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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 7 February 2001
 Presentation of credentialsThe President of the Republic Mr Glafcos Clerides received the credentials of the new Ambassador of the Republic of Mali Mr Mahamadou Diagouraga, at an official ceremony at the presidential palace yesterday Presenting his credentials, Mr Diagouraga said that the government and people of Mali are aware of the sad division of Cyprus and follow with great interest and sympathy the commendable constant efforts of the Cyprus government to reach a comprehensive settlement, thus fulfilling the ambitions of all the people who love peace and justice.
He also expressed the need to work continuously so that democracy, tolerance, respect of fundamental freedoms and peaceful settlement of conflicts, according to the principles of the UN Charter, can prevail.
For his part, President Clerides said the accreditation of the new Ambassador of Mali in Cyprus provides the opportunity to initiate a new chapter in the development and strengthening of relations between Cyprus and Mali, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, in the political, economic and cultural fields.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, President Clerides said that the Greek Cypriot side has the political will to negotiate a just and viable solution, which will serve the interests of all the people of Cyprus. He noted however, that it is not prepared to accept a settlement of the Cyprus problem which would be contrary to relevant UN resolutions, violate international law, disregard human rights and legalise the results of the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus.
The President underlined that the Turkish Cypriot leader's decision not to attend the next round of UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus is indicative of the attitude of the Turkish side which, since the 1974 invasion, is not prepared to negotiate in good faith, but insists on maintaining intransigent positions thus making it impossible to reach a settlement.
 Greco-Turkish relations cannot improve unless there is a change in Cyprus situation"Greek Turkish relations cannot go very far if the present conditions on the island of Cyprus remain unchanged," Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis stated yesterday.
Speaking at the official dinner hosted in his honour by Indian Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi, Mr Simitis said that Cyprus is making great progress in the negotiations for accession to the European Union. "At the same time, Greece fully supports the UN led-proximity talks on Cyprus," he said.
"Our aim is for a just, viable, and functional solution of the Cyprus problem with the establishment of a bizonal, bicommunal federation as prescribed by the relevant decisions of the United Nations Security Council, " he added.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/