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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-05-21

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  • [01]Wednesday, 21 May 2003 New Ambassadors present their credentials
  • [02] Cyprus condemns the bomb attack in Jerusalem

    [01] New Ambassadors present their credentials

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, received yesterday, at formal separate ceremonies at the Presidential Palace, the credentials of the new Ambassadors, of Cuba, Japan and Slovenia, to Cyprus. Presenting his Letters of Credence, the new Cuban Ambassador Mr Pablo Antonio Rodriguez Vidal underlined the similarities between Cuba and Cyprus which have characterized the strong and long-standing links of solidarity and friendship that have existed between the two countries and expressed the conviction that they would continue to further strengthen in the future. "Although separated by a great geographical distance, we Cubans feel close to the people of Cyprus, which is the cradle of the Mediterranean civilization, a modest, happy and hospitable people who have always maintained a high sense of nation, and for which we feel great respect, admiration and affection," he said.

    Mr Vidal stressed that the Cuban Government, just like the overwhelming majority of the international community, fully supports the UN-led efforts to reach a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem. On his part, Japan's Ambassador to Cyprus stationed in Athens, Mr Toshio Mochizuki said that although the Republic of Cyprus and Japan are geographically far apart, they have maintained excellent bilateral relations and expressed the hope that the friendly relations that exist between the two countries would be further enhanced in the years to come. He expressed his sincere congratulations on the signing of the EU Accession Treaty last month in Athens, adding that "the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU would give a new dimension to our bilateral relations, since Japan has established close cooperation with the EU, sharing responsibility to contribute to the international peace, security and prosperity." Ambassador Mochizuki confirmed his government's position for a peaceful and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, adding that "the Government of Japan will continue its contributions as a member of the G8 and as a member of the United Nations in order that the people of Cyprus may live in a secure environment." Presenting her credentials, the new Ambassador of Slovenia to Cyprus, stationed in Athens, Mrs Jozefa Puhar expressed warm congratulations for Cyprus' successful conclusion of the negotiations with the European Union, adding that "by joining the family of 25 European nations, our two countries shall enter a new era, which will offer many new possibilities for fostering our mutual cooperation". Mrs Puhar expressed disappointment over the failure of the talks on the reunification of Cyprus, but also "optimism and admiration for the level of political will and commitment" that the Cyprus Government has shown in trying to resolve this difficult political issue. Finally, she reaffirmed Slovenia's full support in the efforts to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem, which would be "in the interest of the people of the island and of the wider European community."

    [02] Cyprus condemns the bomb attack in Jerusalem

    The Cyprus Government issued the following statement yesterday, condemning the terrorist attack in Jerusalem: "The Government of the Republic of Cyprus strongly condemns the day before yesterday's bomb attack in Jerusalem, which resulted in the death of many innocent civilians. Such acts of terror must stop immediately. Moreover, it becomes evident that they are directed against any effort to resume the peace process, so that the whole effort is derailed. The Government of the Republic calls once more for the dialogue between the parties to be pursued with full vigour and for terrorism to be neutralized by all those in power. Peace demands nothing less."

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at

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