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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-03-24

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

  • [01]Monday, 24 March 2003 Brussels European Council adopts conclusion on Cyprus
  • [02] Pat Cox assures that Cyprus' EU course will be unobstructed
  • [03] European Council conclusions on Cyprus very satisfactory, says Foreign Minister
  • [04] UN-led peace talks ended due to Denktash's stance, says UK Ministe

    [01] Brussels European Council adopts conclusion on Cyprus

    The European Council, which met in Brussels on 20 and 21 March for its third annual Spring meeting on the economic, social and environmental situation in the Union, in its conclusions on Cyprus, expressed regret for the failure of the UN Secretary-General's efforts to find a settlement to the Cyprus problem and urged "the Turkish Cypriot leadership to reconsider its position". The full text of the European Council's conclusions on Cyprus [Paragraph 85] reads as follows: "The European Council regrets that the efforts of the United Nations Secretary General to find a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem have failed. The EU strongly supports the continuation of the Secretary General's mission of good offices and of negotiations on the basis of his proposals. It urges all parties concerned to spare no effort towards a just, viable and functional settlement and, in particular, the Turkish Cypriot leadership to reconsider its position. The European Council reaffirms its decisions taken at Copenhagen with regard to Cyprus' accession to the EU."

    [02] Pat Cox assures that Cyprus' EU course will be unobstructed

    The President of the European Parliament (EP), Mr Pat Cox, assured Cyprus House President, Mr Demetris Christofias, that Cyprus' EU accession course and the signing of its Accession Treaty will proceed without any obstacles, especially after the almost unanimous decision for the island's entry into the Union by the EP Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr Christofias, who was speaking after his meeting with Mr Cox in Brussels, last Friday, said that they had discussed the unsuccessful efforts of the UN Secretary-General to find a solution to the longstanding conflict on the island, and added that he conveyed to the EP President Cyprus' readiness to continue the negotiations for a settlement after the signing of the Accession Treaty. The House President further mentioned that Mr Cox had said he was holding Mr Rauf Denktash and the Turkish establishment responsible for the failure of the peace efforts in The Hague. "We reassured Mr Cox - who showed personal interest on the matter - that we will make every effort, through measures that the Government is considering, so that the Turkish Cypriots can take advantage of the possibilities flowing from Cyprus' EU membership, taking always into account that the State should not be undermined", Mr Christofias added. Referring to the favourable voting on Cyprus' accession to the Union by the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr Christofias said that he expressed his satisfaction for the positive outcome, noting, "As a result, it seems that there is no longer an obstacle for signing the Accession Treaty".

    [03] European Council conclusions on Cyprus very satisfactory, says Foreign Minister

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, expressed the view that the reference to Cyprus, in the conclusions of the Brussels European Council, is "very satisfactory", as it blamed - indirectly but clearly - the Turkish Cypriot side for the collapse of the UN-led peace talks in The Hague. Speaking last Saturday at Larnaca airport, upon his arrival from Brussels, Mr Iacovou noted that the Brussels Spring Summit had a "special meaning", since it was the last time Cyprus participated as an acceding country "which is briefed but has no right of speech". After the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April, he further noted, "Cyprus will acquire the status of 'active observer', which means that we will take part in all the procedures except voting". The Cyprus Foreign Minister referred to his meetings in Brussels with EU officials, from which he concluded that they shared the view that the peace talks in The Hague had collapsed due to the intransigent stance of the Turkish side. He added that he had received positive comments from everyone regarding the handlings of the Greek Cypriot side, and particularly, of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, at the negotiating table. On his meeting with the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Mr Gunter Verheugen, Mr Iacovou stressed that the EU official had conveyed his certainty that Cyprus' EU accession course would carry on unhindered. Replying to a question on the impending report on Cyprus by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council, the Foreign Minister said that he was monitoring the issue closely and that he was in regular contact with Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who was holding talks with UN officials and officials from permanent members of the Security Council. He further said that he had instructed Cyprus' UN Representative to meet with the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Alvaro de Soto, today, to discuss the issue.

    [04] UN-led peace talks ended due to Denktash's stance, says UK Ministe

    The British Minister for Europe, Mr Denis MacShane, expressed the position that the UN Secretary-General was forced to bring to a close the intensive phase of the Cyprus peace negotiations after the Hague meeting, due to Mr Denktash's refusal to put the UN proposals to a referendum in the north of Cyprus, as Mr Kofi Annan had suggested. Replying to a question posed by Labour MP, Mr Andrew Dismore, before the House of Commons, last Thursday, regarding the communique issued by Mr Annan on 11 March, Mr MacShane stated, in written form, the following: "The British Government fully supports the decisions of the UN Secretary-General, announced in his press statement of 11 March, to bring to a close the intensive phase of negotiations to secure a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus. We share Mr Annan's sense of sadness that this opportunity to secure accession to the EU by a reunited island has been missed. Throughout the talks, the UN Secretary-General, his special adviser, Alvaro de Soto, and his team have negotiated skillfully and professionally. But Mr Denktash's refusal to put the UN proposals to a referendum in the north of Cyprus, and his rejection of the idea of implementing a work programme for the next two weeks, aimed at preparing for a referendum before Cyprus signs the Treaty of Accession with the European Union on 16 April, left Mr Annan with no alternative to the decision he took."

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


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