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On Wednesday 19th April London Greek Radio’s Panagiotis Balalas had the pleasure of welcoming Nikos Vertis to the LGR frequency for an exclusive radio interview.

Vertis, who will be performing live in London on the 12th May and was keen to discuss both his childhood, his love of music and his future goals. For those who missed this wonderful on air talk with one of Greece’s biggest stars, you can listen to the full radio interview below.


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Demands by the Turkish side at the Geneva Conference on the Cyprus problem last January and onwards have led to difficulties in the UN-led peace talks, Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos has said.

Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos

He pointed out however that the Greek Cypriot side will continue to show political will and will keep trying with all means available for progress in the negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus.

Papadopoulos was talking to the press after today’s meeting of the National Council, the top advisory body to the President on the Cyprus issue. The political leaders were briefed by President Nicos Anastasiades on the talks, which resumed last week following a two month suspension because the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci walked out condemning a decision taken by the Cyprus House on the 1950 enosis (union) referendum.

He said that the National Council also exchanged views on the situation in Turkey following the referendum on April 16 for constitutional reforms as well as Ankara`s provocations in Cyprus` exclusive economic zone ( EEZ). Turkey has issued a navigational warning (NAVTEX) and has reserved an area within the territorial sea, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of Cyprus off the coast of Famagusta for the conduct of seismic surveys, between 21 April and 30 June 2017, by the survey vessel “BARBAROS HAYREDDIN PAŞA” and support vessel “BRAVO SUPPORTER”.

Papadopoulos described the meeting as fruitful, saying that the exchange of ideas took place in a very good atmosphere.

Invited to comment on statements about a stalemate in the talks, he said that convergences and progress were made in the past, but now “we are faced with some difficulties and our side is showing good will to help overcome them.”

He added that the Greek Cypriot side will not abandon the negotiating table and the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, and will intensify these efforts for progress to take place.

Papadopoulos also said that soon there will be another meeting of the National Council.

Replying to a question on possible efforts made by some to attribute responsibilities to the President, as well as to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Papadopoulos said that he is not aware of who is trying to attribute such responsibilities.

He underlined that the Greek Cypriot side is showing real political will and the President himself has taken bold decisions in the past in order for the dialogue to move forward. He also said that at this point it is not wise to get involved in a blame game and should remain focused on the aim to reunify our country.

Asked what steps have been taken to address the Turkish provocations in Cyprus` EEZ, he said that too many things have been done with respect to developments at any given time. Papadopoulos said that that patience and unity should prevail.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.


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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed today hope that the new round of talks will lead to convergences between the two sides, that will bring about a Cyprus settlement.

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

Speaking on Tuesday, at the Presidential Palace, the President underlined that convergences need to be in line with EU principles and values, as well as the international law and must lead to a functioning state, without disregarding the concerns of any side.

President Anastasiades met on Tuesday with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, in the framework of UN-led talks for a Cyprus settlement. This was the first meeting between the leaders of the two communities after a two-month intermission.

Upon his return to the Presidential Palace, following a 3-hours meeting, the President welcomed the resumption of talks and said that they had a constructive exchange of views. He announced that the leaders agreed to the dates of their four next meetings, with the first one taking place on April 20.

According to the President, the negotiators of the two sides will meet on Wednesday, in order to bring forward their proposals for the continuation of the dialogue.

Asked if the Turkish side accepted a proposal for drafting a “triptych” with convergences and divergences, the President replied that “based on the triptych there will be further deliberations between the negotiators and of course between the leaders”.

The President was also asked if UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide will assume a different role in the current stage of negotiations and replied negatively. If both sides wish so, they will submit certain questions to Eide, in order to provide them with examples or opinions, he added.

Commenting on the issue of setbacks in previous convergences, coming from the Turkish side, the President of the Republic said that this will be discussed between the negotiators and between the leaders in their four next meetings.

The President said, moreover, that they also discussed a possible continuation of the Geneva Conference, noting however that progress on pending issues needs to precede such a conference.

