GCC Press Review 24 Oct 2021

Front Page Headlines

Sunday Mail

Daunting ‘to-do’ list for our buses

To increase the 3% using public transport, we need expanded routes, better connectivity.

  • Disy: AKEL, not us, gave citizenship to man linked to Pandora Papers
  • Why is there no justice at The Hague for Cyprus?


Cameras in the Green Line soon

The moment that Nicosia-Athens are transferring their responsibilities regarding Turkish provocations to the EU…

  • Traps: The bizonal map will was ready before Clifford arrived
  • Energy: Defensive alliances and making use of natural gas
  • Study: The origin of Maronites and Armenians
  • Savvas Iacovides (opinion): Can Greece-Cyprus transform into a ‘poisonous shrimp’ for Turkey?
  • Andreas Stavrides (opinion): The Defence Agreement between France-Greece
  • Petros Th. Pantelides (opinion): Is the impasse catastrophic or lifesaving?
  • Andreas M. Vassiliou (opinion): They should organise some sort of anti-occupation demonstration
  • Dr. Avgoustinos (Ntinos) Avgousti (opinion): The October Events of 1931
  • Andreas S. Angelides (opinion): Turkey is a ‘troublemaker’ from 1974 and not just recently
  • Vasilios L. Constantinopoulos (opinion): The Greek-French alliance, Cyprus, and European defensive self-weakness
  • Dr. Christos Achilleos Theodoulou (opinion): Erdogan’s Turkey


“Im paternally calling on everyone all the faithful to listen to the doctors and get vaccinated”

The Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew tells ‘P’ about the Russian Church and coronavirus.

  • Quo vadis, Anastasiades? Sfairika: Anastasiades should be checked comprehensively
  • Turkish Cypriots: In the grip of the mafia and Erdogan
  • Presidential elections 2023: Backstage party contacts


Surrounded at sea

Turkish surveys and drills on the basis of the ‘Blue Homeland’ plan. The British are playing alone in the diplomatic background.

  • EU-Turkey accession talks: The opening or closing of chapters not on the agenda
  • Savvas Kalenterides (opinion): Balances in the Eastern Mediterranean are changing
  • (opinion): Who will punish Turkey?


Averof in the final stretch for ’23

The coercion of the ‘Nautical Geo’ to pull the breaks on its work in the EEZ is threatening to sink the natural gas pipeline.

  • European Union: Air gaps for sanctions
  • Occupied areas: Political-party cracks due to Peker
  • Pandora Papers: The repercussions of the resolution for the EU and Cyprus
  • Lebanon: What the crisis brings to Cyprus
  • Charalambos Petrides: Adjustment of the NG’s armament plans
  • Electroshock from the cable: Interconnection of Greece-Egypt


Anastasiades’ offshores opened Pandora’s box for the supervisory authorities

The European Parliament is asking for thorough checks for tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering.

  • Double interview: No solidarity from our EU parters. Why?
  • Varosha: ‘Nothing divides us and the TCs, we can live together’


DISY to AKEL: Will you demonstrate against Silikiotis who gave a passport to the Russian?

AKEL is shouting about a citizenship it granted itself. Finance Minister: They’re discredited all the work done. The opposition is maintaining pressure over the Pandora Papers.

  • The President reported Turkish provocations to Guterres: Christodoulides is speaking of mobility
  • Exxon Mobil: A drill is entering plot 10 in November despite threats
  • Phylogenetic analysis: From where did the Maronites and Armenians in Cyprus originate?
  • Painless visit: The Famagusta Municipal Council in Varosha
  • Turkey: Insisting on the F-16s
  • Christos Panayiotides: The issue of political equality is important for TCs and GCs

Main News

Anastasiades sends new letter to UNSG

Alithia, Haravgi, Kathimerini, Phileleftheros, Sunday Mail
Negotiations Process


President Nicos Anastasiades has sent another letter to UN Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres reporting Turkey’s latest illegal actions in and around Cyprus but also calling for the immediate appointment of a special envoy to give a push to the settlement talks process, the papers report.

