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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-10-30

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

Δευτέρα, 30 Οκτώβριος 2000

CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus and Greece sign memorandum of cooperation
  • [02] Commonwealth senior officials meeting calls for the implementation of UN resolutions on Cyprus
  • [03] Reference to Cyprus at UN committee
  • [04] US Vice President Al Gore statement on Cyprus
  • [05] Clinton says Cyprus was one of his disappointments


[01] Cyprus and Greece sign memorandum of cooperation

Cyprus' Finance Minister, Takis Klerides, and his Greek counterpart, Yiannos Papantoniou, have signed a memorandum of cooperation between the two countries in the economic, industrial and technology fields.

This came at the end of the 4th Meeting of the Special Coordinating Committee between Greece and Cyprus on Friday 27 October.

[02] Commonwealth senior officials meeting calls for the implementation of UN resolutions on Cyprus

The 15th Meeting of Commonwealth Senior Officials, which was held in Samoa between 18 - 20 October 2000, adopted in its conclusions the following paragraph on Cyprus:

"The Meeting reaffirmed support for the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus. It called for the implementation of UN resolutions on Cyprus. It expressed the hope that the on-going "proximity talks" conducted under the United Nations Secretary-General's auspices would lead to a just and lasting settlement in conformity with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions calling for a bi-zonal and bi-communal Federal Republic of Cyprus, with a single sovereignty and international personality and a single citizenship comprising two politically equal communities as defined in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions."

[03] Reference to Cyprus at UN committee

The European Union supports the UN Secretary-General's mission of good offices in Cyprus aimed at reaching a comprehensive and viable solution based on the UN Security Council resolutions.

This was stated at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly by the French representative on behalf of the European Union.

He added that the EU reaffirms that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable and supports the total respect of human rights and basic freedoms of all Cypriots.

[04] US Vice President Al Gore statement on Cyprus

US Vice President Al Gore has said that if he is elected President of the US he will make Cyprus one of his foreign policy priorities.

"My administration will continue to fully support the relevant UN Security Council resolutions calling for the establishment of a bi-zonal, bicommunal federation uniting Cyprus," he said in a statement last week to the Greek- American community.

He added that his administration will do all that it can to encourage the two parties on Cyprus to arrive at a comprehensive settlement that unites the island.

[05] Clinton says Cyprus was one of his disappointments

US President Bill Clinton has said that one of the relatively small number of real disappointments that he had after eight years of working in the foreign policy field, is that he has not made more progress in helping to resolve the Cyprus issue.

He added that he has always felt that Turkey should be integrated into Europe and that Turkey and Greece should be natural allies because they are allies in NATO.

"To see entrenched and immovable positions in Cyprus in what really ought to be a fairly straight-forward problem to solve, keep them apart and keep Turkey more at arm's length from Europe, I think is a price not worth paying", he added.

He said there was some chance a little progress could be made before he leaves office, but if not "it's something I'll keep an interest in and would be willing to keep working for".


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


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