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

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

  • [01]Tuesday, 11 November 2003 Cyprus-Moldova sign cooperation agreements
  • [02] Cyprus High Commissioner to Zimbabwe presents credentials
  • [03] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia
  • [04] Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the death of Lieutenant General Dewan Prem Chand

    [01] Cyprus-Moldova sign cooperation agreements

    Cyprus and Moldova signed yesterday cooperation agreements between their respective ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance. The bilateral agreements were signed after official talks between delegations from both countries, headed by the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, and the President of Moldova, Mr Vladimir Voronin, who arrived yesterday to the island for a two-day official visit. Speaking to the press following the meeting of the two delegations, President Papadopoulos said he had discussed with Mr Voronin the political problems each country was faced with, exchanged experiences on ways to cope with the difficulties ensuing from those problems, and discussed issues pertaining to the European Union and in particular Moldova's choice to acquire the status of candidate country for accession to the Union. "We talked about our experience of the negotiation process and assured him [the President of Moldova] that Cyprus, as a full EU member state, will follow the Union policy of 'good new neighbours', as it is called, and will give all support possible to Moldova's ambitions", Mr Papadopoulos noted. He further said that existing bilateral agreements, the new ones signed at the meeting and three additional agreements under negotiation on the avoidance of double taxation, protection of investment and the legal framework of commercial relations were also discussed. President Voronin described his meeting with the Cyprus delegation as "very useful and significant", noting that the successes achieved by Cyprus in the field of socio-economic development were setting an example for Moldova's economic progress. He also referred to the possibilities for promoting bilateral cooperation on trade and investments. Mr Voronin said he was the first President of the Republic of Moldova to visit Cyprus and extended an official invitation to President Papadopoulos to visit Moldova in the near future. Furthermore, President Papadopoulos hosted a dinner yesterday in honour of Mr Voronin and his delegation. In a short speech at the dinner, Mr Papadopoulos said Cyprus and Moldova already shared strong ties of friendship and cooperation and were determined to enhance them further. Noting that Moldova would soon be one of the new Eastern neighbours of the European Union, to which Cyprus would formally accede as a full member on 1 May 2004, he noted, "Cyprus will work in a positive and constructive manner with a view to shaping a more stable and meaningful relationship of the EU with its Eastern European neighbours, based on shared political and economic values and on the respect of the principles of territorial integrity, sovereignty and single international personality". Referring to the Cyprus problem, President Papadopoulos reiterated the Greek Cypriot side' determination to work for a negotiated settlement on the basis of the UN Secretary-General's peace plan. "It is in fact in our benefit to pursue a more functional and thus viable solution to the Cyprus problem, before 1 May 2004, which will bring about the reunification of our country. If this proves not to be possible, we will definitely not be discouraged or give up but, on the contrary, we will persevere and we will redouble our efforts for the solution of the Cyprus problem and for the reunification of our country and its people", Mr Papadopoulos concluded. On his part, Mr Voronin expressed his gratitude to President Papadopoulos for the invitation to visit Cyprus and noted that "despite the considerable distance that divides our countries, there is a surprising amount of things we have in common". He further said he was confident that the meetings held during his visit would "greatly contribute to the identification of new and efficient ways to enhance the cooperation between Moldova and Cyprus on mutually advantageous bases". Mr Voronin concludes his visit to the island today.

    [02] Cyprus High Commissioner to Zimbabwe presents credentials

    Mr Costas Leontiou presented his credentials last Thursday to the President of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe, as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to that country. After the official ceremony Mr Leontiou briefed President Mugabe on the latest developments regarding efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem. Mr Costas Leontiou is the Republic's High Commissioner to South Africa and he is also accredited to, inter alia, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius and Madagascar.

    [03] Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which led to the loss of innocent human lives. The Government and the people of Cyprus would like to convey their deep sympathy and condolences to the Government and the people of Saudi Arabia and to the bereaved families of the victims. This horrible act that shocked the entire international community is another tangible proof that terrorism targets innocent lives irrespective of nationality, race or religion. It shows that no country in the world is safe from the malicious plans of terrorist networks. The Cyprus Government reaffirms its commitment to join with the rest of the international community in the fight against the menace of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

    [04] Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the death of Lieutenant General Dewan Prem Chand

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus would like to express its most sincere condolences to the family of Lieutenant General Dewan Prem Chand, to the Indian people, and to the Secretary General of UN for the loss of a legendary peacemaker, who devoted his life to global peacemaking and conflict prevention.

    Lieutenant General Dewan Prem Chand, who passed away on 03 November 2003, worked to restore peace and normalcy in some of Africa's most troubled regions, such as Congo, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Appointed as Commander of the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus in 1969, Lieutenant General Dewan Prem Chand and his force of 3 000 blue berets were stationed on the island during the Turkish invasion of 1974, and experienced its tragic consequences on the people of Cyprus. Faithful to the cause of peacekeeping, he continued to work for peace on Cyprus in the most adverse circumstances.

    The people of Cyprus will remember and honour Lieutenant General Dewan Prem Chand for his efforts to bring peace in Cyprus, a cause that is yet to be fulfilled.


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


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