Seminar hears how cervical cancer could be prevented

first_imgNew cases of cervical cancer in Cyprus could be cut by increased use of vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and Pap smears, speakers told a seminar in Nicosia.Around 40 new cases of cervical cancer – which is one of the most common types of cancer in women – are recorded each year in Cyprus.“Cervical cancer is a real problem in our country, but now it is possible to prevent it,” Director of the Department of Pathology and Oncology at the Cyprus Centre for Oncology Dr Dimitris Papamichail told the lecture organised by the Cyprus paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics societies.He added that the treatment of cervical cancer is very difficult not only from a medical but also from a psychological aspect, both for patients and their families.Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Dr Vassiliki Papaveangelou, stressed the importance of prevention through HPV vaccination, which she said can prevent up to 90 per cent of cases of cervical and vulvar cancer, 85 per cent of cases of cancer of the vagina and 95 per cent of cases of rectal cancer.Referring to her long experience with vaccines against HPV and their proven efficacy and safety, she said that it explains why they are unreservedly recommended by all international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency.University of Athens Professor of Ostetrics and Gynaecology Dr Efthymios Deligeoroglu said there is a very high incidence of HPV worldwide and in Cyprus, especially among young people.He also said that the Pap smear test is a very useful tool for doctors, although he said the test cannot lead to the elimination of cervical cancer because many women neglect to have themselves examined and because precancerous lesions are not treated promptly.Cyprus cancer patients’ association Pasykaf estimates that around 5,000 girls aged 12 and 13 have so far been given the free HPV vaccine in schools. This number corresponds to almost 60 per cent of female high school pupils who responded to the health ministry’s offer of a free vaccine. This was the first year the vaccine was administered to pupils aged between 12 and 13 in all schools, state and private. The goal is to increase the response rate to 80 per cent and to expand the programme to include male pupils as well.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

CBC to shift focus from restructurings to asset swaps

first_img(Updates with background in six paragraph)By Stelios OrphanidesThe Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) is considering issuing lenders new targets to reduce delinquent loans shifting the focus from restructurings to non-performing loan ratios and encouraging banks to go hard on strategic defaulters, a bank official said on Thursday.The new target indicators are expected to be announced before the end of the year when the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) of the European Central Bank (ECB) completes its evaluation of reports filed by supervised banks on the anticipated evolution of non-performing loans over the next five-year period.The current four indicators introduced two years ago “were aiming at encouraging banks to restructure loans”, Yiangos Demetriou, head of CBC banking supervision division, said in an interview to state-radio CyBC on Thursday.“They worked somewhat but not to the desired extent. We recently witnessed that restructuring rates have slowed down, or rather came to a halt.”On August 3, the central bank said that the banks met only the indicator on sustainable restructuring solutions and failed the remaining three concerning the conclusion of restructuring agreements, the cure ratio of restructured loans and the aggregate arrears ratio.Non-performing loans in the Cypriot banking system stood at €23.2bn in April according to the latest available figures and accounted for 46 per cent of total loans. The result of excessive credit expansion in the years before the 2013 banking crisis, the mount of NPLs is still considered a major risk for financial stability.In the past weeks, Bank of Cyprus, the largest Cypriot lender announced a €500m increase in provisioning levels while Hellenic Bank, the third largest Cypriot bank, said it would increase its provisions by €51m.The implementation of an agreement between Hellenic Bank and the Prague-based non-performing loans specialist APS Holdings to set up APS Debt Recovery Ltd that will bring additional knowhow in managing the Cypriot lender’s bad loans in July may be related to the central bank’s consideration of shifting focus toward actual reduction of bad loans.A similar agreement was also reached between the Cyprus Cooperative Bank and Spain’s Altamira.Hellenic, with a non-performing loan stock of €2.5bn or 57 per cent of its portfolio, and the Co-op, with €7.2bn in bad loans or roughly 60 per cent, are trailing Bank of Cyprus which pioneered reducing delinquent loans to €9.7bn or half of its total loans by setting up a specialised recovery and restructuring division as early as 2013.Governor Chrystalla Georghadji said on Wednesday after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades that the bank supervisor was mulling changing the banks’ performance targets in order to boost their efforts.Demetriou added that while reducing non-performing loans was not a simple matter, debt-to-asset swaps were a possibility. “This could be done more often,” he continued.Other methods, including increasing provisioning levels, which does not exonerate borrowers from their obligations, and debt forgiveness as part of restructuring agreements are also ways to reduce non-performing loans, although they come at a price, he added.“All these are not easy to implement as there needs to be a balance, because writing down debt or reducing the interest rate or extending maturity has some negative impact on the equity of banks,” Demetriou said. “Therefore, these have to be applied with caution to avoid other problems”.In a subsequent response to a question submitted by the Cyprus Business Mail, the central banker said that banks should also clamp down on strategic defaulters, even as such cases are difficult to spot with certainty.“What the Central Bank of Cyprus asks from banks is when they detect borrowers who have the capacity to repay or have assets which could be used to pay back their loans, they then should proceed with all available measures against them,” Demetriou said.In May, Georghadji said that parliament had to improve the unpopular foreclosure law, modernised three years ago and enacted in 2015 as part of Cyprus’ bailout terms.Hellenic Bank’s attempt to auction a 263-square-metres foreclosed mansion in Engomi belonging to a family which repeatedly ignored the bank’s efforts to enter restructuring negotiations, attracted support from politicians of various opposition parties a week ago, including far-right Elam, and is also indicative of the support a bill to strengthen the current foreclosure law would enjoy at the parliament.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

