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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-05-12

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

  • [01]Monday, 12 May 2003 Turkish PM's visit to occupied areas is illegal, says President Papadopoulos
  • [02] Foreign Minister hopes Cyprus' EU course will "sweep away" division
  • [03] Interior Ministry press release on support measures for Turkish Cypriots
  • [04] Cyprus signs cultural exchange programme with Luxembourg

    [01] Turkish PM's visit to occupied areas is illegal, says President Papadopoulos

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, stressed last Friday that the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister to the occupied areas of the island was "illegal" and urged Mr Erdogan to persuade the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktash, to return to the negotiating table for substantive talks on the basis of the Annan Plan. President Papadopoulos' full statement reads as follows: "The visit by the Turkish Prime Minister to the occupied area is an illegal act by the political leader of a country that invaded and has been occupying illegally and by force a large part of the Republic of Cyprus, the independence, territorial integrity and security of which was guaranteed by Turkey in 1960. If Mr. Erdogan truly supports a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem and the good offices mission of the UN Secretary-General, as he stated on his departure from Turkey today, he can turn this vague declaration into a specific policy and action, by persuading Mr. Denktash to return to the negotiating table for substantive talks, accepting the Annan Plan as a basis for negotiations. The Greek Cypriot side reiterates its willingness and readiness for direct and substantive negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations on the basis of the Annan Plan, for the finding of a solution in accordance with the relevant decisions of the UN, as the President of the Republic asked in his letter to the Turkish Cypriot leader on April 2, 2003. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have proven in practice and by their behaviour in the last few days that they share the common vision of a reunited country. The two communities can and should live peacefully in a reunited country and a single state in the framework of a bizonal and bicommunal federation. However, the recent lifting of the restrictions imposed on the movement of citizens by the Turkish side in 1974 or the seeking of "good neighbourly relations" cannot be regarded and do not constitute a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    The political approach seeking the creation of two areas in Cyprus, each with nationally homogenous population, clashes with the High Level Agreements and the relevant resolutions of the Security Council. Therefore, quite justifiably Security Council Resolutions 541 and 550 consider the declaration of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" as null and void, demand its revocation and call upon all states not to recognise it. Experience gained throughout these years proves that the international community neither recognises nor is about to accept the existence and recognition of two sovereign states on the island. It was precisely this insistence on the recognition of a second state on the island that led our Turkish Cypriot compatriots to isolation, for which we bear no responsibility.

    As a result of the occupation and division, the accession of Cyprus to the European Union does not permit the implementation of the acquis communautaire throughout the island. It was exactly the prospect of Cyprus' accession to the European Union and the European course of Turkey, which we favour, that led the United Nations to intensify its initiatives for a comprehensive settlement, with the consent of everybody, including Mr. Denktash. I am hopeful that these basic principles will be recognised as corresponding to the present-day realities and from this recognition any developments in the direction of the right, just, viable and workable solution to the Cyprus problem will be determined."

    [02] Foreign Minister hopes Cyprus' EU course will "sweep away" division

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr George Iacovou, expressed the hope that the prospect of Cyprus' accession to the European Union, a prospect which had already created "the first cracks in the artificial wall of shame", would become "a torrent that will sweep away the dividing wall and reverse the results of the invasion, occupation and violation of human rights". In his message on the occasion of the Day of Europe, 9 May 2003, Mr Iacovou noted, inter alia, the following: "The process of enlargement continues and is irreversible. The signing of the Accession Treaty by the ten new members in Athens on 16 April, was another giant leap in the efforts to bring down the artificial walls erected by the Cold War, thus bringing Europe even closer to its goal of full reunification. For the first time in its history, it is possible to reconstruct a united Europe on the basis of common principles and the values of freedom, democracy, respect of human rights and the rule of law, shared by all its members. In parallel with its enlargement, however, is the deepening of Europe. The European Union's capability to function with 25 member states, to bridge the gap that separates the European citizen and the European Institution, and to achieve greater transparency and democratic legality, is a sign of the maturity that would allow a united Europe to assume the leading role it deserves in the efforts to establish world peace, stability and sustainable development." On Cyprus, Mr Iacovou expressed his belief that "it is possible for a unified Cyprus to accede to the European family in May 2004, which would allow all Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, to fully enjoy the benefits and advantages of the European citizens, guaranteeing at the same time a peaceful and safe future." He further added that "as a new member of the European family, we will also continue to work towards establishing stability in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, thus actively contributing to the completion of the vision of the founders of the European Union."

    [03] Interior Ministry press release on support measures for Turkish Cypriots

    The Ministry of Interior has issued a press release on the Government's support measures for Turkish Cypriots, stating the following: 1. All application forms in the Turkish language regarding passports, identity cards and birth certificates are available at the District Authorities and the Migration Department. At the aforementioned departments and services of the Interior Ministry there are Turkish-speaking officers available to assist Turkish Cypriots. 2. At all District Authorities there are offices responsible for providing assistance to Turkish Cypriots. It is stressed that so far there has been no problem in assisting Turkish Cypriots. 3. As of today [9/5/2003], all the relevant information and application forms in the Turkish language for the issuing of passports, identity cards and birth certificates are posted on the web, and specifically on the official website of the Republic of Cyprus at and the website of the Press and Information Office at .

    [04] Cyprus signs cultural exchange programme with Luxembourg

    Cyprus and Luxembourg have signed a Programme of Exchanges in the fields of Science, Education, Culture and Youth, for a three-year period, 2003-2006. The Programme falls along the framework of the Cyprus-Luxembourg Cultural Agreement that was signed in Nicosia in September 1995. The exchange programme was signed in Luxembourg last week by the Director of Cultural Services of the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture, Mr Stelios Hadjistyllis, and the Director General of Luxembourg's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sciences, Mr Guy Dockendorf. It provides for, inter alia, giving away scholarships to students, from the two countries, who are majoring in art, music, information technology and community law. The programme also foresees the promotion of exchanges of artists and scientists, as well as cooperation between the two countries in community research programmes.

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


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