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APOEL FC achieved a historic 1-0 victory against Olympiakos Piraeus in “Georgios Karaiskakis” Stadium in Athens, in the framework of match day 2 of UEFA Europa League.

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The Cypriot team defeated the Greek team thanks to a 10th minute goal from Pieros Soteriou.

In the group’s other match yesterday, Astana and Young Boys played out a scoreless draw at Astana Arena.

With two wins out of two games, APOEL is at the top of the group`s standings.


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President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has invited British Prime Minister Teresa May to visit Cyprus.

British PM Theresa May (L) - Cyprus President Nicos Ansatasiades (R)

British PM Theresa May (L) – Cyprus President Nicos Ansatasiades (R)

According to a Downing Street spokesperson, President Anastasiades, during his meeting with May in London on Tuesday, “updated the Prime Minister on efforts to achieve a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus. The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s steadfast support for the process and said the UK stood ready to help bring this to a successful conclusion”.

The spokesperson also said they discussed Brexit and May “made clear that the British people had voted to leave the EU and the Government would deliver that – there would be no going back. The PM emphasised that while the UK is leaving the EU, we are not leaving Europe and we would want to maintain strong relations with European countries and the EU once the UK has left”.

“Finally, the Prime Minister thanked the President for his kind invitation to visit Cyprus and said that she hoped to have the opportunity to do so in the future”, he added.

President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are engaged in intensive peace talks to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.


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The British Prime Minister Theresa May has renewed the UK’s strong support to the leaders of Cyprus’ two communities as they embark on the next stage of the process and expressed hope that they would be able to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion within the period they have set themselves.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L) - British PM Theresa May (R)

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L) – British PM Theresa May (R)

This is outlined in a statement issued by the UK High Commission in Nicosia on Tuesday, following a meeting in London between May and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

As it is noted, the weeks ahead will be pivotal in seeing whether the leaders can bridge the gaps that still remain on several important chapters of the negotiations. “The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK stands ready to help the two sides in their efforts to secure an historic agreement to reunite Cyprus. Prime Minister May and President Anastasiades discussed ways in which the UK might usefully do this,” the statement added.

It said that the Prime Minister welcomed the joint meeting of President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı with UN Secretary-General Ban in New York on 25 September and the stage they have now reached in their negotiations to find a lasting solution to the Cyprus issue.

As President Anastasiades said in his address to the UN General Assembly on 22 September, the current negotiations present a “window of opportunity” for all Cypriots. The UK government believes the right solution to the Cyprus issue will bring clear economic and security benefits for Cyprus, for Cypriots and for the region, the statement stressed.

“Prime Minister Theresa May was delighted to host Cypriot President Anastasiades at No. 10 today, their first substantive meeting since Mrs. May took office in July 2016. Prime Minister May and President Anastasiades discussed the excellent progress in the UK-Cyprus bilateral relationship, the UK’s preparations for Brexit, and next steps in the negotiations on settlement of the Cyprus issue.”


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President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades briefed the expatriates in London on the course of Cyprus peace talks, reiterating once again his determination to keep the efforts for a solution.

Archbishop Gregorios   of Thyateira and Great Britain (R) - President Anastasiades (M) - NFC  President Christos Caraolis (R)

Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain (R) – President Anastasiades (M) – NFC President Christos Caraolis (R)

The President attended a dinner in north London on Monday evening, organised in his honour by the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.

President Anastasiades said he was determined to carry on working for a solution to the decades-long problem that would end the division of the island, with a negotiated settlement which would be “viable and workable and will the concerns of both (Greek and Turkish Cypriot) communities.”

“I am determined to work for a settlement of the Cyprus issue. But a settlement that meets – and I stress this – the expectations and the concerns of the Greek Cypriots. I will not disregard the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots, but I will not overestimate false concerns of the Turkish Cypriots at the expense of Greek Cypriots”, the President pointed out.

President Anastasiades praised the contribution of the populous Cypriot community in the UK, expressing his “admiration” over the persistent way in which they strive for better days for Cyprus, “beyond any personal ambition.”

