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ANDREAS DEMETRIOU

“LAIKES EPYTIXIES”

Αν υπήρχαν εκπλήξεις στη τσάντα του Τ/κ διαπραγματευτή κατά την επίσκεψη του στην Αθήνα «θα τις γνωρίζαμε», δήλωσε σήμερα ο Αναπληρωτής Κυβερνητικός Εκπρόσωπος Βίκτωρας Παπαδόπουλος σε συνέντευξη που παραχώρησε στον LGR.

Ο κ. Παπαδόπουλος εξέφρασε επίσης την ικανοποίηση του για τη δήλωση του Τούρκου ΥΠΕΞ Αχμέτ Νταβούτογλου για την Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία.

Ερωτηθείς ποιο ήταν το κλίμα που επικράτησε χθες στις συναντήσεις των δύο διαπραγματευτών σε Άγκυρα και Αθήνα, ο κ. Παπαδόπουλος δήλωσε ότι το κλίμα ήταν εξαιρετικό.

«Ειδικά η παρουσία του δικού μας διαπραγματευτή στην Άγκυρα και θέλω να υπομνήσω και να σημειώσω και τη δήλωση του Τούρκου ΥΠΕΞ, του κ. Νταβούτογλου, ότι στην Κύπρο υπάρχει Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία που εγκαταστάθηκε το 1960, έχει 2 κοινότητες οι οποίες 2 κοινότητες θα έχουν την πολιτική βούληση να βρουν λύση στο πρόβλημα» τόνισε.

«Και νομίζω ότι θα πρέπει να υπομνησθεί γιατί είναι η πρώτη φορά που η Τουρκία αναγνωρίζει στην Κύπρο ότι υπάρχει η Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, υπάρχουν δύο κοινότητες που θα λύσουν το πρόβλημα και όχι δύο κράτη ξεχωριστά, όπως έλεγε μέχρι τώρα η ρητορική της Τουρκίας, και αυτό νομίζω ότι είναι μια μεταβολή η οποία θα πρέπει να σημειωθεί, και πρέπει να σημειωθεί με ικανοποίηση» πρόσθεσε.

Ερωτηθείς κατά πόσο άνοιξε τελικά η τσάντα του Τ/κ διαπραγματευτή στην Αθήνα, η οποία σύμφωνα με τον Τ/κ διαπραγματευτή περιείχε εκπλήξεις, ο Αναπληρωτής Κυβερνητικός Εκπρόσωπος ανέφερε ότι δεν ξέρει τι εννοούσε ο Τ/κ διαπραγματευτής, πρόσθεσε ωστόσο πως «αν υπήρχαν εκπλήξεις θα τις γνωρίζαμε».

Σε ερώτηση για το τι συζητήθηκε χθες βράδυ στο Προεδρικό μετά την απόρριψη του νομοσχεδίου για τις αποκρατικοποιήσεις, ο κ. Παπαδόπουλος ανέφερε ότι «ήταν μια δυσάρεστη και πάλι εξέλιξη χθες βράδυ το αποτέλεσμα της ψηφοφορίας στη Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων», και πως απ’ ό,τι φαίνεται «προηγούμενα μαθήματα όπως το πρώτο Γιούρογκρουπ, η νύχτα της ψήφισης του νομοσχεδίου για τον Συνεργατισμό, δεν μας παραδειγματίζουν».

«Δεν σας κρύβω ότι υπάρχει μια απογοήτευση γιατί η Κύπρος εκεί που ανακτά την αξιοπιστία της διεθνώς και στις αγορές σημειώνοντας θεαματική πτώση των spreads της απόδοσης των ομολόγων της που από το 15% έχει πάει κάτω από το 7%, και στην προσπάθειά της να επανέλθει στις αγορές, τέτοιες δυστυχώς εξελίξεις πλήττουν την αξιοπιστία μας και την προσπάθεια εφαρμογής του προγράμματος, που είναι η μοναδική και το τονίζω η μοναδική διέξοδος από την κρίση» πρόσθεσε.

Σε ερώτηση αν η αιφνίδια αυτή εξέλιξη αφήνει την Κύπρο ακάλυπτη οικονομικά, ο Βίκτωρας Παπαδόπουλος είπε «βεβαίως, γιατί αν μέχρι την ερχόμενη Πέμπτη που συνεδριάζει η ομάδα προετοιμασίας του Γιούρογκρουπ δεν έχουμε αυτό το νομοσχέδιο στα χέρια μας, είναι σχεδόν σίγουρο, είναι βέβαιο ότι την επόμενη Δευτέρα στο Γιούρογκρουπ δεν θα ανάψουν το πράσινο φως για την εκταμίευση της επόμενης δόσης».