UNFICYP review by midOctober external expert leads appraisal

first_imgA UN team, led by an external expert, is expected to visit Cyprus in mid-October in the framework of the review of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), according to UNFICYP Spokesperson`s office.Invited by CNA to comment on a press report published on Sunday in “Phileleftheros” daily saying that a UN team, under United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix is expected to visit Cyprus around October 18 to proceed with an on the ground review of UNFICYP, the UN peace keeping force Spokesperson’s office said that “as requested by the Security Council in the most recent resolution renewing UNFICYP’s mandate, the UN Secretariat is conducting a review of the mission.”“A review team led by an external expert- who is not a UN staff member – is expected to visit the island in mid-October. At this time, Mr. Lacroix is not expected to be part of that delegation,” it added.The UN Security Council adopted unanimously a resolution at the end of July, renewing for six more months, until January 31, 2018, the mandate of UNFICYP. The Security Council requested the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of UNFICYP, focused on findings and recommendations “for how UNFICYP should be optimally configured to implement its existing mandate,” and to report on the results of this review when appropriate within four months of the adoption of this resolution.Meanwhile, asked by CNA about the decision of the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime “authorities” to impose, as of October 1st, a “duty” on goods transported by the UN to the enclaved living in the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus, the UN peacekeeping force Spokeperson`s office said that “UNFICYP has not yet received from the administration in the north the necessary technical information concerning the implementation of the new directive, and will decide on a course of action once this information is communicated.”“The mission hopes that a mutual arrangement suitable to all can be found,” it added.CNAYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Once a fixture of Cyprus life