He also made a special reference to the presence of many young NEPOMAK (overseas young Cypriots’ federation) members at the event, and he paid tribute to the recently deceased Chris Lazari, a distinguished member of the UK Cypriot community.

In his welcome address, the President of the Federation Christos Karaolis congratulated the President of the Republic for his “insistence, patience and determination” to settle the Cyprus issue. He also praised President Anastasiades for his “undogmatic” work in methodically and systematically establishing international cooperations and alliances to safeguard the Republic of Cyprus’s interests.

Karaolis pledged , on behalf of the UK Cypriot community, to keep demanding that the British MPs and the UK Government fulfil their country’s obligations towards Cyprus, working towards the end of the Turkish occupation and contributing towards a negotiated settlement.

The dinner attendees also presented President Anastasiades with a birthday cake in the shape of Cyprus, on the occasion of his 70th birthday (27 September).

Mr Anastasiades will visit the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain on Tuesday afternoon, before meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in 10 Downing Street.

He will then fly to Paris, where on Wednesday he will be received by President Hollande.


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We feel it’s time to comprise a list of all the tunes of summer of 2016 that you have absolutely loved listening to on LGR.

Taking into consideration the tracks that have been requested on our live shows and the reactions of our listeners through comments sent to our in-box, emails, Facebook, tweets, telephone calls all adding to our LGR Hits list.

This is purely a fun and interesting exercise whilst at the same time giving you the chance to check out our most definitive list of song titles and artists.

So … What do you think…? Have your favourites got through here?

Panos Kalidis – Kou Pepe (Valentino Remix)
Master Tempo – Sexy Selfie 
Stan – Se Zilevo Pou S Exei 
Nikos Ganos – Ti Na Leme
Eleni Foureira feat. Mike – Ti Koitas
Kings – Pagoto
Kostas Doxas – Vilono Thavmastis Sou
Konstantinos Christoforou feat Giannis Parios – Vazo Ena Pario
Stella Kalli – I Agapi Ta ‘Hei Ola
Elli Kokkinou – To Xamogelo Sou
Petros Iakovidis – Vale
Kyriacos Georgio feat. Jackpot – Sto Poto Mou Rixte Staxti
Giorgos Liatis – Rantevou
Kostas Doxas – To Tragoudi Tou Kairou (Happy Day)

Elena Paparizou – Fiesta
Pantelis Pantelidis – Thimamai
Kostas Glavas – Mperdemata DJ Pantelis & Vasilis Koutonias RMX
Konstantinos Argiros – Athina – Thessaloniki
Konstantinos Koufos – Metro Antistrofa (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
Valantis Feat Droulias Brothers – Asanser (Official Remix 2016)
Demy – Isovia Mazi
Malou – Mia Fora Sto Toso (DJ Pantelis & Panos Haritidis Official Remix)
Dimitris Kokotas – Giata Me Tyrannas (Lainas & Brakoulias 2016 RMX)
Hrispa feat. Nikos Souliotis – Perasmena Ne, Xehasmena Ohi
Giannis Apostolidis – Tragikos
Konstantinos Argiros – Ta Kataferes
Kostas Orfanidis – Ola Kala (Moro Mou)
Nikos Apergis – Spase Ta Frena (Dj Kambi Official Remix)

Iordanis Agapitos – Panta Proti (feat. Ioanna Zervolea)
Konstantinos Koufos feat. Katerina Stikoudi – I Pio Oraia Stin Ellada
Mira & John Bozidis – Monadiki
Sasa feat Giannis Sofillas – Stin Paraligia
ARVA feat. Lefteris Pantazis & Alina Ly – Synergy
Konstantinos Pantzis & Nikos Souliotis feat. Giannis Panopoulos – Vale Sti Nyxta Fotia
Stavento feat. Eleni Vitali – To Mantili
Stavento feat. Melina Aslanidou – Nero Ke Xoma
Amaryllis – Afto Na Meine Metaxi Mas
Fani Drakopoulou – Se Zilevo S ‘Agapo
Stella Kalatzi – Se Goustaro
Andreas Leontas – Protos Rolos
Petros Imvrios – Xeria Psila
Konstantinos Pantzis & Nikos Souliotis feat. Giannis Panopoulos – Vale Sti Nyxta Fotia

