GCC Press Review 26 Nov 2021

Front Page Headlines


The arithmetics of the crime is testing our limits

Extensive and detailed evidence in Parliament from the Justice Ministry.

  • New local governance map: The final clearing up in the plenum
  • Law suit: Adventures for EuroAsia
  • Audit committee: Quarrel over 4 associates of the Presidential Palace
  • Over FM: DISY awkward and nervous


The new measures brought nerves

Reactions from parents and food and drink business owners – Legal entanglements for the decisions on children. The European Commission is suggesting a nine-month application of the SafePass, the Government decided on seven months.

  • Diffidence from the UN on the appointment of an envoy
  • The remains of seven Greeks in the fatherland with honours of heroes: ELDYK and Noratlas fighters
  • Opposition reporting hiring scandal
  • The marble landed on 21 municipalities and the reform continues: Game changers in local governance
  • 17,000 asylum applications pending at court
  • They’re getting coordinated for whistleblower protection


Bribery and family domination across the whole spectrum of the Public Service

Hirings and promotions of relatives of the Presidential couple and ministers…

  • Cyprus Problem: Contacts between the AKEL GS and the Russian ambassador and Chinese officials
  • Turkey: Protests over the new price rises and the plummeting lira
  • Open matters ‘closings’ and majorities forming over the merging of municipalities and referendums

Cyprus Mail

Vaccines for kids aged 5 and above

Following EMA go-ahead shots to start in December.

  • (photo caption) The remains of seven Greek soldiers who lost their lives during the 1974 Turkish invasion were transferred to Greece on Thursday
  • Granting civil servant status to Anastasiades aides is ‘unlawful’


The battle of coronavirus

Reactions to the government’s measures. Parents took to the streets and warned that they will not send their little children to school if they do not withdraw the measures. Shouts also from economic sectors (mainly catering), but also confrontation between the government and opposition parties.

  • Ersin Tatar: “Morphou will remain a part of the ‘state'”
  • With 20 municipalities: The Local Governance reform in the final stretch
  • Turkey: Imposition of state of emergency also on the table

Main News

Remains of 7 Greek soldiers killed in 1974 transferred to Greece

Alithia, Cyprus Mail, Phileleftheros
Human Rights


The remains of seven Greek soldiers who lost their lives during the 1974 Turkish invasion were transferred to Greece on Thursday, the dailies report.

The handover ceremony took place in the presence of Greek Minister of Defence Nikolaos Hardalias. Relatives of the soldiers travelled from Greece to receive the remains of their loved ones as well as medals of honour.

The ceremony, held at old Larnaca airport, began with a blessing before the remains were loaded onto a C-130 aircraft headed for Greece, where a proper burial would be conducted.

Alithia reports that some containers only had a few small pieces of remains, which was all that was available for the DNA matching process.

Six of the soldiers were stationed in ELDYK, the Hellenic Force in Cyprus and were killed during battles in the summer of 1974. The seventh was in Noratlas, the military transport aircraft shot down in Nicosia.

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said the seven soldiers from Greece gave their lives for Cyprus and the Cypriot people are grateful to them and their relatives, many of whom are no longer alive and passed away without knowing the fate of their loved ones. According to Photiou a total of 77 Greek citizens are included in the list of missing persons, of whom 47 are still unaccounted for.

Hardalias said their sacrifice proves the principles and virtues of Hellenism, adding that until the very end they remained focused and faithful to the military oath.

AKEL leader meets with Russian Ambassador, Chinese officials

Negotiations Process


AKEL leader Stefanos Stefanou discussed the Cyprus problem with Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy as well as repreentatives of the Chinese Communist Party, Haravgi reports.

According to an announcement issued by AKEL after the meeting, during Stefanou’s discusion with Osadchiy, it was agreed that the Cyprus problem must remain within the UN and agreed-upon framework.

Stefanou said the two discussed the situation in which the Cyprus problem currently finds itself, as well as what needs to be done so as the secure the resumption of negotiations from the point they left off in Crans-Montana, safeguarding the entire body of work and convergences that have been achieved throughout the years a well as the agreed-upon solution basis.

The announcement also said that Stefanou highlighted the importance of such meetings, especially meetings with Ambassadors of important countries such as Russia, which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Regarding Stefanou’s meeting, held online, with representatives of the Chinese Communist Party, Haravgi reports that AKEL expressed thanks for China’s stable position on the Cyprus problem, which is particularly important in view of China’s position as a permanent member of the UNSC. The paper writes that the meeting took place in the framework of the 50 years of interstate relations between Cyprus and China. The two parties also highlighted their contribution to efforts to boost interstate relations in the political, trade, and cultural sectors, which is to the benefit of both peoples.

Dujarric confirms UN has seen reports of “alleged” UN documents

Haravgi, Phileleftheros
Negotiations Process


Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General (UNSG) Stephane Dujarric was, according to the dailies, asked a question regarding the leaked UN minutes from the Crans-Montana round of negotiations, with Dujarric responding to that will not be commenting on the content or validity of the documents.

Dujarric was asked by a journalist whether the UNSG knew in advance (before the final dinner) that Turkey was never willing to withdraw guarantees and troops, and never informed President Nicos Anastasiades of such a possibility. The journalist also said the documents cast doubt over the UNSG’s objectiveness and leave him exposed.

In response, Dujarric confirmed that the UN have seen the reports on the “alleged documents that have been leaked”. He added that he will not be commenting on their content or validity.

Dujarric noted that as regards the conclusions of Crans-Montana, these can be found in the “very clear public statements made by the UNSG at the end of these meetings.”

UN irresolute on issue of appointment of envoy

Negotiations Process


Phileleftheros reports that for the time being, the UN may be announcing that they are willing to move forward with the appointment of an envoy, but they do not seem to resolute on doing so.

The paper reports that the delay is mainly linked with the course the envoy will have to follow towards the goal of resuming negotiations.

The paper adds that the messages being received by Nicosia is that the UN is highly interested in moving forward with the appointment of an envoy. For the GC side, it is clear that for the appointment to be made, the envoy would have to operate within an agreed-upon and acceptable framework and with a mandate that would lead to the resumption of negotiations, that would be based on the framework provided for by UN resolutions.

Phileleftheros notes that Nicosia does not care so much about the title that the envoy will be given, but the mandate, with a view that negotiations that will resume will aim for a federation and will pick up from where talks left off in Crans-Montana.

The sticking point, the paper writes, is that the Turkish side refuse to see Crans-Montana-style negotiations resume and insist that negotiations must now aim for a two-state solution.

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