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19 October 2017

1. President says Turkey`s decisions for the enclaved constitute ``a blatant violation of human rights``

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the measures taken by Turkey regarding the enclaved, are a source of great concern for all, as they contribute to deepening their feeling of mistrust towards the Turkish side and constitute a blatant violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the enclaved.The decisions, he added, violate the Third Vienna Agreement of 1975, whereby the occupation regime undertook to provide the enclaved population with ‘… every help to lead a normal life, including facilities for education.’

2. President travels to Brussels for EU Summit

President Anastasiades departs on Wednesday for Brussels to take part in the meeting of the European Council on October 19 and 20. The EU leaders will look at a number of the most pressing issues, including migration, defence, foreign affairs and digitalisation. Τhey will also review specific foreign policy issues, including relations with Turkey, at a working dinner. According to sources, the European Council will not issue written conclusions on Turkey. In addition, Cyprus Foreign Minister said that Nicosia cannot accept new chapters and customs union upgrade for Turkey.

3. EU ready to take part in a new effort for Cyprus solution, official says

The EU will be the first to take part in a new effort for a Cyprus solution, a European official has said. Meanwhile, an EU Spokesperson said that the EC backs a Cyprus settlement process under the UN and calls on Turkey to refrain from creating any source of friction that could damage neighbourly relations. In addition, a Foreign Office official has reiterated the UK government’s position for a settlement of the Cyprus problem based on the model of a bizonal, bicommunal federation. Also, the UK Minister for Europe was asked to advise Turkey to terminate Cyprus guarantor status.

4. Cyprus will claim the seat of a new EU agency in the near future, says Kasoulides

Cyprus will claim in the future the seat of a new community agency, or a regional office of an existing organization, stated Foreign Minister Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides from Luxembourg. He also said that Cyprus has no preference for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from the United Kingdom, but protests that it was "neutralized" by the selection criteria.

5. Cyprus, striving towards making Cyprus a world class destination for business and investment

President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the government is focusing on attracting investors in the productive sectors of the economy, and our effort has been delivering results. Accepting the credentials of the new Ambassador of Albania Dashnor Dervishi, the President said that the Foreign Direct Investment has witnessed a 9.1% rise in 2016, compared to the previous year, which was the second largest increase at EU level. ``This is my government’s most important priority, following the restoration of the state’s and the financial system’s credibility.

6. Cyprus and Ireland most affected by Brexit, new Irish Ambassador says

As the United Kingdom departs the European Union, “Cyprus and Ireland are two of the countries who will be most affected,” Ireland’s new Ambassador in Nicosia Deirdre Ni Fhallúin said on Tuesday, noting that “we regret the decision of the UK to leave but look to the future with optimism for the role that the European Union will continue to play in the great global challenges of our time” and “in this we are united.”

7. New abassadors to Nicosia present their credentials to the President

Italy strongly supports the efforts of Cypriot President to find a comprehensive, mutually acceptable, just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem,  Italy ’s new Ambassador in Nicosia Andrea Cavallari said. Ambassadors from  Mexico, Thailand, Slovakia, and the State of Palestine,  also expressed their support to Cyprus.

8. Cyprus` role in the region is enhanced, Defence Minister says

Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides has said that Cyprus’ role in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean is being enhanced through the bilateral and multilateral exercises that are being conducted. The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the multinational exercise "NEMESIS - 2017" that takes place within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. The exercise simulated the situation on a drilling platform and  involved the aeronautical forces and personnel of Cyprus, Israel, France, Greece and the United Kingdom, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the vessels of private companies EDT Offshore and SAIPEM SpA.

9. Tourist arrivals increase 14.8% in September

Tourist arrivals hit new record high in September with an increase of 14.8% compared to the same month of 2016. On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey released Tuesday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus, arrivals of tourists reached 483.716 in September 2017 compared to 421.201 in September 2016, recording an increase of 14.8%. September 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month. In addition, trips of Cypriot residents abroad increased by 4% in September.

10. Cyprus inflation at 0.1% in September 2017, the lowest rate in the EU

Euro area annual inflation was 1.5% in September 2017, stable compared with August 2017. In September 2016 the rate was 0.4%, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Inflation in Cyprus dropped at 0.1% in September 2017, from 0.5% in August 2017 and -0.4 in September 2016. European Union annual inflation was 1.8% in September 2017, up from 1.7% in August 2017. A year earlier the rate was 0.4%.CNA