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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-03-17

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

Friday, 17 March 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] France fully supports Cyprus/ European course
  • [02] "More can be done to bring a lasting solution to Cyprus", says Grossman
  • [03] New Cyprus Ambassador accredited in Slovenia


[01] France fully supports Cyprus/ European course

The President of the Republic Mr. Glafcos Clerides said yesterday that France fully supports the Republic/s efforts to join the EU.

Speaking on his arrival at Larnaca airport, after completing a four-day working visit to Paris, the President stressed that he returns from Paris " with the best impressions" and added that during his visit, he had the opportunity to develop the Cyprus government/s positions on the Cyprus problem and that he had found understanding and support from the French President. France stands by Cyprus/ side in its bid to join the EU, the President concluded.

Asked about the prospects of the third-round of UN-led proximity talks, scheduled to take place on May 23 in New York, President Clerides said that "if Ankara does not change its stance and does not persuade Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Denktash to change his stance, we foresee a deadlock".

[02] "More can be done to bring a lasting solution to Cyprus", says Grossman

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Mr. Marc Grossman stressed last Monday that the US is "pleased that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are engaged in an effort to prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive settlement".

In a speech delivered at the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia on 13.03.2000, Mr. Grossman referred to the Cyprus problem when he described his country/s relations with Greece and Cyprus.

Mr. Grossman cited President Clinton/s words after last November/s announcement of proximity talks in New York that "there is new hope for a brighter future for all the people of Cyprus."

"We count on our Turkish friends to encourage further progress on the matter", Mr. Grossman said.

[03] New Cyprus Ambassador accredited in Slovenia

Cyprus Ambassador to Slovenia Mr. Nicolas Makris presented yesterday his credentials to the President of the Slovenian Republic Mr. Milan Kucan.

In a separate meeting that followed the official ceremony, Mr. Makris briefed Mr. Kucan on the UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus and exchanged views with the Slovenian President on the future EU enlargement and the two countries/ accession process.


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


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