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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 01-04-05
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Thursday, 5 April 2001
 Press and Information Office exhibition "The Destruction of the Cultural Heritage in the Occupied Part of Cyprus"The Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Cyprus to the European Union H.E Mr Theophilos V Theophilou addressed on Tuesday, 3 April, the inauguration of the Press and Information Office exhibition "The Destruction of the Cultural Heritage in the Occupied Part of Cyprus" in Strasbourg.
In his speech, Mr Theophilou referred to Cyprus' "rich cultural and religious heritage, which has survived natural disasters and human destructions for many centuries, and is now threatened with complete eradication in the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus".
Mr Theophilou stressed that our aim is to inform the members of the European Parliament of the ongoing crimes against the people of Cyprus and its cultural heritage. "We have a right to voice our cause and our agony and they have a right to learn and to know what is happening in Cyprus, a European country, which is a candidate for accession to the European Union.
Our goal is to arouse their interest and to mobilize their support in our struggle to protect and preserve our cultural heritage and to restore and protect the human rights of the people of Cyprus," he said.
 Cyprus' EU Negotiator in DublinThe Head of Cyprus' Negotiating Team for European Union accession, Mr George Vassiliou is on a three-day official visit to Ireland, from 4-6 April. During his visit, Mr Vassiliou had separate meetings with the Prime Minister, Mr Bertie Ahern, the Speaker of the Parliament Mr Seamus Pattison, the Chairman of the Senate Mr Brian Mullooly and he has also visited the International Financial Services Center.
During their meeting, Mr Vassiliou briefed the Irish Prime Minister, Mr Ahern on Cyprus' accession course and the latest developments on the Cyprus problem. Mr Ahern reconfirmed his country's warm support to Cyprus' entry to the EU the soonest possible, without preconditions, as well as Ireland's permanent position supporting a solution of the Cyprus problem based on the relevant resolutions and decisions of the UN.
 Pat Cox: Cyprus is ready to enter the EUThe President of the European Liberal Democrat Group at the European Parliament, Mr Pat Cox, during a press conference on 4th April in Strasbourg, said, inter alia, that Cyprus' accession negotiations are on an advanced level, complementing the Cypriot negotiators. Mr Cox continued further to say that Cyprus is ready to enter the EU and according to the Helsinki European Council, Cyprus' entry cannot be prevented by its political problem. He stressed that the solution of the Cyprus problem cannot be a precondition for Cyprus' entry to the EU.
He explained that all parties would be encouraged towards the direction of a solution and this he described to be the perfect arrangement. Mr Cox made reference to the responsibility of everyone to contribute to the efforts of the Secretary General towards the recommencement of the talks and the solution of the problem.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/