Zan Baptist – Pes Tou (Dj Pantelis & Vasilis Koutounias RMX Clean version)
Konstantinos Pantzis & Nikos Souliotis feat. Antypas – Allos
Giorgos Tsalikis – Haidemeno
Prodromos – Ela Apopse
Nikoforos – Volta (Official Giannis Zissis Remix)
Melina Aslanidou – Mes Sto Spiti De Menei Kaneis
Xristina Koletsa – Agapame Opos S ‘Agapo
Giorgos Papadopoulos – Den To Antexo (Teo Tzimas & Nikos Markoglou Offical RMX)
Konstantinos Kandiros – Sto Limani Ton Chanion
Konstantinos Nazis – Se Ola Nai
Eleni Hatzidou – Vale Mou Fotia
Rec – Kai Se Thimamai Livin-R Remix
Dionysis Schinas – Apomimisi Agapis
Giorgos Tsalikis 2 Play – Den Eimai Kala
Christos Cholidis – Mi Mou Zitas


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Developments in the Cyprus problem and the situation in the EU as a result of the recent referendum in the UK on the country`s exit from the Union were discussed during a meeting Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides had on Wednesday in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, with his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

Cyprus Foreign Minister  Ioannis Kasoulides (L) -  UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R)

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (L) – UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R)

The Cyprus problem was also discussed during a meeting between US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A readout issued by the White House said that Biden and Erdogan discussed, inter alia, important regional developments, including the status of the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and ongoing efforts toward a negotiated settlement in Cyprus.

Foreign Minister Kasoulides also had in New York a series of meetings with other officials, according to an official press release.

During a meeting he had with the Foreign Minister of Lebanon Gebran Bassil bilateral relations and views on regional developments were reviewed.

Kasoulides met with the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland with whom he exchanged views on the priorities and actions of the forthcoming Presidency of the Council by the Republic of Cyprus.

Moreover he had a meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland, with whom he discussed issues concerning the agenda of the Commonwealth Action Group, which will meet on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

Additionally, Kasoulides met with the Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government Department of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa Bakir with whome he discussed issues concerning regional developments.

The Foreign Minister had on Wednesday meetings, inter alia, with the Foreign Minister of New Zealand, the Union for the Mediterranean Secretary General Fathallah Sijilmassi and with the Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to EU Andrija Pejović

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also discussed developments in the Cyprus problem during a meeting in New York with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year with a view to reunite the island, divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974, under a federal roof.


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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have exchanged views on the ongoing peace talks on Cyprus, expressing their appreciation for the commitment of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities to achieve a solution within 2016.

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Ban and May met on Tuesday, in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and on the agenda of their talks, according to a readout about the meeting, was the Cyprus issue. Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. UN-peace talks between the leaders of the two communities, namely President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are underway with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

According to the readout, during the meeting, the SG set out the key role of the United Kingdom within the international community, as a permanent member of the Security Council, as well as through its steadfast commitment to meet the 0.7 per cent target for Overseas Development Assistance. He also expressed his gratitude for the UK`s leadership on climate change.

Referring to the discussions at the Summit for Refugees and Migrants, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister concurred on the need to find solutions that are in the interest of migrants and refugees as well as their countries of origin, transit and destination.
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister discussed the situation in the Korean peninsula at a moment of heightened tension. The Secretary-General counted on the Security Council’s united leadership to de-escalate tensions and prevent further provocative actions.

Moreover Ban thanked the United Kingdom for hosting the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London earlier this month. He expressed his deep concern with the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping operations.

The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation to the United Kingdom for hosting the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in February this year, and echoed the Prime Minister’s appeal for donors’ pledges to be translated into action. UNSG commended the United Kingdom’s leadership in providing comprehensive support to Somalia.


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Concerns relating to the humanitarian issue of missing persons was the focus of a meeting between Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou and UK High Commissioner Matthew Kidd, on Monday, during which Photiou asked for help in order to exert pressure on Turkey to contribute to its resolution.