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouFrom the peddlars who sold the tickets to the glamorous Irene Charalambidou who announced the winning numbers every Saturday night on TV, the state lottery was once a fixture of Cyprus life.For decades it was one of the few highly regulated forms of gambling allowed and was therefore immensely popular.In recent years, sales have plummeted due to competition from Greek gambling giant, Opap, and online gambling companies, while the soon-to-be-established casino will seize even more players.Government’s plans to privatise the lottery will pose yet another challenge if they are ever carried out.The Cyprus state lottery was initially introduced by the British in 1958 but just three draws took place before it was suspended. The first draw was on February 15 and the second in April. However, Eoka, fighting for the end of British rule, was quick to call on the Cypriot public to sabotage the lottery because all proceeds were going to the British government at the time. People stopped buying tickets and after the third draw, the operation ceased.A British woman from Akrotiri collecting the top prize, 5,000 pounds in 1966Soon after the independence in 1960, the new government revived the lottery based on legislation drawn up by the British. From August 1961 a draw took place once a month consisting of 80,000 tickets at 250 mills (1/4 of a Cyprus pound) each.“The winning ticket was CYP 5,000, a huge amount in the 1960s,” head of the state lottery Marios Constantinou told the Sunday Mail.At the time there were only street vendors, whereas now many tickets are sold in kiosks.“The main purpose at the time the lottery was introduced was to help beggars and disabled people who couldn’t do any other jobs,” Constantinou explained. “In those days, there were no social benefits and it was a way for the government to support them.”This is still the case, up to a point. While pensions, a minimum wage and other state benefits are mandatory, according to the lottery director there are still needy people who need the cash from selling tickets. Most, however, are now sold in kiosks.The law stipulates that the government is not allowed to sell tickets, thus they are sold via 20 agents such as the disabled association after deducting a 10 per cent commission. The agents pay for the tickets up front and sell them to the public through the approximately 500 sub-agents such as street vendors and kiosks, retaining about 2 to 3 per cent of the commission for their expenses and profit, while the other 7 or 8 per cent go to the vendors who have to do the work.For the traditional draw numbers lottery, 50,000 tickets are issued at €2 each, with a top prize of €50,000. As people tend to buy more tickets at Easter and Christmas, when they are in holiday mode and have more money, two extraordinary draws are held each year with 100,000 tickets each.The lottery machines at the state lottery offices. The public can go and watch the drawScratch cards were introduced in 1979 and there are now six types of instant lottery tickets, standard, mini, super mega, bingo and gold with top prizes ranging from €5,000 to €400,000.Competition from Opap and other international companies is fierce and while the chances of winning are lower, the advertising suggests differently.“If you listen carefully, they are often talking about winners in Greece or even Spain,” one lottery player said. “There are so many people playing, so how can you win?”But some Cypriots February this year a Cypriot from Limassol did win over €16m on the Opap lottery, Joker, the highest amount ever collected by a single winner. Following 16 consecutive jackpots on Joker, the Limassol resident guessed the 5+1 numbers correctly, winning some €16.4m by paying just €3.The previous record was €19.2m shared by two lucky winners. In November 2014, Joker again paid €18.4m to two winners.The changes over the years are not all about monetary benefits but are also of a social nature.“There are definitely fewer sales than years ago. Now anybody goes on the internet and only he knows how often he plays, how much he wins or loses,” kiosk owner Michalis Yiangou, 50, said.“When I was in the army we used to buy tickets and compare the numbers and have a laugh,” Christos Christou, 45, said. “It is different when you go into a betting shop. There you stay longer and you are likely to pay back what you have won.”“Years ago every Saturday night everybody would sit and watch the popular show Efharisto Savvadovrado (Pleasant Saturday evening) with Irene Charalambidou. The big moment was the moment of the lottery,” Yianna Christodoulou remembers.“Back then you got tickets for 50 cents. Now the money is bigger as we have Opap and Joker and others but it is still not any easier to win.”Irene Charalambidou announcing the winning numbers on Pleasant Staruday Evening in the late 1980s“I only played because there was this handicapped man selling tickets whom I wanted to support. When he retired I lost interest,” Nicos Ioannou, 63, commented.It was a personal matter for the sellers, too.“My grandfather was a ticket seller and used to spread out the tickets on the bed in the evening. He knew exactly which of his clients wanted how many and what numbers. In the morning he used to go around and give them personally to each client,” George Psyllides recalls. “My uncles were trying to convince him to buy a kiosk and work from there. But he wanted to walk.”While the private companies are big payers, they provide few benefits for society. The state lottery is different.“The net profit from the lottery operations, 37 per cent of the ticket money is transferred to the consolidated fund and used for development projects by the government,” Constantinou said.Yet, the government wants to privatise the state lottery, hoping to make more profit.It is unlikely that they will, as the net profits from Opap, which is a huge organisation, are not more than those of the state organisation, which, due to the government’s plans to sell has been unable to expand or advertise for the past four years.Potential buyers will also have in mind that there will soon be a huge casino in Cyprus, which means more will have to share the pie of Cypriot players.The finance ministry on August sent to parliament the bill on the privatisation of the state lottery, aiming at transferring operations to a private investor for 15 years under the supervision of the National Betting Authority.The bill, which was approved by the cabinet, provides for the granting of exclusive rights to a private investor. It also regulates the organisation, operation, and supervision of national lottery games forbids unauthorised lotteries and imposes restrictions on prize competitions.However, this is just a first step. In order to make changes, parliament still has to approve and the European Commission must consent to any changes.The history of lotteryPlaying lotto probably originated in China. The first recorded signs of a lottery are keno slips from the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 and 187 BC. These lotteries are believed to have helped to finance major government projects like the Great Wall of China.Just like in Cyprus, one purpose of lotteries involving money was to help the poor in Europe in the past. When they started in medieval times money was also raised for public works such as town fortifications. They were a popular form of taxation in countries like the Netherlands, where lotteries caught on early.In France the first lottery draw was in 1539 and in England in 1569. Though the idea was quickly abandoned in France, it remained popular in England and later in America where they were introduced at the time when the country was an English colony.Recently, on January 13, 2016, three winners from the USA won the world’s largest jackpot, $1,586 billion pretax. Europe’s largest jackpot was won by a ticker holder from Scotland who won €185 million on July 12, 2011.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementCalling All Carnivores! There Is One Protein That Can Restart Your Body’s Fat Burner, And No, It’s Not FishGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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BoC restricting use of external web payments