Article written by LGR-CNA

The House of Representatives will be holding a new plenary session on March 4, to discuss the government’s new bill concerning privatisations, after the last one was rejected by the House during Thursday`s plenary.

Cyprus' House Of Representatives

Cyprus’ House Of Representatives

Tuesday`s extraordinary plenary will be held just hours before the March 5 deadline for meeting commitments set out in Cyprus` bailout programme.

The new bill incorporates amendments submitted by parliamentary parties and approved by the Council of Ministers on Friday.

The main differences concern the stages to precede the completion of the privatisation of any semi-governmental organisation.

In late March 2013, the Cypriot authorities agreed with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Troika, on a €10 billion bailout. One of the bailout’s preconditions was the implementation of a privatisation plan covering the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, the Cyprus Ports Authority, and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus by 2018, to generate €1.4 billion in order to restore public debt sustainability. The bill should be approved by March 5.


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The European Commission is closely monitoring the situation in Cyprus after the rejection of the bill on privatizations by the House of Representatives, and reminds that the approval of the bill is one of the preconditions of the bailout agreement.

Ecomomic Affairs Commissioner Oli Rehn

Ecomomic Affairs Commissioner Oli Rehn

Olli Rehn’s representative Simon O’ Connor replying to a question said that the Commission is taking under consideration the rejection of the bill, which is a prerequisite for the disbursement of the next installment.

“We understand that the government plans to resubmit the bill in the House of Representatives, we are closely monitoring the situation and I repeat that it is a prerequisite for the disbursement of the next installment”, O’ Connor concluded.


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Only 2 days before the Oscar opening ceremony and the Stars have chosen the best suit or the gown which will make them stand out on the red carpet!

The red carpet might get a lot of attention but the major theme is the movies and the awards!

So let’s get a closer look to the most important nominees.

The Wolf of Wall Street

ACTOR in a Leading Role
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo Di Caprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

ACTRESS in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

ACTOR in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Gravity

Gravity

ACTRESS in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

DIRECTING
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

The Croods

The Croods

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

There is nothing more to do than wait for the results which will be announced on Sunday 2nd of March and we will keep you posted!


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The Cabinet will examine the situation, following the rejection of the privatizations’ draft bill by the Parliament, during Friday’s extraordinary Cabinet meeting, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides says in a written statement.

Presidential Mansion

Presidential Mansion

According to Stylianides, the ultimate goal is to reverse unpleasant developments and keep the country’s economic recovery and stabilization on course.

As CNA learns, a meeting took place at the Presidential Palace, following the bill’s rejection earlier on Thursday.

The meeting under President Nicos Anastasiades was also attended by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides and Under Secretary to the President Constantinos Petrides.

The privatization of semi-state organisations is one of the preconditions set in Cyprus’ bailout agreement with international lenders (European Commission, ECB, IMF).


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Cyprus Parliament rejected on Thursday a draft bill concerning the privatization of semi-state organisations.

Cyprus' House of Representatives

Cyprus’ House of Representatives

Following a heated debate at the plenary of the House of Representatives, the bill was rejected with 25 votes against, 25 in favor and 5 abstentions.

To pass, a bill needs majority vote in favour.

In late March 2013 the Cypriot authorities agreed with the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF, collectively known as the Troika, on a €10 billion bailout.

One of the bailout’s preconditions was the implementation of a privatizations’ plan covering the disposal of Cyprus Telecommunications Authority and the Cyprus Ports Authority by 2016 and the Cyprus Electricity Authority by 2018 to generate €1.4 billion in order to restore public debt sustainability.

Goverment and the ruling party DISI had previously warned that the rejection of the bill might put at risk the disbursement of the third tranche of bailout money.

Earlier on Thursday, the Cyprus House plenary rejected a draft proposal submitted by left-wing AKEL, calling the government to renegotiate the request for privatizations with the Troika. A draft resolution submitted by socialist EDEK was also rejected. It called for the postponement of the vote on the draft bill to determine its possible impact on national security matters.

Several amendments submitted by center-right DIKO, and the Cyprus Green Party were also rejected, with only one amendment by ruling DISI party passing, due to the abstention of other parties.

