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 Consultations on Cyprus continue
Consultations on Cyprus continue
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Nov 22 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is deciding today with his special adviser Alvaro de Soto his next moves on Cyprus, at a meeting in The Hague.
The UN and other key players are adamant that peace talks on a UN proposal as a basis for negotiations on a comprehensive settlement begin as soon as possible and indicate that an end must be given to the delay caused by the absence from the political scene of ailing Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, who is recovering in a New York hospital from open heart surgery.
 Diplomacy must speak now, says Defence minister
Diplomacy must speak now, says Defence Minister
Nicosia, Nov 22 (CNA) -- Cyprus Defence Minister Socratis Hasikos believes that diplomatic moves should take precedence at present over any crisis or threats on the military level.
He also said that the Cyprus question, the establishment of a European Rapid Deployment force and Greco-turkish disputes cannot be made part and parcel of the same package deal.
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 No to a referendum should not jeopardise accession, says Markides
No to a referendum should not jeopardize accession, says Markides
Nicosia, Nov 22 (CNA) -- A negative vote in a referendum on an agreed political settlement of the Cyprus question, on the basis of a UN proposal, should not relate to the Republic's accession to the European Union, Attorney General Alecos Markides said here today.
He also said that there will not be any solution unless negotiations on the UN proposal, submitted to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides last week, take place.
Speaking after a meeting of a subcommittee of the National Council, he said President Glafcos Clerides was briefed on the work carried out by experts in relation to arrangements proposed by the UN with regard to the territorial issue.
The Attorney General refused to comment or characterise the actual content of the proposal, saying it will be studied further.
He added that clarifications will be sought from the UN on many issues and noted that there are continuous consultations on the matter.
''What we are seeking to clarify is to see what exactly the UN had in mind as they were noting down specific issues contained in the Secretary General's proposal,'' Markides said, adding that in the negotiation one has to be certain about the content of the specifics of the proposal.
Asked if he was sure there would be negotiations on the UN proposal, he replied ''if there are no negotiations, then there will be no settlement.''
 Themistocleous says desalination needs on the rise
Themistocleous says desalination needs on the rise
Nicosia, Nov 22 (CNA) - Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Costas Themistocleous, said today water desalination was expected to increase as the dry weather conditions worsened.
 Cyprus government condemns murders of Israeli civilians
Cyprus government condemns murders of Israeli civilians
Nicosia, Nov 22 (CNA) - The government of Cyprus has strongly condemned ''the recent cold-blooded murders of Israeli civilians which took place on November 15 in the city of Hebron and on November 21 in Jerusalem''.
 Denktash remains in hospital, spokesman says1945:CYPPRESS:08 Denktash remains in hospital, spokesman says By Apostolis Zoupaniotis New York, Nov 22 (CNA) Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash remains in hospital despite press reports that he was supposed to be discharged on Friday.
Asked whether Denktash had been discharged, according to Turkish Cypriot press reports, the spokesman said, the reports are not true, he is still here.
 AHI congratulates US Senate over resolution on Cyprus1950:CYPPRESS:09 AHI congratulates US Senate over resolution on Cyprus Washington, Nov 22 (CNA) The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) has applauded the United States Senate on its November 18 unanimous approval of a resolution that endorses the accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU) and calls for the reunification of the divided island.
 Greece’s Economy Minister visits Cyprus1950:CYPPRESS:10 Greeces Economy Minister visits Cyprus Nicosia, Nov 22 (CNA) Greeces Economy Minister, Nicos Christodoulakis said the islands European Union (EU) accession course is the rewarding of a long, systematic effort through which the Republic of Cyprus has not only shown great achievements in its economy but also became a role model for all candidate countries.
He said the validation of the islands accession course does not only justify Cyprus but also Europe and the benefit will be mutual.
 Annan stands by his timetable on Cyprus2000:CYPPRESS:11 Annan stands by his timetable on Cyprus By Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 22 (CNA) The UN Secretary-General remains firm in the timetable he gave to the two sides in Cyprus to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem by December 12, when the Copenhagen European Council will be held.
A statement by the Secretary-Generals Spokesman on the meeting Kofi Annan had Friday with his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto in The Hague said Annan is encouraged by the generally positive reaction to his blueprint, submitted on November 11, and looks forward to receiving the two sides substantive reactions to move the process ahead in earnest.
He also said de Soto would return to the region to continue his consultations.
The Secretary-General today met with his Special Advisor on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, to take stock of efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, the Spokesman said.
He (the SG) is encouraged by the generally positive reaction to his plan that is emerging, and wants to press ahead with the parties in accordance with the calendar which is part and parcel of the plan and which is designed to take advantage of the opportunity that is available now, the Secretary-Generals Spokesman added.
During The Hague meeting today, the two discussed steps for engaging the parties intensively in the next week or so, the Spokesman said, adding that the Secretary-General looks forward to receiving their substantive reactions with a view to moving ahead in earnest.
The Secretary-General will also remain in contact with the Prime Ministers of Greece and Turkey on the matter, and his Special Advisor will return to the region to continue his consultations, the Spokesman concluded.
 Security Council draft resolution on UNFICYP2040:CYPPRESS:11 Security Council draft resolution on UNFICYP By Apostolis Zoupaniotis United Nations, Nov 22(CNA) The UN Security Council, in a draft resolution extending the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for another six months, urges the Turkish Cypriot side and the Turkish forces to rescind restrictions imposed on the operations of UNFICYP and to restore the military status quo ante at Strovilia.
It further reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, and in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions.
The draft resolution, which is expected to be approved on Monday, welcomes the report of the Secretary-General of 15 November on the United Nations operation in Cyprus, and in particular the call to the parties to assess and address the humanitarian issue of missing persons with due urgency and seriousness.
It notes, the government of Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions in the island it is necessary to keep the UNFICYP beyond 15 December 2002.
Welcoming and encouraging efforts by the UN to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations, the Security Council reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, and in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions.
It also decides to extend the mandate of UNFICYP for a further period ending 15 June 2003, and requests the SG to submit a report by 1 June, 2003 on the implementation of the resolution.
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