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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-03-19

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 19 March 2003 Government examines the situation created by the imminent US war against Iraq.
  • [02] The President of House of Representatives expresses the House's opposition to the US strike against Iraq.

    [01] Government examines the situation created by the imminent US war against Iraq.

    The Acting President of the Republic and President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias presided over a special ministerial committee meeting at the Presidential Palace yesterday, which examined the situation created by the imminent US military operations against Iraq. After the meeting the Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, who also attended the meeting, made the following statement: "Today's meeting presided over by the Acting President of the Republic and President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias examined the situation in relation to the imminent war against Iraq in the light of the various measures that have been taken by various ministries. We have ascertained that Cyprus is far from any possible war arena and that it is safe. There is no reason for concern and a campaign is already underway to curb any adverse impact on our tourism. Measures have also been taken to reduce any repercussions on the economy. Cyprus is considered as a refuge and it is a safe destination for tourism as well as for other needs of international activity. Cyprus respects the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter. Its policy therefore is based on this framework and in view of its accession to the European Union it follows the EU common policy, something that it is not visible at the moment, in relation to the developments in Iraq. Cyprus, therefore, will fully cooperate with the European Union regarding its foreign policy in this direction. The UN Security Council is, in the final analysis, the competent organ to fully evaluate the situation. We are a peace loving country and we do not wish to become involved in any war operations. We do not wish Cyprus to be used as a base of military operations. The Council of Ministers will examine the whole issue at its next meeting and the suggestion of today's meeting to the Council of Ministers will be to restrict any facilities granted, only to humanitarian and emergency issues. At the same time a special committee is being set up by Foreign Ministry to continuously monitor the situation. The whole issue is referred to the meeting of the Council of Ministers which will convene next Thursday".

    [02] The President of House of Representatives expresses the House's opposition to the US strike against Iraq.

    The President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias had a meeting yesterday with the United States Ambassador to Cyprus Mr Michael Klosson, to whom he conveyed the House of Representatives/ opposition to the US strike against Iraq. After the meeting, Mr Christofias made the following statement: "The objective of the meeting with Mr Klosson was the discussion of Iraq and the war which the United States of America is, unfortunately, getting ready to launch, in the next few hours, against the Iraqi people. You understand that it was not possible to agree with Mr Klosson, and I analysed the positions of the House of Representatives, I gave him the resolution passed by the House of Representatives (last week) and I have made it clear that we consider that the resolution of such problems has to be done through a dialogue; Even more so, since the USA do not have the authorisation of the UN Security Council, their allies in the NATO have not agreed and the European Union does not support such an action on the part of the United States. In other words I have expressed our opposition to what the US is getting ready to do." Invited to comment on reports which imply that Cyprus, further than the economic repercussions, may be in danger from the war, the House President said: "I would like to reassure people that there is no danger. Cyprus is very far from the battle field and military operations, there is no danger whatsoever, the people of Cyprus must not be worried and there should be no panic."

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


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