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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-04-09

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 09 April 2003 Government continues to support Turkish Cypriots, says Interior Minister
  • [02] Foreign Minister: UN resolution on Cyprus will be outcome of compromise
  • [03] MacShane expresses regret that Denktash did not "seize" opportunity for solution

    [01] Government continues to support Turkish Cypriots, says Interior Minister

    The Minister of Interior, Mr Andreas Christou, stated yesterday that the Government continued to provide Turkish Cypriots with benefits enjoyed by all Cypriot citizens, adding that the support measures, to be announced by the Government, would be additional to the existing policy. Asked by journalists to say if the Interior Ministry was prepared to implement the new measures for Turkish Cypriots when these would be announced, Mr Christou said, "With regard to the existing services, surely we are ready", but noted that new mechanisms were required for implementation purposes. Once specific decisions were made on these new mechanisms, he added, the Interior Ministry would be able to act promptly to implement the new measures. Meanwhile, the Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, also commenting on the impending measures for Turkish Cypriots during yesterday's press briefing, stated the following: "As it has already been announced, the National Council discussed yesterday policy issues regarding the Turkish Cypriots on the basis of the wish that our Turkish Cypriot co citizens should enjoy all the benefits that the rest of the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus enjoy, to the greatest degree possible. The measures are not a substitute for a solution. They are temporary measures for the transitional period until a solution. The untimely and unofficial publication of the measures created discussions and reactions on the part of the Turkish Cypriot opposition, which in our opinion, are unjustified. It is in this light that we must also judge the reports that refer, not to decisions, but to draft documents and studies under discussion. The reactions on the part of the Turkish Cypriot opposition are not justified and some are perhaps due to internal policy processes in the Turkish Cypriot community. Let us have that in mind, so that when we take decisions, we publish the decisions and not any studies in advance."

    [02] Foreign Minister: UN resolution on Cyprus will be outcome of compromise

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, expressed his belief that the forthcoming resolution on Cyprus by the UN Security Council would be the outcome of compromise between the five permanent members of the Council.

    Replying to press questions yesterday, Mr Iacovou said he could not guess the exact content of the resolution, noting that the Government was trying to obtain the "best possible resolution for our side". He further noted that the five permanent members expressed different views on the matter during Monday's consultations on Cyprus, adding that "there are rumours that Russia will submit her own resolution". In addition, asked to comment on information about explosions in the sea near the British Base Area in Akrotiri, Limassol, the Foreign Minister pointed out that the British Base authorities had been contacted and their spokesman denied the information. He added that the Government would look further into the matter.

    [03] MacShane expresses regret that Denktash did not "seize" opportunity for solution

    The British Minister of State for Europe, Mr Denis MacShane, expressed regret that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktash, "did not seize the opportunity offered to him of the Kofi Annan plan", but said that he still kept his fingers crossed about Cyprus. Speaking last week before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, Mr MacShane was asked to comment on the likelihood of a divided Cyprus joining the EU, especially following the collapse of the UN-led peace talks in The Hague. He said that he was optimistic about a solution in Cyprus, but "those hopes have had to be put on hold". He further noted, "I think people now reflecting in Ankara may consider that more pressure should have been put on Mr Denktash", adding that he would continue to "make clear to the Turkish Government, in a friendly way, that we believe the entry of a united Cyprus is good for the EU, good for Cyprus, good for Turkey, good for Greece, good for the Eastern Mediterranean." Asked a series of questions on how a divided island would join the EU, Mr MacShane explained - with the aid of Mr Kim Darroch, Director for EU Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - that Cyprus would accede to the European Union as the Republic of Cyprus, and that the acquis communautaire would apply to the whole of the island but suspended in the north. On the status of Turkish Cypriots after accession, Mr MacShane referred to the massive demonstrations in the occupied areas, saying that "we have not seen such pro-EU demonstrations for some time, and I hope the politics will change and that their elected leaders will understand that it is the obvious wish of the citizens in northern Cyprus to accede as a united island to the EU".

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


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