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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 97-09-11

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News Update

Thursday, 11/09/97


  • [01] Italy assures Cypriot Foreign Minister that it supports Cyprus EU accession process
  • [02] Lamberto Dini sees Cyprus EU accession course as positive for intercommunal peace dialogue
  • [03] Cyprus will host International Maritime Conference

[01] Italy assures Cypriot Foreign Minister that it supports Cyprus EU accession process

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides had a meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini on Wednesday (10.9.97), after which he expressed satisfaction with the assurances he received and said "there is no doubt that Italy recognises the legitimate Cyprus government and has no intention of recognising any other government in Cyprus".

"I explained there are not two entities in Cyprus, but one illegal entity according to UN resolution 540 and a legitimate government. there are two communities in Cyprus that negotiate a Cyprus solution," Kassoulides said.

This came following statements Mr. Dimi has made in Rome last month, after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, that there are two republics, two governments and two entities in Cyprus.

It was later clarified by the Italian Foreign Ministry that Italy recognises only the Republic of Cyprus, according to all relevant UN resolutions.

Italy's position was confirmed by a press release issued by the Italian Premier's office after Wednesday's (10.9.97) meeting between Prime Minister Romano Prodi and the Cypriot Foreign Minister. The statement noted that both communities on the island (Greek and Turkish Cypriot) will benefit from Cyprus' entry into the Union and expressed hope that peace talks will resume soon. During the meeting at the Palazzo Chigi the Italian Premier assured Mr. Kassoulides that his country's policy towards a Cyprus solution and entry into the European Union has not changed, and assured him that it supports the beginning of EU accession talks with the government of Cyprus early next year.

During his meeting with Dini, Kassoulides noted the importance Cyprus' accession course to the EU has in ongoing efforts for a Cyprus solution, stressing that the government remains committed to the UN-sponsored peace talks in a positive and constructive spirit.

In statements after his meeting in Rome, Mr. Kassoulides said his interlocutors had raised the question of Turkish Cypriot participation in the EU accession process and he had explained to Mr. Dini the Cyprus government wishes that the Turkish Cypriot side would take part in the accession talks, provided it accepts the entry of Cyprus into the EU and that negotiations are to be carried out by the government of the Republic.

[02] Lambergo Dini sees Cyprus EU accession course as positive for intercommunal peace dialogue

Following his meeting with Cyprus's Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini's press office released a statement on Wednesday (10.9.97) which said that "during the friendly meeting the issues of the Cyprus bicommunal dialogue and the island's European Union accession were discussed". "On the intercommunal negotiations, Foreign Minister Dini underlined that Italy favours a solution to the Cyprus question on the basis of criteria defined by United Nations decisions and that the prospect of the island's accession to the EU is itself an encouraging element for the dialogue and the negotiations".

The statement from Mr. Dini's office went on to say that the Italian Foreign Minister "underlined that the EU accession prospect must concern the whole island and for this reason formulas, must be found, which will allow the Turkish Cypriot element to be represented within the make-up of the delegation assigned to conduct the negotiations for EU accession".

The statement added that the Italian side has underlined during the meeting that "EU-Cyprus negotiations must begin according to the defined time-frame and if possible without a confrontation with Turkey. In this spirit, it was wished that the EU accession course proceeds at the same time with talks between the two communities and without seeking to correlate the two, it could have a mutual positive influence."

[03] Cyprus will host International Maritime Conference

The "" Conference, a major international event in merchant shipping, will take place between October 6-9, with the participation of more than one thousand shipowners, shipbrokers, managers, lawyers, accountants, underwriters and insurers.

The Conference, which takes place every two years, is organized by the Ministry of Communications and Works, the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Cyprus, and the Cyprus Shipping Council.

The theme of the "Maritime Cyprus 1997 Conference" is "A new era in shipping", which has been chosen as new principles and new targets are currently being set by the international shipping legislation, Sergios Sergiou, Director of the Department of Merchant Shipping, told the Cyprus News Agency.

Five hundred participants took part in the last Conference, while more than double are expected to do so this year, a development which reflects the success of the Conference according to Mr. Sergiou.

The participants will have the opportunity to be informed on the latest developments in international shipping, exchange views, and even proceed with transactions.

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