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Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus utterly and unequivocally condemns the two latest terrorist attacks against the Egyptian Security personnel in the Sinai peninsula which took place yesterday 24 October 2014, resulting in 33 dead and many wounded. Cyprus condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There is absolutely no valid justification for terrorism and terrorist acts. We stand in full solidarity with the Government of Egypt in its efforts to effectively tackle the scourge of terrorism and to prevent terrorist groups from impeding the full implementation of the road-map towards a complete democratic transition. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the friendly people of Egypt. We assure them of Cyprusʼ full support during these challenging times. -25.10.2014




Written statement by the Deputy Government Spokesman Mr Victor Papadopoulos

The Government welcomes as a positive development the upgrading of the credit rating of our country by the Rating Agency Standard and Poor’s to B+. The efforts and commitment of the Government for reform and modernization of the Cyprus economy and the state, render tangible results, since the new upgrading by Standard and Poor’s demonstrates the international confidence that the Cypriot economy is regaining. It is very clear that the effort must continue with persistence and devotion to our goals, which can be achieved through the only feasible course we must cover. -25.10.2014




The Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Algeria

The Minister of Foreign Affairs visits AlgeriaThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, completed today his official visit to Algeria. During his stay in Algiers Mr Kasoulides held separate meetings with his Algerian counterpart, Mr Ramtane Lamamra, the Energy Minister, Mr Youcef Yousfi, Minister of Tourism, Mrs Yamina Nouria Zerhouni, the Minister of Trade, Mr Amara Benyounes. He was also received by the Prime Minister, Mr Abdelmalek Sellal. During his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, Mr Kasoulides thanked him for the principled position of his country in the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The support of friendly countries, said Mr Kasoulides, resulted in preventing the adoption of a relevant resolution that includes references to the so called “TRNC” or/ and to a “Turkish Cypriot State”. -24.10.2014

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Written statement by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides on the EU Policy Framework on Energy for the period 2020-2030 that was approved by the European Council

The European Council has taken important decisions with regard the European Union policy on climate and energy for the period 2020-2030, and gave directions as to the completion of the internal energy market and the strengthening of energy security of the Union. We express our satisfaction for the final text of the Conclusions since it takes into consideration the particular characteristics of Cyprus, as well as many of the concerns that we have expressed during the many months of negotiations, such as the adverse economic situation that our country is in, the lack of links with the internal energy market of the EU, the importance of the exploitation of domestic sources of energy, as well as the need to develop a new hub for natural gas in southern Europe. - 24.10.2014

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Statements by the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, after the completion of the European Council Proceedings

Statements by the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, after the completion of the European Council Proceedings After the completion of the European Council proceedings held in Brussels on 23-24 October the Government Spokesman made the following statements to the press: From the beginning of the crisis we tried to face the Turkish actions through the fields in which we think we have a comparative advantage against Ankara. Such a field is the EU and the fact that Cyprus is an EU member state while Turkey is a candidate for accession country. Within this framework there was a discussion at the European Council. We are very satisfied with the strict messages sent by the EU at the highest level – that of the 28 heads of States and Governments - to Ankara in connection with its illegal actions in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus as well as with regard to the need to respect the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus. Of particular importance is the reference to the EU Declaration of 21 September 2005. It is, perhaps, the most important element of the conclusions. Clearly, Turkey is called upon to recognize the Republic of Cyprus as a necessary obligation of its accession process. This statement was made in September 2005 and is now repeated at the level of Heads of State. - 24.10.2014

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Address by the Minister of Communications and Works Mr. Marios Demetriades at a Lecture of The Cyprus Institute on the Future of Energy

It is with great pleasure that I accepted your invitation to address the 2014 Annual Hubert Curien Memorial Lecture. Today, we are very privileged to have here, Prof. Carlo Rubbia, one of the foremost physicists of the 20th century, delivering a timely lecture about the Future of Energy. We will hear about Prof. Rubbia’s decisive contributions to science and technology worldwide in a few moments. It is crystal clear that certain questions regarding the future role of energy in our world need to be addressed. What does the future hold for energy? How can we keep supplying energy to an ever-growing population? What impact will the energy choices we make have on our living conditions and our planet? While the future is uncertain, what’s clear is that the world will need a range of energy solutions, including renewable energy resources and other innovative approaches such as the one that will be presented tonight.- 24.10.2014

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New publication: Industrial statistics 2013