During the plenum session, thousands of protestors surrounded the area to vent their opposition to the bill. Police had earlier erected barricades to prevent protestors from entering the building of the House, while some 200 police officers were deployed. Some protestors threw empty bottles at the police and an arrest was made for attempted transpassing, however the protest was peaceful and no injuries or other serious incidents occurred.


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All the members of the Cabinet on Friday handed in their resignations to President Nicos Anastasiades during an extraordinary session of the body at the Presidential Palace.

President Anastasiades during a Cabinet meeting

President Anastasiades during a Cabinet meeting

It was expected that only the four Ministers from DIKO would resign, following the party`s decision to leave the government coalition, however it became known a bit after the meeting began, that all Ministers would resign.

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told the press at the Presidential Palace that President Anastasiades asked the Ministers to remain at their posts until March 15.


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Democratic Party (DIKO), the junior government coalition party, has decided to leave the government coalition over disagreements of the way Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades is handling the Cyprus issue.

DIKO LEADER NIKOS PAPADOPOULOS

DIKO LEADER NIKOS PAPADOPOULOS

The Central Committee of DIKO, which concluded a marathon meeting with a vote just after midnight on Wednesday, decided to call on the four Ministers and the three Presidents of semi-governmental organizations representing the party to step down.

Ministers appointed after having been proposed by DIKO include Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Education and Culture Kyriakos Kenevezos, Minister of Health Costas Petrides and Minister of Defence Photis Photiou.

The vote was 97 for and 81 against the proposal for exiting the government, as DIKO spokeswoman Christiana Erotokritou said after the meeting. There were no abstentions.

DIKO Ministers and SGO Presidents, according to the the Cyprus News Agency, are expected to submit their resignations within the next few days.

DIKO had backed President Anastasiades, who won the Republic of Cyprus’ presidential elections on February 24 2013 with 57.48% of the vote.


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The negotiators of the two sides in Cyprus, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Kudret Ozersay hold Thursday meetings in Ankara and Athens on the Cyprus issue and the resumption of the UN backed talks.

Andreas Mavroyiannis (L) - Kudret Ozersay (R)

Andreas Mavroyiannis (L) – Kudret Ozersay (R)

Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis will be meeting in Ankara with the Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Ambassador Feridun H. Sinirlioğlu while Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Ozersay is expected to meet the Secretary General of the Greek Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Anastassis Mitsialis.

According to sources, there will be no statements following the meetings.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Talks resumed after the leaders of the island’s two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, agreed on a seven point Joint Declaration outlining their vision of a reunited Cyprus.


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Death certificates of missing persons, whose remains have been identified via DNA analysis, will now include the cause of death and a brief report on the events that led to their death. Up until now, the death certificate which was given to the relatives, indicated “unknown” as cause of death.

Relatives of missing persons from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus

Relatives of missing persons from the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus

The Chair of the House Refugees Committee, MP Skevi Koukouma said Wednesday that the period of Turkish invasion will be added on the certificate as date of death. The relatives will also be given a report on the events that led to the missing persons’ death , adding that some MPs have suggested that these specifications should be included in death certificates of individuals that have already been identified.

She said that to date the remains of 358 Greek Cypriots and 123 Turkish Cypriots have been identified. Koukouma also said that seven groups of scientists have been working in the occupied areas for the discovery of the remains of Turkish Cypriots while a different group is working near a mine where the remains of other individuals have already been discovered.

She also raised her concerns over the fact that the authorities on the missing persons’ issues are understaffed and that the information that is given by various people on possible locations where missing persons were buried often cannot be used in the best way.

She also pointed out that the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) is facing economic problems and called on the government and others to find more donors.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

As a result of the invasion, 1,619 Greek Cypriots were listed as missing, most of whom soldiers or reservists, who were captured in the battlefield. Among them, however, were many civilians, women and children, arrested by the Turkish invasion troops and Turkish Cypriot paramilitary groups, within the area controlled by the Turkish army after the end of hostilities and far from the battlefield.

Many of those missing were last seen alive in the hands of the Turkish military.

A further 41 more cases of Greek Cypriot missing persons have been recently added. These cases concern the period between 1963-1964, when inter-communal fighting broke out but none of them has been identified yet.

The number of Turkish Cypriot missing since 1974 and 1963/64 stands at 503. Exhumations are carried out on both sides of the buffer zone by bi-communal teams (6 teams in the north and 2 teams in the south) made of over 55 Cypriot archaeologists and anthropologists.

Bi-communal teams are now autonomous after having been trained by international experts from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) during the first 18 months of the project.


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