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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-07-28

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

  • [01]Monday, 28 July 2003 Foreign Minister concludes his three day official visit to Iran
  • [02] Cyprus consents to be bound by the amended protocols of the Convention on Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons

    [01] Foreign Minister concludes his three day official visit to Iran

    Foreign Minister Mr George Iacovou concludes today his three day official visit to Teheran, at the invitation of Iran's Foreign Minister Mr Kamal Kharrazi. During his stay in the Iranian capital, Mr Iacovou held talks with Iran's leadership which focused on bilateral relations and issues of common interest. On Saturday, Mr Iacovou had a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mr Kamal Kharrazi, with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem, in depth, and the role of Iran at the Islamic Conference. Mr Iacovou thanked Mr Kharrazi for Iran's firm support to Cyprus at the Islamic Conference meetings and asked for Iran's assistance at the forthcoming meetings. The issue of Iran's relations with the European Union was also discussed in the light of the decisions of the European Council on Iran's nuclear program. Mr Iacovou underlined Cyprus´ positive and constructive stance as well as its readiness to offer assistance. The two Ministers also discussed issues of economic and trade cooperation with the view of further enhancing relations between the two countries in all fields. There was also an exchange of views on the Middle East issue and the situation in Iraq. Yesterday, Mr Iacovou was received by the President of Iran, Mr Mohammad Khatami, who assured him of Iran's readiness to further enhance bilateral relations and cooperation. The Iranian President congratulated Cyprus on its accession to the EU and noted that Cyprus' geographic position, the fact that it is a European country but close to the Middle East, renders it more sensitive to regional problems. For his part, Mr Iacovou congratulated the Iranian President on his initiative regarding the "Dialogue of Civilisations", noting that it would promote understanding between nations and referred to the organization of three conferences in Cyprus on this particular issue and the creation of an institute in the framework of Euro-Mediterranean-cooperation. The Foreign Minister is expected to return to Cyprus today.

    [02] Cyprus consents to be bound by the amended protocols of the Convention on Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons

    Cyprus´ Charge d´Affairs to the UN, Mr George Kasoulides submitted on 22 July 2003, to the Legal Department of the United Nations, the document with which the Republic of Cyprus consents to be bound by Amended Protocol II and Additional Protocol IV of the Convention on Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects. The Additional Protocol IV is related to Laser weapons which cause blindness, while the Amended Protocol II concerns the prohibition or restriction on the use of landmines, booby traps or other mechanisms.

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


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