The Statistical Service announces the publication of the annual report “Industrial Statistics, 2013”. The report provides detailed data on the broad industrial sector, covering manufacturing, mining and quarrying, electricity supply, water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities. The industrial sector in 2013 registered a negative growth rate in real terms for a third year in a row. On the basis of provisional estimates, this rate (as measured in terms of value added at constant market prices of 2005 by the chain linking method) for the whole of the sector recorded a decrease of 9.2% in 2013, compared to a decrease of 8.2% in 2012 and 5.3% in 2011. Specifically, according to provisional figures, manufacturing recorded a decrease of 9.8%, mining and quarrying 31.0%, electricity supply 7.8% and water supply, sewerage and waste management 3.7%. -24.10.2014

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Search for small aircraft that crashed south-east of Larnaka is concluded

The Ministry of Defence announces that the Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation for the detection of a small aircraft that crashed at sea 50 nautical miles south-east of Larnaka, is completed with the finding of the remains of its two passengers. This outcome, regardless of its tragic nature, is due to the rapid response of the Cyprus authorities under the coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) of the Republic of Cyprus, which was immediately mobilized, according to the National SAR Plan “NEARCHOS”, after being notified that the trace of the aircraft was lost. Cypriot naval and aerial means of the Port and Naval Police and of the National Guard were mobilized, and after a coordinated search they traced the point of impact of the aircraft at sea. -24.10.2014

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Reference to Cyprus during UN press briefing

During the regular press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday, a journalist repeated a question she had posed the day before to the UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Spokesperson, Mr Farhan Haq, concerning a letter sent by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Dervis Eroglu, to the Secretary-General. She also asked whether the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Espen Barth Eide, would make statements to the press. The full text of the question and answer is as follows: Question: Yesterday I asked you about the letter of the Turkish Cypriot leader. Actually Eroglu had announced himself that he had sent a letter to the Secretary-General and you were mentioning yesterday that there was no letter from Eroglu to you but there was another separate letter. I have found the other letter but this letter, where is it, is there a confusion? And I know his Special Envoy is here, is he going to talk to reporters and when do you think it will be? -24.10.2014

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Opening hours of the Central Newsroom on the 28th of October

On the 28th of October 2014 the Central Newsroom of the Press and Information Office will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. -24.10.2014




Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting his Special Adviser on Cyprus – 23/10/2014

The Secretary-General met today [with his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. Mr. Eide briefed him on the latest developments in Cyprus and the immediate region. The Secretary-General expressed concern over the tensions that have arisen in relation to hydrocarbons and over the suspension of negotiations. He stressed the need for all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation, so as to avoid any further instability in an already volatile region. The Secretary-General underscored the need for the parties in Cyprus to return to the negotiating table without delay. He further called on countries of the region to help create a conducive environment for productive talks. He noted that, as both leaders have stated, the two communities can ill afford to perpetuate the status quo, in particular in light of the deteriorating regional context. -24.10.2014

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Written statement by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides

The President of the Republic Mr Nicos Anastasiades was admitted today late afternoon to a Brussels hospital, specializing in ear, nose and throat treatment, where he underwent nasal cauterization. The President of the Republic’s health is in good condition and it was his personal choice to remain at the hospital overnight for purely precautionary reasons. -23.10.2014




Written statement by the Government Spokesman concerning the representation of the President of the Republic at the European Council and EPP Summits

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, will be represented at both the European Council Summit and the European People’s Party (EPP) Summit by the Prime Minister of Greece Mr Antonis Samaras, who will analyze the positions of the Republic of Cyprus. Earlier today, the Prime Minister of Greece visited President Anastasiades at the hotel where he is staying, and wished him a fast recovery. - 23.10.2014




Written statement by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, communicated today with the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European People’s Party, Mr Joseph Daul, whom he briefed on the condition of his health and his inability to attend the EPP Summit and subsequently the European Council Summit. The President elaborated to his interlocutors the positions of the Republic of Cyprus as those were formulated during the recent meeting the National Council. Following consultations, the President's interventions will be made in the form of written reports, which will be circulated both to all the heads of state and government participating in the European Council as well as to all the leaders participating in the EPP Summit. -23.10.2014




Written statement by the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, on the condition of the President's health

Following a prolonged nosebleed, the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, was admitted early this morning to a hospital in Brussels where it was ascertained that the incident is due to high blood pressure. He was administered the appropriate medical treatment, and because of the nose-bleeding incident and the necessity to prevent its recurrence, the President was advised to remain in bed for the next 48 hours. The President was released from the hospital and is at a Brussels hotel. The President of the Republic will be closely monitored by an attending doctor in Brussels.-23.10.2014






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