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesBank of Cyprus has restricted its customers’ ability to use online payment systems as consumers are seeking ways to cost-effectively transfer funds, a bank customer said.The customer, who has been using the web-based Transferwise payment system some time now to transfer funds from his Bank of Cyprus account –via the 1Bank service– to the accounts of his children studying in the UK, discovered on Wednesday that he could not proceed with the transaction, which the bank declined to carry out, he said. “When I attempted to transfer £2,000, I was informed by the system that my transaction had not been authorised”.“Transferwise has a £2,000 (€2,250) limit for every debit card transaction and their charges are based on the day’s exchange rate,” said Tommy Sapachlaris in an interview on Thursday. “By transferring £2,000 you only have to pay a little more than €11 in fees and for a €500 transfer around €2, whereas when you do the same with 1Bank you have to pay more than double”.He subsequently inquired at Bank of Cyprus’s 1Bank service and was told that the reason behind the rejection of his transaction was that it “was identified as a cash withdrawal transaction instead of an e-commerce transaction” which was the case in the past. He added that 1Bank advised him to contact Transferwise and after he did so the online payment system company informed him that it hadn’t changed anything in its regulations or operations which could have restricted his ability to carry out transactions from Bank of Cyprus account using Transferwise.In a second communication with 1Bank on Wednesday, “they told me that they introduced a €800 cap per transaction to protect the consumers after a decision of both Bank of Cyprus and the Central Bank of Cyprus,” Sapachlaris said. A day later, the bank informed him that would temporarily increase the limit which allowed him to carry out two transfers of €800 each.Bank of Cyprus did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson at the Central Bank of Cyprus which jointly with the European Central Bank’s (ECB) Single Supervisory Mechanism supervises Bank of Cyprus said that it has not introduced any related restrictions and every bank was free to do so “depending on each case’s risk evaluation”.In an email communication with Sapachlaris, Transferwise said that in the past 30 days, it had received more than 500 card payments from Cyprus each exceeding €800.A bank source who spoke on anonymity citing the lack of authorisation to discuss the matter with the press said that the use of online payment services is government by the European Union’s Payment Services Directive 1 (PSD1), which on January 13, will be replaced by PSD2.“It gives the right to companies to offer this type of services but also gives the right to banks to impose restrictions,” he said.“The cap in transactions may be introduced to protect a source of revenue, or to protect itself and its customer from cyberattacks or data theft and to restrict abuse with money laundering,” the source added.Bank of Cyprus which posted a €553m net loss in the first nine months of the year mainly on an increase in provisions for debt impairments, also saw its net revenue income drop to €454m in the same period from €524m in the respective period last year, partly on record low interest rates. On the other hand, Cyprus’s largest bank saw its non-interest income rise to €239m in January to September from €193m in the respective period of 2016. The above amounts included income from net fees and commissions of €133m and €112m respectively.The increase in non-interest income in the first nine months of 2017 was “largely driven by the new and increased commission charges introduced in the fourth quarter of 2016,” the bank said on November 21, when it announced its earnings.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Photiou discusses missing persons issue with senior UN official

