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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-02-04

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

  • [01]Tuesday, 04 February 2003 President Clerides: right handlings are needed to sustain international interest in Cyprus problem
  • [02] UN-led direct talks continue
  • [03] House President sends condolences to US over space shuttle explosion
  • [04] G/C and T/C students demonstrate in New York in favour of reunification

    [01] President Clerides: right handlings are needed to sustain international interest in Cyprus problem

    The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Glafcos Clerides, stressed that there was an "unprecedented" interest of the international community as regards the efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem, and right handlings were essential in order for that interest to be kept alive. Speaking yesterday at a special ceremony at the Latsia athletic club "The Parthenon", the President made reference and to the Annan solution plan, explaining the main reasons why the Greek Cypriot side had accepted it as a basis for negotiation. Mr. Clerides said that the UN Secretary-General's plan provided for a single state, sovereignty and international personality, as well as for the return of 90,000 refugees to their homes under Greek Cypriot administration and the return of the rest of the refugees under Turkish Cypriot administration. He added that the plan also provided for the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation army. Some Greek and Turkish military presence on the island was foreseen by the plan, Mr. Clerides noted, but added that the actual size of that force would have to be discussed between the two motherlands. He underlined that it would wrong for the Greek Cypriot side not to be discussing the Annan plan, since it was supported by both the UN Security Council and the European Union. Refusal to negotiate on the basis of the UN solution plan would lead "to a terrible isolation, which would have negative repercussions on all, both us and the Turkish Cypriots", Mr. Clerides added.

    [02] UN-led direct talks continue

    The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Glafcos Clerides, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash, met yesterday in the presence of the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr. Alvaro de Soto. The meeting took place in the context of the UN-led direct talks for reaching an agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the revised UN solution plan, submitted by the Secretary- General on 10 December 2002. The Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Fred Eckhard, made reference to Cyprus during yesterday's press briefing, when asked if there were any plans for Mr. Kofi Annan to submit a second revision of his plan for Cyprus. Mr. Eckhard said that he did not wish to speculate on that issue. Moreover, the US State Department's Spokesman, Mr. Richard Boucher, stated yesterday, at the daily press briefing, that there was a clear opportunity between now and the 28 February to resolve the Cyprus problem, adding that "we look for the parties on the island, the neighbors, and anybody else who can help out to try to see that that's achieved." Asked to comment on recent statements by Under Secretary of State, Mr. Marc Grossman, with regard to the deadline set by the UN Secretary-General for reaching an agreement in Cyprus, Mr. Boucher noted that the 28 February deadline was "an important date by which we think there can be a resolution and we're working very hard to achieve that." "It's the deadline. It's the moment at which we should have - we should finish this. That sounds like a deadline to me", he concluded.

    [03] House President sends condolences to US over space shuttle explosion

    The House President, Mr. Demetris Christofias, sent yesterday a message of condolence to the President of the US Senate and Vice President, Mr. Dick Cheney and the President of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dennis Harstert, expressing his "deep shock and distress" over the loss of the seven astronauts, killed when the US space shuttle Columbia exploded on its return to earth last Saturday. The message reads as follows: "On behalf of all the members of the House of Representatives and on my own behalf, I should like to express my deep shock and distress for the heavy toll of innocent lives perished on board the space shuttle Columbia. The unexpected loss of seven astronauts, who dedicated their lives to space exploration, has left the international community and more particularly the scientific world, in a state of profound sadness. Please convey my sincere condolences to the bereaved families, the government and the people of the United States."

    [04] G/C and T/C students demonstrate in New York in favour of reunification

    Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot students, members of the non-governmental organisation 'Cyprus Action Network', held a demonstration in front of the UN headquarters building in New York yesterday, calling for the peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the revised Annan plan. The students handed out flyers in which they stated their demand for: a) A federal solution to the Cyprus problem that satisfies the common and competing interests of all Cypriots based on the UN resolutions and principles,

    b) Representation of the Turkish Cypriot community in the negotiations by its NGOs, since the current leadership no longer represents the Turkish Cypriot community at-large,

    c) An urgent, comprehensive population census in northern Cyprus, under the close scrutiny and monitoring of international observers, to establish the origins of the citizens living in this part, and

    d) The full demilitarization of the island as part of the solution agreement, thus a schedule for the Turkish army's withdrawal from the island.


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


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