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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Tuesday, 18 June 2002
 Statement by the Foreign MinisterThe Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ioannis Kasoulides made the following statement yesterday on the recent statements of the British Special Representative on Cyprus, Lord David Hannay relating to the creation of a new state on the island and the existence of "two peoples".
"I have summoned today the High Commissioner of Great Britain, to whom I have lodged an official protest regarding what we consider as unacceptable comments made by Lord Hannay in an interview to Mr Birand.
The Cyprus Government and the National Council completely disagree with the position for the creation of a new state and are distressed by the reference to "two peoples". Since Mr Hannay describes, at a certain point in his interview, the nightmare of the Turkish Cypriots, namely their great sense of unease, he has to realise also that an integral part of the unease of the Greek Cypriots is the position regarding the existence of "two peoples", that is their nightmare, namely the creation of all those components that would allow the lawful 'divorce', the legal partition of Cyprus.
Moreover, I have made it absolutely clear that no third party has the right to introduce positions that do not belong to the two sides at the negotiating table and were not part of the peace talks.
The dialogue is carried out between the leaders of the two communities. They, of course, have the right only on those positions which are defined in the UN Security Council resolutions."
Asked what the reaction of the British side was Mr Kasoulides said:
"It saddens me because Mr Parker has chosen to say to you that he had nothing to add or subtract to what Mr Hannay had said, because during our meeting he was trying to explain and pacify the Government. I do not want however to say anything further on the content of the meeting.
 Verheugen: the 'window of opportunity' to find a Cyprus solution before accession remains openThe Foreign Ministers of the European Union met in the framework of the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg yesterday to discuss the position of the European Union in relation to the issue of enlargement and made a particular reference to Cyprus in view of the European Council at Seville.
The European Union Commissioner responsible for Enlargement Mr Gunter Verheugen praised the progress made by Cyprus in the accession negotiations and the introduction of reforms and noted that 28 chapters have already been closed.
Referring to the Cyprus problem, Mr Verheugen said he has no direct involvement in the UN-led peace talks but he is in touch with all sides and has a special cooperation with the United Nations, where he supports the need to have a solution that would be consistent with the EU laws and regulations and would allow Cyprus to speak with one voice as an European Union member.
Mr Verheugen referred to the Greek Cypriot side's good intentions and efforts to help find a negotiated settlement and stressed the need for a greater effort on the part of the Turkish Cypriot side and Ankara.
The German Commissioner said it was unlikely to have spectacular developments in June but noted that the 'window of opportunity' to find a solution to the Cyprus problem before accession remained open. He underlined that the key for progress in the Cyprus problem was in Ankara.
Concluding Mr Verheugen said that Turkey might change its stance on Cyprus in view of the European Council of Copenhagen and its wider effort to set a date for the start of its EU accession negotiations.
 Minister of Commerce attends a meeting in Jordan on the issue of natural gasThe Minister of Commerce Industry and Tourism Mr Nicos Rolandis attended a Ministerial meeting in Amman, Jordan last week, which focused on the issue of natural gas. At the centre of discussions was the issue of setting up a plan to promote the transportation, trade and export of the natural gas of the Middle East. The Ministers responsible for energy issues from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, also participated in the meeting.
The five Ministers were received by King Abdullah of Jordan who praised the initiative and showed particular interest in Cyprus' role as the nearest European territory to the Middle East, in energy and in other fields.
During the Ministerial meeting it was decided that Cyprus would have first priority to be supplied with natural gas and would be invited to participate in the organisation's share capital.
The Ministers also accepted an invitation by Mr Rolandis to participate at the next meeting on natural gas to take place in Cyprus next September or October.
 Italy and Cyprus to sign agreementThe Minister of the Interior Dr Andreas Panayiotou had a meeting yesterday in Nicosia with Italy's Ambassador to Cyprus Mr Gherardo La Francesca.
In a statement after the meeting Mr Panayiotou said that on June 28 and 29 Italy's Interior Minister will visit Cyprus to sign an agreement on the readmission of persons illegally entering and/or staying in the territory of the two countries and a Protocol for the implementation of the Agreement. Mr Panayiotou explained that the Minister of Justice and Public Order Mr Nicos Koshis would also sign the agreement. The three Ministers would also hold consultations on issues of mutual concern, such as illegal immigration.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/