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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-09-12

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

  • [01]Friday, 12 September 2003 President Papadopoulos sends condolences for the death of the Swedish FM
  • [02] Cyprus' EU accession safeguards security of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, says Greek Foreign Minister
  • [03] Ambassadors of Uruguay and Venezuela present credentials

    [01] President Papadopoulos sends condolences for the death of the Swedish FM

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, sent yesterday the following letter of condolences to the Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr Goran Persson, for the tragic loss of the Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh: "I was greatly shocked at the news of the tragic loss of Anna Lindh, following the abhorrent attach against her yesterday. Anna Lindh's commitment to the universal values of peace and human rights and the active promotion of these values made her one of the outstanding politicians of our times, both within and outside Europe. The people of Cyprus and me personally are particularly saddened by her tragic loss given the special bonds of friendship and her interest in my country, which had been manifested even so often. On behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of Cyprus and myself please accept our deepest sympathy for this great loss and convey to the family of Anna Lindh our sincere condolences." Letters of condolences were also sent yesterday by the Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Iacovou and the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Christofias. Furthermore, the Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, expressed yesterday the Cyprus Government's deep condolences to the family of Anna Lindh and to the people of Sweden. Mr Chrysostomides said that the deceased was a friend of Cyprus and a strong supporter of the island's accession to the EU, noting that she had been making efforts for the right solution of the Cyprus problem and was particularly critical of human rights violations in Turkey.

    [02] Cyprus' EU accession safeguards security of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, says Greek Foreign Minister

    Cyprus' accession to the European Union will safeguard the security of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Greece's Foreign Minister Mr George Papandreou has noted and called on Turkish Cypriots to become active citizens of the EU. Speaking yesterday at a press conference after concluding his two-day visit to the island, Mr Papandreou noted that the security of the Turkish Cypriot community would not be guaranteed by the occupation army but by their participation in the European family. Referring to Cyprus' accession to the EU, the Greek FM pointed out that "this has created new hopes and new dynamics and a new self-confidence for the people of Cyprus". He added that the prospect of EU accession had mobilised Turkish Cypriots who now had hope of coexisting with Greek Cypriots in a reunited Cyprus, member of the European Union. Mr Papandreou made special reference to his meeting with the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot opposition parties and said he was deeply moved by his encounter with Turkish Cypriots on Wednesday evening at the Ledra Palace. Regarding the partial lifting of restrictions on movement by the illegal occupation regime and the crossing of people along both sides of the divide, the Greek official expressed certainty that it was a result of the new dynamic created by the prospect of EU membership and said it had brought down the "taboos" cultivated by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and certain Turkish officials to support their argument that Cyprus had to remain divided because the two communities could not coexist peacefully.

    [03] Ambassadors of Uruguay and Venezuela present credentials

    The new Ambassadors of Uruguay and Venezuela presented their credentials to President Papadopoulos yesterday during separate official ceremonies at the Presidential Palace. Uruguay's Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr Mario Alberto Voss Rubio, referred to the excellent political and diplomatic relations between Cyprus and his country and pledged to work hard to further enhance bilateral relations. "At the same time as we offer our technological cooperation in the agricultural domains, you will offer your rich experiences through the tourism cooperation", he said. The Ambassador of Venezuela to Cyprus, Mr Efrain Silva Mendez, said he was deeply committed to doing everything in his power to further strengthen the already good bilateral relations that existed in the areas of diplomacy, politics, commerce and culture. Referring to the Cyprus problem, Venezuela's Ambassador noted, "It is our wish that an equitable solution be found to the matter of the unification of the island that pleases all the citizens of this beautiful nation. May peace and prosperity be present always in the island of Cyprus". Accepting the credentials, President Papadopoulos informed the two diplomats on the latest developments regarding efforts to reach a settlement to the Cyprus problem and underlined that the Greek Cypriot side remained committed to engage in substantial negotiations on the basis of the UN Secretary-General's plan, aiming to achieve the entry of a reunited Cyprus to the European Union on 1 May 2004.

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


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