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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides on Thursday had a telephone conversation with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, with whom he discussed Brexit.

Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (L) – UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (R)

According to an announcement issued by the Press and Information Office, during the telephone conversation, following an initiative of Johnson, the British Minister officially announced the invocation of Article 50 for the exit of the United Kingdom from the EU and reassured that Britain will always consider the EU as its partner and will continue to work with the Union in the mutually-agreed areas.

He also referred to the special ties of the United Kingdom and Cyprus, which will be taken into consideration in the framework of the negotiation.

Minister Kasoulides thanked his counterpart for the briefing and reassured for Cyprus’ wish for a smooth conduct of the negotiations that will be beneficial for both sides, avoiding any situations that could cause deadlocks.

He highlighted the consequences from the UK’s exit, especially for Cyprus, because of the fact that the sectors of trade, tourism, investments and maritime hold a big part in the Cyprus-British relations, while Cyprus is proudly implementing the customary law in the field of justice. The two countries also cooperate in issues related to the area of security.

The Government of Cyprus will make efforts for those sectors to remain unaffected and this should be part of the negotiations to be held both between the EU and the UK and the UK and Cyprus. Finally, Kasoulides informed his interlocutor that the pursuit of the Republic of Cyprus is for the current status between the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, who leave or work in the territory of the Bases, with the status of the citizens, who leave or work in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, to be kept.


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The funeral of singer George Michael took place today during a private ceremony with his family and close friends.

A statement released on behalf of the family today read:

‘We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved Son, Brother and Friend.

‘George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.

‘No further details will be released.’

Michael’s funeral had been delayed while his family waited for a coroner’s report to determine his cause of death. It was confirmed on March 7 that George died of ‘natural causes’.

George Michael died in December last year at the age of 53.


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UK Special Envoy on Cyprus Jonathan Allen is set to pay the island a two-day visit on Wednesday and Thursday during which he will hold contacts regarding the Cyprus talks.

Jonathan Allen – UK’s special envoy to Cyprus

“Jonathan Allen, the UK’s Special Envoy on Cyprus will visit Nicosia for 2 days on 29-30 March,” a British High Commission press release issued here today says.

During that time, it is added, “Allen will hold contacts with both sides in the Cyprus settlement negotiations, UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, Espen Barthe Eide, and meet representatives of civil society and the bi-communal technical committees whose work also makes an important contribution to rapprochement between the communities of the island.”

Speaking on the visit, British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd said that “the UK welcomes the commitment of Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci to resuming political level talks soon.”

“The two leaders have shown courage and dedication to get this far in their negotiations, and have made remarkable progress,” he added.

He also expressed the view that “with continued commitment and political will on behalf of the leaders, we continue to believe that an historic agreement is within reach.”

Allen has held the role of Special Envoy on Cyprus since the Geneva Conference on Cyprus in January 2017.

He served as Political/Communications Officer at the British High Commission from 1999 – 2002.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The talks were interrupted in mid February by the Turkish Cypriot side, which demands that a decision passed by the Cypriot Parliament relating to a 1950 referendum on union with Greece is revoked, claiming this indicates a shift in the Greek Cypriot side`s goal for a federal solution. The amendment provides that there will be a very brief reference one a year to the referendum at schools.

President Anastasiades has described the House decision as wrong and called on the leader of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, who walked out of the talks, to return to the negotiating table to discuss pending issues with a view to reach a mutually acceptable agreement to reunite the country.

The UN SG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus is hosting a dinner for the two leaders on Sunday. This is the first time the two will meet since mid February.


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UN Secretary General`s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide is set to host a dinner for Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci next Sunday, April 2, at Ledra Palace hotel, in Nicosia.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L)-Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (R)

In a press release the UN SG`s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus announced on Monday that “Eide, will host a dinner for the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, on Sunday 2nd April.”

“The dinner will be held at the Ledra Palace Hotel within the UN buffer zone,” the press release concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The talks were interrupted in mid February by the Turkish Cypriot side, which demands that a decision passed by the Cypriot Parliament relating to a 1950 referendum on union with Greece is revoked, claiming this indicates a shift in the Greek Cypriot side`s goal for a federal solution. The amendment provides that there will be a very brief reference one a year to the referendum at schools.

