Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-12-22
From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Friday, 22 December 2000
-  Cyprus will meet Maastrich criteria by end 2001
-  Spokesman denounces violent Turkish suppression of prison unrest
 Cyprus will meet Maastrich criteria by end 2001
Cyprus' economic indicators will meet the Maastricht criteria before the
end of 2001 and not within 2002 as previously predicted, Finance Minister
Takis Klerides has said.
Speaking after a meeting on the EU Commission's latest progress report on
Cyprus, Mr Klerides said that although the report is positive we must not
relax but must work according to the timeline we have set out, as our
targets are clear.
 Spokesman denounces violent Turkish suppression of prison unrest
Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou yesterday denounced the bloody
suppression of prison unrest in Turkey by the Turkish government.
He said that the violent and inhumane methods used by the Turkish police
"reveal a mentality which conflicts harshly with human rights and the
levels of democracy required of a modern state.
"Such behaviour proves yet again that big changes are needed if this
country is to advance towards Europe and also shows that the continuation
of the present situation is a constant impediment for starting accession
negotiations between the EU and Turkey".
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/