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Written statement by the Government Spokesman, Mr Nikos Christodoulides

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, during his stay in Abu Dhabi, among others, he met with the King of Jordan Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the heir to the throne of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Seikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Prince of Saudi Arabia Al Waleed Bin Talal Al Saud. During his meetings, the President of the Republic had the opportunity to brief his interlocutors on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. Furthermore, issues of bilateral relations were discussed, with the President forwarding both the advantages of Cyprus’ financial sector and the investment opportunities on the island. - 23.11.2014

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Minister of Justice and Public Order: The Agreements signed with the Government of Iran are of historical significance

Minister of Justice and Public Order: The Agreements signed with the Government of Iran are of historical significanceImportant Cooperation Agreements on the extradition of fugitives and the transfer of sentenced persons were signed last Friday by the Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou, and the Minister of Justice of Iran, Dr Mostafa Pourmohamadi, within the framework of an official visit of the Iranian Minister to Cyprus, at the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart. Following the meeting and the signing of the Agreements, statements were made by the two Ministers. The Cypriot Minister noted: “This is a historic day for both countries and both governments, Cyprus and Iran. After lengthy consultations we signed two important Agreements: the Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons from one country to another and the Agreement on extradition of Persons against whom criminal cases are investigated. - 23.11.2014

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The Acting President of the House of Representatives accepted the Minister of Justice of Iran

The Acting President of the House of Representatives, Mr Sophocles Fyttis, received today the Minister of Justice of Iran, Dr Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who is visiting Cyprus between 20 and 22 November, at the invitation of the Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou. Briefing the Iranian Minister on the Cyprus problem, Mr Fyttis referred to the intransigent stance of Turkey and he harshly criticized the ongoing violations within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone by the neighbouring country. - 21.11.2014

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ICT Usage and E-commerce in Enterprises

The Statistical Service announces the results of the annual survey ‘Information and Communication Technologies Usage and E-Commerce in Enterprises 2014’. The survey covered 1,624 enterprises with 10 or more employees in specific categories of economic activity. The data was collected with personal interviews and ιt covered all the government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus. Τhe reference period was 2014. The main results of the survey are the following: • 25.6% of the enterprises in Cyprus employ ICT specialists. • A significant increase is observed in mobile broadband connection in 2014, reaching 58.3% compared to 56.2% in 2013. -21.11.2014

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Cyprus’ Ambassador to Laos presents credentials

The new Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, based in China, Mr Agis Loizou, presented on 14 November his credentials to the President of the country, Mr Choummaly Sayasone. After the credentials’ ceremony the Ambassador had a private meeting with the President of Laos, during which he conveyed the warm greetings of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades. Ambassador Loizou thanked the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for its longstanding support as regards the Cyprus problem and informed his interlocutor on current developments. He also assured about Cyprus’ readiness to enhance bilateral relations in various fields and submitted a set of specific proposals in that regard, which were accepted. -20.11.2014

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Hala Sultan Mosque will be closed on 22 November

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Communications and Works, announces that an organized visit of a large number of pilgrims to the Mosque of Hala Sultan in Larnaka is expected to exceed the maximum capacity of the mosque. As a result it will not be accessible to visitors on Saturday 22 November 2014 from 10 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. -20.11.2014




The Minister of Energy participates in a High Level Conference on the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Cooperation

The Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, participated today in the proceedings of the High Level Conference, organized by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on “Building a Euro-Mediterranean Bridge: The Strategic Importance of EuroMed Gas and Electricity Networks in the Context of Energy Security”. The Minister was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Stelios Himonas, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Tasos Tzionis. At the conference the central role of Cyprus in the energy planning of the wider Eastern Mediterranean region was highlighted. In particular in their interventions the participants from Israel, Lebanon, Palestine and Greece stressed the importance of energy reserves in Eastern Mediterranean for the energy security of Europe as well as the important role of Cyprus as regards the energy planning. - 19.11.2014

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Statistical figures on the generation and treatment of municipal solid waste

The Statistical Service estimates that the total amount of municipal solid waste generated in Cyprus in 2013 stood at 538 thousand tonnes compared to 579 thousand tonnes in 2012, recording a decrease of 7%. From the total amount generated in 2013, 79% was disposed in landfills, 9% was collected for composting and the remaining 12% is estimated to have been collected for recycling. During 2012 (data for 2013 are not yet available), the amount of municipal solid waste generated per inhabitant in the European Union was 487 kg. In Cyprus, the per capita generation of municipal solid waste in 2012 reached 670 kg and is the highest among the member states of the EU. At similarly high levels as Cyprus are Denmark (668 kg), Luxembourg (662 kg) and Germany (611 kg). It is worth noting that in 2013 this quantity for Cyprus is estimated to have decreased to 624 kg per person. -19.11.2014

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The Iranian Minister of Justice to pay an official visit to Cyprus

The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Iran, Dr Mostafa Pourmohamadi, is arriving to Cyprus tomorrow for a two-day official, at the invitation of the Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr Ionas Nicolaou. During his visit the Iranian Minister will have talks with the Minister of Justice and Public Order, with whom he will sign cooperation agreements regarding the extradition of fugitives and the transferring of sentenced persons. The Iranian Minister will also have meetings with the Acting President of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General, the President of the Supreme Court and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. -19.11.2014




Announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns yesterday’s attack, during prayer, in a place of worship in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem and the loss of life of five innocent victims and injury to seven others. We express our condolences to the grieving families along with our wishes for a speedy recovery for those injured in this attack. It is imperative that all places of worship be safeguarded and left outside any possible conflicts. -19.11.2014






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