first_imgThe missing persons issue was the main point of discussion at a meeting Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou had with United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix in New York.Photiou, who is in the US representing the government at the Federation of Cypriot American Organisations meeting, told Lacroix that Turkey should stop raising obstacles to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) so it can continue its work unimpeded.Lacroix, he said, showed understanding, adding that their meeting was constructive. He also said the two discussed the Cyprus problem and he briefed Lacroix on the dinner President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had earlier this month.Photiou said he conveyed the concerns of the Greek Cypriot side over the limited results that the CMP has achieved in locating Greek Cypriot missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion, due to Turkey’s stance.Ankara, he said refuses to cooperate and that it must be persuaded that the missing persons issue is not political but humanitarian, and that if progress were to be achieved on this issue, it would help boost confidence between the island`s two communities.The commissioner said that Turkey should allow access to the Turkish army archives and give permission for exhumations to take place where there are mass graves. “It is inhuman to give relatives of the missing two to three pieces of remains for burial,” he remarked.Photiou thanked Lacroix for UNFICYP’s work regarding the enclaved. He said the most important issue schools face in the north are the obstacles raised in appointing teachers and in the distribution of history and religious studies books.You May LikeHousediver15 Real Faces Of Famous Historical Figures Recreated In CGIHousediverUndoCity BeautyLift Sagging Skin And Jowls Without Surgery (Do This)City BeautyUndoHealth & Human Research7 Things That Happen To Your Body If You Eat A Banana Every DayHealth & Human ResearchUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

Consumer prices fall 01 in April

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesConsumer prices fell on average 0.1 per cent last month compared to the respective month of 2017, as cheaper products more than offset the impact of more expensive fuel and services, the statistical service said.In January to April, the annual inflation rate was minus 0.4 per cent, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.In April, electricity prices fell 5.5 per cent compared to the respective month of 2017, Cystat said. Prices for agricultural and industrial products excluding fuel fell 1.1 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively and water prices fell 2.8 per cent. On the other hand, fuel prices rose 1.5 per cent while those for services rose 1.3 per cent.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. See what this site reveals about people.TruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoLotus CandlesCan your birthday candles do this? These amazing candles are delighting party guests everywhere.Lotus CandlesUndomygreekfriend.travelPlan Your Meditation Vacations to Greece for 9 Days.mygreekfriend.travelUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus has remained calm and stable because of Unficyps presence – UNSG