We are not against a conference that will discuss guarantees and the presence of Turkish occupation troops on the island, as long as it is not according to Turkey`s preconditions, but rather the result of a dialogue between the two leaders, President Anastasiades underlined.

He also dismissed the notion about a formal or informal timetable and said that reaching a settlement depends on the genuine will of each side. “Therefore, there is no timetable, nor an upgraded role for the United Nations” he underlined.

Asked finally if the issue of natural gas was raised during today`s meeting by the Turkish Cypriot leader, President Anastasiades replied that nothing similar was discussed “nor would it be possible for me to accept negotiating the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

On April 4, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus announced that talks would resume, following consultations with both sides and other deliberations.


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APOEL achieved a great victory over Omonia in the derby of Nicosia, and in combination with the results of the other two games of the Group A of the Cyprus League, the team from Nicosia extended its lead from Apollon and AEK.

APOEL has extended its lead from Apollon and AEK

The results of match day 4 of the second phase of the championship are as follows:

Group A: APOEL-Omonia 1-0, Anorthosis – Apollon 3-1, AEL-AEK 2-1.
Standings: APOEL 71, Apollon 64, AEK 62, AEL 58, Omonia 54, Anorthosis 42.

Group B: Doxa-Ethnicos 3-3, Karmiotissa-Nea Salamina 2-0, Ermis-Aris 2-1.

Doxa-Karmiotissa 3-0, Aris – Ethnicos Achnas 0-1, Nea Salamina-Ermis 19:00.
Standings: Ermis 41, Nea Salamina 37, Ethnikos 34, Karmiotissa 33, Aris 30, Doxa 27.


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The Cyprus House plenary passed on Friday, by 30 votes in favour and 20 against, a bill tabled by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) party for a legislative amendment to shift decision-making power on school celebrations from the Parliament to the Ministry of Education.

Thirty MPs vote in favour and twenty against DISY’s bill

The bill was tabled by three DISY MPs Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis, Georgios Karoullas and Annita Demetriou, in the aftermath of a dispute caused by the introduction of a brief annual commemoration of the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum in state schools, prompting Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to withdraw from the reunification talks until the decision was rescinded.

The UN announced on Tuesday that talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11.


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Talks for a Cyprus solution will resume on April 11, the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, announced on Tuesday.

Archive photo: President Anastasiades (L) – T/C Leader Mustafa Akinci (R)

According to a press release issued by the Secretary-General`s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus “Cyprus talks will resume following consultations with both sides and today’s meeting between the Secretary-General and the Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mr. Mustafa Akinci in Brussels”.

It adds that leaders will resume negotiations on Tuesday 11 April, at 10am local time (07.00 GMT) and the meeting will be held under the auspices of Eide.

The resumption of talks was announced earlier by Espen Barth Eide, who posted on his twitter account that “After consultations with @AnastasiadesCY & @MustafaAkinci_1 following Sunday`s dinner, we have agreed that #CyptusTalks resume 11 April”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed efforts to reunify the island under a federal roof were suspended when Mustafa Akinci walked out of a meeting in mid February, claiming that a House decision to commemorate, briefly, in school a 1950 referendum advocating union with Greece was in fact a shift in the long standing position of the Greek Cypriot side for a bicommunal, bizonal federal solution in Cyprus.

President Anastasiades has described the decision “wrong”, saying the timing was not right. Akinci said he would not return to the negotiations unless the decision is revoked. The House is set to vote on an amendment on the bill, which essentially annuls the earlier House decision, on Friday 7 April.

The UN Secretary General Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide hosted a dinner last Sunday for President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. In an announcement, issued after the dinner, the UN noted that the two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots and exchanged ideas about the way ahead.

Furthermore, the announcement said that Espen Barth Eide would continue his interaction with them in order to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible.


