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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-04-23

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 23 April 2003 The Cyprus Government's firm policy is to ensure free movement for all its citizens
  • [02] United States remains committed to finding a just and lasting settlement for Cyprus
  • [03] 23rd session of EU-Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee begins

    [01] The Cyprus Government's firm policy is to ensure free movement for all its citizens

    "It is the firm policy of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to ensure the free movement of all the lawful residents throughout the territory of the Republic of Cyprus," the Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides has stated. In a written statement issued yesterday in response to the decision by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime to lift restrictions on the movement of people to and from the Turkish-occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, the Government Spokesman stressed that "the human right of free movement of all the lawful citizens throughout the territory was and remains a firm demand of the Government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus". Mr Chrysostomides said that the restrictions imposed by the occupying regime are illegal, adding that the Government, welcomes any development which ends this illegality. He explained that the formalities required by the Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus concern mainly those who illegally enter or reside in the occupied areas and noted that "for the lawful Turkish Cypriot citizens such formalities will be kept down to the minimum and all such citizens will be allowed to move freely, provided that they prove that they are indeed lawful citizens of the Republic of Cyprus". The Government Spokesman pointed out that "the recent announcement made by the occupying regime aims for obvious reasons at creating impressions, thus diverting the attention of the international public opinion from the negative stand of the Turkish side and at pre-empting the measures which will be announced and implemented by the Government." "In addition, through this announcement, Mr. Denktash aims at showing that, allegedly, he exercises separate sovereignty over the occupied areas and that they constitute a separate State. It is for this reason that, for the Greek Cypriots' crossing over to the occupied areas, he demands that the Greek Cypriots present a "passport" as if it is a visit to a foreign "state"," he said. Mr Chrysostomides said "it is unthinkable for the Greek Cypriots to give validity to the Turkish Cypriot authorities by presenting their passport or by signing any document in the form of a permit to move about." He stressed that "any decisions made by the occupying regime are illegal, on the basis of international law, the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the international judicial decisions which underline that the administration in the occupied area of Cyprus is only subordinate to the occupying power, Turkey, which continues to violate flagrantly the international norms by the continuing presence of the occupying troops in Cyprus." In conclusion, he repeated that the Government's aim is the termination of the occupation and the reunification of Cyprus, "by means of a workable and viable solution of the problem, for the benefit of all the lawful citizens of Cyprus within the European Union".

    [02] United States remains committed to finding a just and lasting settlement for Cyprus

    The US President, Mr George Bush, submitted yesterday his bimonthly report to the US Congress "on progress toward a negotiated solution of the Cyprus question", covering the period February 1, 2003, through March 31, 2003. The previous submission covered events from December 1, 2002, through January 31, 2003. In his letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Mr Bush said that as in the past, U.S. officials including Secretary of State Colin Powell, Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman, Special Cyprus Coordinator Thomas G. Weston, and Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson joined him "in providing intensive diplomatic support to the efforts of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to foster a settlement to the longstanding division of the island". "We hoped that the Secretary General's meetings with the two Cypriot leaders in The Hague on March 10-11, 2003, would lead to a breakthrough on the basis of the Secretary General's fair and balanced settlement plan" he said, and added: "Unfortunately, that meeting did not result in an agreement. Despite this setback, the United States remains committed to finding a just and lasting settlement for Cyprus."

    [03] 23rd session of EU-Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee begins

    The EU-Cyprus Joint Parliamentary Committee began its 23rd session yesterday in Nicosia. The speakers addressing the session expressed satisfaction for the signing of the EU Accession Treaty by Cyprus as well as regret that the efforts to find a political settlement failed, thus preventing a reunited Cyprus to join the European Union. They noted the role Cyprus can play as a full member of the EU, especially regarding relations with the Middle East and stressed that efforts to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem should continue. The Co-chairwoman of the Committee Mrs Mechtild Rothe referred to the historic signing of the Accession Treaty by ten new countries including Cyprus and said that unfortunately it was not possible to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem due to the intransigent stance of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. She added, however, that there was still hope until 1st May 2004, for a reunited Cyprus to accede to the European Union. As a full member of the EU, Cyprus can contribute as ''a substantial bridge to the Middle East'' she said. In his address read out by the Director of his Press Office Mr Marios Karoyan, the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, who co-chaired the Committee from 1996 until his election this year, said the Committee had faced great difficulties but managed to reach its aims in the end. He praised the work of the Committee which was responsible for many favourable reports and resolutions adopted on Cyprus. President Papadopoulos expressed regret that "our Turkish Cypriot compatriots could not join in the celebrations of Cyprus' accession to the EU", but stressed his commitment to continue to participate in constructive negotiations aimed at reuniting the island, so that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could live in conditions of prosperity, security and respect of European principles and ideals, as members of a united democratic European family.

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


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