• AGERPRES Director General Giboi nominated by six European agencies to run for EANA Secretary General

    AGERPRES Director General Alexandru Giboi was nominated as candidate for the Secretary General position of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA).

    According to the EANA statutes, in order to become a candidate for this position, the nomination of at least three member agencies is needed and Alexandru Giboi was nominated by the following agencies: BTA (Bulgaria), CNA (Cyprus), ANA-MPA (Greece), ATA (Albania), FENA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), TASR (Slovakia), alongside AGERPRES Romanian National News Agency.

    Currently, Alexandru Giboi is a member in the EANA Board, elected in September 2015, but he also holds the Secretary General position of the Association of the Balkan News Agencies – Southeast Europe (ABNA), being elected for a second mandate in September 2016.

    This autumn’s elections will take place after the current Secretary General completes his mandate, namely Erik Nylen, who is a mass-media expert with a vast experience. Prior to taking over the Secretary General position of the EANA, he also was CEO of Sweden’s TT News Agency.

    Also running for the Secretary General position of the EANA is Poland’s Lidia Sobanska, who is endorsed by three news agencies.

    For the first time in the EANA history, the Spring Conference of the Alliance will take place in Bucharest, in April 2018, at the invitation of AGERPRES Romanian National News Agency. More…

  • Conference on Cyprus begins on Thursday in Geneva to discuss security and guarantees issue

    The Conference on Cyprus, which will address the issue of security and guarantees in the framework of the Cyprus talks begins on Thursday in Geneva at 1115 local time and will be opened by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

    According to a UN note to correspondents, the conference will take place in the Council Chamber at the UN Palais des Nations, “with the participation of His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, His Excellency Mustafa Akinci, the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, and the representatives of the guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The European Union will also be attending as an observer/interested party” it is added.

    The three guarantor powers will be represented by their Foreign Ministers. Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers Nikos Kotzias and Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived on Wednesday to Geneva, while British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives on Thursday morning. The EU of which Cyprus has been a members state since 2004 will be represented by a delegation under European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and with the participation of the High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

    In statements on Wednesday, the UNSG`s Special Adviser on Cyprus said that what is happening today, “whatever outcome, is historic, because it is the first time in this process that the guarantor powers have actually met with the Cypriots to discuss this very contentious, traditionally very difficult issue of security and guarantees.”

    According to the programme of the Conference, the first session will run until 1300. It will reconvene at 1800 (local times). All sessions will be private.

    The UN Secretary-General will deliver a statement to the media at 1445 local time, accompanied by the two leaders, Anastasiades and Akinci.

    Meanwhile Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will meet at 0930 local time with Greek FM Nikos Kotzias, with whom he also had a brief encounter on Wednesday evening, at the presence of Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

    On December 1st, 2016, the two leaders decided to continue their negotiations from January 9th to 11th in Geneva and that on January 12th a Conference on Cyprus will begin.

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  • The UN refers to “unprecedented progress” in the Cyprus peace effort in the past year

    The UN has referred to “unprecedented progress” in the Cyprus peace effort over the past year.

    A read out of the Secretary-General’s meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said that “The Secretary-General met today (on Sunday afternoon) with H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus.”

    The Secretary-General and the President discussed climate change, it noted, adding that “The Secretary-General welcomed the strong commitment of the Republic of Cyprus towards the ratification of the Paris agreement.”

    “The Secretary-General and the President discussed progress in the Cyprus peace talks, facilitated by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser. With the unprecedented progress in the negotiations achieved in the past year, he also welcomed the atmosphere of mutual trust, determination and goodwill surrounding the talks,” it concluded.

    UN-led peace talks are currently underway in Cyprus between the island’s two communities to try and find a negotiated agreement which will reunite the country, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

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  • Romania has become success story, deserves more (WTO Secretary-General)

    Romania has become a success story in tourism and is deserves more, as it has attractions nowhere else to be found, United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai told on Thursday an international conference “Integrated Quality Management in Tourism Destinations: A Key to Competitiveness.”

