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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 02-06-11

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

Tuesday, 11 June 2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus to host EU Ministerial Conference on Education
  • [02] Cyprus application to join the Open Skies Treaty
  • [03] Richard Boucher: Real opportunity to resolve the Cyprus problem


[01] Cyprus to host EU Ministerial Conference on Education

Cyprus has been assigned to organise the 7th Conference of the Education Ministers of the EU member states and the candidate countries.

The Conference will take place in Nicosia towards the end of June 2003 in the framework of the Greek Presidency of the European Union and will mainly deal with the Mediterranean dimension of the European education.

As far as the 6th Conference is concerned, it will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia on the 17 and 18 June and Cyprus will be represented by the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Ouranios Ioannides.

Moreover, the Minister will participate as a key speaker in one of the two working groups, which will function during the Greek Presidency in the last six months of 2003.

[02] Cyprus application to join the Open Skies Treaty

The Minister of Defence, Mr Socrates Hasikos, stated that Cyprus had submitted its application to join the Open Skies Treaty of the OSCE. He added that the island's application would be supported by a number of countries with the exception of Turkey.

The Minister said that the Open Skies Consultative Commission of the OSCE was expected to review the application on 9 June 2002 without excluding the possibility of dealing with the application in its next meeting.

Mr Hasikos noted that Cyprus demonstrates in practice its intentions, by submitting its application, which are to contribute in the creation of a climate of trust.

[03] Richard Boucher: Real opportunity to resolve the Cyprus problem

During his regular briefing on 6 June 2002 at the US State Department, the Spokesman, Mr Richard Boucher, replied the following question on the Cyprus problem:

QUESTION: Since the deadline of June 30th is approaching for a solution to the Cyprus problem, and what do you have, if anything, to report on the progress in the talks at this point, due to the fact that the Greece Government is very much involved in this process?

MR. BOUCHER: I think rather than comment on each particular day's discussions, I want to say that we do believe there's a real opportunity here to resolve this longstanding conflict to the benefit of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. We also agree with Secretary General Annan's statement during his visit to Cyprus that the two leaders, between now and the end of June, can resolve all the core issues, provided they go about their task decisively and with the necessary political will.

We stand ready to continue our assistance to the UN Secretary General and his special advisor in this effort to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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