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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-09-19

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  • [01]Friday, 19 September 2003 House President concludes Iran visit
  • [02] Foreign Minister to attend memorial service for Anna Lindh
  • [03] Cyprus participates in first autonomous EU peacekeeping operation in Congo
  • [04] New Ambassadors to Cyprus present credentials

    [01] House President concludes Iran visit

    The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Christofias and the members of the Cyprus parliamentary delegation returned yesterday to Cyprus following a four-day official visit to Iran, where they had held talks with, inter alia, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Sejed Mohammad Khatami, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mr Kamal Kharrazi and the President of the Iranian Parliament, Mr Mehdi Karroubi. Speaking upon arrival at Larnaca Airport, Mr Christofias said that his talks with Iranian officials had proved that Cyprus and Iran shared similar positions on regional issues and had a common interest in ensuring security, respect for independence and territorial integrity of nations and compliance with the UN Charter. He also said that he had ascertained the willingness of his Iranian interlocutors in promoting further bilateral relations and cooperation in the fields of politics, economics, trade and culture. Referring to Iran's role as a member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as regards the Cyprus problem, Mr Christofias noted that the Iranian President had assured him of Iran's firm support in a solution of the Cyprus problem based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. "This is a significant and timely assurance since the Islamic Conference will be held soon in Kuala Lumpur", he added. Mr Christofias further said that he had invited his Iranian counterpart to visit Cyprus.

    [02] Foreign Minister to attend memorial service for Anna Lindh

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, will be attending today, on behalf of the Cyprus Government, the formal memorial service of the assassinated Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. Speaking yesterday at Larnaca Airport prior to his departure for Stockholm, Mr Iacovou said that the Cyprus Government had a duty to be represented at the funeral since Anna Lindh was a very popular political figure throughout Europe and she had supported Cyprus in its EU accession course and the efforts for a settlement. He added that the Cyprus Government was grateful for Lindh's support. The Honorary President of the Social Democrats Movement EDEK, Mr Vassos Lyssarides, will also attend the memorial service, representing EDEK, at the invitation of Sweden's Social Democratic Party of which Anna Lindh was a member.

    [03] Cyprus participates in first autonomous EU peacekeeping operation in Congo

    The Republic of Cyprus, within the framework of its participation in the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) of the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), has taken part in the peacekeeping operation "ARTEMIS" in Bunia, Congo, which was carried out between June and September 2003. Cyprus was represented in the operation with Lieutenant- Colonel Kyriakos Georgiou who was posted at the headquarters of "ARTEMIS" in Paris. Operation "ARTEMIS" was the first autonomous military mission of the EU, carried out without the use of NATO infrastructure, and was aimed at restoring security and improving humanitarian conditions in Bunia, Congo. It was successfully concluded on 1 September 2003, when the United Nations took over. Taking part in the operation were approximately two thousand officers and soldiers from 17 countries - EU member states, acceding countries and candidate states.

    [04] New Ambassadors to Cyprus present credentials

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, accepted yesterday the credentials of three new Ambassadors to Cyprus. The new Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Cyprus, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel Hakam, said, presenting his credentials, that his country supported a solution of the longstanding Cyprus problem on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions which guaranteed the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus. "Egypt welcomes the accession of Cyprus to the European Union and it considers it as an asset and historic achievement because we are sure that Cyprus will be the bridge of cooperation and understanding between Europe and the Arab world", he added. The new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan, Mr Atef Halasa, who will be stationed in Athens, noted that Jordan and Cyprus shared the same principles of democracy, plurality, respect for human rights, and peaceful settlement to all conflicts. He also congratulated President Papadopoulos for Cyprus' EU accession, adding that that would also strengthen Jordan's relations with the Union. The new Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, stationed in Tripoli, Mr Nguyen Van Linh, said that "despite the big distance between the two countries, Vietnam and Cyprus in their heart and soul are very close to each other and have all along maintained strong bonds of friendship and cooperation". "We welcome the goodwill of the Cyprus Government to reduce the tension in the island and support the peaceful settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the United Nations resolutions on Cyprus in order to maintain the unity and integrity of Cyprus with two communities and two zones", the Vietnamese Ambassador noted. Accepting the credentials of the three new Ambassadors, President Papadopoulos wished them every success in their posts and said he looked forward to a closer cooperation with them in order to promote bilateral relations. He also informed them on the latest developments regarding efforts to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem.

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