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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-05-19

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

  • [01]Monday, 19 May 2003 President Papadopoulos categorically denies Denktash's allegations
  • [02] Foreign Minister to attend EU General Affairs Council
  • [03] The European Commission will introduce proposals in the framework of rapprochement

    [01] President Papadopoulos categorically denies Denktash's allegations

    The President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos dismissed as a "vulgar fabrication", the allegations by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that there was talk about his execution following his arrest at a village of the Karpass peninsula in October 1967. The President's statement issued yesterday reads as follows: "I categorically deny the allegation of Mr Denktash. There has never been nor have I ever participated in any meeting at which there was a discussion or mention concerning Mr Denktash's execution following his arrest at a village of the Karpass peninsula. Neither I, nor the late Spyros Kyprianou or anyone else would have ever thought of such a criminal, illegal and hideous act. It is a vulgar fabrication denied even by the version given by Mr Denktash himself. Mr Denktash says that at the time of his arrest, the Council of Ministers was allegedly having a meeting and that it was during that meeting that the alleged discussion took place. Such a meeting and such a discussion never took place. Besides, if my memory serves me right, Mr Denktash's arrest took place at dawn, and it would have been highly unlikely that the Council of Ministers was having a meeting at dawn. After his arrest, which became almost immediately known to the whole village, Mr Denktash was transferred to Police Headquarters in custody. I myself had been informed of his arrest, 24 hours later. When the arrest became known after 24 hours, Mr Denktash already had been in safe custody at the Police Headquarters. The next day or later on, Mr Clerides visited Mr Denktash at the Police Headquarters and had with him a long discussion on the Cyprus problem and Mr Denktash's thoughts concerning the relations between the two communities. Later on, Mr Clerides briefed Makarios and some of the Ministers on the contents of his discussion with Mr Denktash. I was not present at that briefing. Mr Denktash must admit that at that time, all Makarios' associates including myself, showing respect for the principles of the rule of law and the laws of the Republic, had agreed, when the issue was later raised before the Council of Ministers, that Mr Denktash should be released in order to be transferred to Turkey, as he himself had requested."

    [02] Foreign Minister to attend EU General Affairs Council

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr George Iacovou departed for Brussels yesterday to attend the European Union General Affairs Council. Speaking to the press on his departure at Larnaca Airport, Mr Iacovou said that the EU Council will address European Union administrative issues as well as foreign, security and defence policy issues. The Foreign Minister noted that he has requested meetings with the European Commissioner on Enlargement Mr Gunter Verheugen and with the EU High Representative on Common Foreign and Security Policy Mr Javier Solana. He said that with Mr Verheugen he will have the opportunity to discuss, inter alia, the set of measures prepared by the EU for the support of the Turkish Cypriots and with Mr Solana, European Union issues as well as the Cyprus problem. Invited to comment on the statement by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that the Greek Cypriots would be allowed to visit Turkey on the condition that they travel through the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, the Foreign Minister said that Mr Erdogan and Mr Gul should start facing the existing problems with seriousness instead of confining themselves to slogans and aphorisms. Replying to a comment that the Acquis Communautaire takes on a new significance in relation to the Cyprus problem, Mr Iacovou said that Cyprus is a member of the European Union and therefore it is inconceivable for the EU and its member states to ignore the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire in Cyprus. All the EU officials have shown great interest in the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire, he added. Finally, asked to comment on the issue of the recent incidents in which priests were obstructed by the Turkish occupation regime to perform liturgies in churches in the occupied areas, the Foreign Minister said that there would be an enlightenment campaign on the issue not only in the EU, but also in other organizations which have an obligation to show interest in such issues.

    [03] The European Commission will introduce proposals in the framework of rapprochement

    Mr Jean-Christophe Filori, Spokesman for the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Mr Gunter Verheugen stated that in the framework of rapprochement on the island, the European Commission will submit at the beginning of June, proposals which will aim at facilitating exports from the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus to the European Union. Replying to questions during his press briefing on 16 May, Mr Filori categorically denied that there is an "embargo" on goods from the occupied areas and noted his objection to the use of this term. "There is a decision by the European Court of 1994, which replies to the question on whether the export certificates issued by the authorities that control the northern part of Cyprus can be accepted by the European Union", Mr Filori said, stressing that the reply of the Court was that they could not be accepted. Mr Filori pointed out that there are other ways of exporting goods from the Turkish occupied areas, namely through the Republic of Cyprus. In the framework of rapprochement, the European Commission will introduce measures that will facilitate exports from the occupied areas to the EU, he added.

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


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