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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Thursday, 11 May 2000
 Foreign Minister holds contacts in ItalyCyprus Foreign Minister Mr. Ioannis Kassoulides met yesterday in Rome with the President of the Italian Parliament Mr. Luciano Violante.
Mr. Kassoulides thanked Mr. Violante for the resolution adopted last October by the Italian Parliament, which urged the government to support Cyprus/ accession to the EU irrespective of a political settlement of the Cyprus problem.
Moreover Mr. Kassoulides stressed that the positive climate created by the Helsinki decision must have a positive influence on efforts to reach a political settlement.
In a dinner hosted by Cyprus/ Ambassador to Italy Ms Myrna Cleopa,given in Mr. Kassoulides honour, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister on European affairs Mr. Umberto Ranieri reaffirmed his country/s commitment to the conditions that will lead to the reunification of the island.
Mr. Ranieri also praised the Cyprus government for its efforts to become an EU member.
 Cyprus EU Chief Negotiator successfully operated in LondonFormer President of the Republic of Cyprus, Head of the Negotiating Team for Cyprus accession to the EU and President of the United Democrats Mr. George Vassiliou has been operated last night in London to remove a benign brain tumour.
According to a statement by Professor Alan Crockard who conducted the operation, "Mr. George Vassiliou had an operation today (10.5.2000) at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London to remove a large, deeply seated, benign brain tumour. The surgery, which lasted 4,5 hours, was successful and he was transferred to the intensive care unit for the next 36 hours. His condition is entirely satisfactory but he will be most carefully monitored during the next few days."
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/