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

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  • [01]Tuesday, 04 March 2003 President Papadopoulos meets EU-Cyprus Parliamentary Committee President
  • [02] New Ministers assume office
  • [03] Film on Cyprus to be shown at UK Parliament

    [01] President Papadopoulos meets EU-Cyprus Parliamentary Committee President

    The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, received yesterday at the Presidential Palace the Co-President of the EU-Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee, Ms Mechtild Rothe, who was accompanied by the Ambassador of the European Commission to Nicosia, Mr Adriaan Van Der Meer. Speaking after the meeting, Ms Rothe said that she conveyed her congratulations to Mr Papadopoulos, with whom she had collaborated for a long time in the Joint Parliamentary Committee. She expressed hope that the new Cyprus President would be successful in reuniting the island, noting that Mr Papadopoulos had "said it very clearly" that his goal was to achieve a solution so that a reunited Cyprus could accede to the EU. Ms Rothe added that the EU had "a strong wish that a united Cyprus can join the Union". She stressed that a solution of the Cyprus problem was not a precondition for accession, but pointed out that it would be in favour of the people of Cyprus to achieve a settlement. She acknowledged that there were a lot of difficulties that had to be overcome first, but added that she was still hopeful that a solution was within reach.

    [02] New Ministers assume office

    The Ministers of the new Cyprus Government, presided by Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, assumed office yesterday, taking over their respective Ministries from their predecessors and pledging their commitment to implement Mr Papadopoulos' pre-election manifesto.

    [03] Film on Cyprus to be shown at UK Parliament

    The Committee "Friends of Cyprus" will organise the screening of a documentary film on Cyprus and the situation in the Turkish occupied areas of the island, on Monday 24 March, at the UK House of Parliament. The film entitled "Paradise Denied" was directed by the American film director, Carel Rowe, and was filmed over two years, 2001 and 2002. According to a press release by the "Friends of Cyprus", the film presents a view of the north of Cyprus which gives the background and explains the recent massive demonstrations of Turkish Cypriots in occupied Nicosia. It reflects an outsider's view of Cyprus, as the director balanced her own experience from filming in the north of the island, with interviews with Turkish Cypriots and an interview with a New York based Famagusta-born Greek Cypriot. "'Paradise Denied' gives a voice to those in the Turkish Cypriot community who would rather be Cypriots living in the reunited country in the European Union than Turks in northern Cyprus separated from their compatriots on the other side of the Green Line, dominated by Turkey, its interests and its military, and, until the election of the new Government in Turkey, its total neglect of their distinctiveness as Cypriots", the press release reads. "The film shows that Cypriots have a common vision as well as a divided nationalist past, that they love their country, are not satisfied with the status quo and want change. What remains to be seen is whether they can find a workable solution which Turkey will back and how much they can persuade the international community and themselves that what is good for Turkish Cypriots is good for Greek Cypriots and vice versa", it concludes. "Friends of Cyprus" was founded in London in 1974. Its first Chairman was Lord Caradon (the last British Governor of Cyprus). Its current Chairman is Nicholas Bethell MEP. The members of the Committee are mostly British parliamentarians in the British House of Parliament and the European Parliament.

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