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17 October 2017

1. Tsipras assures Greece will not accept united Cyprus with security guaranteed by Turkey

Greece “will not accept a united Cyprus whose security is guaranteed by Turkey under the threat of military intervention,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras assured on Monday evening, addressing an event in Washington hosted in his honour by Greek-American organisations American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) and the American Hellenic Institute (AHI).

2. President pledges to continue striving for Cyprus settlement as long as he is head of state

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades assured on Monday evening that as long as he is head of state he will not stop striving for the resumption of talks for a solution of the Cyprus problem. Meanwhile, Acting Government Spokesman Viktoras Papadopoulos said President Anastasiades had discussed the issue concerning the enclaved persons with the UN Secretary General.

3. Foreign Minister accuses Turkey of serving only its national interests in Syria-Iraq

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides accused Ankara of serving only its own national interests in the Middle East, while addressing the EU Foreign Affairs Council, which met Monday in Luxembourg.

4. Cyprus condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attacks that took place on 14 October 2017 in Mogadishu, Somalia, during which at least 300 innocent people were killed and many more injured.

5. Finance Minister presents 2018 state budget to the Parliament

Cyprus Finance Minister Harris Georgiades presented to the parliamentary committee of finance the 2018 state budget, expected to be approved into law by the end of the year. The budget, accompanied by the medium-term fiscal framework, provides for a 3.0% growth rate, while 2017 economic growth will exceed 3.5% of GDP.

6. Cyprus seeks EU go ahead for natural gas infrastructure project

Cyprus seeks the go ahead from the EU for an infrastructure project in Vassilicon, Limassol, which would pave the way to import liquefied natural gas from abroad using a floating platform. The application was submitted on October 12 and it is a matter of months before a decision is announced, sources say.

7. Commissioner Vella: Cyprus gets breathing space to address illegal landfills

European Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella has given Cyprus time to sort out the issue with the illegal landfills, the Commissioner himself said on Monday, after a meeting with Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nicos Kouyialis in Nicosia. Vella also met with President-in-Office of the House of Representatives, Adamos Adamou.

8. Cyprus-UK converge on scope of implementation post Brexit for British Bases

Cyprus and the UK have had a convergence as regards the scope of implementation of the rights of Cypriot citizens who reside and /or work in the British Bases post Brexit.

9. Cross-border cost allocation of electricity interconnection `historic`, says EuroAsia Interconnector Ltd

EuroAsia Interconnector Ltd describes as historic for Cyprus a decision taken by the Energy Regulatory Authorities of Cyprus and Greece for the cross-border cost allocation of the electricity interconnection between Cyprus and Greece, as provided by the European Regulation 347/2013 for Projects of Common Interest (PCIs).

10. Statistics: NPF coverage ratio up, Cyprus’ trade balance negative, 27.7% at risk of poverty

The coverage ratio of Non-Performing Facilities (NPFs) rose to 46.7% at the end of June 2017 compared with 42.6% at the end of March 2017, according to data released by the Central Bank of Cyprus on Monday. Meanwhile, the Statistical Service said that Cyprus’ trade balance was negative at -2.8 billion between January and August 2017. Furthermore, in 2016, according to Eurostat, 230,000 individuals were at risk of poverty in Cyprus (or 27.7%) recording an increase since 2008.CNA