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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-09-30

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

Thursday, 30 September 1999

  • [01] US remains committed to a bizonal, bicommunal federation in Cyprus
  • [02] Cook: "The best way to achieve a settlement is through a bi-communal, bizonal federation"
  • [03] Cyprus cannot be kept hostage to Turkey, says Karamanlis
  • [04] New Cyprus Ambassador accredited to Spain

    [01] P>

    US State Department's Spokesman Mr James Foley reiterated yesterday his country's commitment to a bizonal, bicommunal federation in Cyprus.

    Replying to relevant questions Mr Foley said that "what we are endeavoring to do is to persuade both sides to enter into negotiations without preconditions under UN auspices."

    [02] P>

    The United Kingdom pledged to give its full support in UN Secretary General's efforts to get negotiations underway. "We will continue to urge all those with an interest in the Cyprus problem, including Turkey, to cooperate with Kofi Annan constructively and flexibly", he said.

    Replying to a letter on 13 September by British Parliamentarian Mr Tom Cox, Britain's Foreign Minister, Mr Robin Cook welcomed the G-8 statement urging the UN Secretary General to invite the leaders of the two sides into comprehensive negotiations this Autumn.

    Moreover Mr Cook stressed that Britain continues to believe that the "best way to achieve a settlement is through a bicommunal, bizonal federation."

    [03] P>

    The leader of the Greek New Democracy Party Mr Konstantinos Karamanlis stated yesterday that Cyprus which fulfills the accession criteria for EU membership cannot be kept hostage to Turkey's plans.

    Mr Karamanlis, who was speaking yesterday at a session of the Parliamentary Group of the European Peoples' Party in Brussels, stressed that a political settlement of the Cyprus question, as long as it is being hampered by the Turkish Cypriot side, cannot be an obstacle to the Republic's accession course and to the welfare of all Cypriots.

    [04] P>

    Ambassador Ms Athina Mavronicola has been accredited Cyprus' new Ambassador to Spain. Ms Mavronicola presented yesterday her credentials to Spanish King Juan Carlos in the presence of Spanish Foreign Minister Mr Abel Matutes.

    Accepting the credentials of the Republic's new Ambassador to Spain, King Juan Carlos and Mr Matutes said their country continues to support Cyprus in all international fora.


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


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