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Photiou, an official press release says, noted that it is “unacceptable and inhumane for the families of missing persons to wait for decades to find out what has happened to their loved ones or to receive one bone out of their remains and to be asked to consider that this constitutes full information of what has become of them.”

The two men also discussed matters relatiang to the enclaved (Greek Cypriots living in northern Turkish occupied Cyprus).

On his part, the press release concludes, Kidd assured that his country will continue to contribute to the ongoing efforts to resolve the tragic problem of missing persons.

Hundreds of people from the island`s two communities have been listed as missing. Most Greek Cypriot have been missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Turkish Cypriot missing hail from 1974 as well as inter-communal fighting in the early 1960s.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN brokered talks resumed in May 2015 aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof.

A Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was established in April 1981 by agreement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities under the auspices of the United Nations.

In 2006, the climate was ripe for the CMP to begin excavations and exhumations on both sides of the island. In order to provide the required expertise, archaeologists and anthropologists from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) were brought in to coordinate and train a bi-communal team of Cypriot scientists involved in exhumations and anthropological analysis. An anthropological laboratory was set-up in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia, according to the CMP website.

Since 2008, the CMP’s bi-communal forensic team has been carrying out exhumations autonomously (up to 8 teams in the northern part of the island and 2 teams in the southern part). EAAF forensic experts continue to be involved in the project for quality control purposes.

So far, out of the 1508 Greek Cypriots missing, 499 individuals have been identified and returned to their families for proper burial. As far as the Turkish Cypriots are concerned, out of 493 listed as missing, 181 persons have been identified and returned to their next of kin.


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The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said that when there is the will, there is the way and the time to find a negotiated settlement by the end of the year.

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At the same time, the President pointed out that conditions at the negotiations must not be such that could act as a deterrent to the peace effort, instead of leading to a positive outcome, adding that “if we are led to conferences when circumstances are not ripe, they will not yield the result we are seeking.”

“I expect everybody to show commitment to our objective and be ready to respect the concerns of each of the two communities in Cyprus. We have already done this. There are some issues which continue to be very sensitive for the Greek Cypriot community and I expect that mutual understanding will give us the opportunity, through creative ideas, to find a way out,” he told the press replying to questions after a meeting in New York on Sunday afternoon with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The meeting, which lasted about 20 minutes, was also attended by Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Nicos Emiliou, the Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and Ban’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide.

The President said he had a comprehensive and creative meeting with the Secretary General.

He said at first they talked about the agenda of the General Assembly and assured Ban that Cyprus will, by the end of the year, complete the ratification of the agreement on climate change.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, he said they talked about the state of play in the UN-facilitated peace talks, currently underway between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities with a view to reuniting the country, which has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

“We talked about the current phase of the negotiations, with great impartiality and far from any blame game,” Anastasiades told the press, noting that he explained to Ban where things stand, saying that there are still pending issues that need to be addressed.

“I stressed the need for everybody to be particularly careful not to create any circumstances which may, instead of leading us to a positive result, prove to be a deterrent to our efforts for a solution,” the President said, adding that “If we do not focus on the substance and the concerns that exist, we might be led to conferences which, should they prove to be premature, will not yield the results we want to achieve.”

The President said that he was pleased to have found “absolute understanding” from the Secretary General about everything he had outlined during their meeting, in the presence of his advisor Eide.

Asked if he handed Ban any document with the views of the Greek Cypriot side and the six negotiating chapters, he replied “this will be done at the right time.”

In his remarks, the President clarified that the Secretary General did not hear anything “unpleasant” from him.

“The Secretary General did not hear anything unpleasant apart from the reality of the situation and the reality does not mean it is unpleasant. There are difficulties and that is why everybody, if they want to help find a solution in Cyprus, must focus on the actual difficulties so that all sides show understanding to the concerns of each other. Especially those that have an important role to play, (concerns) which led the Greek Cypriot community to reject the Annan plan (a UN-proposed solution plan),” in 2004 the President stressed.

Replying to questions, he said “what we are seeking is to continue the fruitful and constructive efforts in order to find a comprehensive solution.”

Asked if he believes that there is enough time to find a solution by the end of the year, he replied: “When there is the will, there is the way and the time.”


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