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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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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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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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UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan has repeated the British government’s position that it stands ready to accept any negotiated security framework for a reunited Cyprus, avoiding, however, to engage in a direct discussion on whether there should be any place for third country guarantees.

Sir Alan Duncan: “It’s up to the two sides to decide what kind of future security will enable both communities to feel secure.”

During a Foreign Affairs questions session in the House of Commons on Tuesday morning, Sir Alan was asked by the Conservative north London MP Theresa Villiers whether he would agree that “third country guarantees should have no place in a new settlement for Cyprus because Cypriots should be able to determine their own future without the threat of external military intervention.”

The Europe Minister said: “It’s up to the two sides to decide what kind of future security arrangements they want for a united Cyprus that will enable both communities to feel secure. And so as a guarantor power the UK is playing a supportive role and is open to any arrangement which is acceptable to the two communities.”

Sir Alan welcomed the Cypriot leaders’ commitment to resuming political level talks next month. “We are keen to maintain momentum and stand ready to bring negotiations to a successful conclusion,” he added.

David Burrowes, another north London Conservative MP, asked the minister whether he agreed with the view from the APPG for Cyprus members who visited the island last week that the best hope for a solution is the dedication and courage of both Cypriot leaders freely negotiating and the realisation from the communities that the status quo of a divided Cyprus is untenable, and also that Turkey needs to “get that” when it comes to security and guarantees.

In his response Sir Alan Duncan commended the leaders of the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot communities for their “good faith and dedication” and for working “tirelessly” towards a solution.

“There are other ingredients that are necessary, such as the cooperation of the two main countries next door, Greece and Turkey; and of course finally, and this is very important, successful referendums within each community,” said the Minister for Europe.


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President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades called on the Turkish Cypriot leader to abandon his accusations and return to the negotiating table in a constructive manner, with a view to reach a solution in Cyprus that would meet the expectations of both communities.

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades

Speaking at the Presidential Palace, after Thursday`s meeting between himself and T/C leader Mustafa Akinci, President Anastasiades expressed sorrow for the outcome of the meeting.

During their short meeting in the framework of the negotiations for a Cyprus solution, which began at 1000 in the morning local time, Anastasiades and Akinci elaborated on their positions as regards a decision taken by the Cypriot Parliament on Friday to commemorate the 1950 Enosis Referendum in schools.

President Anastasiades stressed that while the discussion was taking place in a friendly and constructive manner, after a short break as a result of a disagreement between the Greek Cypriot side and the UN, the Turkish Cypriot delegation left the meeting without any reason.

The President said that the Turkish Cypriot leader`s claims as to what happened during today`s meeting are not the real facts and expressed his belief that UNSG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide, who was present at the meeting, will set things straight.

Replying to a question, the President expressed the view that the stance of the Turkish Cypriot side during today`s meeting had been decided in advance.

He emphasized that the Greek Cypriot side and himself remain fully committed to the achievement of a viable and functional solution of the Cyprus problem, and the continuation of the dialogue as agreed before the UN Secretary General on the 12th of January 2017.

The President said that UNSG Envoy Espen Barth Eide tried to convince the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to return, however he was uncompromising.

President Anastasiades explained that during the meeting Akinci reiterated what he publicly has stated in relation to the concerns of the Turkish Cypriot community because of the decision taken by the House of Representatives, to commemorate in schools a referendum held in 1950 in favor of Cyprus` union with Greece. He pointed out that he explained to Akinci that these concerns are not justified and he referred to the unanimous statement by the National Council taken on Monday, which clearly underlines that the objective is not the union with Greece and is not of course the partition. He also repeated that the Turkish Cypriot side cannot doubt the will of the Greek Cypriots for a solution.

President Anastasiades said that the unanimous statement of the National Council speaks of the commitment to a solution that is fully compatible with the resolutions of the UN General Assembly as well as the Security Council resolutions.

He also repeated that he will not allow anyone to doubt or question our side’s sincere will for a solution that will be accepted by both communities.

The President said that during today’s meeting he referred to various incidents that disregard the sensitivities of the Greek Cypriot community, pointing out that he never sought to stop the dialogue, he did not ask the Turkish Cypriot leader to assume any responsibility or to correct the decisions taken by the political parties in the Turkish Cypriot community.

Furthermore, the President said that he highlighted the progress that has been achieved and the fact that it is important to focus on continuing the negotiations in order to address the remaining differences.

President Anastasiades added that in today’s meeting he pointed out that one should not seek excuses in order to avoid the assumption of responsibility that Turkey bears or to allow Turkey to raise demands that do not concern the interests of the Cypriot people.

He went on to say that such approaches undermine the whole process and are not consistent with is publicly proclaimed. The President called on Turkey once again to contribute to solving fundamental issues of the Cyprus problem that have to do with the concerns of the Greek Cypriot community.

He said that inappropriate or unnecessary decisions or statements give pretext to Turkey or the Turkish Cypriot community and they are exploited in order for them to avoid taking any responsibility.

The President of the Republic also went on to say that the Greek Cypriot side remains fully committed to finding a viable and functional solution and to the continuation of the dialogue as agreed before the UN Secretary General in Geneva on January 12, 2017.

He urged the Turkish Cypriot leader to return to the dialogue and show constructive spirit so that they can achieve a comprehensive solution that meets the expectations of both communities.

Invited to comment on a statement by the Turkish Cypriot leader that it was the President who first walked out of the meeting, he said that the journalists themselves are witnesses to what happened as they were informed from the Turkish Cypriot media that Akinci left the talks, while he (the President) arrived that the Presidential Palace at least half an hour later as he was waiting for Special Envoy Eide to convince Akinci to return to the negotiating table.
Asked about the UN stance and Eide’s efforts, the President said that Eide made an attempt to create an environment of understanding and while referring to the concerns expressed by the Turkish Cypriots, he suggested that they are maybe wrong or right.

He explained that he responded to that saying that it is not accepted for him to doubt the will and intentions of the Greek Cypriot side, especially having witnessed after two years, the stance of the Greek Cypriot side.

The President said that after that, he asked for a small break and while he was outside, the Turkish Cypriot leader and his team walked out. He went on to say that not even Eide himself realised what had happened, he remained in the room and he did not go out to greet the leaders and their teams, as he always does.

He pointed out that Akinci’s statements do not respond to the real situation, adding that he wishes to be really careful in what he says as he does not want to exacerbate the situation. He also expressed his hope that Eide will state the real facts, adding that he will also brief the UNSG on the incident and the accurate facts.

He also spoke about events that are celebrated by the Turkish Cypriots that offend the Greek Cypriots.
President Anastasiades also said that never before an issue was brought up about the celebrations for April 1st, which mark the anniversary of the Cypriot anti-colonial liberation struggle of 1955-1959 and represent the desire and objective for union with Greece.

He pointed out that if our wish is the reunification of our country, we must abandon any pretexts and focus on what is important and crucial in order to give our country hope.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.


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