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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-07-30

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 30 July 2003 The US welcomes the readiness expressed by both sides in Cyprus to discuss the de-mining of areas in and around Nicosia including within the UN buffer zone
  • [02] Cyprus participates in EU operation "ARTEMIS"

    [01] The US welcomes the readiness expressed by both sides in Cyprus to discuss the de-mining of areas in and around Nicosia including within the UN buffer zone

    "We welcome the readiness now expressed by both sides on the island to discuss with the UN Forces in Cyprus the de-mining of areas in and around Nicosia, including within the UN buffer zone. This is the first time that both sides have announced a common desire to address this important issue. We hope these statements will translate quickly into concrete, practical results," the Spokesman of the US State Department Mr Richard Boucher stated yesterday during his press briefing. Invited to comment on the proposal of the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos to Turkish Cypriot leader Raul Denktash for a de-mining process of the entire Greek line, the line separating the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, the US Spokesman said that "removing the dangers that are posed by existing minefields could make an important contribution toward improving the atmosphere on the island, in particular by improving the safety with which Cypriots may cross the Green Line". "Of course, while we hope that genuine confidence-building measures improve the atmosphere on the island for achieving a settlement, we note that they are not a substitute for a comprehensive settlement", he added. Asked if the US supports that the entire Green line should be de-mined, including the area he mentioned, Mr Boucher replied: "I am sure that, you know, as much de-mining as occurs we would be supportive of. We understand the proposals at this point are de- mining in areas in and around Nicosia, including on the Green Line."

    [02] Cyprus participates in EU operation "ARTEMIS"

    In contributing to Common Foreign and Security Policy/European Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/ESDP) of the European Union, Cyprus, along with other contributing countries, is participating in Operation "ARTEMIS" at operational Headquarters in Paris, having posted one senior military officer. Operation "ARTEMIS" is the first EU autonomous military-led mission, which has deployed troops in Bunia, Democratic Republic of Congo. The EU set up the force in responding to UN Security Council Resolution 1484 of 30 May 2003 establishing under Chapter VII of the UN Charter an interim emergency multinational force aimed at contributing to the stabilisation of the security conditions and the improvement of the humanitarian situation in Bunia. This is also the first time Cyprus participates in a UN peace operation. Operation "ARTEMIS" is the third EU Operation carried out within the framework of ESDP. France acts as the "Framework Nation" for the operation. Its deployment is up to 1 September 2003, when the UN is scheduled to take over the Mission. Moreover, under CFSP/ESDP within the field of Civilian Crisis Management, Cyprus is participating in the European Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina with four police officers. This Mission was the first EU operation in ESDP. Through monitoring, mentoring and inspection activities, it assists the Bosnia and Herzegovina police authorities. It was launched at the start of the year, taking over from the UN.

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


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