first_imgUN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed the conviction that Cyprus has remained calm and stable throughout the years in large measure because of the unwavering presence of the UN peace keeping force (Unficyp), its preventive and deterrent capabilities and its role in defusing tensions.In his report on Unficyp, an unofficial copy of which has been given by the UN Secretariat to the UN Security Council members on Friday,  Guterres proposes to the UNSC the renewal of Unficyp’s mandate for six more months, until January 31, 2019.Among others, Guterres says in his report  that “in order to help create conditions conducive for peace, I appeal to the leaders to provide visible and direct support to civil society organisations in their efforts to increase inter-communal engagement and participation and to bolster trust and reconciliation between the communities.”Furthermore, he  stresses that “I also encourage the leaders to implement the remaining confidence building measures they agreed to in 2015, in particular the interoperability of mobile phones, and to consider other confidence building measures. In addition, I urge the sides to agree on a plan of work to demine and achieve a mine-free Cyprus.”“Unficyp has served the interests of peace in Cyprus for over fifty years, preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to the maintenance of law and order and a return to normal conditions. I am convinced that Cyprus has remained calm and stable throughout the years in large measure because of the unwavering presence of Unficyp, its preventive and deterrent capabilities and its role in defusing tensions,” Guterres notes in the report.He adds that “during this long period, Unficyp has preserved the trust of the opposing forces, ensuring that incidents do not escalate, cause tensions or disrupt ongoing negotiations. In this respect, it has acted as the sole channel of communication between the opposing forces, avoiding misunderstandings or miscalculations, and ensuring a continued climate of calm and security.”Guterres also says that his report on the good offices mission in Cyprus issued on  June 14, as requested in the Security Council resolution 2398 (2018), sets out in detail the most significant political developments during the period under review and that while acknowledging the continued hiatus in the talks since July 2017, the report encourages greater efforts towards creating more propitious conditions for a possible resumption, and outlines the United Nations’ next steps. He noted that the role of Unficyp in contributing to conditions conducive to negotiations will be covered in the present report.According to the report, in June 20, 2018, the strength of the military component stood at 802 (749 men and 53 women) for all ranks, while the strength of the police component stood at 65.Guterres says that the impact of the 94 per cent completion rate for the implementation of the November 2017 strategic review recommendations, particularly the increased focus by the mission on liaison and engagement, is starting to manifest itself in the sectors, with strengthened component coordination and more effective outreach. “Through its deterrence and prevention roles, enhanced as a result of the strategic review, Unficyp was able to resolve low-level incidents by patrolling the length of the buffer zone and liaising and engaging more systematically with its military, police and civilian interlocutors,” he notes.I look forward, he adds, “to seeing the further dividends of the Mission’s enhanced liaison and engagement capacity resulting from the recent strategic review recommendations, which recognised the on-going critical role of Unficyp in preventing serious incidents and keeping tensions low. At the same time, the Secretariat remains ready, as with all missions, to keep Unficyp continuously under review.”He stresses that support and respect for the authority of Unficyp in the buffer zone is required from both sides if the mission is to resolve security concerns, including those linked to civilian activity, and ensure the maintenance of peace.On the good offices mission in Cyprus, Guterres said, “it is encouraging that, despite the current hiatus in the talks, some segments of society on both sides, including trade unions, some political parties, women’s groups and other organised civic groups, continue to promote a solution based on the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality.”He notes that “divergent school curricula and rhetoric in the media have reinforced parallel narratives across generations, making it particularly difficult for some Cypriots to envisage a common and mutually beneficial future. It is time for the leaders and both communities to address this most critical of issues, and while the Imagine programme is to be applauded, efforts must go beyond this initiative if the dividends of peace education and pedagogy across all levels of education are to take hold”.The Secretary General also says that “the opening of the crossings since 2003 has allowed Cypriots freedom of movement across the island, contributing to a return to normal conditions and facilitating contact and interaction for those who wished to avail themselves of the opportunity.In this regard, I call on the leaders to support the opening of the crossings at Lefka-Aplici/Lefke-Aplıç and at Deryneia/Derinya as soon as possible and for the Technical Committee on Crossings to focus on additional, impactful crossings thereafter”.He says that he continues to urge greater efforts to create a climate conducive to achieving more economic and social parity between the two sides and to broaden and deepen economic, social, cultural, sporting and similar ties and contacts, including with a view to encouraging trade. “Such contacts promote trust between the communities and help to address the concerns of Turkish Cypriots with regard to isolation. With regard to intra-island trade, I would underscore the importance of and the opportunities presented by full implementation of the European Council regulation no. 866/2004, the “Green Line regulation”, for the benefit of both communities,” he notes.Additionally, Guterres notes that “normal conditions in and along the buffer zone will always remain limited as long as this stretch of territory remains locked between two belligerent forces”, and that the resolution of this situation clearly lies with a political solution to the Cyprus problem, which I appeal to the sides to address with the requisite political will.Regarding “the sensitive and tragic issue of the missing” Guterres says the United Nations “remains committed to supporting the important humanitarian work carried out on behalf of the families of victims by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus. In light of the advanced age of both relatives and witnesses, it is critical that the Committee continue to receive sufficient financial support and the information, including from relevant archives, required to accelerate its work. In particular, I encourage the parties to intensify their efforts to share relevant archival information with the CMP,” he adds.He notes that “thus far, 11 of the 12 countries contacted have answered the Committee’s request for cooperation. While extensive efforts have been undertaken by the United Nations to provide the Committee with access to all relevant archival holdings both in Nicosia and in New York, none of the parties have thus far shared archival information on possible burial sites with the Committee.”The UNSG says that “further to recommendations of the strategic review and the military capability study of Unficyp, the Mission enhanced its patrolling, which inter alia led to the detection of unauthorized heavy weapons at Greek Cypriot National Guard observation posts in Nicosia and on the southern ceasefire line to the west of the island. These included mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and M-60 machine guns.”Moreover he notes that “military positions established by both forces inside the buffer zone that violate the status quo, including at Strovilia, remain in place and are classified as permanent violations. The United Nations continues to hold the Government of Turkey responsible for the status quo in Varosha.”You May LikeBrighterWoman.comHow to get rid of stiff neck at homeBrighterWoman.comUndoAngelino'sTry Angelino’s Coffee Today And Save Money On Your K-CupsAngelino’sUndoChecking Accounts | Search AdsSee Bonuses for Opening New Checking AccountChecking Accounts | Search AdsUndo Licences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Leaders at Crete summit tell Turkey to leave Cyprus EEZ alone

