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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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Τhe UK Minster of State for Armed Forces Mike Penning has promised to conduct “a thorough search” in the archives of the Ministry of Defence for any information that might assist the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) shed further light in the ongoing drama of hundreds of Cypriot families.

Minster of State Mike Penning has promised to conduct “a thorough search” in the archives of the Ministry of Defence for any information that might assist the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus

Penning has provided such assurances in a letter addressed to the Conservative MP Sheryll Murray. The Member of Parliament for South East Cornwall had written to the Ministry of Defence asking for their help on behalf of the CMP following a recent visit to Cyprus, as member of a ‘Conservative Friends of Cyprus’ delegation.

In his response letter the Defence Minister commends the important work being carried out by the CMP. He notes that the UK Government is facilitating the Committee by enabling it to work from a British-owned site in the Buffer Zone and by having supported it financially for specific projects, on top of the EU funding the CMP receives.

Penning also welcomes the agreement reached by the CMP members in July 2016 to seek information on possible burial sites of missing persons that may be contained in archives of security forces and international organisations that were operating in Cyprus during 1963-64 and 1974.

“We are currently considering the request received from the CMP in this regard, and will undertake a thorough search of departmental records dating back several decades to locate any information that might help bring closure to those concerned. We will also provide the CMP with advice on conducting a search of The National Archives”, says the Minister.

Noting that it will not be possible to confirm whether any such valuable information exists in the archives until the search is complete and that it will require some time to complete it, Mr Penning reassures the Conservative MP that the search will be done “in a timely manner” and that the CMP will be contacted directly once it has finished.


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It has been confirmed that singer Demy will represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 which will be broadcast from Kyiv, in Ukraine. A song has yet to be publicly released however reports confirm that a song will be selected shortly.

Broadcaster ERT officially confirmed internally selecting Eurovision composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and creative stage director Fokas Evangelinos who were give the job of selecting an artist; they’d chosen Demy to fly the Greek flag.

Demy

25 year old Athenian born Demy is a Greek popular artist and Greek fans and local media are already referring to them as the dynamic dream team; suggesting the country has confidence in this years competition entry.

According to an official press release which was released by ERT, Demy aka Demetra Papadea will sing three songs composed by Dimitris live on Greek television on Monday 6th March. Moreover the official music videos to each song will also be revealed on this date.

The public won’t have a chance to listen to any of the songs before that live event, which leaves fans in eager anticipation. Viewers shall be tele-voting for their favourite song through SMS and phone-calls to make sure the best song chosen very wisely.

The information we have been given on the 3 songs is as follows: choice one ‘Angels‘ is a radio-friendly pop-rock ballad with lyrics written by Demy’s siter, Romy Papadea. Choice two ‘When the morning comes around‘ is an ‘American style ballad’ by lyricist John Ballard. The third choice ‘This is love‘ is up-tempo track, jointly written by Romy Papadea and John Ballard. The tunes have already been recorded with ERT’s string Ensemble orchestra whilst the video-clips have taken the song’s creators to the Ukrainian city of Odessa.

With Dimitris and Fokas behind Demy, this year feels for like it could be a strong come-back, for Greece. Not least to try to erase last year’s very early exit.

Fokas was in fact responsible for Elena Paparizou’s ‘My number one’ winning entry in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Kyiv. 12 years later we are back in Kyiv with Fokas (and Dimitris Kontopoulos) heading the team leaving fans with high expectations. Not to mention that Eurovision followers are hoping Kyiv itself is a lucky city for Greece as our only ever win happened there.

Demy is signed to the Panik records family; she won Best New Artist in 2012’s Mad Music Awards. Her hits have included Poses xiliades kalokairia, Tha meineis feugontas, Nothing better, O hlios featuring Alex Leon & Epsilon, Mono mprosta, I zoi, H alitheia moiazei psema, Kratise me and Emeis.

Demy is currently appearing in the musical Mamma Mia! alongside Despina Vandi. She also starred in Fame The Musical, Priscilla, The Sound of Music, and Addams Family.

The Greek entrant will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest’s first semi final, which will air on Tuesday 9th May, televised live on BBC 4, advancing hopefully to the Eurovision Final on Saturday 13th May 2017.


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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his regret over Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci`s decision not to attend their meeting on February 23, in the framework of their UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem, and his readiness to continue the dialogue at any moment.

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

In a post on twitter, Anastasiades said: “I feel regret about Akinci`s decision not to attend the meeting tomorrow. I am ready to continue the dialogue at any moment.”

The Cyprus government announced on Wednesday that it was informed by the UN that due to Turkish Cypriot leader`s refusal to attend, the meeting between Anastasiades and Akinci will not take place.

The Turkish Cypriot leader walked out of a meeting last week, in the framework of the UN-backed negotiations on the Cyprus problem, shortly after it began, because the Cypriot Parliament took a decision to commemorate in schools, by form of a reference, the 1950 referendum, favouring “enosis”, union with Greece. Although President Anastasiades has stressed that the decision does not in any way mean a change of policy on the solution and in spite of the fact that the National Council issued a statement reiterating this, Akinci demands withdrawal of the House decision.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with an aim to reunify the island under a federal roof.


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