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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Monday, 7 February 2000
"Let us leave aside polemics and act in accordance with the requirements of our era", he said.
Mr Papapetrou was referring to a written statement by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, accusing President Glafcos Clerides of "hypocrisy" and "distortion of the reality" in Cyprus.
Expressing sadness over the statement, Mr Papapetrou pointed out that President Clerides had "simply stressed his willingness and readiness to negotiate within the ambit set by the international community and the UN by their resolutions and decisions" for a settlement based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.
The Greek Cypriot side, he added, is participating in the present talks with good will, aiming at reaching a peaceful understanding and compromise between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots in the context of a bizonal bicommunal federation, a solution which had been agreed to by both communities and adopted repeatedly not only by Turkey and Greece but, also, by the whole of the international community.
Speaking to Brussels accredited journalists on Friday, Solana said UN-led proximity talks in Geneva were a positive factor and added that the EU should step up its efforts towards finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, in view of the fact that Cyprus would one day join the EU.
The Budget foresees expenditure of 2.007,4 billion pounds on a net income of 1.366 billion. The deficit is estimated at some 660 million pounds higher than the arrears of the 1999 budget.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/