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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-07-02

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

News Update

Thursday, 02/07/98


CONTENTS

  • [01] Russian government pleased with Security Council resolutions on Cyprus
  • [02] Greek and Turkish Cypriot businessmen pledge to work together
  • [03] Britain supports accession to the EU of a bizonal, bicommunal Cyprus
  • [04] Two day seminar on European Union and Cyprus'accession
  • [05] Violations of Cyprus' airspace by Turkish military aircraft


[01] Russian government pleased with Security Council resolutions on Cyprus

The spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry in an official statement on 30 June expressed his government's satisfaction with Security Council resolutions 1178 and 1179 and the hope that their approval will give a new impetus to all efforts made for a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

Moreover, he reaffirmed his government's active support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary General and his Special Adviser Mr. Diego Cordovez.

[02] Greek and Turkish Cypriot businessmen pledge to work together

Greek and Turkish business representatives agreed in Oslo yesterday, to work together towards realising a number of projects which would benefit all the people of Cyprus After the conclusion of their second meeting, they issued a final statement, pointing out the importance of increased contact and cooperation in business, cultural and sports areas. Moreover they stressed the need to relax and eventually lift all restrictions on the free movement of people, goods and services.

The group agreed to push forward initiatives on specific projects namely the joint restoration of historical monuments, the enhancement of the telecommunication services, as well as the promotion of environmental, trade and economic ventures.

[03] Britain supports accession to the EU of a bizonal, bicommunal Cyprus

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Symons, replying to a question in the House of Lords on 29 June on the issue of human rights in Cyprus, expressed her government's support for the accession to the EU of a bizonal and bicommunal federation from Cyprus and for the continuation of the UN process.

She pointed out that Britain and the EU "look to Turkey to support this" adding that "Mr. Clerides has offered some discussions to Mr. Denktash. They have not so far been taken up but they remain on the table and enjoy the support of the presidency."

[04] Two day seminar on European Union and Cyprus'accession

A two day seminar on the "European Union after Amsterdam: Institutional and Enlargement Implications", jointly organised by the European Parliament, the University of Cyprus and the House of Representatives, started in Nicosia yesterday.

The seminar focused on the Treaty of Amsterdam, institutional and financial adjustments, Second and Third Pillars, the strengthened role of the European Parliament and accession negotiations and the case of Cyprus. The main lecturer was Mr Alexander Von Lingen.

[05] Violations of Cyprus' airspace by Turkish military aircraft

The Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Sotos Zackheos, has strongly protested to the UN for new provocative violations of the Flight Information Region of Nicosia and the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by a large number of military aircraft on 21,22,23 and 28 June.

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary General dated 29 June, Mr. Zackheos points out that such violations are in complete disregard of the international traffic rules, the UN Charter and Security Council Resolutions on Cyprus. Moreover they increase political tension on the island and undermine the efforts towards a Cyprus settlement.


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


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