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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 01-06-29

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Friday, 29 June 2001


  • [01] EU Commissioner on Enlargement on Cyprus' accession course
  • [02] Presentation of Credentials
  • [03] Cyprus and China sign a cooperation protocol
  • [04] Cyprus and Ireland discuss shipping matters
  • [05] Turkish violations of Cyprus' airspace

[01] EU Commissioner on Enlargement on Cyprus' accession course

EU Commissioner on Enlargement, Gunter Verheugen gave a press conference in Brussels on 28 June, 2001.

Referring to Cyprus' accession course Mr Verheugen said that it is realistic for Cyprus' EU accession negotiations to be completed before the end of the year 2002. Moreover, he said that the Union's efforts are concentrated towards the solution of the Cyprus problem. It would not be wise, the Commissioner stated, to go into various scenarios about what would happen in case the Cyprus problem is not solved before the completion of the accession negotiations. "In any case, the Helsinki conclusions will be applied, taking into consideration all the relevant factors and the progress achieved in the Cyprus problem is one of those relevant factors," he said.

Mr Verheugen also stated that he called upon the Turkish Cypriot Community and Ankara to participate in the talks for the peaceful solution of the Cyprus problem under the UN aegis. He expressed regret for the intransigent stance maintained by the Turkish Cypriot side, adding that the accession of a united island is the best tool for securing peace and co-existence in Cyprus between the two communities.

[02] Presentation of Credentials

A desire to contribute to the reinforcement of the ties of friendship and cooperation between Cyprus and Peru was expressed by Mr Alberto Montagne Vidal, when he presented his credentials to President Clerides yesterday, as the new Ambassador of the Republic of Peru to Cyprus.

Mr Vidal spoke of the priority Peru gives to peace, which "has guided the permanent support of Peru in bilateral and multilateral venues for all efforts aimed at reaching a timely settlement of the situation affecting Cyprus, in the light of the resolutions adopted by the United Nations".

The Peruvian government "follows with great interest the process that will conduce Cyprus to adhere the European Union in the forthcoming future, which will allow your country to attain rapidly the very high political and economic standards of the region", Mr Vidal said. He also expressed satisfaction that the accession position of Cyprus is "among the most advanced among all other candidate countries".

The President of the Republic expressed the gratitude of the people of Cyprus for the friendly and principled support of the government of Peru to all UN resolutions concerning Cyprus. President Clerides made special reference to Mr Javier Perez de Cuellar and Mr Alvaro de Soto, the distinguished Peruvians who "played and have been playing respectively an important role in the efforts to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, as special representatives of the Secretary General of the UN to Cyprus".

[03] Cyprus and China sign a cooperation protocol

Cyprus and China signed a cooperation protocol during the Forth Session of the Joint Cypriot Chinese Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Scientific and Technical Cooperation.

The Protocol was signed by Minister of Finance, Mr Takis Klerides on behalf of Cyprus and by the Chinese Minister of Foreign Trade and Financial Cooperation Mr Shi Guang Sheng on behalf of China

[04] Cyprus and Ireland discuss shipping matters

The Minister of Communications and Works, Mr Averof Neophytou had a meeting on 28th June 2001 with the Irish Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources, Mr Frank Fahey

During the meeting, the two Ministers discussed issues of common interest, which focused on shipping, ship management, registration of ships, and the economic success of Ireland.

The Irish Minister referred to Cyprus' leading position in the shipping field and to its success in this sector, adding that his country wishes to learn from Cyprus' experien

[05] Turkish violations of Cyprus' airspace

The Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Sotos Zackheos, has strongly protested to the UN against new massive violations of the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus and of the Flight Information Region of Nicosia by Turkish military aircraft, recorded on eighteen occasions during the months of April and May 2001.

In his letter addressed to the UN Secretary General on 18 June 2001, Ambassador Zackheos stressed that such actions violate international law as well as Security Council resolutions on Cyprus and called for their cessation. The Ambassador noted that these violations are taking place at a time when the international community expects Turkey to reverse the decision taken in Ankara, concerning the refusal of the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash not to attend the next round of negotiations under UN auspices.

"The government of Turkey should abide by the UN Charter and respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and contribute towards a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the United Nations resolutions," he said.

The letter of the Permanent Representative will be circulated as a document of the General Assembly and of the Security Council of the United Nations.

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