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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 97-09-30

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

News Update

Tuesday, 30/09/97


CONTENTS

  • [01] Foreign Minister's contacts in New York
  • [02] Greek Cypriot side is ready to give evidence on missing persons
  • [03] New Irish and Polish ambassadors present credentials
  • [04] Supreme Court appointment causes controversy


[01] Foreign Minister's contacts in New York

Cyprus' Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides had a meeting at UN headquarters in New York yesterday with India's Foreign Minister Mr Saleem Igbal Shervani. He briefed him on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem and discussed matters regarding the Non-Aligned Movement as well the forthcoming Commonwheath Heads of Government Meeting due to take place in Edinburgh next month.

Moreover, Mr Kasoulides discussed matters regarding EU enlargement with his Bulgarian counterpart, Ms Nedezha Mihailova, with special reference to the catalytic influence EU entry could have on efforts to solve the Cyprus question.

He also met with the Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Mr Domingo Siazon Jr.

[02] Greek Cypriot side is ready to give evidence on missing persons

The government has announced that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to present substantive evidence regarding the fate of 200 Turkish Cypriot and 15 Greek Cypriot missing persons.

Government Spokesman Manolis Christofides said today that the UN is being informed accordingly.

He said this falls within the time scale stipulated in the context of the humanitarian talks being held under the auspices of the UN.

[03] New Irish and Polish ambassadors present credentials

Two new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Clerides yesterday, Irish Ambassador Padraic Cradock and Polish Ambassador Dr Wojciech Lamentowicz.

The Irish ambassador said he hoped the United Nations-led talks between Clerides and Denktash would eventually achieve a Cyprus solution.

Referring to Cyprus and Ireland as two countries which were "strongly conscious of their history and destiny as part of Europe", Mr Cradock said he was aware of Cyprus' support for efforts to find a solution to the Northern Ireland problem, and expressed his government's gratitude for this position.

The Polish Ambassador said his country and Cyprus shared "some tragic experience" of domination and added that there were "many common hopes" binding the two countries, including the prospect of EU accession for both. He said he hoped Cyprus and Poland would "each in its own way contribute a great deal to the stability, security and prosperity of integrating Europe."

[04] Supreme Court appointment causes controversy

President Clerides yesterday appointed Government Attorney Rallis Gavrielides and Judge Andreas Kramvis to the bench of the Supreme Court.

Following the appointments, a majority of the island's district judges tendered their resignations in protest because one of the appointees was not a member of the judiciary.

Traditionally only judges are appointed to the 13-bench court but the President has the constitutional right to appoint someone other than a judge.

The 34 protesting judges out of a total of 44 judges, however, decided to exercise their duties normally in anticipation of developments.

The Supreme Court issued a statement saying that "the appointment of a legal professional from outside the ranks of the judiciary will have knock- on effects on the independence of courts".

Government Spokesman Manolis Christofides defended the President's action yesterday, saying his right to choose Supreme Court judges was "non- negotiable".


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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