Check our bulletin board of Hellenic Job Opportunities Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923)
HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Tuesday, 25 June 2024
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-07-15

Cyprus Press and Information Office: News Updates in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

  • [01]Tuesday, 15 July 2003 Cyprus House of Representatives ratifies Accession Treaty of Cyprus
  • [02] European Commission congratulates Cyprus on the ratification of the Treaty of Accession
  • [03] Cyprus is the first country among the 25 that has ratified the Treaty of Accession
  • [04] Cypriots in Britain denounce coup and Turkish invasion and occupation

    [01] Cyprus House of Representatives ratifies Accession Treaty of Cyprus

    The Cyprus House of Representatives unanimously ratified during a special plenary session yesterday the Accession Treaty of Cyprus. The President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos said after the extraordinary House session that the ratification of Cyprus' EU Accession Treaty may be the most important historical moment after the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960. President Papadopoulos said he was overjoyed because the decision to ratify the Treaty was unanimous and expressed the conviction that the EU appreciates the wide popular and political support of this act. The President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias, in his speech before the House, said it was a historic day for the Republic of Cyprus, another milestone bringing Cyprus closer to the conclusion of the accession process in May 2004. Mr Christofias thanked all those who worked hard to contribute to this success: all the Governments of Cyprus which had in succession assumed this difficult task and all the political parties; all the civil servants who worked day and night sometimes under difficult conditions and in particular Greece - its people, parliament and Government, current and previous, which played a leading role ''as a whole-hearted and unequivocal supporter" of the stable promotion of Cyprus/ accession course. Referring to the Cyprus problem, the House President said that Cyprus' continuing division "prevents us from sharing our success with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots", but expressed the belief there was still time to implement the strategic goal for a united Cyprus that would benefit all Cypriot citizens.

    [02] European Commission congratulates Cyprus on the ratification of the Treaty of Accession

    The European Commission issued the following statement yesterday, on the ratification of the Treaty of Accession by the Cyprus House of Representatives: "The Commission congratulates Cyprus for the ratification of the Treaty of Accession today. It demonstrates the strong will of Cyprus to join the European family of democratic nations as a member of the European Union, with equal rights and obligations. The Commission is confident that Cyprus will play an important role in the development of the European integration process and looks forward to it. Once in the EU, Cyprus will take advantage of all the opportunities of membership. The Commission reiterates its support for the efforts of the UN Secretary General in reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem and calls for an early resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposal. "

    [03] Cyprus is the first country among the 25 that has ratified the Treaty of Accession

    The Head of the European Commission Delegation to Cyprus, Mr Adrian Van der Meer, had a meeting yesterday with the Minister of Interior Mr Andreas Christou, whom he congratulated on the ratification of the Accession Treaty of Cyprus.

    In a statement to the press after the meeting, Mr Van der Meer said he was pleased he had the opportunity to warmly congratulate the Government, the House of Representatives and the citizens of the Republic, for the unanimous ratification of the Accession Treaty. He said Cyprus, was the first country which had ratified the Treaty among the 25 and that was very good news. Mr Van der Meer said he looked forward to welcoming Cyprus into the EU, and considered very positive the fact that Cyprus wishes to play a leading in Europe and in particular help the peace efforts in the Middle East. Noting that the strategic goal remains for a united Cyprus to enter the EU by 1st May 2004, he also assured that the EU would lend its full support and, as mentioned in the Salonica European Council conclusions, would do all it could in that direction. Invited to comment on the proposals by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the reopening of the Nicosia Airport, Mr Van der Meer said the EU position was similar to the one expressed by Great Britain. He stressed that for the EU the position was very clear, namely that there can be only one way forward and that is the Annan Plan because it tackles all the comprehensive elements and all the core issues towards the settlement. Replying to a question on the issue of trading of Turkish Cypriot goods on the island, Mr Van der Meer said the EU is in favour of internal trade on the island and that it is working on practical solutions together with the Cyprus Government. For his part, the Minister of Interior expressed satisfaction with the meeting during which he had the opportunity to exchange views with Mr Van der Meer on the elections of the European Parliament that will take place in June 2004. He thanked Mr Van der Meer for his support and help and for the very useful information on the European Elections. Replying to a question on whether the Turkish Cypriots would vote, Mr Christou said that that was the aim and one of the issues discussed with the Mr Van der Meer. The Cyprus Government will do everything possible to secure the participation of the Turkish Cypriots, he said.

    [04] Cypriots in Britain denounce coup and Turkish invasion and occupation

    A large rally, organized by the Cyprus Federation of Great Britain, was held in London's Trafalgar Square yesterday to mark the black anniversaries of the military coup and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in July 1974. The President of the Cyprus National Federation in Great Britain Mr Haris Sofoclides, accompanied by many Cypriots living in the UK stopped at the Prime Minister's residence and handed a letter, calling for further international pressure to be exerted on Turkey. Speaking at his year's gathering, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides pointed out that Cyprus' accession to the EU does not mean that the Government shall give up its sincere efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem; "On the contrary, we now feel that it is all the more imperative to multiply our efforts to reverse the tragic division of our country in a united Europe", he said. Mr Chrysostomides said that despite the continuing intransigence of the political leadership in Turkey and of their subordinate, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, the Cyprus government reiterates its firm commitment to exert every effort to achieve a peaceful, workable and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, which will terminate the occupation, reunite the people and the country that are divided today, in a united, and now enlarged, European Union, as declared unequivocally by Cyprus President Mr Tassos Papadopoulos. Several British parliamentarians from Britain's three largest political parties as well as some British MEP's also addressed the gathering. They expressed their support for the struggle of Cyprus against the continuing Turkish occupation and the promotion of a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, in accordance with the principles of international law.

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


    Cyprus Press and Information Office: News Updates in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
  • Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2023 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    cypio2html v1.02 run on Tuesday, 15 July 2003 - 13:30:06 UTC