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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 98-10-27

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

News Update

Tuesday, 27/10/98


CONTENTS

  • [01] Greece complies with agreed EU decisions and so should all its members
  • [02] Agricultural Forum stresses need for rational and sustainable management of water resources
  • [03] Cyprus Government welcomes Palestinian - Israeli Agreement
  • [04] New UNFICYP Spokespersons


[01] Greece complies with agreed EU decisions and so should all its members

The countries which violate previous agreements and create obstacles, will not only be accountable to the other European Union members but also to the candidate for accession countries, the Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos stated yesterday.

Speaking to the press at the conclusion of the European Union General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Mr Pangalos pointed out that Greece complies with agreed European Union decisions and so should all its members.

Replying to a question on objections raised by some EU members on the beginning of accession negotiations with Cyprus, the Greek Foreign Minister reiterated that Greece remains committed to previous agreed decisions and would accept no derogation on the matter.

[02] Agricultural Forum stresses need for rational and sustainable management of water resources

The urgent need for rational and sustainable management of water resources in order to guarantee their renewal and supply, without endangering the sectors depending on them, was particularly stressed yesterday at the end of the Third Mediterranean Agricultural Forum.

The Forum was held by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with the Cyprus House of Representatives, in Nicosia on 26-27 October and examined the situation of water resources in various Mediterranean countries.

The participants discussed in particular the use of water resources in agriculture , in systems of irrigation, national legislation, as well as the problems and challenges of water shortage, and its important consequences for agriculture.

In a communique at the conclusion of the Forum, the participants emphasised the great importance of water as a natural resource, and the need to preserve it considering the foreseeable increasing needs in the near future. They also stressed that urgent measures are required to reduce water wastage , to encourage a more rational consumption of water and to introduce new agricultural technologies which are less dependent on water.

The Forum expressed the wish for the introduction of a single water authority in each country which, with the co-operation of the World Water Council, could contribute to achieving the objectives.

[03] Cyprus Government welcomes Palestinian - Israeli Agreement

The Cyprus Government has welcomed the Palestinian - Israeli new agreement signed in Washington last Friday and expressed the hope that it will facilitate talks for security in the region.

In an official statement issued on Monday, the Government stated that the agreement "is expected to effectively contribute in efforts towards lasting peace and security in the Middle East."

The Government expressed the hope that the agreement will be implemented in accordance with the agreed timetable and that its signing will positively affect Israel's talks with Syria and Lebanon. This development would open the way for a successful peace process and peace in the region as a whole.

The statement also underlined the Government's readiness to contribute, as it has done in the past, in achieving the goals set out in the agreement.

[04] New UNFICYP Spokespersons

The UNFICYP Chief of Mission Dame Ann Hercus in a press release issued yesterday, announced the appointment of Sarah Russell as the new Cyprus Peace-keeping Force's spokesperson. Mrs Russell who is currently serving as UN public affairs officer in Afghanistan will take at the end of this year.

Mrs Russell will be replacing Waldemar Rokoszewski, who served with the Force for 11 years, first as political officer and then as a spokesperson.

Dame Ann also announced the creation of a new post of deputy spokesperson, which will be taken up by Major Paul Kolken, who will arrive from the Netherlands early November and will serve as acting spokesperson until Mrs Russell arrives in Cyprus.


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


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