    He said the most important thing is that tourists in Bucharest will be impressed with the smile of everyone there, a real and very sweet smile, which you don’t get to see in other parts of the world, adding that Romania has become a success story in tourism and it deserves more.

    According to Rifai, although humankind hasn’t completely recovered from the 2008-2009 economic crisis, people continue to travel and tourism is growing all over the world.

    Rifai said people have crossed borders defying all obstacles and this movement represents a true change in our lives.

    He added that the IT revolution also played a part, as today’s world is steered by the revolution of travelling and the IT revolution. He showed that technology has given a voice to the silent. Through social media, he says, people have understood that they are more important than the governments and the companies they work for. Today’s traveller is much more informed and putting together 50 people on a bus and showing them around, telling them who built what and when no longer works, as tourists want to get off the bus, talk to security, eat local food. Therefore, Rifai said, everything must be consumer-oriented.

    According to him, there were over 2 billion tourists worldwide in 2015. Tourism contributed 10 percent to the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP), generating 1.4 trillion dollars. Tourists spend 3.5 billion dollars a day worldwide.

    Rifai also said many people don’t take tourism very seriously, although it is the third most important industry in the world; 66 years ago there were only 22 million cross-border travellers. Today, one in 11 jobs is created in tourism, and each job in tourism creates another 1.4 jobs in related domains.

    He also said tourism is one of the most efficient diplomatic instruments, as it mainly consists of socialising.

    The WTO official showed how travelling has become a powerful transformation engine on a social and political level. Tourism is one of the most efficient diplomatic instruments, because there are people meeting people, eating and dancing together, he said, adding that tourist workers believe their business is to help the world improve.

    Romania’s National Authority for Tourism (ANT), in partnership with the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization on Thursday is organising the “International Conference on Integrated Quality Management in Tourism Destinations: A Key to Competitiveness.” More…

  • President Plevneliev: Bulgaria Is a Proud Active Member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie

    Sofia, May 25 (BTA) – At a working meeting with Michaelle Jean, Secretary General of La Francophonie, President Rosen Plevneliev stated that Bulgaria is a proud active member of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), his press secretariat said. Jean is visiting Bulgaria. More…

  • President Anastasiades to attend World Humanitarian Summit in Constantinople

    President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will take part in a UN forum in Constantinople at the end of May and will pursue to meet with Turkish officials.

    He told reporters that he was invited by the UN Secretary General to attend the World Humanitarian Summit that will be held in Constantinople from 23-24 May. “Of course I will attend”, the president replied, answering questions on the sidelines of the annual civil servants union conference PASIDY.

    Asked if he will pursue meeting with Turkish officials, Anastasiades said that this will depend on the forum`s schedule.

    The purpose of the summit is to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action to collectively address future humanitarian challenges.

    Commenting on the ongoing talks, President Anastasiades said that “we are at a stage where there is progress but at the same time we are facing problems”.

    The President added that “I would rather we concentrated our attention and insistence on positions of principle to achieve progress”, pointing out however that “for progress to be achieved, the other side and mainly Turkey have to show good will”.

    Invited to comment on allegations by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci that there is an understanding for no drilling to take place in Cyprus` EEZ, Anastasiades clarified that “I have never allowed the issue of Cyprus exercising its sovereign rights, and especially the hydrocarbon issue to be raised at the negotiating table”.
    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May last year, with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

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  • House President sends condolences to Egypt for Boutros Boutros Ghali’s death

    Boutros Boutros Ghali was a gifted diplomat who worked tirelessly to promote the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, House of Representatives President Yiannakis Omirou has said.

    According to an official press release, Omirou sent his Egyptian counterpart Ali Abdel-Aal a message of condolences over the passing away of former UN Chief Boutros Boutros Ghali.

    In his message Omirou conveys the genuine condolences of the House of Representatives to the people of Egypt, the country`s political leadership and Ghali`s family.