President Anastasiades has described the House decision as wrong and called on the leader of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, who walked out of the talks, to return to the negotiating table to discuss pending issues with a view to reach a mutually acceptable agreement to reunite the country.

Sunday will be the first time the two will meet again.


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The Republic of Cyprus unreservedly condemns the heinous terrorist attack in London, on March 22, 2017, and expresses full support to and solidarity with the government and the people of the United Kingdom.

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry: “at this difficult time, all thoughts are, primarily, with the victims and their families”

According to an announcement by the Foreign Ministry, “at this difficult time, all thoughts are, primarily, with the victims and their families”.

It is added that Cyprus stands by the UK and other international partners and is actively taking part in the fight against international terrorism.


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President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades departed on Sunday for New York, where he will meet UNSG Antonio Guterres.

President Anastasiades (L) – UN Secretary General Antonio Gutieres (M) – Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci

The President will also address an investor`s summit on Cyprus and hold meetings with oil and gas companies` officials.
According to an official press release, the President, accompanied by Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and Ministers of Finance, Energy and Transport as well as Banks` CEOs, will attend on Monday a dinner organized to his honor by the Cypriot overseas community in New York. He will also declare the termination of the trading session of the New York Stock Exchange on the 21st of March.

On the next day, the President will hold a meeting with UNSG Antonio Guterres, in the UN headquarters.

During his stay in New York, the Cypriot President will be meeting with Archbishop of America, Demetrios.

President Anastasiades will also address the luncheon organized by the International Forum “Invest in Cyprus”, which will take place at the Metropolitan Club.

The Forum is organized by Capital Link in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipowners` Association, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency and the Chambers of Commerce of Cyprus and the USA.

The conference aims to inform major US companies and investors about the investment opportunities in Cyprus as well as the development of business and trade partnerships.

On the evening of the 22 of March the President will attend a working dinner with officials from ExxonMobil.

On the next day, the President will hold separate meetings with British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson and the Foreign and European Affairs Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák, who will chair the 72nd UN General Assembly.

The Cyprus issue, investments and energy will be the focus of President`s visit to New York, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides has said.

On the evening of the 23rd of March he will depart to Rome where he will attend the Informal EU Summit for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The talks were interrupted in mid February by the Turkish Cypriot side, which demands that a decision passed by the Cypriot Parliament relating to a 1950 referendum on union with Greece is revoked, claiming this indicates a shift in the Greek Cypriot side`s goal for a federal solution. The amendment provides that there will be a very brief reference to the referendum at schools.

President Anastasiades has described the House decision as wrong and called on the leader of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, who walked out of the talks, to return to the negotiating table to discuss pending issues with a view to reach a mutually acceptable agreement to reunite the country.


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Cyprus` growth rate in real terms is estimated at 2,8% in 2016, compared to 1,7% in 2015, according to the first estimate of the Statistical Service of Cyprus.

Commercial High street in Nicosia

G.D.P. for the year 2016 is provisionally estimated at €17.901,4 mn at current prices compared to €17.637,2 mn in 2015 and €15.789,9 mn at constant 2005 prices (chain linking method) compared to €15.354,6 mn in 2015.

The per capita gross national income at current prices is estimated at € 20.233,7, a decrease of -2.4% compared with € 20.732,2 at 2015. The per capita gross national income at constant 2005 prices is estimated at € 17,847,1 decreased by 1.1% compared with € 18.049,2 in 2015.

According to the estimated number of employees in national accounts, all employees for 2016 amounted on average to 379.765 compared to 369.710 in the same period last year.


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Cyprus league leader APOEL achieved a great victory on Saturday over Omonia with 2-1 in the framework of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship, and remained in the first place of the standings. The second phase begins next weekend.

Apoel beat Omonia 2-1

Cyprus league leader APOEL achieved a great victory on Saturday over Omonia with 2-1 in the framework of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship, and remained in the first place of the standings. The second phase begins next weekend.

The results of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship are as follows: APOEL-Omonia 2-1, AEZ-Doxa 0-4, Nea Salamina-Karmiotissa 1-3, Aris-Ethnicos 3-1, Anorthosis-Apollon 0-0, AEL-Ermis 1-2, AEK-Anagennisis 6-0.

