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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Thursday, 12 September 2002
 Cyprus President and officials express support in war against terrorismThe President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Glafcos Clerides, addressing the September 11 Remembrance Ceremony at the US Embassy in Nicosia yesterday, said that the 11th of September "has awakened the conscience of humankind, which has come to see the need for a world-wide campaign against international terrorism."
President Clerides noted that Cyprus, since the very first moment, sided with the US and other states in the fight against terrorism, and pledged that "we shall continue with all our strength to participate in the struggle for the effective tackling of the most threatening and dangerous international problem, that of terrorism."
On his part, the House President, Mr. Demetris Christofias, sent a message to the US Vice President and Senate President, Mr. Richard B. Cheney and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mr. J. Dennis Hastert, expressing the deep sympathy of both himself and the members of the Cypriot Parliament as well as the people of Cyprus for the "destructive blow against the US and the American people".
Mr. Christofias underlined that Cyprus "continues to condemn this barbaric act and expresses its solidarity, siding with all efforts to fight terrorism, based on the UN decisions and principles, and the respect of international law and human rights." The Cypriot House President also pointed out the need to tackle and extract the causes of this appalling phenomenon, something that could be achieved via "the creation and establishment of a fairer world without poverty, inequality and discrimination."
Cypriot Foreign Minister, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides, who is in New York leading the Cypriot delegation at the UN General Assembly's 57th Session, attended a memorial service remembering the victims of the 11th of September attacks.
Mr. Kasoulides said that he thought it was his duty to represent the Cyprus Government "on this unfortunate day for the entire humankind." He also emphasised that "the values of the free world, freedom and democracy, need to be safeguarded" and that "vigilance is needed in order to tackle the forces of darkness and fanaticism."
Finally, Cyprus' Ambassador to the US, Ms. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, in a message on the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, said that the Government and people of Cyprus "expressed, since the first moment, their condolences and their wholehearted sympathy to the US government and to the families of the victims of the terrorist acts."
"At the same time", she added, "Cyprus joined instantly the international coalition against terrorism and cooperated and continues to cooperate in the efforts to combat the financing of terrorism and eliminate the very phenomenon of terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs."
 Direct talks on Cyprus problem resumeThe direct talks on the Cyprus problem resumed yesterday morning with another meeting between the President of the Republic, Mr. Glafcos Clerides and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash, in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr. Alvaro de Soto. Present at the talks were the members of each side's delegation.
The regular meetings between President Clerides and Mr. Denktash are taking place under the auspices of the United Nations, within the framework of direct talks for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
 Cyprus' Ambassador to South Korea presents credentialsCyprus' High Commissioner to Australia, Mr. Sotos Liasides, presented his credentials to South Korean President, Mr. Kim Dae-Jung, as the Ambassador of Cyprus to the country.
After the official ceremony, the two men exchanged views on bilateral issues, while Mr. Liasides had the opportunity to inform the South Korean President about the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and Cyprus' EU accession course.
Mr. Liasides, who is based in Canberra, is the first Cypriot Ambassador to South Korea.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/