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1. Cyprus and Jordan to set up joint working group with a view to conclude bilateral agreements

Foreign Ministers of Jordan and Cyprus, Ayman Safadi and Ioannis Kasoulides, have stressed the significance of concluding a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and an Aviation Agreement between the two countries, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, adding that the two ministers agreed to set up a joint working group to immediately promote the conclusion of the pending bilateral agreement, as well as to promote business and investment exchanges.

2. UK Government “Disappointed” over Crans Montana outcome

The Foreign Office has conveyed the UK Government’s “disappointment” at the failure to reach a settlement at the recent Conference on Cyprus in a letter addressed to members of the UK Cypriot community. At the same time it has called for parties to consider the way forward. In response to a letter sent to Prime Minister May by the said group of UK Cypriots on 15 September, the Foreign Office says: “It is disappointing that the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana ended without agreement. The purpose of reconvening the Conference was to close the remaining gaps between the parties with a view to reaching a deal.

3. CMP excavation recovers remains of missing persons in Cyprus

Excavation teams of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) located this week the remains of two individuals in an ongoing exhumation in a military zone at the Turkish occupied area of Kondemenos. A press release issued today by the CMP says that its bi-communal excavation teams are continuing excavations in Asha/Pasaköy, Haspolat/Mia Millia, Voni/Gökhan, Mora/Meriç, Akçiçek/Sisklipos and Mari.

4. Number of immigrants/refugees arriving in Cyprus increases in 2017

The number of illegal immigrants and refugees who arrived in Cyprus in the first nine months of the year recorded an increase of 137%, compared to last year. According to the International Organisation for Migration, from the 1st of January until the 8th of October 818 people arrived to Cyprus, compared to the corresponding period in 2016 when their number was 345. The same data shows that 140,538 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 8 October, with over 75% arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

5. Cyprus to have a complete picture on its natural gas reserves by end-2018, Energy Minister says

By end of 2018 and following the exploratory wells by the consortium of ExxonMobil/Qatar Petroleum in block  10, Cyprus will have a complete picture of its natural gas reserves and will take its decisions concerning monetization, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has said.The consortium announced it will carry out two drillings in block 10 in the second half of 2018.

6. Competitiveness of European shipping needs to be maintained, Transport Minister says

Cypriot Transport, Communications and Works Minister Marios Demetriades stressed on Wednesday the necessity of maintaining the competitiveness of European shipping. Demetriades was addressing a press conference marking the completion of this year’s “Maritime Cyprus” conference, in Limassol. I believe, he said, that "Maritime Cyprus" “has evolved as one of the most successful events of its kind and Cyprus has evolved as one of the most successful shipping centres in Europe and the world.

7. Presidential Commissioner raises humanitarian issues of enclaved to UNFICYP official

Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou held a meeting on Wednesday with the UNFICYP’s (UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) head for humanitarian issues, following the unilateral decision of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime to impose "taxes" and "fees" on the  humanitarian help given to the enclaved people in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus. In statements to CNA, Fotiou said that he raised the problems before the UNFICYP official and called for UNFICYP’s contribution to resolve the humanitarian issues. He also reiterated the government’s firm position that it would not pay "taxes".

8. IMF’s report on Cypriot economy positive, says Deputy Government Spokesman

The government assesses positively the findings of the International Monetary Fund, Deputy Government Spokesman Viktor Papadopoulos said on Wednesday.The IMF revised upward its growth forecast for Cyprus’ economy compared to last April`s forecasts, in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) report released on Tuesday. “It is positive when an organisation like the IMF finds that the Cypriot economy is now steady, on a recovery course”, he said.

9. Eurostat: Cyprus records 3rd largest increase in Airline Passengers in the EU for 2016

Cyprus recorded the third largest airline passenger increase in the EU, according to figures published by Eurostat. In 2016, 972.7 million passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), up by 5.9% compared with 2015 and by 29.1% compared with 2009. Over this period, air passenger transport has steadily risen in the EU.Larnaka airport ranks 57th among 147 positions, with 6 628 000 passengers, a +24.7% increase since 2015.

10. House prices in Cyprus increase by 3.1% quarterly and by 3.6% in annual basis, for Q2 2017.

House prices in Cyprus recorded a 3.1% increase in the second quarter fo 2017 compared to the first quarter and a 3.6% increase compared to the second quarter of 2016. In the first quarter of 2017 prices dropped by -3.0% compared to the last quarter of 2016, which was still a 2.4% increase compared to the first quarter of 2016. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.CNA