Speaking after a meeting with a Yugoslav Ministry of Labour and Health delegation, Mousiouttas expressed Cyprus' willingness to proceed with an agreement with Yugoslavia on social insurance, as it has done with a number of countries, in order to secure workers' rights in both countries.
On the other hand, a bilateral agreement on labour would be beneficial for both sides, as it would promote the exchange of experiences, knowledge and information on labour issues, he said.
Commenting on the prospects of an agreement which would regulate the employment of Yugoslav nationals in Cyprus, Mousiouttas pointed out that this issue can not be sorted out with such an agreement.
The country of origin of the employee and related matters, depend on the employer, he explained.
Yugoslav Minister of Labour and Health, Miroslav Ivanisevic's forthcoming visit to Cyprus was also discussed during the meeting.
Christofi was speaking to the press, after a meeting with Latvian Members of Parliament, Ziedonis Chevers, Karl Leishkalns, Ludmila Kuprianova and Odysej Kostanda, with whom he exchanged views on ways and means to develop further trade and tourist relations between the two countries.
"There are always possibilities for the strengthening of relations between two countries, especially between two friendly countries, like Cyprus and Latvia," Christofi noted.
The Cypriot Minister recalled that he visited Latvia a few years ago, and expressed the conviction that "there is a lot of potential" for the development of trade, tourist and other relations.
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This was announced here today by Government Spokesman, Manolis Christofides, who said "deliberations between the two governments are a standard procedure".
The date of President Clerides visit to Athens will be announced at a later stage, he added.
Noting that the meeting wille b"useful", in view of developments concerning the Cyprus problem, Christofides said "Nicosia and Athens are preparing for the next steps."
Meanwhile, asked about the role and status of foreign observers during the direct talks, Christofides said this "will be determined by UN Secretary-General, who is also responsible for convening the talks."
He agreed, however, that the government expects the presence of foreign observers to be symbolic, behind the scenes and without any status. As ked whether foreign powers are convinced of existing Turkish intransigence in efforts for a Cyprus settlement, Christofides said "they see there is a problem that remains unsolved for decades."
"The answer as to who is unreasonable and intransigent, who wishes for a solution and who doesn't will be judged during negotiations," he said, reaffirming that the Greek Cypriot side will co-operate in order to achieve a settlement.
Commenting on recent threats by Turkish officials that if the Cyprus problem remains unresolved the illegal entity in the northern occupied part of the island will have to be recognised as an independent state, Christofides said the aim of Turkish intransigence is clear.
The Government Spokesman also denied that the Greek Cypriot side has been recently asked to make specific concessions.
Government Spokesman, Manolis Christofides, said here today the new French government is expected to be more supportive in efforts for a Cyprus settlement as well as in the Republic's course for accession to the European Union.
"We expect to see what their stance will be," he said, noting that "France is one of the powers playing an important role in the Cyprus problem."
This was stressed here today by President of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, Juan Jose Osorio Palacios and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Augusto Gomez Villanueva, who head a six-member delegation, who arrived Monday for a five-day official visit in Cyprus.
Speaking after a meeting this morning with President Glafcos Clerides, Palacios said they discussed several issues and problems that concern the two countries.
On his part, Villanueva pointed out that both Cyprus and Mexico have been victims of aggression and have striven for freedom and independence.
He also noted that Mexico will promote the Cyprus case at the Union of Latin American Chamber of Deputies as well as other international fora, while working towards strengthening of bilateral relations.
The Mexican delegation, which is on a five-day official visit on the island, also met today with Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, and President of the House of Representatives, Spyros Kyprianou.
Kasoulides made special note of Mexico's constant support to Cyprus as well as a recent resolution by the Mexican Chamber of Deputies calling for respect of the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic and demanding its demilitarisation.
For his part, Kyprianou pointed out that Mexico's support to Cyprus has not been in words but in deeds.
Ziartides was one of the first and most active members of communist AKEL party and was elected to represent his party in Parliament, for the southern Larnaca District, at the very first elections of the newly- established Republic of Cyprus, in 1960.
He served as an MP for 31 years and in 1990 together with other former AKEL members they formed ADISOK, a leftist reformist party, which in 1997 merged with the Free Democrats to form the United Democrats Movement.
Ziartides was distinguished as a union leader and served as General Secretary of the Pancyprian Workers' Federation (PEO) for some 40 years.
Stressing that the Greek Cypriot side will attend direct talks with an open mind and determined to work constructively towards a solution of the Cyprus problem, Kasoulides said he will brief Albright on Cyprus government views and stance.
Kasoulides and his American counterpart will meet in Washington on June 6.
Answering to a relevant question, Kasoulides said the government did not expect that third parties present at the talks will make alternative proposals.
He said, however, that US active involvement in the process is expected.
"We are definitely interested in seeing how the US intend to assist efforts towards a Cyprus settlement", Kasoulides said.
Kasoulides said the government has not been officially informed by the US regarding the replacement of Presidential Emissary on Cyprus, Richard Beattie.
He also said the government has no information concerning a renewed involvement of Assistant Secretary for European Affairs at the State Department, Richard Holbrooke, in the Cyprus problem.
During his stay in London, Kasoulides will also meet with British Representative for Cyprus, Sir David Hanney, while in the US he will also meet with high-ranking government officials as well as members of the Congress.
Meanwhile, Kasoulides said the government has made representations and will brief the US on violations of Cyprus' sovereign air space and Nicosia FIR (Flight Information Region), and its territorial waters by Turkey.
Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs at the US State Department, Carey Cavanaugh, and Republican Congressman Edward Kennedy will be among the officials to attend the three-day Conference.
During the first day of the Conference, Cyprus Ambassador to Washington Andros Nicolaides will give a reception in honour of Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Chairman of the US House Committee on International Relations, Ben Gilman.
On Thursday, participants at the PSEKA Conference will have meetings with members of the Congress.