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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Thursday, 10 February 2000
In a statement to the press at Larnaca airport upon his arrival from Geneva where he participated in the second round of proximity talks on Cyprus, President Clerides said that as predicted the talks dealt solely with the four issues which had been discussed in the USA. He said that at the talks the UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan and his Special Adviser on Cyprus Mr. Alvaro de Soto had sought clarifications. He described this as the format of meetings
Replying to another question, President Clerides said the Greek Cypriot side was seeking a solution envisaging a bizonal federation where human rights and the acquis communautaire would be safeguarded. He added that the question of sovereignty was not negotiable.
Commenting on the conclusions of the second round of the UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus, which ended yesterday in Geneva, Papandreou said the fact that a new round has been set for May and that the UN and the international community will in the meantime continue mediation efforts, "contribute in maintaining the dynamics for a Cyprus settlement".
Papandreou further said that the new framework of relations between the European Union and Turkey, the improved Greco-Turkish relations and the guarantee that Cyprus/ European Union accession course will continue unimpeded "can be utilised in finding a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem".
Ambassador Christophoros Yiangou, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the Council of Europe, handed the instruments of ratification of these texts to Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Organisation.
Mr. Yiangou also signed the European Convention on the Transfer of Proceedings in Criminal Matters.
Speaking during a special session of the Belgian Parliament, Mr. Monfils hailed the recent Helsinki decision on Cyprus, and stressed that Turkey in its new capacity as a candidate for EU accession ought to alter its stand on Cyprus and collaborate with the UN in the search for a Cyprus settlement based on UN resolutions.
In a letter to US President Bill Clinton, sent as the second round of Cyprus settlement talks continued in Geneva, these human rights groups also stated that, "a settlement which unites the last divided capital city and nation in Europe will enable both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to enjoy human rights realised by citizens of other democracies around the world."
They also called on President Clinton to: "make the settlement of the Cyprus dispute a high foreign policy priority during his last year in office.
In conclusion, these human rights leaders stated that, "25 years of division have been long enough for the people of this island nation. It is time for the division of the Republic of Cyprus to come to an end."
The twenty prominent human rights organisations, which signed this letter to the President regarding Cyprus, include inter alia the US Center for International Policy, the Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights and the Human Rights Alliance.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/