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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Friday, 6 September 2002
 Enlargement Commissioner optimistic about solutionDuring a press briefing by the European Commission in Brussels yesterday, the Enlargement Commissioner's spokesman, Mr. Jean-Christophe Filory, stated that the Commissioner, Mr. Gunter Verheugen, was optimistic that a solution to the Cyprus problem could be reached before the Copenhagen EU Summit, in December, adding that although the EU would like to see a solution prior to accession, this was not a precondition for Cyprus' accession to the Union.
Mr. Filory was speaking following the Commissioner's meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mr. Sukru Sina Gurel, with whom he discussed, inter alia, the Cyprus problem.
Asked to comment on the Turkish Foreign Minister's statements that Turkey fulfilled the Copenhagen criteria, Mr. Verheugen's spokesman noted that it is up to the EU to decide whether a country fulfills the accession criteria or not.
 Austria refutes T/C claims of Minister's visit in occupied CyprusThe Austrian government, in a letter to the Cyprus Ambassador to Vienna, has refuted an article in the Turkish Cypriot daily "Kibris", dated 29 August 2002, which claims that the Education Minister of the Upper Austrian regional government visited the Turkish occupied areas.
In the letter, the Austrian government confirms that no Minister or any official of the Austrian Pedagogic Institute has visited occupied Cyprus.
 Cyprus becomes member of ICC BureauCyprus has been elected member of the Bureau of the First Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute creating the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose sessions are currently taking place at the UN headquarters in New York.
Cyprus is represented by the Deputy Attorney-General, Mr. Petros Clerides, the Permanent-Secretary of the Justice and Public Order Ministry, Dr. Lazaros Savvides, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Mr. Sotos Zackheos and other officials.
During the Assembly, the States Parties to the Statute, which came into force on 1 July 2002, will adopt the legal agreements that will enable the Court to function and finalise the procedure of submitting nominations and electing the Court's judges and Prosecutor.
Opening the Assembly, the Undersecretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Hans Corel, said it was an historic day for the United Nations and the international community and that the functioning of this Court would strengthen international law.
The ICC is mandated to try individuals for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community - war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The Court, not part of the UN, will be accountable to the countries that ratify the Rome Statute. So far, the Statute has been ratified by 78 States and signed by 139.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/