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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Friday, 9 February 2001
 President Clerides: the acceptance of a bizonal federation by our side was a difficult compromisePresident Clerides stated yesterday that the acceptance of a bizonal federation by the Greek Cypriot side is the ultimate boundary beyond which his government is not prepared to go. It was a historical and extremely difficult compromise since Cyprus has never in her history been territorially divided on ethnic lines, he said.
Receiving the credentials of Nicaragua's new Ambassador to Cyprus Dr Alejandro Mejia Feretti, President Clerides stressed that the government will not accept any solution to the Cyprus problem, which is tantamount to legalising the tragic results of the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the subsequent occupation of 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.
He pointed out that the Greek Cypriot side has the political will to negotiate a just and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, which will be based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation according to UN resolutions, international law, the respect of human rights and the acquis communautaire of the EU.
President Clerides underlined that Cyprus' accession to the European Union as well as Turkey's aspirations to become a EU member in the future, open "a unique window of opportunity" to put an end to the division of the island, provided that the international community plays the necessary role in taking advantage of this positive and dynamic process.
The Turkish Cypriot community itself must seize this historical opportunity, which can bring peace and stability to all the island's inhabitants, he added.
On his part, the new Nicaraguan ambassador said his country wishes to further strengthen its relations and cooperation with Cyprus in various fields of bilateral cooperation.
 New Ambassador of San Marino to Cyprus presents credentialsThe new Ambassador of San Marino to Cyprus, Mrs Maria Alessandra Albertini, said that her country pays great attention to Cyprus' European Union accession course and fully supports its legitimate demands for recognition of its sovereignty.
Presenting her credentials to the President of the Republic Mr Glafcos Clerides at an official ceremony yesterday, Mrs Albertini noted the excellent relations and cooperation that exist between Cyprus and San Marino. She also said that the forthcoming Small European State Games scheduled to take place in San Marino in May, would offer the opportunity for further cooperation.
In his reply, President Clerides referred to the Cyprus problem and said that for the past 26 years Turkey insistently defies the expressed will of the international community and provocatively refuses to comply with the UN resolutions on Cyprus.
The President pointed out that the government has consistently demonstrated over the years a spirit of goodwill and firm determination in search for a solution, which would ensure peace, security and prosperity for all Cypriots, in a bicommunal and bizonal federation, with a single sovereignty, international personality, and citizenship. Turkish intransigence, however, creates new impasses and endangers the continuation of the UN-led talks aimed at finding a solution to the problem, he said.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/