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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-05-07

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 07 May 2003 UN Spokesman says a lasting Cyprus settlement is needed
  • [02] British MPs welcome "opening of the Green Line" in Cyprus

    [01] UN Spokesman says a lasting Cyprus settlement is needed

    The Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Mr Fred Eckhard, made reference to Cyprus during yesterday's press briefing, saying that the UN was pleased with the recent crossings of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots across the ceasefire line, but stressing that freedom of movement cannot in itself bring a lasting settlement of the Cyprus problem. The UN Spokesman's statement on Cyprus was the following: "According to figures provided by the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), as of May 4th, approximately 170,000 Greek Cypriots had crossed from south to north while 75,000 Turkish Cypriots had done the reverse trip. We are very pleased that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots are crossing the buffer zone, and that people are patiently enduring the practical inconveniences which have put a strain on both sides and on the UN mission. In general, the flow of people across the buffer zone has proceeded without major political problems or serious incidents. Nevertheless, with several traffic accidents and arrests related mainly to crossing. The mission has been working around the clock to make the crossing facilities smoother and more efficient. The Chief of the UN mission, Zbigniew Wlosowicz, met yesterday Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos and is meeting today with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to share information and exchange views on the current situation. While freedom of movement would be a key element in any settlement, it must be lasting, and in any case all the other core issues remain."

    [02] British MPs welcome "opening of the Green Line" in Cyprus

    The British Labour MPs Andrew Dismore, David Drew, Tom Cox, Valery David and Linda Perharn submitted recently before the House of Commons a "notice of motion" on Cyprus entitled "Green Line in Cyprus", by which they welcome the crossings along the ceasefire line on the island and urge the British government to work with the Turkish government so that a permanent solution to the Cyprus problem can be reached. The full text of the notice of motion reads as follows: "That this House welcomes the opening of the Green Line in Cyprus from 23rd April allowing thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriots to cross to the other side to visit towns, villages, homes and friends for the first time for nearly 29 years and the announcement by the Cyprus Government of a package designed to improve conditions for the Turkish Cypriots; believes that the warmth of the hospitality received puts the lie to any claim that Greek and Turkish Cypriots cannot live together in a common country in the near future; notes that this partial lifting of restrictions follows the signing by President Papadopoulos at the Athens Summit on 16th April of the EU Accession Treaty, the huge Turkish Cypriot demonstrations in favour of a settlement and EU membership and the creative work of many bicommunal groups in preparing the ground for reunification; concludes that this reinforces the need, rather than substitutes, for a political settlement; and therefore urges Her Majesty's Government, working within the EU and the UN, to support this process of reconciliation, and work with the new government in Turkey in its attempt to make progress towards a Cyprus solution and its own route to EU membership, so that a permanent solution can be reached long before 1st May 2004 and a reunited Cyprus can join the European Union.

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


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