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Anyone following his career would know that Greek Cypriot singer Kyriacos Georgiou has been enjoying huge success at Spin Records, an independent Greek label. With the release of his latest hit, ‘Κατειλημμένος’ London Greek Radio caught up with Kyri for an exclusive interview about his new single and his exciting plans for the future.

Kyriacos started by talking to LGR about his American tour last January.

“Yes I’ve been keeping myself busy as usual. I have just come off tour from America. I was singing to the Greek Americans on the cruise line Freedom of the Seas by the Royal Caribbean. It was an amazing experience as I got to meet many Greeks from all over America for the second year running.”

His new single ‘Kateilimmenos’ can be described as an up-beat Laiko tsifteteli that has gone straight into the London Greek Radio playlist.

“I just released my new song called ‘Kateilimmenos’ lyrics by Jackpot and music by Giannis Ieremias. I’m happy to be working with this team as we previously worked on many projects before together and we have a great bond and friendship in the studio.

I’m really excited about my new upbeat single and hope that it is liked by my fans and followers.”

The Official Lyric video which was uploaded to the Spin Records YouTube channel has greatly surpassed 100,000 views. Kyri talks to us about its immediate success:

“It’s only just been released but I am getting a really good response and I’m really happy about that! We managed to hit 120.000 views in just under a month and we have only just started promo on it. I hope it carries on like this.”

Kyriacos also revealed that he will be returning to the recording studio soon. He is to follow-up ‘Kateilimmenos’ with a new summer single. He is also in talks with potential venues in Athens looking to confirm where he’ll be performing at the bouzoukia, throughout the up-coming hot season. The work will mean he is often absent from London for long periods and often thinks of home a lot.

“In London I miss my family and friends most but I come over often as much as I can to visit.

Apart from that I want to thank Tony from LGR for always supporting & backing me up in my music career. Thanks Tony & the LGR team for all the support!”

We are looking forward to the new tune and as soon as we have it on our hands, it will be straight on the London Greek Radio air waves. Meanwhile, check out ‘Kateilimmenos’ his current hit, below:


Article written by Tony Neophytou

AEK of Larnaca and Apollon of Limassol achieved great victories over APOEL and Omonia respectively for match day 3 of the second phase of the Cyprus league.

 

AEK of Larnaca and Apollon of Limassol achieved great victories over APOEL and Omonia respectively

The results of match day 3 of the second phase of the championship are as follows:

Group A`: AEK-APOEL 2-1, Omonia-Apollon 0-2, Anorthosis – AEL 0-1.
Standings: APOEL 68, Apollon 64, AEK 62, AEL 55, Omonia 54, Anorthosis 39.

Group B`: Doxa-Karmiotissa 3-0, Aris – Ethnicos Achnas 0-1, Nea Salamina-Ermis ¾ 19:00.
Standings: Ermis 38, Nea Salamina 34, Ethnikos Ahnas 33, Karmiotissa 30, Aris 30, Doxa 26.


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Following an explosion that has taken place today in the St. Petersburg metro, Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that on the basis of currently available information, it appears that no Cypriot citizen has come of harm.

Entrance of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia

It also notes that it is following closely the situation, in coordination with Cyprus` Embassy in Moscow and Consulate General in St. Petersburg. The Ministry says that will continue to monitor the situation closely.

For more information, Cypriot citizens can contact the Consulate General in St. Petersburg or the Ministry’s Crisis Management Centre, as follows:

Consulate General in St. Petersburg

Contact information during office hours (9:00 – 16:30, Monday – Friday)

Address

Furshtatskaya Ulitsa 27
191123 St. Petersburg

Tel.:                            + 7 812 456 22 55
Tel. from Cyprus:     + 357 22 65 1517
Fax:                            + 7 812 456 22 66
Email:                        info@cyprus-spb.ru
Web:                           www.cyprus-spb.ru

Contact information during out of office hours

Tel:                             +7 921 751 40 84
+7 921 186 62 76

Ministry Crisis Management Centre

Tel.:                            +35722801000
+35797775998
Email:                        cycc@mfa.gov.cy


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