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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-04-23

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

Friday, 23 April 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] British Foreign Minister in Cyprus for talks
  • [02] Enclaved people's children deprived of right to have contact with parents
  • [03] UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus resigns
  • [04] Cyprus signs agreements with Ukraine and India
  • [05] Rare Phoenician tomb discovered in Larnaca
  • [06] New Cyprus Ambassador to Denmark


[01] British Foreign Minister in Cyprus for talks

The British Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mrs Joyce Quin accompanied by Britain's Envoy to Cyprus Sir David Hannay, arrived in Cyprus yesterday for contacts with both President Clerides and the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, which are expected to focus on the efforts to resume the stalled intercommunal dialogue.

Mrs Quin who is visiting Cyprus at the invitation of Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, had a working breakfast with President Glafcos Clerides this morning. In a short statement to the press after the meeting, she stated that with the President she had a useful and productive meeting.

The Foreign Office Minister is also scheduled to have a meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash as well as with the UN Secretary General's Special Representative Dame Ann Hercus. Yesterday Mrs Quin had a meeting with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

Before her departure this afternoon, Mrs Quin is expected to hold a press conference at the UN-controlled Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia.

[02] Enclaved people's children deprived of right to have contact with parents

The adoption of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 can rightly be described as "a milestone" in international law because not only does it safeguard and promote the fundamental rights of the child but it has also formed the basis of legislation and policies relating to the welfare of children, President Clerides stated yesterday.

In his address to the Annual Conference and Annual Meeting of the European Forum for Child Welfare in Nicosia, President Clerides pointed out that unfortunately there still exists in Cyprus a category of children "whose right to have regular contact with their parents is being violated". These are the children whose parents live in the part of Cyprus occupied by the Turkish military forces since 1974, he said.

He explained that as a result of the Turkish invasion and continuing occupation , Greek Cypriot and Maronite children are forced to choose between being with their families or being educated on secondary level.

"Children must either be deprived of secondary education or be separated from their parents in order to attend secondary school education in the free area under the control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus" he said, adding that this has "threatened seriously family unity and stability."

[03] UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus resigns

Mr Diego Cordovez, who has been serving since April 1997 as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General, with the primary task of helping him to promote and facilitate negotiations in Cyprus, has resigned.

In a statement issued on April 22, the Spokesman for the UN Secretary General said that the Secretary General has agreed at Mr Cordovez' request to relieve him of his responsibilities with regard to Cyprus, adding that he will continue to be available to the Secretary General as Special Adviser, primarily on issues relating to Latin America.

Alternative arrangements will be made to support the Secretary General as necessary in his continuing efforts to help bring about a settlement in Cyprus.

[04] Cyprus signs agreements with Ukraine and India

Cyprus and Ukraine signed yesterday a Declaration of Intentions, concerning co-operation within the framework of Legal Reform and in the sphere of granting legal assistance on civil and criminal matters.

The Declaration was signed by Minister of Justice and Social Order Nicos Koshis, on behalf of Cyprus, and Mrs Suzana Stanik on the part of Ukraine, at the conclusion of official talks between them.

It provides for legal and financial assistance on civil and criminal matters. Furthermore it aims at creating bilateral co-operation on issues concerning the two ministries.

Cyprus also signed an Air Transport Agreement and a relevant protocol with India, aimed at strengthening further the economic and tourist relations between the two countries.

The agreement was reached during negotiations held in New Delhi on April 20 and 21 and "sets out the framework of co-operation between the two countries in air transport."

It was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications and Works on behalf of the Cyprus Republic, and the Permanent of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on the part of India.

[05] Rare Phoenician tomb discovered in Larnaca

A rare Phoenician tomb with a built up entrance and two chambers, which dates back to 700 BC was accidentally uncovered this week, during construction work at a house in Larnaca.

The built tomb which was found intact and unlooted includes a human skeleton , 27 pieces of gold as well as the remains of three horses, complete with reins and copper blinkers, buried in a chamber facing the tomb. The tomb contains priceless artefacts such as bracelets, a necklace, rings and earrings, which have already been transferred to the Nicosia Archaeological Museum. The conservation on the horses' skeletons have also been completed.

The Director of the Department of Antiquities has described the discovery as a very important find, since it is the first unlooted Phoenician tomb to be found. The only other similar tomb unearthed on the island was in Salamina, in the Turkish - occupied area of Cyprus.

Although no identification of the human remains has been found, it is believed that it may belong to Royalty since according to Homer kings were buried with their horses which were sacrificed in a chamber facing their tomb.

[06] New Cyprus Ambassador to Denmark

The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Sweden Mr Leonidas Pantelides, has been accredited as the country's new Ambassador to Denmark, based in Stockholm.

Mr Pantelides presented his credentials to Queen Margrethe II on April 15th.


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


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