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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-06-11
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
 British government supports UN Secretary General's initiative for Cyprus settlementThe British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Doug Henderson, replied to a question on Cyprus tabled by Shadow Minister for International Development, Conservative MP Gary Streeter in the House of Commons on 8 June.
Asked to make a statement on the current political situation in Cyprus and the initiatives taken by his Department to resolve the conflicts on the island, Mr Henderson said:
"We continue to lend our full support to the United Nations Secretary General's search for a settlement to the Cyprus problem, including through regular contacts with the parties and other members of the international community involved in working to end the tragic division of the island of Cyprus."
 President Clerides: Cyprus will maintain good relations both with Israel and the Arab worldCyprus will strengthen its relations with Israel and at the same time maintain its good relations with the Arab world, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides stated yesterday.
Addressing the official dinner of the Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal in Limassol, in the presence of a delegation of Jewish leaders from all over the world, President Clerides pointed out that the government will continue to work towards enhancing its relations with Israel despite the military alliance between Israel and Turkey.
He stressed, however, that bilateral relations with Israel "will in no way change our friendly feelings and close relations with our Arab neighbours, who all along have supported us in our struggle for freedom and justice for Cyprus, nor will we deviate from positions we have supported in the past".
The President also expressed the hope that Cyprus' entry into the European Union will enhance its role as a bridge of co-operation and cultural interaction between the Middle East and Europe.
 Cyprus beaches honoured with "Blue Flag" awardTwenty-five Cyprus beaches were awarded the "Blue Flags of Europe" at a ceremony held in the coastal town of Paphos yesterday. The "Blue Flag" is awarded to beaches which fulfil a number of criteria including the quality of bathing water, environmental education and information and beach area management and safety.
The European Blue Flag Campaign was launched in 1987 during the European Year for the Environment and the "Blue Flag" has become a European symbol of environmental quality.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/