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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-07-14

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

Friday, 14 July 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Clerides returns from Geneva
  • [02] House of Representatives condemns the arrest of Turkish Cypriot journalists in the occupied area
  • [03] Russia will continue to actively contribute to international efforts to solve the Cyprus problem


[01] President Clerides returns from Geneva

The President of the Republic, Mr Glafcos Clerides, returned from Geneva yesterday, where he attended the third round of proximity talks on Cyprus.

Speaking to journalists on arrival, he said the talks were adjourned on 12 July at his insistence as the UN Secretary-General had given the sides a week to consider their positions on the UN points or ideas put to them and he (the President) would need to consult with the National Council beforehand.

He said the UN conveyed certain ideas orally and wished to gauge the reaction of the two sides to these.

The ideas covered all four core issues - ie the distribution of powers, security, property and territory - but were very general and did not go into any detail. They were not related to any previous documents and could be interpreted in more than one way.

President Clerides clarified that the ideas were not the scenarios which reportedly the UN intended to put forward at the talks. This had been made quite clear by the UN, he said.

[02] House of Representatives condemns the arrest of Turkish Cypriot journalists in the occupied area

The President of the House of Representatives Mr Spyros Kyprianou sent a letter yesterday to the President of the European Parliament Ms Nicole Fontaine, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Lord Russel Johnston and the Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists Mr Aidan White, protesting against the arrest of six Turkish Cypriots, including the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Avrupa" Mr Sener Levent and two other journalists, in the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus.

In his letter Mr Kyprianou notes that: "The House of Representatives condemns this abhorrent act of the illegal regime. This is another example of the despicable methods of persecution to silence all those Turkish Cypriots who dare expose the regime's arbitrary and criminal acts and who fight for democracy, peace and the restoration of human rights of all Cypriots".

Recalling that Mr Sener Levent ran against Mr Denktash in the so-called "presidential elections" which were held in the occupied area on 15 April 2000, Mr Kyprianou expresses "full support and solidarity towards our brave Turkish Cypriot compatriots" and urges the international community and in particular all parliamentarians and journalists, through their respective organizations, to intervene in an effective manner for the immediate release of these Turkish Cypriots.

"We urgently need to safeguard their basic and inalienable human rights both for their own benefit and, most importantly, for the benefit of all Cypriot people and the prospect of lasting peace in our common homeland", he adds.

[03] Russia will continue to actively contribute to international efforts to solve the Cyprus problem

In a statement issued yesterday the Russian Foreign Ministry notes that the third round of UN-led proximity talks took place in Geneva from July 5 to 12 between President Clerides and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Rauf Denktash.

The statement stresses that Russia, as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council and a member of the G-8 group, will continue to actively contribute to all international efforts aimed at reaching a lasting and comprehensive Cyprus settlement on the basis of UN resolutions to the benefit of all Cypriots, safeguarding peace, stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.


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


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