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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 00-03-22

Cyprus News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] Defence Minister - Turkish occupied areas - Army
  • [02] Defence Minister - Greek National Defence School
  • [03] Vassiliou - Hannay - Cyprus question - EU
  • [04] Verheugen - Cyprus - Visit
  • [05] Cyprus - China

  • 1650:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Defence Minister - Turkish occupied areas - Army

    By Rebekah Gregoriades

    Athens, Mar 22 (CNA) - Defence Minister Sokrates Hasikos said today that 62 armoured vehicles have been transported to the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic over the past couple of months, adding that combat helicopters has also been seen in the area.

    Speaking to journalists in Athens, Hasikos said that "Cobra helicopters were also spotted about a month ago", adding that "we are looking into whether the helicopters have stopped over in the Turkish occupied areas".

    CNA/RG/RM/MM/2000

    1735:CYPPRESS:O2

    [02] Defence Minister - Greek National Defence School

    By Rebekah Gregoriades

    Athens, Mar 22 (CNA) - Defence Minister Sokrates Hasikos said today Cyprus could serve as a base for the needs of European army peacekeeping operations, adding that the island's facilities could be used by the European powers in similar operations in the region.

    Én a speech delivered to students of the National Defence School in Athens, Hasikos said should the Cyprus problem be solved before the country's accession to the European Union, then a joint force, comprising Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, could be set up to participate exclusively in peacekeeping missions abroad.

    CNA/RG/FZ/MM)

    1845:CYPPRESS:O3

    [03] Vassiliou - Hannay - Cyprus question - EU

    Nicosia, Mar 22 (CNA) - Chief negotiator for Cyprus' accession to the European Union George Vassiliou said today that UN-led proximity talks on the Cyprus question should be turned into substantive negotiations as soon as possible.

    Speaking to CNA from London, after his meeting with Britain's envoy on the Cyprus problem Sir David Hannay, Vassiliou said Hannay agreed that "there is a need for the proximity talks to turn into substantive negotiations" pointing out that "time is running out".

    CNA/RM/MM/2000

    2010:CYPPRESS:04

    [04] Verheugen - Cyprus - Visit

    Nicosia, Mar 22 (CNA) - Commissioner in charge of enlargement Gunter Verheugen is expected to voice strong support for the current UN proximity talks towards a political settlement on the Cyprus question during his two- day official visit to Cyprus, a statement issued today by the European Commission said.

    According to the Commission, Verheugen, who will be visiting Cyprus from 23 to 25 March for the first time since his appointment, is also expected to reiterate that "accession negotiations and progress towards a political solution will continue to reinforce each other".

    CNA/RM/MM/2000

    2015:CYPPRESS:05

    [05] Cyprus - China

    Nicosia, Mar 22 (CNA) - Bilateral relations between Cyprus and China were reviewed at a meeting today in Beijing between Permanent Secretary of Cyprus' Foreign Ministry Andreas Pirishis and Deputy Foreign Secretary of China J. Peiding.

    The meeting was held in the framework of a political dialogue between the two countries, established by a Protocol of Cooperation signed in 1997.

    CNA/RM/MM/2000

    CNA ENDS


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