Review Hari Stefanatos
– A day before the meeting, on Tuesday, with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, has called on the island’s political leadership, the media and civil society to work together in order to “achieve a viable solution that will secure a modern, European state for all the citizens of the country”.
– The Russian Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, Stanislav Osadchiy, stated to CNA that he welcomes the developments in the Cyprus issue, particularly the resumption of the negotiations that will begin again on Tuesday. Osadchiy expressed his hope for the success of the negotiations and for a solution that will benefit both the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots communities on the island.
– The Troika heads of mission in Cyprus will meet today with the Finance Minister Harris Georgiades and Central Bank of Cyprus Governor Panicos Demetriades to discuss the comments and observations of the international lenders that are included in the updated Memorandum.
– Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides will attend in Brussels the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) and the General Affairs Council (GAC) of the European Union, on 10 and 11 February, respectively. On the agenda there will be discussions on the inter alia, on the Eastern Partnership, developments in the Southern Neighborhood with particular emphasis on Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen, as well as the situation in the Central African Republic. The EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs will also be debriefed on the EU-Russia Strategic Partners Summit, which took place on 28 January in Brussels.
– Elections were held on Monday for the Democratic Party (DIKO), after which the new deputy chairman of the party is the former Foreign Minister, Marcos Kyprianou. The former Health Minister, Christos Patsalides, was elected Vice President, Marinos Moushouttas, party General Secretary and Phytos Constantinou, Organizational Secretary.
– According to a press release issued today, the Communications and Works Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos has signed two Memoranda of Cooperation with Georgia on the protection of antiquities and the combating of smuggling of ancient artifacts, and on maritime shipping, during his official visit to Tbilisi, that wrapped up on February 6.