Anastasiades examines study for possible recourse to the Security Council for Famagusta
By Michalis Michael The Foreign Ministry's study of the Republic of Cyprus's further moves to the Security Council over the Turkish provocations in Famagusta has been handed over to the President of the Republic of Cyprus today, according to Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou. Speaking to reporters at the Presidential Palace after his meeting with the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, as well as with the Mayor and members of the Famagusta City Council, Prodromou said that "it was a very useful meeting at which the President and the Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed the Mayor and the Famagusta City Council on all issues and...
Cypriot Government exercises diplomatic and political means for the prevention of the settlement of Famagusta
What Cavusoglu said was inaccurate, Cypriot Government spokesman says By Michalis Michael We will use all our diplomatic and political means to denounce and prevent the settlement of Famagusta, but also to urge continued the UN Secretary-General's initiative to reopen the negotiations, the Cypriot Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said, in the margin of a national heroes' memorial in Nicosia. Called to comment on provocative statements by Turkish officials about Cyprus, the Spokesman said, "For two years Turkey has been trying to prevent the resumption of negotiations; it does not accept the concept of their resumption because it wants to avoid and nullify the Guterres framework,...
SYRIZA leader slams right-wing economic policy
Main opposition SYRIZA party leader Alexis Tsipras delivered a customary speech and held a press conference at the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair over the weekend. The former Prime Minister said he plans to be both combative and constructive in opposition, adding that he doesn’t plan to constantly call for an early election as his opponent Kyriacos Mitsotakis did when he was in opposition. Tsipras took many questions on economic policy, while mostly focusing on a standing demand by successive Greek governments that international creditors agree to a lowering of 3.5% primary surplus targets. The SYRIZA leader said his government had made a viable proposal for...
Cyprus President to receive on Monday report on possible UN recourse over Varosha, Foreign Minister says
A report addressing a possible recourse to the United Nations over Famagusta will be presented on Monday before the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Sunday. Replying to remarks made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Christodoulides also send the message that the Cyprus solution that is being sought after is a bizonal bicommunal federation, on the basis of UN resolutions. “This is a clear message towards Cavusolglu and every direction,” the Foreign Minister noted, in statements after a memorial service, in Nicosia. As to the possibility of a recourse to the United Nations, the Foreign Minister said that a...
Nicosia rejects Erdogan’s claims saying that Turkey is the one which threatens peace
Nicosia has categorically rejected Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s claims that the Republic of Cyprus does not recognize the Turkish Cypriots’ rights and that it is threatening peace, stressing that if anyone is threatening peace this is Turkey. Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Saturday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Reuters tried to give the impression that his country sought solutions in accordance with the law. However, what was totally absent from his positions and his argumentation was international law, said Prodromou. “We categorically reject his unsubstantial claim that the Republic of Cyprus does not recognize the rights of the Turkish Cypriots...
Regling: Surplus reductions not before 2021 and under specific conditions
The only way possible for a discussion on possible reductions in primary surpluses to commence after 2020, according to head of ESM Klaus Regling, is for higher growth to be achieved, alongside lower lending rates than those projected by the current Greek debt analysis. When asked about IMF's take that the surpluses imposed on Greece are excessive, he himself hinched for the first time ever the possibility of a discussion on the subject, though he set strict conditions that could also affect the new government’s policies. The previous government’s plan It is recalled that last April, then Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Euclid...
Geoffrey R. Pyatt: Alexandroupolis’ role in European energy security is pivotal
The US ambassador in Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, on the occasion of today’s visit to the city in order to observe the progress of removing the sunken dredger “OLGA”, described the port of Alexandroupolis as a “critical hub for European energy security and economic development”. "I am very happy to find myself in Alexandroupolis once again and to be able to highlight our relationship with the city, as well as the opportunities created by the port’s privatization in the future", the US official stated, expressing hope that the privatization "would be implemented in a way that would allure the US companies to participate in the...
Anastasiades receives letter from Lute
She expresses her “gratitude for the confirmation of a continuing personal commitment” by the Cypriot President By Michalis Michael The President of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, received today a letter from the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser for the Cyprus issue, Miss Jane Holl Lute. In her letter, Miss Lute points out that the consultations she had during her recent visit have allowed for serious steps to be taken, and this way a creative prospect for continuity has opened up. It is important that the Special Adviser states that she is "grateful for the confirmation of the continuing personal commitment" by the President in his...
Staikouras heads to first Eurogroup meeting as Finance Minister
Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras will attend a Eurogroup meeting on Friday, on the back of an announcement of a fresh stimulus package by the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday. With the eurozone economy at risk of slowing down, ECB chief Mario Draghi announced an interest rate cut and plans to pump 20 billion euros a month into the financial markets. In what is seen as a boost to Athens’ efforts to convince Eurozone partners of the need for a smaller annual primary surplus, Draghi said Eurozone governments must take greater steps to promote growth by increasing public spending or cutting taxes. Staikouras will...
Romania: Dancila tries to avoid the vote of confidence
In an attempt to avoid the vote of confidence that Romanian Prime Minister Vorica Dancila has to seek as the constitution stipulates when the government's political composition changes, she chose three ALDE executives for her government. Citing the need for stability, Viorica Dancila elected three members of the ALDE Liberal Democratic Party as heads of a number of ministries that remained headless after the ALDE's decision to step down from the government. In doing so, she seeks to avoid the vote of confidence as stipulated in the Constitution. ALDE President Calin Popescu-Tăriceanu said the three politicians would be expelled from his party and accused the...