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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-08-29

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

  • [01]Friday, 29 August 2003 Greek Foreign Minister to visit Cyprus for exchange of views with Cyprus Government and party leaders
  • [02] Cabinet appoints ministerial committee to study reconstruction issues for occupied areas in case of solution
  • [03] Thirteenth World Congress of Overseas Cypriots concludes sessions

    [01] Greek Foreign Minister to visit Cyprus for exchange of views with Cyprus Government and party leaders

    The Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, has announced yesterday that the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr George Papandreou, would visit Cyprus around 10 September for a general exchange of views with the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, and political party leaders. Mr Chrysostomides, who was speaking at the daily press briefing, noted that Mr Papandreou's visit was preparatory to the forthcoming meeting in Athens between Mr Papadopoulos and the Greek Prime Minister, Mr Costas Simitis, on 16 September. He further said that the visit was arranged over a telephone conversation between Mr Papadopoulos and Mr Papandreou, and that "it is natural, due to close and friendly relations between the President of the Republic and the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, to have contacts at any time without any formalities or notice". The Government Spokesman also announced yesterday the visit to the island of the Greek Minister of Defence, Mr Yiannos Papantoniou, to attend the military parade on 1 October, on the occasion of the anniversary of Cyprus' Independence Day.

    [02] Cabinet appoints ministerial committee to study reconstruction issues for occupied areas in case of solution

    The Council of Ministers has decided yesterday to set up a ministerial committee - comprising of the Ministers of Interior, Finance, Communications and Works, and Education and Culture - to deal with issues pertaining to the return of displaced persons to occupied municipalities and communities, in case of a solution to the Cyprus problem. Announcing the decision yesterday, the Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides said that the committee would undertake to study the issue of reconstruction, including infrastructure, costs and plans. He added that, in general, the entire area under Turkish occupation would be examined by the committee, but noted that at the beginning the study would probably focus on the areas to be placed under Greek Cypriot administration in a possible settlement. Mr Chrysostomides told reporters that the intention was to prepare and be ready to deal with all aspects in case of a solution of the Cyprus problem. Asked if there was a specific time framework for the completion of the committee's work, he said that the Government was pursuing the achievement of a solution by 1 May 2004, when Cyprus would become a full member of the EU, and therefore the project should be completed by then.

    [03] Thirteenth World Congress of Overseas Cypriots concludes sessions

    The deliberations of the 13th World Congress of Overseas Cypriots concluded yesterday in Nicosia. The participants at the Congress pointed out the need to continue and strengthen efforts for rapprochement between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, wherever they lived.

    In addition, the World Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), in its final session on the sidelines of the Congress, approved a series of resolutions, reaffirming its support for a just, viable and functional solution of the Cyprus problem, and stating the determination of overseas Cypriots to contribute to efforts to reach a Cyprus settlement. The Congress was addressed yesterday, inter alia, by the Director of the Press and Information Office, Mr Yiannakis Solomou, who assured that the PIO would continue to provide overseas Cypriots with assistance in their efforts to enlighten on the Cyprus problem. He further expressed certainty that the cooperation between the PIO and Cypriots living abroad would become even closer and more effective. In the elections that were carried out during the Congress's deliberations, the new leaderships of PSEKA and POMAK, the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots, were elected. Mr Philip Christopher and Mr Haris Sofoklides were re-elected as Presidents of PSEKA and POMAK respectively.


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


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