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UN peace-keeping mission in Cyprus renewed for six months by Security Council

The Security Council extended yesterday the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months, until 31 January 2016, and welcomed resumed negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement. Through the unanimous adoption of a new resolution, the Council also urged parties to implement confidence-building measures and looked forward to agreement on further steps, including military confidence-building measures and the opening of other crossing points, which could contribute to a conducive environment for a settlement. The Council also called on both sides to continue to engage, “as a matter of urgency,” in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone and on the UN 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues. -30.07.2015

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The President of the Republic and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community attended a music event in Famagusta

The President of the Republic and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community attended a music event in FamagustaThe President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr Mustafa Akinci, accompanied by their spouses, attended yesterday evening a music event in Famagusta. At the event, organized by the Technical Committee on Culture, at the Tower of Othello, the bicommunal music group “Kypogeneia” performed Cypriot songs in both Greek and Turkish. After the event, Mr Akinci told reporters that “as you will remember on the 8th of June we were together with Mr Anastasiades, my friend Nicos, in Limassol for a theatre play we watched together. Tonight, we are here in Famagusta. So once in the south and now in the north the idea is that Cyprus is our homeland; be it Limassol or be it Famagusta that doesn’t make any difference. We want to create a situation where every spot on this island will belong to all of us. The translation of these words, of course, is the solution based on federal principles that it has been envisaged in the 11 of February 2014 agreement, the joint declaration. We are working for that, we are working very hard and of course we need the support of our respective communities. -29.07.2015

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Remarks by the Prime Minister of Israel after his meeting with the President of the Republic, at the Presidential Palace

Remarks by the Prime Minister of Israel after his meeting with the President of the Republic, at the Presidential PalaceThe President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, met today at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia. Following the welcoming ceremony, the President and the Prime Minister had a private meeting, which lasted for about one hour, followed by expanded talks between the delegations of Cyprus and Israel. Later on, the President and the Prime Minister made remarks to the Media. In his statement, Prime Minister Netanyahu, inter alia, said that “it is a pleasure for me to reciprocate your visit to Israel with a visit by myself and our delegation to your beautiful island, your beautiful people and your very friendly government. We feel among friends and there is a reason for that. I want you to know that the reasons that this is my first visit, having been re-elected, outside Israel and your first visit [to Israel] is not merely that we are saving airline fuel. It’s because there is a real closeness, which goes well beyond geographic parts.” He added that Cyprus and Israel are two democracies in the eastern end of Mediterranean and “we are very proud of our heritage and our history.” - 28.7.2015

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Remarks of the President of the Republic after his meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu

Remarks of the President of the Republic after his meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin NetanyahuIt is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your delegation to Cyprus, six weeks following my visit to the State of Israel. This frequency in bilateral visits, at all levels, is indicative of the close relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel, and of the depth and multitude of our shared agenda. I understand Mr Prime Minister, my dear friend Bibi, that this is your first visit abroad following your re-election. My own visit to Israel last month was also the first visit of a Head of State to Israel following your re-election. I would add that it should come as no surprise that this first visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu is to Cyprus. Beyond our geographical proximity and our common history, we are also close because of our shared values, shared concerns and shared vision. A vision which is very much linked to our joint efforts to tackle asymmetric challenges and foster stability and security in our volatile neighborhood. We are in a true sense partners of reliability. The situation in our region continues to be very fluid and rapid developments are taking place. In this context, our partnership assumes an even greater importance. During our discussions, which will continue during the working lunch, we exchanged views on an array of issues of concern to our two countries and to the wider region. On some of the issues discussed, we were able to take decisions on the way forward. - 28.7.2015

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Message of condolence by the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, on the passing of Chris Lazari

It is with great sorrow that I was informed about the loss of my most dear friend and our distinguished compatriot Chris Lazari. He immigrated to England during difficult times and managed, through his creative spirit and industriousness, and by making the most of his business ingenuity, to become one of the most distinguished businessmen in the clothing industry and subsequently in real estate investments. He was an active member of the Cypriot community of London, serving his homeland in every way and at every opportunity. He was, throughout his whole life, a sensitive recipient of requests from the homeland and he always served our country, in his own way, without hesitation. - 28.7.2015

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UN briefing on Cyprus’ peace talks

A spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General made the following statement yesterday regarding the meeting between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the statements made by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser after the meeting: “The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, told reporters [today] that the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders continue to make progress towards their shared vision of a united, federal Cyprus. Speaking on behalf of the leaders, Mr Eide said that the positive and results-oriented climate of the talks continue to foster the progress required towards conclusion of a settlement as soon as possible. He said that [today’s] meeting focused on issues of property and territory. The leaders also underlined their commitment to maintaining the momentum of the process. Their next meetings will be held on 1 and 14 of September.” -28.07.2015






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