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04 November 2017

1. President Anastasiades hopes Erdogan`s visit to Athens will create a positive climate

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has expressed the hope that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Greece will create a positive climate and will allow the resumption of the dialogue and the reconvening of the Cyprus Conference.

2. We will never resume negotiations if we start to set conditions, says the Foreign Minister`

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said on Friday that if we allow the mentality of setting conditions prevail, we will never resume negotiations in Cyprus. Kasoulides was asked to comment on recent statements by Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ozdil Nami, after attending a meeting in Nicosia with UN and UNFICYP officials, under the President of Cyprus. Kasoulides also said that Nicosia does not oppose a review of the UN peace-keeping mission’s cost and effectiveness, but points out that the ability of UNFICYP to carry out its mandate should not be undermined.

3. We continue efforts to establish the fate of all missing persons, House President assures

House President Demetris Syllouris assured on Friday that efforts will continue with a view to establish the fate of all missing persons. Speaking before the House plenary, in the presence of relatives of missing persons, Syllouris recalled that October 29 has been declared by the House of Representatives as the Day for Missing Persons, noting that unfortunately "we are not even half way as regards our effort to establish the fate of all of our missing compatriots."

4. Bad bank should be one element of a comprehensive strategy, Klaus Regling tells CNA in an interview

An asset management company (AMC), also called a “bad bank”, should only be one element of a comprehensive strategy to reduce the extremely high stock of non-performing loans (NPL) in Cyprus, Klaus Regling, Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), has told CNA in an interview.

5. The number of unemployed in Cyprus drops by 21.6% in October

The number of unemployed person in Cyprus in October 2017 dropped by 7.270 persons or 21.6% in relation to October 2016, according to a press release issued on Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. The unemployed persons, registered at the District Labour Offices on the last day of October 2017, reached 26.436, which is the lowest level since May 2011. Meanwhile, economic growth in Cyprus will accelerate even more in 2017 and 2018, University of Cyprus’ Economic Research Centre said, significantly upgrading its previous projections issued in July.

6. Shipping sector among the main priorities of the government, Transport Minister says

The Cyprus government has placed and maintains shipping among its main concerns and priorities, Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said on Friday, noting that a testimony of the government’s commitment and support to the shipping industry is the creation of a self-standing Deputy Ministry of Shipping as from March 2018.

7. Cyprus team wins 6th place in European competition on cyber security, hosted by Spain

The Cyprus team won 6th place at the European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) competition which took place between 31 October to 3 November in Malaga, Spain. The competition was supported by ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and was organized and hosted by the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute INCIBE.CNA

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