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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 97-01-21

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  • [01] Cyprus replies to German Foreign Minister
  • [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange
  • [03] Government protests to EU for illegal ''university''
  • [04] Cook to visit Cyprus
  • [05] Greek, Turkish Cypriot parties meet
  • [06] Britain will protest Turkish threats

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    [01] Cyprus replies to German Foreign Minister

    Nicosia, Jan 21 (CNA) -- Cyprus Government Spokesman Yiannakis Cassoulides said today that statements made by German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel regarding Cyprus' European Union (EU) entry, are not in line with collective EU decisions.

    He was commenting on statements made by Kinkel yesterday, in Brussels, that ''anyone who wants to join the EU must know that the EU cannot deal with the accession of new members that bring in additional external problems.''

    The German Foreign Minister is also reported to have said Cyprus could not become a member until the long-standing dispute (the Cyprus problem) was settled.

    ''Mr Kinkel must remember that if there was one country in Europe that had serious problems it was Germany, which was suffering the consequences of division for many years,'' the Spokesman recalled.

    He noted that when Germany was reunited it brought the EU certain problems, not of a political but of economic nature.

    Cassoulides also reminded that Cyprus was one of the first countries to welcome Germany's reunification, because it supports international law and ethical principles.

    Meanwhile, asked to comment on Kinkel's statements, Foreign Minister Alecos Michaelides reiterated that the government wants a solution to the Cyprus problem and called on the EU to help achieve this goal.

    ''We do not want to bring in problems, that is why we call on Kinkel and all EU member states to help in solving the Cyprus problem,'' he said.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

    CNA MA/GP/1997

    [02] Cyprus Stock Exchange

    Nicosia, Jan 21 (CNA) -- The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at today's stock exchange meeting as follows:
    CSE All Share Index                    78.42 (-1.37)
    Sectural Indices
    Banks                                  88.37 (-1.27)
    Approved Investment Companies          69.43 (-2.88)
    Insurance Companies                    56.42 (-0.86)
    Industrial Companies                   76.97 (-2.00)
    Tourist Industries                     68.47 (-1.86)
    Commercial Companies                   55.85 (-1.41)
    Other Companies                        61.12 (-0.21)
    Trading Volume                         CYP 525093.670
    * The difference in brackets represents the percentage increase (+) or decrease (-) of the index from the previous stock exchange meeting.
    CNA AP/1997
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    [03] Government protests to EU for illegal ''university''

    Nicosia, Jan 21 (CNA) -- An apparent agreement between the European Union (EU) and the so-called ''University of the Eastern Mediterranean'', operating illegally in the Turkish occupied areas, has irked the government of Cyprus.

    The agreement, which EU circles have described as a ''technical matter with no political significance,'' has already prompted the Cyprus government to send a written protest to the EU, stating such an agreement with an illegal institution contravenes international law.

    The EU has agreed to set up an information centre at the self-styled university so that Turkish Cypriots may be informed on EU matters as well as benefits they will receive, when Cyprus will join the Union.

    Foreign Minister Alecos Michaelides said the government does not oppose efforts to inform Turkish Cypriots of the benefits from EU accession, but ''we are against any institutional relations, either with the pseudo-state or any institution which operates as a result of decisions made by the pseudo-state.''

    The ''university'' was founded through a ''bill'' passed by the legally invalid Turkish Cypriot regime, recognized by no other country than Turkey, and its so-called governing council is selected personally by Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash.

    Most of the ''university's'' students are Muslim aliens who number around 7.500. Turkish Cypriot students number around 800.

    CNA MH/AP/1997

    [04] Cook to visit Cyprus

    London, Jan 21 (CNA) -- Britain's shadow Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, arrives in Cyprus tomorrow to discuss the protracted Cyprus problem with both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides.

    In a statement to CNA Tuesday, a spokesman from the shadow Foreign Secretary's office said Cook's visit to Cyprus is one of only three visits he will be making abroad, before general elections in the UK.

    ''This indicates the significance he attaches to this visit,'' he noted.

    The spokesman added Cook will be discussing ''all aspects of the Cyprus problem, with special reference to the solution of the issue,'' as well as the prospects for Cyprus' European Union (EU) accession.

    ''The latter must be discussed on its own merits between Cyprus and the EU without any right of veto by any third party,'' the spokesman said.

    During his stay, the Labour deputy will be received by President Glafcos Clerides and meet Foreign Minister Alecos Michaelides. He will also have a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in the occupied part of Nicosia.

    Cook will be meeting with party leaders of both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides.

    CNA KT/AP/MA/1997

    [05] Greek, Turkish Cypriot parties meet

    Nicosia, Jan 21 (CNA) -- The United Democrats (UD) party and Turkish Cypriot leftist Republican Turkish Party (RTP) have called for measures to defuse tension in Cyprus, and expressed support for a dialogue between the two sides to solve the protracted Cyprus problem.

    Representatives of the two parties met in Nicosia today and discussed the Cyprus problem and its recent developments.

    The two parties expressed concern over ''the increase of tension on the island'' and an ''increase in chauvinistic tendencies'', a press release issued after the meeting said.

    It also said ''a solution to the Cyprus problem should be based on political procedures and not military confrontation'' and noted that if the present situation continues there will be serious consequences for both communities.

    The Greek and Turkish Cypriot parties believe a dialogue should begin soon, under the auspices of the UN, in order to reach a bicommunal, bizonal solution to the Cyprus problem, as outlined in UN resolutions.

    They also supported meetings between Greek and Turkish Cypriot political parties, noting these help restore confidence between the two communities.

    Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal. CNA MA/AP/1997

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    [06] Britain will protest Turkish threats

    London, Jan 21 (CNA) -- Britain will make representations to the Turkish government regarding a joint statement issued after a meeting between Turkish President Suleyman Demirel and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in which Ankara threatens to set up air and naval bases in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus.

    ''We do not want to see an already difficult situation worsen further, '' a spokesman for the British Foreign Office told CNA Tuesday.

    He added that Britain's statement during the latest crisis in Cyprus, after the government decided to buy Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles S- 300, ''applies to this case too.''

    Asked whether the British government will make representations towards Ankara, the Foreign Office spokesman replied: ''Yes. We will make representations.''

    In a joint statement, issued yesterday in Ankara, Turkey pledged its full support to the illegal regime and threatened to set up military bases, if the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles are deployed in Cyprus.

    Cyprus has been divided since July 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its northern territory.

    CNA KT/MA/AP/1997

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