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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-08-25

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

  • [01]Monday, 25 August 2003 President Papadopoulos addresses Conference of Overseas Cypriots
  • [02] Government ready to resume peace talks regardless of outcome of so called "elections" in occupied areas, says Government Spokesman

    [01] President Papadopoulos addresses Conference of Overseas Cypriots

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, opened this morning the sessions of the 13th World Conference of Overseas Cypriots, which takes place at the 'Hilton Park' Hotel in Nicosia. In his opening address, President Papadopoulos briefed the participants on the latest developments concerning the Cyprus issue and reiterated the Government's readiness to negotiate for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the Annan plan, "without terms or preconditions". At the same time he pointed out that some amendments to the plan were necessary to render a final settlement viable and functional. Such a settlement would be to the benefit of the entire Cyprus people, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, the President added. "We urgently seek a functional and viable solution, but we should not be pushed into a fragile arrangement because such an arrangement would lead to a devastating adventure", Mr Papadopoulos said. The President further noted that the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, was fully aware of the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to resume peace talks and he considered that the amendments to his plan, proposed by the Greek Cypriot side, fell within the parameters and philosophy of the plan. Making reference to the recent partial lifting of restrictions on movement by the illegal occupation regime, Mr Papadopoulos stressed that it was merely a manoeuvre of the Turkish side aiming to create the impression that two separate and sovereign entities existed on the island and that the sole issue at stake was the establishment of "good neighbourly relations". President Papadopoulos said that these Turkish manoeuvres had basically proven the fallacy of the Turkish claim that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could not live together peacefully, but failed to convince that such moves could ever lead to a solution. In his speech, the President also noted the significant role of overseas Cypriots in promoting Cyprus and its cause abroad, and pledged that the Government would assist them in their efforts. Participating in the conference are around 200 representatives of organisations of overseas Cypriots abroad, such as the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK), the International Coordinating Committee - Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), and the World Federation of Overseas Cypriot Youth (NEPOMAK). Addressing the conference will also be, inter alia, the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimitris Christofias, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, the Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, and the Presidents of POMAK and PSEKA, Mr Haris Sophoclides and Mr Philip Christopher, respectively. The conference's sessions will close on Thursday, 28 August, while on Friday, 29 August, there will be a press briefing at the Press and Information Office. The conference is organised by POMAK with the support of the Service for Overseas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    [02] Government ready to resume peace talks regardless of outcome of so called "elections" in occupied areas, says Government Spokesman

    The Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, has reiterated the Government's readiness to resume negotiations for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem by 1 May 2004, on the basis of the Annan plan, regardless of the outcome of the so called "elections" in the Turkish Cypriot community. Commenting on a statement by the Chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Mr Ali Erel, that he would "challenge" President Papadopoulos and the Greek Cypriots after the "elections" to accept the Annan plan, Mr Chrysostomides noted, "A challenge for us is nothing more than the acceptance of the position that we wish to negotiate". "If the Turkish side wants to negotiate in any way, then I repeat that, as the President of the Republic has stated time after time, we are ready to resume negotiations on the substance of the Annan plan for a final settlement of the Cyprus problem, even before 1 May 2004", the Government Spokesman said, adding that if a solution was not possible by then the Government would continue its efforts for a settlement, with the same dedication, and after May 2004.

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


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