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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-09-11

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  • [01]Thursday, 11 September 2003 Minister of Foreign Affairs sends letter of condolences for the death of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh
  • [02] Greek Foreign Minister begins contacts in Cyprus
  • [03] Foreign Ministry condemns suicide attacks in Israel

    [01] Minister of Foreign Affairs sends letter of condolences for the death of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr George Iacovou has sent the following letter of condolences to the Prime Minister of Sweden Mr Goran Persson for the death of the Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh: "It is with the deepest sorrow and sadness that I have learned of the death of my dear colleague Anna Lindh, following yesterday's abhorrent attack against her life. I extend my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones and wish them strength and courage. I strongly condemn this brutal act of violence that caused the death of a dear colleague, a most competent and committed minister and a well known political figure in Europe and the world over. Anna Lindh possessed all those special qualities that made her so popular in her country and beyond. Her death is not only a loss for Sweden but a great loss for the European family of nations. Anna Lindh was known for her devotion to European ideals and principles and had worked tirelessly to promote our common interests and goals within the European Union, being in particular a committed and strong proponent of the enlargement of the Union. Cyprus lost a true friend who consistently supported the reunification of the island and our accession to the European Union. Her visit to Cyprus in late 2000 was instrumental in further consolidating the bonds between our two countries. Please allow me to convey a message of deep sorrow and grief to the government and the people of Sweden over this national tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this, the most difficult of times."

    [02] Greek Foreign Minister begins contacts in Cyprus

    Greece's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr George Papandreou, arrived yesterday afternoon in Cyprus for a two-day visit. Welcoming Mr Papandreou to Cyprus, the Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Iacovou, praised the harmonious bilateral relations and the close cooperation between the two Ministries. He also thanked Mr Papandreou and the Greek government for their incessant support over the years in the efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem and Cyprus' bid to accede to the European Union. On his part, the Greek FM made particular reference to the future of Cyprus in the EU, noting that the island could play a very significant role in the Middle East and the Arab world as an EU member state. He added that Cyprus had to be involved in the day-to-day affairs of the Union in order to enhance its clout within the European family and take advantage of the benefits emanating from EU membership. Following his statements at Larnaca airport upon arrival, Mr Papandreou left for Nicosia where he had a meeting with his Cypriot interlocutor in the presence of delegations from both Ministries. In remarks to the press after the meeting, Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou said that the discussion had focused on the Cyprus problem, Cyprus-EU affairs and in particular the harmonisation process, issues pertaining to individual applications to the European Court of Human Rights, and possible problems to arise at the Islamic Conference next month in Kuala Lumpur. Mr Iacovou underlined that there was a full identity of views on the measures that had to be taken by the two governments. Expressing his full agreement with the Cypriot FM, Mr Papandreou further said that bilateral ties were entering a new dimension as a result of Cyprus' accession to the EU. Asked to comment on a statement by the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Rauf Denktash regarding the preparation of a new plan to replace the UN Secretary-General's solution plan (Annan plan), the Greek Foreign Minister stressed that Cyprus and Greece had the same approach towards the Annan plan and pointed out that it was not necessary to comment on every new idea that came out or try to interpret Mr Denktash's tactics. "The international community has clearly indicated that we expect signs of political will by the Turkish side for a resolution of the Cyprus problem", Mr Papandreou added. After his meeting with Mr Iacovou, Mr Papandreou was received by the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos. President Papadopoulos described his encounter with the Greek Foreign Minister as "very fruitful and interesting" and added that the two delegations had discussed a variety of issues, including the Cyprus problem, on which Greece could offer support in international fora. On his part, Mr Papandreou said it was "a very constructive discussion that took place in a spirit of a new era for Cyprus, in light of its accession to the European Union", and referred to the "self-confidence of Cyprus in handling the Cyprus problem and the new opportunities arising". President Papadopoulos, invited to comment on possible "surprises" by the Turkish Cypriot leader, said that "he who is responsible for the illegality in Cyprus is the only person who can take the initiative to lift this illegality". He added that any initiative which would lift Mr Denktash's illegality was welcomed. Mr Papandreou, also invited to comment on the issue, underlined that to occupy oneself with Mr Denktash's tactics and moves, which did not aim at a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem, was not helping the Cyprus cause. Replying to another question on whether he expected to hear suggestions for Camp David-type talks on the Cyprus problem during his forthcoming visit to the US, the Greek FM said that nothing of the sort had been mentioned so far except in various articles that had been around for the last twenty years.

    [03] Foreign Ministry condemns suicide attacks in Israel

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the recent suicide attacks that took place on 9 September in Israel. The Government and the people of Cyprus would like to express their profound grief and extend their condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous terrorist attacks and to the Government of Israel. The Government of Cyprus reiterates once more its firm and unequivocal support to the Road Map which should be espoused as the only way to terminate the violence that brought so much grief to both Palestinians and Israelis in the last three years. It urges both sides to remain committed to the implementation of the Road Map and to refrain from all acts and activities that not only bring so much pain and destruction but also distance the parties from the course and cause of peace.

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at

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