first_imgCyprus, Greece and Egypt on Wednesday called on Turkey to cease all illegal activities within the maritime zones of Cyprus and to refrain from similar actions in the future.President, Nicos Anastasiades, his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, made the statement following their 6th trilateral summit in Elounda, Crete where four memorandums were signed in education, research, customs, environment and entrepreneurship.In their official declaration following the meeting, the three leaders reaffirmed their commitment to broaden and deepen their trilateral partnership in various fields of common interest, and to enhance their efforts towards promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean, based on common values and interests.They also reviewed common challenges faced in the energy field, the need for diversification of energy resources and routes, the security of energy supply and the need to modernise and develop new energy infrastructure, for further promoting trilateral cooperation in the areas of hydrocarbons, electricity and renewable energy.Strengthening cooperation could be done through a series of agreements on the exploitation and transfer of natural gas, “which further highlights the fact that the discovery of hydrocarbon reserves can serve as a catalyst for regional stability and prosperity”.The declaration stressed the importance for the respect of the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction each state has over its maritime zones in accordance with international law, as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) and called on Turkey “to cease all illegal activities within the maritime zones of Cyprus and to refrain from similar actions in the future”.“Cooperation is based on the well-established principles and rules of international law,” the declaration said, adding that in line with this principle, they were committed to proceeding expeditiously with their own negotiations on the delimitation of their common maritime boundaries where appropriate.The declaration also referred to ensuring reliable connectivity as a chief challenge in successfully aligning the energy sector with sustainable development and energy security.“The discovery and future exploitation of significant hydrocarbon fields in the Eastern Mediterranean is of vital importance for the stability of the region. In this respect, enhancement of energy security conditions constitutes the cornerstone of the trilateral energy cooperation,” the declaration said.Speaking afterwards, Anastasiades said: “What we seek is to create circumstances for cooperation between countries in the region so that both the energy security of Europe and the general security of the region can be attained.”Tsipras said the three leaders “agreed that international law is the only basis on which to build stable relations between countries in the Eastern Mediterranean”.“We have clearly expressed our support to Cyprus in its effort to build its sovereign rights under international law and respect its exclusive economic zone,” he added. Al-Sisi said they had discussed the need to tighten their relationships and support various projects. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

MPs banned from attending medical cannabis conference

first_imgMPs invited by a Swedish medical cannabis company to visit their facilities in Zurich were forbidden to go by House president Demetris Syllouris on Thursday,on the grounds the trip may influence their vote on the upcoming medical cannabis bill.The invitation for the all-expenses-paid trip to Zurich on November 19-21 was sent to the House health committee, which is deliberating the bill seeking to allow the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. The bill is due before the House plenum for a vote by the beginning of December at the latest.According to media reports, the specific Swedish company is interested in obtaining one of the two licences, valid for 15 years, included in the bill for the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis in Cyprus, and to invest in cultivation facilities, should the bill be approved by the plenum.In view of this, Syllouris forbade the MPs to take the trip to Zurich, as it may influence their judgement in the upcoming voting, especially since the trip is just a few days prior.On Wednesday, the ethics committee, in the presence of Syllouris, decided that new and tougher laws aiming at greater transparency over MPs possible conflicts of interest will be drawn up.Medicinal cannabis is expected to be given on prescription to patients suffering from chronic painful conditions associated with cancer, HIV, degenerative diseases of the motor system, rheumatic diseases, neuropathy and glaucoma, among others. It will also be given to patients suffering from Tourette’s syndrome and Crohn’s disease (ulcerative colitis).You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more