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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-10-23

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

News Update

Friday, 23/10/98


CONTENTS

  • [01] Shuttle talks continue
  • [02] Foreign Minister conveys message to Egyptian President
  • [03] US aid to Cyprus approved
  • [04] Tourist statistics


[01] Shuttle talks continue

President Glafcos Clerides and Dame Ann Hercus, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Cyprus, had a second meeting yesterday in the framework of shuttle-talks to try to bring the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides back to the negotiating table.

Dame Hercus is due to have a second meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash today and to meet yet again with President Clerides next Friday.

The shuttle talks, which are shrouded in secrecy, have the "goal of reducing tensions and promoting progress towards a just and lasting settlement" of the Cyprus problem, Hercus said yesterday.

[02] Foreign Minister conveys message to Egyptian President

Cyprus' Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, who is on an three-day official visit to Egypt, yesterday conveyed a written message from President Glafcos Clerides to Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak.

The message refers to the Cyprus problem, bilateral relations and regional developments.

Mr Kasoulides expressed the appreciation of President Clerides, the Government and the people of Cyprus for Egypt's support for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.

On Wednesday, Mr Kasoulides met with Egyptian Foreign Minister, Amr Mousa and discussed the Cyprus problem, with emphasis on Turkish intransigence and unacceptable conditions to resume talks, as well as Cyprus' European Union course and the Cypro- Egyptian bilateral relations and ways to develop them.

They also discussed the Middle East peace process, co-operation between Turkey and Israel, and Egyptian involvement in defusing the tension in Turkish-Syrian relations.

The talks also covered co-operation of Cyprus and Egypt in the context of the Barcelona process and the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation, as well as efforts to combat terrorism.

After the talks, both Ministers signed an Agreement to Promote and Jointly Protect Investments, in the framework of the mutual wish to develop co- operation of Cyprus and Egypt in the economic sector.

The Chairmen of the Boards of the respective Stock Exchanges also signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Mr Kasoulides returned to Cyprus last night.

[03] US aid to Cyprus approved

President Clinton on Wednesday signed the foreign aid bill for 1999 passed by Congress, which also includes $15 m worth of aid to Cyprus.

The aid to Cyprus is earmarked for scholarships, administrative support of the scholarship program, bicommunal projects, and measures aimed at reunification of the island and designed to reduce tensions and promote peace and co-operation between the two communities.

[04] Tourist statistics

The Department of Statistics and Research said yesterday that tourist arrivals increased by 11.2 per cent in August compared to the same month a year ago.

Britons held the traditional number one spot with 44.2 per cent of all arrivals, while Russian tourists were a distant second accounting for 12.2 per cent. Germany and Sweden came third and fourth respectively.


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


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