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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 16 February 2000
In a statement made after the briefing, the President of the Security Council Ambassador of Argentina Mr. Arnoldo Listre said that the Security Council continues to follow with the closest interest the ongoing process of UN-led talks on Cyprus and added that the Security Council has stated repeatedly that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable.
He also noted that Council members commended the continuing commitment shown by the parties to the talks process, and welcomed the fact that the talks had been conducted in a positive atmosphere and without preconditions. They encouraged all concerned to continue their efforts towards a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus question.
Mr. Listre pointed to the fact that Security Council members looked forward to the resumption of the talks in New York on 23 May and expressed the hope that progress can soon be made on substantive issues.
Cyprus Minister of Communications and Works Mr. Averof Neofytou and Lithuanian Minister of Transport Mr. Rimantas Didziokas signed the agreements.
Speaking after the signing of the agreements Mr. Neofytou said that "both countries have opted for a European course" and added that the signing of the agreements marks the beginning of a closer cooperation between the two countries for the benefit of our people.
On his part Mr. Didziokas described the agreements as "very important" and noted that they are both in line with EU regulations in the fields of transport and shipping.
"The agreements symbolise our wish to become full EU members as soon as possible", he added.
Mr. Santos reiterated to Ms Petrides his country's firm support to the island's EU course and expressed the hope that Cyprus will soon achieve its goal for full EU membership.
On her part, Ms Petrides briefed Mr. Santos on the latest developments in the Cyprus issue and the recent UN-led proximity talks.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/