In today’s episode, President Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday told Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan the Cyprus problem needs to be solved and efforts made to revive stalled peace talks.
The two chatted briefly on the sidelines of a European summit in Prague, amid a backdrop of increasingly bellicose rhetoric from Turkey directed at Greece and Cyprus over maritime jurisdictions in the eastern Mediterranean.
In other news, Cyprus is facing a 122 per cent increase in irregular migrant arrivals in the first seven months of this year compared to the same period in 2021, mainly due to arrivals from Turkey to the north of the island and then over the Green Line, according to the EU’s 2022 report on migration and asylum.
Elsewhere, the health ministry signed a joint declaration of intent with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional office for Europe for the establishment of an office in Larnaca.
All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.