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12 November 2017

1. Political will and sincerity needed to solve the Cyprus problem, President says

No timetable could be set as regards the talks to solve the Cyprus problem, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday.Speaking to the press while on scheduled visit to Larnaka district, the President said that instead of setting timetables, it is better to demonstrate political will and sincerity in our intentions. Invited to comment on statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci about timeframes, the President expressed the belief that there could be a new round of negotiations if the International Law, the European acquis and the framework set by UNSG Antonio Guterres are respected.

2. House President proposes creation of a group of small Middle East States

Cyprus House President Demetris Syllouris met on Sunday in Muskat with the Chairman of the Consultative Council (Lower House) of the Sultanate of Oman Sheikh Khalid Hilal Al Maawali in Muskat. During the meeting, Syllouris handed his counterpart a written note in which he outlined a proposal for the establishment of small Middle East states group. President Syllouris, head of a parliamentary delegation comprising MPs Nicos Tornaritis, Irene Charalambidou, Christiana Erotokritou, Costis Efstathiou, and Michalis Yiorgallas, began today an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman at the invitation of Al Maawali.

3.Commissioner Photiou calls on Turkey to end its arrogant stance

The issue of missing persons is undoubtedly the most tragic aspect of the Cyprus problem and Turkey with its arrogant stance and denial to cooperate, leads to the perpetuation of the issue, Commissioner Photis Photiou has said. Photiou who delivered a speech at a church memorial on Sunday, for the heroes of Troulloi, a village in Larnaka district, pointed out that it is unacceptable, forty three years after the Turkish invasion of the island, to still search for answers regarding the fate of missing persons.

4. Defence Minister says Cyprus` security enhanced with PESCO

Cyprus` defence mechanism and security is strengthened within PESCO, the Permanent Structured Cooperation of the EU, as provided in Lisbon Treaty, Defence Minister Christophoros Phokaides has said. Speaking to the press on Sunday, following a memorial event in Nicosia district, the Minister said that the government looks forward to creating the conditions for the presence of a European Defence Force that will strengthen Cyprus` defence shield.

5. EU Commissioner Oettinger visits Pafos 2017, European Capital of Culture

EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger has visited Pafos, on the southwest coast of Cyprus, which is one of the 2017 European Capitals of Culture. Oettinger and his delegation were briefed by President of Pafos 2017 Board Christos Patsalides, about the various events that take place there. Oettinger expressed his satisfaction for the successful program of Pafos 2017.CNA

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