    “Boutros Boutros Ghali will be remembered in history as the first Arab to lead the UN during a particularly difficult period, full of challenges.”

    He was, he adds, “a gifted diplomat who worked tirelessly to promote the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter.”

    Omirou further noted Ghali`s contribution to the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem

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  • UN announces meeting of UNSG and Cyprus leaders in Davos

    The UN has announced a meeting between UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-moon, President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on January 21st, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    The purpose of the meeting, that will take place in the presence of the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, “is to take stock of the state-of-play in the negotiations”.

    The meeting takes place at the invitation extended by the UNSG to the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

    Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday that he had accepted an invitation he received on Thursday by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon for a joint meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, while the three of them will be in Davos later this month.

    Anastasiades said in a post on his twitter account that he received on Thursday an invitation from the UN Secretary General for a joint meeting with Akinci in Davos, which he accepted.

    Anastasiades and Akinci had on Thursday morning a new meeting in the framework of the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem. In statements to the press after his return to the Presidential Palace, Anastasiades said that the negotiations are at a stage in which progress as well as difficulties are ascertained, adding that the two leaders reiterate their determination to find ways to respond to the concerns and the expectations of both sides.

    Meanwhile, the UNSG and his Special Advisor for Cyprus will meet later today. Espen Barth Eide will brief the Security Council members on the state of play in the negations and on the recent good offices mission report of the Secretary General, followed by a statement to the press.

    Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015, with a view to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

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  • President ready to meet with UNSG and Turkish Cypriot leader in Davos, if invited

    President Nicos Anastasiades reiterated on Wednesday his readiness to meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader and the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) to brief the latter on the state of play in the Cyprus peace talks.

    The President said that there are no developments regarding a possible meeting of the two leaders with the UNSG in Davos, Switzerland, replying to questions as he was departing from the Presidential Palace to attend a lunch hosted by the Greek-Turkish Forum.

    “If invited, I will of course attend such a meeting because the Secretary General of the UN must be informed about the real state of the talks, about the progress that has been made and the problems that we encounter,” he added.

    Asked about his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader on Thursday, the President said that “everything is on the table”.

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  • Discussions more intense than ever, says UN top official

    The current conversation between the leaders of Cyprus is taking place at a much more intense phase than ever before, said Espen Barth Eide, the Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus.

    “We are moving forward” but “we have still issues to deal with” he noted, after meeting on Tuesday morning with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.

    The UN top official said that the leaders of the two communities will take stock tomorrow of the first round of intensified talks that took place in November.

    On Wednesday, during their last meeting for this round of intensified talks, they will also decide how to proceed with their next meetings. “Tomorrow is time to take stock and then there will be more meetings in December” he said.

    He said that with November`s intense phase, the leaders had the ability to look much more interdependently on a number of issues, an ability they didn`t have before.

    Eide went on to say that “traditionally one would have gone away from the island”, but “we have been adamant to say that even this intense phase should happen here in Cyprus, but in such a way that we don`t have to take stock after every single meetings”.

    He further spoke of the “significant interest from the international community” and noted a number of incoming visits, starting with that of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov next week. He will be followed by the US Secretary of State John Kerry and later by the Chinese Foreign Minister.

    “We are also discussing how to make most of this international support, because any settlement will also have some international dimensions and UN dimensions to them” Eide noted.

    He added that discussions are taking place in good mood, noting that “its hard work”.

    “We are moving forward, we have still issues to deal with” Eide said.

    Asked if one should expect good news, he noted that the conversation takes place at a much more intense phase than ever before. Both leaders feel that this way of organizing talks has been very constructive and that it will enable to look interdependently on many different issues, he added.

    “I am sure they will continue to do so” he said.

    Asked if the next set of intensified talks will conclude in December, Eide referred to tomorrow`s decisions by the leaders. “I am not going announce what they will say, that will be their decision” he added.

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