GCC Press Review 9 Sep 2019

Front Page Headlines


The passport (schemes) are being scrutinised by international evaluation houses

The tender will be assigned to three companies within September. Following a cabinet decision, politically exposed persons and high-risk persons will be excluded. The strict background checks will apply both for the investors and their family members.

  • (Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos) Mitsotakis wants to see Erdogan


GESY (National Health Scheme) is to be discussed at the Presidential Palace

The president will have meetings with all stakeholders. Preparations are full steam ahead at the health ministry and the Presidential Palace.

  • Nicosia-Athens coordination ahead of what comes next (on the Cyprob)
  • (Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut) Cavusoglu: ‘Consulate’ in Famagusta
  • Woman in charge of the Greek Embassy (in Cyprus) for the first time
  • The church bells of the Panayia of Lysi rang again


Cover-up of the racist behaviour

It is not enough they have no intention of punishing him, they are rushing to cover up the whole issue and are rewarding him with a transfer that protects him from public opinion. Instead of protecting the victim, they are protecting the abuser. The education minister, while initially deciding the issue of sending away a pupil due to her headscarf was “over”, transferred the headmaster the next day.

  • Lysi refugees returned for a prayer and sent out the message they are not OK with the invasion
  • Cavusoglu said Turkey would open a ‘consulate’ in occupied Famagusta
  • Meeting today with the goal of strengthening the bicommual technical committees


Consulate in Famagusta!

New provocative move by Turkey – Cavusoglu announced it.

  • Messages to Erdogan by Kyriacos Mitsotakis

Main News

Nicosia-Athens coordination for next steps on Cyprob

Alithia, Haravgi, Phileleftheros, Politis
Negotiations Process, Regional/International Relations


President Nicos Anastasiades is travelling to Athens for coordination ahead of expected developments on the Cyprus problem, the papers report on Monday.

In the meantime, main opposition AKEL calls on Anastasiades to convince UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of his sincere intentions as regards the Cyprus problem solution procedure.

According to Phileleftheros this is an extremely critical period for the Cyprus problem. Anastasiades is traveling to Greece this week for coordination with Athens ahead of what’s to come next.

He is to meet with Greek Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis on Tuesday.

The daily reports that Anastasiades is also preparing his speech for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) which is taking place towards the end of the month. He is expected to refer to the efforts to relaunch the talks and his positive stance. Anastasiades, while in New York, will also meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and have contacts aimed at briefing the permanent members of the UN Security Council, the daily reported.

All papers report that AKEL said the new failure to reach an agreement on the Terms of Reference (ToR) was a negative development and called on Anastasiades to “persuade the UN Secretary-General that he is willing to contribute positively to the creation of conditions for the restart and positive outcome of the negotiations.”

In a written statement, AKEL Parliamentary Spokesman Giorgos Loukaides warned that the window of opportunity will not remain open for too long and argued that it is imperative that Anastasiades acts exclusively with the best interest of the homeland in mind, away from any expediencies, setbacks and contradictions.

In the meantime, according to the dailies, Mitsotakis said on Sunday he intended on meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdigan on the sidelines of the UNGA.

He told members of the press that both the issue of violations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the refugee-migrant issue, were not just about bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey but mainly Turkish relations with the EU.

If Erdogan wanted to restart the Greek-Turkish relations, he  must prove it in practice, Mitsotakis said, according to the dailies.

In another article, Phileleftheros reports that for the first time in the 59 years since Greece and Cyprus established diplomatic relations, a woman will head the Greek diplomatic mission to Nicosia, Ambassador Ekaterini Xagorari. She will be replacing Ambassador Ilias Photopoulos who has been in Cyprus since 2015.

Xagorari’s appointment is expected to be approved by the cabinet on Tuesday, the daily reported. The Ambassador in question had served in Cyprus between 2008 and 2013 as a senior diplomat. Before that she had served in Greece’s Embassy in Ankara, while after her service in Cyprus, she had served for two years as deputy director of the Turkish affairs directorate at the Greek foreign ministry.

The papers also report that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who is in the north for contacts, announced that Turkey would open a ‘consulate’ in occupied Famagusta to serve Turkish citizens living in the Karpasia area.

Alithia reports that this was a new provocative move by Turkey aimed at bringing in settlers in Famagusta.

Loukaides (AKEL)
Failure to reach agreement on the ToR was a negative development.
>> Anastasiades must convince Guterres he is willing to contribute positively to the whole Cyprob procedure for a positive outcome.

Mitsotakis (Greece)
Turkey’s provocations in the Cypriot EEZ mainly concern its relations with the EU and not just bilateral relations with Greece

GC effort to enhance technical committees’ effectiveness

CBMs, EU Matters


According to Haravghi, a meeting will take place on Monday, chaired by negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis, concerning the bicommunal technical committees.

Citing sources, the daily reported that the technical committees will be encouraged to find ways either by working together, or by utilising their project support mechanism, or by promoting ideas that have not yet been discussed, to enhance their effectiveness.

At the meeting, the members of the committees will receive reassurances that the GC side supports their work and any efforts for reinforcing their work.

The source told Haravgi that the aim of the meeting is to help committees each see what the others are doing and have an overall idea of the dynamic everyone’s work creates.

At the meeting, the committees will be presented with the new EU budget for 2019-2020, to the tune of €1m, aimed at facilitating their work. The committees will be able to submit applications for funding their projects which will be assessed based on their impact on the wider society and the participation of individuals and groups from both sides of the divide, the source told Haravgi.

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