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Maas: Oruc Reis activity within disputed maritime zones runs counter to Confidence Building Measures

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Nicosia, where he met with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides. During their discussion, Heiko Maas noted that “the resolution of contentious issues in the Eastern Mediterranean can only be achieved through direct dialogue between all parties involved”, stressing that “it is now up to Turkey to cultivate those conditions…

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Albania: Socialist Party will win elections – I keep my promises and fulfill them, says Rama

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama stated today at a press conference that “I and the Socialist Party will win the elections without having to make any decision and do anything that some people will say is an electoral stunt.” The Albanian Prime Minister stressed that “we are not working for the elections, but for the…

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Cyprus announces abolition of “golden passports” Investment Program

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades today chaired an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers at the Presidential Palace. After the meeting, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios told reporters that “during today’s extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Ministers of Finance and Interior presented a proposal for the abolition of the current Investment Program. The…

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Cyprus: Syllouris announces it will abstain from duties following the Al Jazeera video

Starting Monday, October 19, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Syllouris will abstain from his duties, in the light of the publication of a video by the Al-Jazeera news network regarding the management of the “golden” passports, in which the Speaker of Parliament was also mentioned. Demetris Syllouris…

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Altun: Turkey remains committed to a diplomatic solution in the Eastern Mediterranean

The head of the Republic of Turkey’s media communications, Fahrettin Altun, stressed that Turkey remains committed to a diplomatic solution in the Eastern Mediterranean, adding that “we call on all parties to support Turkey’s diplomatic efforts”. Fahrettin Altun posted on his personal Twitter account about the Turkish seismic research vessel Oruç Reis, which sailed back…

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Turkey: 23.5% increase in turnover, 3.4% increase in industrial production in August – TurkStat

The turnover index in the regulated industry, construction, trade and services sectors for the calendar year increased by 23.5% in August, compared to the same month last year, according to the Turkish Statistical Service (TurkStat). Examining the secondary details of the total turnover, the turnover index of the industrial sector increased by 29.4%, of the…

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Cyprus: Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on developments around Varosha

The EU expresses its deep concern over the decision to proceed with the “opening” from 8 October 2020 of a part of the fenced area of ​​Varosha, following the announcement made in Ankara on 6 October 2020. The EU underlines the importance of Varosha’s status, as set out in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions,…

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Greece: No mitigating circumstances supported for Golden Dawn leaders, sentences to be announced tomorrow

All mitigating circumstances alleged by the leaders of the criminal organization and the former Golden Dawn parliamentary party were denied, as announced by the court and Court President Miss Lepeniotis. In an attempt to thwart the proceedings, a request was made for the court to be disqualified by the convicted Giannis Lagos and the incumbent…

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Albania: Without respect for the June 5 agreement, there can be no start of negotiations, says Rama

The crisis that arose from the unilateral actions of the Rama Government regarding the June 5 agreement and the negotiations with the opposition continues. The President of Albania Ilir Meta stated today that, without respect for the consensus agreement of June 5, there can be no start of negotiations. As Meta stated, “To all those…

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Greece-Egypt ties, stronger than ever

By Barakat Abdelsattar * Egypt’s economic success under President El Sisi Despite the traditional historical relations between Egypt and Greece, these relations reached an unprecedented level during the rule of President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi with the establishment of trilateral cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt which began in Cairo in 2014 and signaled the start…

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Cyprus: Declining trade deficit January-August 2020 a year ago

Foreign Trade Statistics, July 2020 Total imports of goods (from EU Member States and third countries) amounted to € 625.9 in July 2020 compared to € 726.6 in July 2019, recording a decrease of 13.9%. Exports of domestically produced products, including shops and commissions, in July 2020 were € 128.6 mm compared to € 133.2…

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Cyprus: Tatar and Akinci will face off in the second round

Incumbent “President” Mustafa Akinci and incumbent “Prime Minister” Ersin Tatar will face off in the second round of the Turkish Cypriot administration’s presidential election, as they won second and first place respectively in the first round of the “presidential election” on Sunday 11 . According to the results, the current “Prime Minister” Ersin Tatar got…

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Plevneliev: What Radev is doing is the most direct way to dictatorship

“He has attacked the state 24 hours a day for 4 years. I have made decisions, not like Radev. Today he violates the constitution. I did not do it. “The head of state has no right to demand the resignation, to demand the resignation of the parliament, the general prosecutor or the prime minister,” former…

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Council of the European Union adopts conclusions on EUFOR Althea operation

The Council of the European Union calls on all political actors in BiH to refrain from provocative and divisive rhetoric during the election period and to focus on addressing the 14 key priorities identified in the Commission Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application for EU membership as was approved by the Council in 2019, and…

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Turkey: Bilateral trade with US grows 3.5% year on year

Turkey-US bilateral trade volume grows 3.5% year-on-year despite pandemic, Turkish Deputy Trade Minister Riza Tuna Turagay said during a teleconference on the future of Turkey-US trade relations hosted by the Heritage Organization Turkish. Turkey’s bilateral trade and business relations with the United States have improved despite the coronavirus pandemic, the senior official said on Thursday.…

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Kousios: EU partners need to understand that Erdogan will not simply meet the requirements

Our partners in the EU need to understand that Mr Erdogan will not simply meet the requirements, government spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said early in the afternoon. Speaking to reporters at the Deryneia roadblock, where Famagusta residents protested against Turkey’s illegal actions in the besieged city of Famagusta, the spokesman said that “the Famagusta people, but…

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Greece: Dendias and Fragogiannis to travel to Pristina on Friday

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will travel to Pristina on Friday (October 9th), accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Frangogiannis, who will arrive from Bratislava, where he attended the GLOBSEC 2020 Forum. In the Kosovar capital, the Greek Foreign Minister will meet with Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, Parliament Speaker Vjosa Osmani and Foreign Minister Meliza…

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President Anastasiades: The use of a portion of Famagusta constitutes an unlawful and manifest violation of international law

The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, described the extension for the use of part of the coastal front of the closed city of Famagusta as an illegal and flagrant violation of International Law. “I consider the decision by Turkey and the occupation regime to extend for use a part of the beach…