Standings: APOEL 62, AEK 58, Apollonas 57, AEL 51, Omonia 50, Anorthosis 39, Ermis 35, Nea Salamina 31, Ethnikos Ahnas 30, Karmiotissa 27, Aris 24, Doxa Katokotopias 20, AEZ Zakakiou 11 and Anayennisis 7.
The results of match day 26, and last of the first phase of the championship are as follows: APOEL-Omonia 2-1, AEZ-Doxa 0-4, Nea Salamina-Karmiotissa 1-3, Aris-Ethnicos 3-1, Anorthosis-Apollon 0-0, AEL-Ermis 1-2, AEK-Anagennisis 6-0.

Standings: APOEL 62, AEK 58, Apollonas 57, AEL 51, Omonia 50, Anorthosis 39, Ermis 35, Nea Salamina 31, Ethnikos Ahnas 30, Karmiotissa 27, Aris 24, Doxa Katokotopias 20, AEZ Zakakiou 11 and Anayennisis 7.


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Foreign Minister 0f Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides and his British counterpart Boris Johnson discussed today the prospects for resumption of the negotiations to resolve the Cyprus issue, in the margins of the Council of EU Foreign Ministers, held in Brussels today. I.Kasoulides reaffirmed  President Anastasiades` will to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible, while pointing out that the new Turkish absurd claims such as the issue of the “four freedoms” further complicate the process.

Boris Johnson (L) – Ioannis Kasoulides (R)

Boris Johnson expressed confidence that mutually acceptable formula is feasible on the security issue and I.Kasoulides stressed that while they have filed several constructive ideas, clearly the right unilateral intervention of a third State and perpetual stationing of Turkish troops is out of the question. The Minister met with his British counterpart at the latter’s request to discuss the latest developments in the Cyprus problem.

During the main Council`s works, the Eu 28 discussed  security and defense issues, developments in the Western Balkans, migration and the implementation of the new framework of partnership with third countries, the peace process in the Middle East and the issue of EU – Egypt relations.  A joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers and Defence Ministers of the EU Member States, also took place, where defense and security issues, such as those arising from the EU`s global strategy.

The EU foreign Ministers also discussed developments in the Western Balkans. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Frederica Mogherini informed them on the tour she has completed in the region. The EU28 also talked about migration, focusing on the 3rd progress report on the implementation of the new framework of partnership with third countries.

The 28 Foreign Ministers also invited the Foreign Minister of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry during lunch,  for a detailed review of the EU – Egypt relations and their prospects.

In his speech I.Kasoulides welcomed the opportunity for comprehensive review of the relations with Egypt (regional, migration, human rights, economy etc.), underlining the strategic role of the country in a turbulent region and the need for the EU support reforms in the country.

Finally, the Foreign Ministers discussed the latest developments in the Middle East as well as how they shaped the roles and positions of the EU in the Peace Process in the Middle East.


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President Nicos Anastasiades has called on Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to return to the negotiating table for a Cyprus solution with a productive stance, in order to continue the momentum of the talks and maintain all the positive elements that have been achieved in the past 22 months during the UN backed talks.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (L) – Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci (R)

He also calls on Akinci to return to help reconvene the Conference on Cyprus as it was agreed last January during the first Conference in Geneva.

The Presidency of the Republic issued a statement on Tuesday, regarding the meeting the President had earlier today with the Bicommunal Peace Initiative. The President expressed his readiness for a new meeting to be set with the Turkish Cypriot leader to resume the talks from the point they were suspended to reach a just and viable solution on the basis of the February 11, 2014 agreement between the two communities, UN resolutions and the unanimous decisions of the National Council.

He also told his guests, as he has publicly stated, that the decision taken recently by the Cyprus House regarding the Union Referendum was not appropriate and unnecessary.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, in the framework of the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem. Anastasiades and Akinci had elaborated earlier on in that meeting their positions on an amendment passed by the Cypriot Parliament which includes a once a year reference of no more than ten minutes at schools to the 1950 referendum held in Cyprus, advocating enosis (union with Greece).

President Anastasiades has described the House amendment “wrong” and called on Akinci to return to the negotiating table. Akinci demands that the amendment is revoked before returning to the negotiating table.


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