‘Some progress’ in talks
President Nicos Anastasiades is confident that some progress has been achieved in the UN backed talks for the reunification of Cyprus, despite the negative climate created by the establishment of a new hardline coalition administration in the north.
Speaking to reporters after returning from a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Anastasiades described the meeting as “good”, noting that “some progress has been achieved and this is very satisfactory”.
Asked if the common understandings have become convergences, the President replied “not all of them, some”.
To a question if he ascertains a change in the Turkish Cypriot leader’s stance due to developments in the occupied north of Cyprus the President replied “no, on the contrary”.
Invited to say how important he views the visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, starting Wednesday, and if the international community wants to maintain the momentum for a solution, the President said “what we want is not to maintain the momentum, but (to reach) a solution”.
He explained that the solution should be “acceptable, answer all the concerns of the Greek Cypriots and not disregard the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots. The issue is the concerns of one side not to affect the rights of the other”. Ministry is supporting efforts for sustainable development, creating new jobs and strengthening SMEs.
Kouyialis added that a total of 243 mln euros will be allocated through the new programme, of which 132.2 mln will be from the European Union and 111.1 mln euros will be allocated by the Republic.
He said that 600 new jobs will be created, including 350 for young farmers, while 170 enterprises and 1,800 farming units will be strengthened financially. 2015.
Exports /dispatches of domestically produced goods, including stores and provisions, were EUR 61.5 mln whilst exports /dispatches of foreign goods , including stores and provisions, were EUR 49.7 mln in January.