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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-08-01

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

  • [01]Friday, 01 August 2003 Statements by the Government Spokesman
  • [02] Cyprus Finance Minister meets with his German counterpart
  • [03] European Court of Human Rights/ judgements are very important

    [01] Statements by the Government Spokesman

    Following a meeting of the National Council yesterday, chaired by the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, the Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides made the following statement: "During today's meeting of the National Council, which was scheduled for some time now, there was a general briefing of the measures in support for the Turkish Cypriots, their implementation and the difficulties that need to be dealt with. The political leaders expressed their views, and exchanged ideas and suggestions regarding the implementation of the measures." Invited to comment on the Government's decision to purchase 1,500 tones of grain cultivated from land owned by Turkish Cypriot farmers in the villages of Potamia and Louroutzina, the Government Spokesman said that it was an indication of good will on the part of the Greek Cypriot side and the Government towards the Turkish Cypriots. Asked to comment on the statement by the United Nations Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan that he does not intend to undertake any new initiative unless the two sides in Cyprus display "real and genuine" political will to move forward, Mr Chrysostomides replied: "The position of the Greek Cypriot side remains the same; we are ready, at any moment, whenever the Secretary General invites the parties, to resume the talks on the substance and to negotiate on the basis of the Annan plan in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem."

    [02] Cyprus Finance Minister meets with his German counterpart

    The Minister of Finance Mr Marcos Kyprianou had a meeting yesterday with the German Minister of Finance Mr Hans Eichel, who is currently in Cyprus on an official visit. During the meeting the two Finance Ministers discussed issues of common interest, the financial relations between the two countries and issues relating to Cyprus' course to the European Union. Speaking to the press afterwards Mr Kyprianou said that although Mr Eichel/s visit is brief, nevertheless he has the opportunity to have a first hand experience about the economic realities in Cyprus. He said that during the talks he had with his German counterpart, they exchanged views on various EU issues, including the European Monetary Union (EMU), EU budgetary concerns, and matters relating to the Stability and Development Pact. Moreover, they had the opportunity to discuss the issue of the solution of the Cyprus problem and the financial aspect of it. He said that Germany, a country that has gone though the experience of reunification, has lived though the problems, the cost and the advantages, had agreed to cooperate with Cyprus and offer technical assistance and advice. "Europe will come closer to the Eastern Mediterranean once Cyprus joins the European Union" Mr Kyprianou said and expressed the belief that Cyprus can contribute to a new EU policy in the region. For his part, the German Minister said that Germany and Cyprus are two countries that have suffered from separation. He said that when he visited the Green Line that divides Nicosia, he was reminded of a similar situation in his own country before 1989. Mr Eichel expressed his country's readiness to help Cyprus tackle problems, economic or other, which might arise from the reunification of the island. He agreed that there should be a meeting between German and Cypriot experts to discuss ways in which reunification could be achieved. He noted that although conditions may be different, there were common issues which could be tackled by using the lessons of the German experience. The German Minister said he would help enhance relations between Cyprus and Germany by encouraging Germans not only to visit but also to invest in Cyprus. Mr Eichel also referred to the enlargement of the EU and said that the new members will give the EU a new dimension and the EU will have a common border with Russia and will move much closer to the Middle East. "'These countries which are closest to the region can help us better understand developments in the Middle East and they are best placed to help us formulate these policies and this is a big asset for the EU", he said.

    [03] European Court of Human Rights/ judgements are very important

    Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, following the meeting of the National Council yesterday, made the following statement in relation to the judgements by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in the cases of Eugenia Michaelidou Developments Ltd and Mike Tymvios versus Turkey and Demades versus Turkey, regarding the violation of their right to have access to and to use and enjoy their property in the occupied areas of the Republic Cyprus. "The European Court of Human Rights issued two judgements against Turkey in the cases of Ioannis Demades versus Turkey and Evgenia Michaelidou Developments Ltd and Michael Tymvios versus Turkey regarding the violation of their right to use and have access to their property which is situated in the occupied by Turkish troops areas of the Republic of Cyprus." The Government Spokesman said he considered the two judgements very important.

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


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