Police fined 149 citizens and 2 establishment owners for violations of COVID measures in a total of 11,044 checks the last 24 hours.

A police officer from the Press Office told the Cyprus News Agency that in Nicosia the checks were 3,389 and 29 citizens and 1 establishment were reported while in Limassol the Police conducted 2,940 checks and fined 53 citizens.

In Larnaka the Police carried out 1,074 checks and handed fines to 21 people and in Paphos 15 individuals and 1 establishment were fined out of 976 checks. The Police carried out 1,155 checks in Famagusta and fined 28 citizens while in Morphou the Force conducted 1,102 checks and no reports were made.

The Traffic Patrol Department carried out 397 checks and fined 3 citizens island wide while the Emergency Response Unit made 11 checks with zero reports.

The Marine Police conducted 52 checks and no reports were made.Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides travels to Brussels on Sunday to take part in the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday which will discuss EU-US relations following Biden`s election, developments as regards Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, relations with Turkey and the rollout of COVID vaccines to third countries. Climate crisis and Energy Diplomacy will also be on the agenda of the FAC.

EU Ministers will also have a videoconference with Japanese FM Toshimitsu Motegi and will discuss cooperation and regional security, a Foreign Affairs press release says.

On Tuesday Christodoulides is set to meet with Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative and Olivér Várhelyi, the Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement with whom he will discuss UN Secretary General`s initiative to convene  an informal meeting on Cyprus.

They will also discuss EU-Turkey relations and the developments in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest UN backed round of talks took place in 2017, in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, but failed to yield any results.

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