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08 October 2017

1. Peaceful resolution of Cyprus problem the only way, President Anastasiades says

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his determination, on Saturday evening, to persist that the the only way forward in the Cyprus problem is to resolve it by peaceful means. At the same time, he said that there are limits to any concession, to any compromise. Addressing an event in remembrance of Famagusta, President Anastasiades said that undoubtedly what is happening to the city of Famagusta is preposterous.  “A city held hostage, remaining uninhabited,” he said, used as a pawn in Ankara’s political blackmail choices. On his part, mayor of Famagusta Alexis Galanos urged the President of Cyprus to make a demarche to the United Nations for the illegal occupation of the city by the Turkish troops.

2. Shipping industry an “invaluable asset” for Cyprus, Transport Minister says

Cypriot Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Marios Demetriades has stressed that the shipping industry is an invaluable asset for the country and has promised that the government safeguard and strengthen it.  According to a press and information office press release, Demetriades who was addressing the Cyprus Shipping Chamber’s “Regatta” dinner on Saturday evening, in Limassol, said the Maritime Cyprus Conference “provides the opportunity to our friends from abroad to become familiar with the shipping industry of our country, its people and the shipping services offered by both the industry and the government through the Department of Merchant Shipping.”

3. Cypriot MPs to attend constituent meeting of Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on EUROPOL

A delegation of the Cyprus Parliament will attend the constituent meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group on EUROPOL, scheduled to take place at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 9 and 10.  The delegation comprises the Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs Demetris Demetriou and MPs Nikos Kettiros, Panikos Leonidou and Michalis Giorgallas, a press release from the PIO said on Saturday. The newly created body will politically monitor the agency`s activities in fulfilling its mission, including the impact of those activities on the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons.
4. No solution with Turkish guarantees and intervention rights, Photiou says

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has reiterated that there can be no solution with Turkish guarantees and intervention rights, nor with the permanent presence of Turkish troops. Photiou was addressing the funeral of Kyriakos Aristodimou, who had been missing since the Turkish invasion of 1974 and his remains were recently found and identified, a press and information office (PIO) press release says. Photiou also refereed to the obligation Turkey has "to respond to the our side`s righteous demand which is also a demand of the European Court of Human Rights, that is to say to allow excavations to take part without restrictions in the so called military zones of the occupied areas."

5. MPs to participate in European Parliament Committees meetings

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Angelos Votsis and the member of the Parliamentary Committee on Financial and Budget Affairs Onoufrios Koullas will take part in the meetings of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament, a press release from the PIO said yesterday.  The meetings will take place in Brussels on October 10 and 11.

6. Ambassador Jacovides on the UN role in conflict resolution and the case of Cyprus

“The Cyprus problem is solvable on the basis of the UN Charter and Resolutions, and the principles of the European Union, so that the reunited Republic of Cyprus will be a normal state, for the benefit of all its inhabitants, and for peace and stability in the region”, Ambassador (ret.) of Cyprus Andreas Jacovides said, speaking at an event organized by the Foreign Policy Association, at Harvard Club. Ambassador Jacovides was this year’s main speaker of the “Spiro Voutsinas Memorial Lecture”. Referring to the UN role in conflict resolution in Cyprus he noted that “the Security Council, the General Assembly, as well as the Secretary-General have played and continue to play this role since the problem arose in late 1963 and even earlier, in the days before the independence of Cyprus. This role needs to continue, both in terms of peace making and of peace keeping.”CNA