus, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told members of the House Committee on Foreign and European Affairs. The Foreign Ministry, he said, has prepared a paper which was circulated to all heads of Cyprus` diplomatic missions abroad, in order to convey it to foreign governments.

3. Germany`s unification, an inspiration for Cyprus, President notes in a congratulatory message

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has sent a congratulatory letter to President of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the Day of German Unity, noting that Germany`s unification `remains a true inspiration` for the efforts to reach a solution in Cyprus.

4. Cyprus - UK substantive negotiations on British Bases to begin next week

Substantive negotiations between the Republic of Cyprus and Britain regarding the British Bases in Cyprus after Brexit will begin on the 11th of October, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has told the House Committee on Foreign and European Affairs. The Foreign Minister confirmed that the European Commission has agreed that no steps will be taken unless there is agreement from the Republic of Cyprus and gave Cyprus the green light to enter into bilateral negotiations.

5. German Defence Minister in Cyprus for a visit

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen pays a visit to Cyprus on Wednesday. According to a press release issued by the Cyprus Defence Ministry, this is the first visit of a German Defence Minister to Cyprus. The German Minister will be received by her Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Fokaides in the “ZENON” Coordination Center in the coastal town of Larnaka where delegations from both countries will hold consultations.
6. Cyprus-Greece-Egypt set up technocratic committee on expatriates

A tripartite meeting on Cyprus-Greece-Egypt cooperation held in Cairo decided to set up a technocratic committee to prepare an action plan for the cooperation of the three countries on expatriates. The meeting was attended by the Cypriot Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Affairs Fotis Fotiou, the Greek Deputy Minister Terence Quick and Egyptian Minister of Immigration and Expatriates Affairs, Nabila Makram Ebeid.

7. Minister says Limassol port`s efficient operation has exceeded all expectations

Minister of Transport, Communication and Works, Marios Demetriades, has expressed satisfaction with the efficient operation of the container terminal and the multipurpose terminal of the port of Limassol, saying that now it has nothing to envy from other modern European ports.  Addressing the General Assembly of the Cyprus Shipping Agents Association in the southern coastal town of Limassol, the Minister said that  seven months after the port`s operation was assigned to strategic investors, the performance of the container station has "exceeded every expectation".
8. Energy potential and challenges for Cyprus the focus of Oil and Gas Conference in Limassol

The potential for new hydrocarbons findings in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, the challenges to the shipping industry and the country’s efforts to create regional interconnections and energy markets, were pointed out by officials at the Cyprus Energy, Oil and Gas Conference in the southern coastal town of Limassol. Chief Executive Officer, Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company Panos Kelamis, said he was sure that the active exploration program already in place in Cyprus’ EEZ by operators of the type of ExxonMobil , ENI and Total will lead to more hydrocarbons discoveries and perhaps to a new geological place in the region.

9. Cyprus spent 1.8% of GDP in housing projects and community amenities in 2015, says Eurostat

In 2015, almost €86 billion of general government expenditure was spent by EU Member States on housing and community amenities, a figure equivalent to 0.6% of the EU`s GDP, says Eurostat on the occasion of today`s World Habitat Day. In addition, Member States spent nearly €81 bn on social protection expenditure related to housing (equivalent to 0.5% of the EU`s GDP).

10. Minister says Monarch closure to affect 15,000 tourists, most will come to Cyprus with other airlines

Minister of  Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has said that the closure of Monarch Airlines is affecting 15,000 tourists who were to visit Cyprus between now and the end of this year, but expressed the belief that the majority of them will be able to arrange their trip to the island with other companies. Around 3,000 passengers of Monarch Airlines are stranded in Cyprus at the moment. The airline has arranged for their return with other airlines on the day they were supposed to depart with Monarch.CNA