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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-10-29

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <>

Friday, 29 October 1999

  • [01] US Secretary of Defence calls on Turkish leadership to help solve Cyprus problem
  • [02] Britain pledges to intensify efforts on Cyprus
  • [03] Excavations at lower city of Amathus completed
  • [04] COE Parliamentary Assembly stresses the need for South - East Europe economy to recover
  • [05] Cyprus and Libya sign protocol of cooperation

    [01] P>

    In a recent letter to U.S Senators, US Secretary of Defence Mr. William Cohen stated that with regard to Cyprus, " I can assure you that we have made clear our view to the Turkish leadership, including the military leadership that the Turkish side must drop its preconditions for talks and come to the negotiating table".

    Mr Cohen was responding to a letter he received this summer signed by the majority of the Senate Armed Services Committee who called on him to urge the Turkish military to work with officials of the Turkish government to bring about a swift and equitable resolution to this decades old issue".

    [02] P>

    British Premier Mr. Tony Blair reconfirmed yesterday his government`s position that the political solution to the Cyprus problem is not a precondition for the country`s accession to the EU. Speaking to a Cyprus News Agency correspondent in London, MR. Blari said that his government will give more time for a solution to the Cyprus problem. Speaking at a Labour Party meeting in North London, the British Prime Minister added that "the accession of Cyprus does not depend on the success of negotiations for a settlement there. That stands on its own right".

    [03] P>

    A new project of excavations couducted by Dr. Pavlos Flourentzos, Curator of Antiquities at the Lower City of Amathus was completed. This year`s excavations uncovered a road with south-north orientation, leading to the city`s Forum. A total of 75 meters of this road was excavated. Its initial worth, measuring 3 meters was flanked by two pavallel walls. The road has supporting walls of rectangular shape at its external side the excavations also brought to light a complex of rooms at the eastern side of the by-pass road. The rooms communicate with entranas which have links. Pottery as well as Roman and Byzantine coins and bronze tools were also among the finds worthy of mention.

    [04] P>

    The Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, during its current seminar in Cyprus on economic reconstruction and development in South-East Europe after the Kosovo conflict, has called on all participants in the Stability Pact to improve coordination among the various organisations and programmes, streamline the decision taking process and subject any possible overlap or duplication of effort to the overall objective of getting the region back on its feet economically The declaration stresses the need for Parliaments to play a more effective role in moving the Stability Pact forward. There is also the urgent need to protect public health in Kosovo and Serbia my means of an environmental clean - up, and to establish the rule of law, democracy and human rights as a condition for lasting economic growth, the Committee added in its declaration.

    [05] P>

    Cyprus and Libya signed last Wednesday a protocol of cooperation in the sectors of Commerce, Tourism, Transport and Social Insurances . The protocol was signed by Cyprus Finance Minister Mr Takis Clerides and Libyan Justice and Public Order Minister Mr Mohamed Belgasem El-Zwei. Finance Minister Mr Clerides said that the protocol "will restore relations between Libya and Cyprus", adding that the agreement provides for cooperation in various sectors such as commerce, tourism, culture.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at

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