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

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

  • [01]Thursday, 03 July 2003 Ireland hopes for accession of reunified Cyprus to EU, says Irish Premier
  • [02] Cyprus can become example of peaceful coexistence in Europe, says MacShane

    [01] Ireland hopes for accession of reunified Cyprus to EU, says Irish Premier

    Ireland continues to hope that a united island of Cyprus will accede to the European Union next May and will be ready to assist in whatever way it can, the Irish Prime Minister, Mr Bertie Ahern, has noted. In his address before the Irish House of Representatives last week on the outcome of the Thessaloniki European Council, Mr Ahern made reference to Cyprus noting the following: "While in Thessaloniki, I had a meeting with President Papadopoulos of Cyprus. The President briefed me in detail on the current state of play in Cyprus. I indicated that my colleagues in the European Council and myself are united in our support for the continuation of the United Nations Secretary-General's mission of good office and for negotiations on the basis of his proposals. In that context, I said to the President that Ireland looked forward to Cyprus becoming a member state during our Presidency on 1 May next year. I indicated that we continued to hope that a united island of Cyprus will accede to the European Union next May and that we will be ready to assist in whatever way we can." Ireland takes over the rotating Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2004, following the Italian Presidency.

    [02] Cyprus can become example of peaceful coexistence in Europe, says MacShane

    Cyprus, once it is reunited and a full EU member state, can show the world that conflicts of the past can be overcome and the nations of the common Europe can live together in peace, the British Minister of State for Europe, Mr Denis MacShane, said. The British Minister, who was speaking at an event on Cyprus organised by the Cyprus National Federation of Great Britain, at the House of Commons last Tuesday, pledged that his government would do everything possible to achieve a resolution of the Cyprus problem prior to the island's accession to the EU in May 2004, noting, "Our wish is that on May 1st it would be a united Cyprus that enters the EU so that a new chapter of history, not a new chapter, a century of history comes; a first moment when Cyprus as a united island can fulfil its manifest destiny in terms of democracy, trade unions, journalism, different political parties, different religions." "The Annan plan is there, it is a way forward. Of course it will not satisfy everybody", Mr MacShane further said, adding at the same time that that was a historic moment which had to be seized. He also pledged to discuss the matter with the Turkish government soon during a trip to Ankara. Present at the event, which was organised on the occasion of the anniversary of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus in July 1974, were the Cyprus House President Mr Demetris Christofias, Cyprus' High Commissioner to Britain Mrs Myrna Kleopa, the President of the Cyprus National Federation of Great Britain Mr Harris Sofokleides, and various British MPs. Addressing the event, the House President Mr Christofias expressed gratitude to the friends of Cyprus in the British Parliament for their constant support and solidarity, and to the National Federation of Cypriots in Britain for their daily contacts with British officials and others to promote the resolution of the Cyprus problem and the reunification of the island.

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


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