Citing statements by Government Spokesman Marios Pelekanos, the papers report that Anastasiades sent the letter on Thursday. In the letter, Anastasiades reports Turkey’s latest unilateral and illegal actions in the Republic’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as well as in Varosha and Karpasia.

Pelekanos said Anastasiades also called on the UNSG to engage more actively with the immediate appointment of a special envoy, in order to create the necessary conditions for a resumption of a substantive dialogue to find a solution on the basis of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and decisions.

Anastasiades also reiterated to the UNSG his determination and political will to work with the UN and the TC leadership to achieve these objectives, Pelekanos added.

Meanwhile, the papers alsoreport that Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said that there is mobility among the UNSC in relation to the resumption of negotiations and the issue of the appointment of a special envoy.

He said Anastasiades’ address and calls before EU leaders during the recent European Council summit received a positive response from EU partners. Christodoulides added that Nicosia’s efforts are focused on both the EU and the UN in order to deal with Turkey’s ongoing provocations.

Christodoulides also said it is positive that the European Council conclusions include a reference to Turkey’s obligations as regards the Republic in light of the 2016 EU-Turkey migration statement.

Phileleftheros also reports that the Cyprus permanent representative to the UN has sent a letter to the UNSC on the new illegal actions in Varosha.

Meanwhile, Haravgi reports citing diplomatic sources that Brussels is considering to impose political sanctions on Turkey in response to developments in Varosha, with this course of action viewed as milder as compared to targeted sanctions against individuals or companies. This is due to the EU’s current unwillingness to clash with Turkey.

Haravgi reports that these sanctions could include the freezing of funding from EU sources, a freezing of investments by the European Investment Bank, and even perhaps a freezing of the EU-Turkey positive agenda. Concrete proposals are expected to be drafted in the form of an options paper by the European External Actions Service in the coming weeks.

On the issue of sanctions, Kathimerini reports that while Christodoulides is attempting to secure the support of a number of EU member states, Germany is continuing to pose an obstacle to sanctions against Turkey.

The paper reports that during the recent Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas left the room before Nicosia’s wish for an options paper could be discussed, allowing agreement to be reached. The paper reports however that Mass had informally expressed to Brussels its strong opposition to such a move before the meeting. Overall, Kathimerini suggests that the task of seeing sanctions imposed on Turkey will be a very difficult one.

Calls on UNSG to engage more actively with the immediate appointment of a special envoy to create the necessary conditions for a resumption of talks to resolve Cyprob on the basis of UNSC resolutions
>> Determined and has the political will to work with the UN and the TC leadership to achieve these objectives

>> Anastasiades’ address and calls at EUCO received a positive response from EU partners
>> Nicosia’s efforts are focused on both the EU and the UN in order to deal with Turkey’s ongoing provocations
>> It is positive that the EUCO conclusions include a reference to Turkey’s obligations as regards the RoC in light of the 2016 EU-Turkey migration statement

Commonwealth FMs express support for BBF

Haravgi, Phileleftheros
Negotiations Process


After having been briefed by Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, the Foreign Ministers of Commonwealth member states have issued an announcement reaffirming the status of Varosha, while they also call for a bizonal, bicommunal federation (BBF).

According to the papers, in the announcement, Commonwealth Foreign Ministers reaffirmed the status of Varosha as set out in relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, including resolutions 550 (1984), 789 (1992) and 2587 (2021). They express deep regret regarding unilateral actions that run contrary to previous UNSC resolutions and statements on Varosha and reiterate the call made by the UNSC for the immediate reversal of this course of action.

They added that they fully support and reiterate the presidential statements issued by the UNSC, and that they underscore the importance of full respect and implementation of UNSC resolutions.

They also expressed their support for the commitment reaffirmed by the UNSC to an enduring,comprehensive and just settlement in accordance with the wishes of the  Cypriot people and based on a BBF  with political equality, as set out in relevant UNSC resolutions. 

In the announcement, they also recall Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) communiques and reaffirm their full and enduring support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus.

They also reiterated their support for the resumption of negotiations, under the auspices of the UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) Good Offices Mission, for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem based on the UN Charter and the UNSC’s resolutions on Cyprus.

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