Read the Bulletin of New Terminology for the Greek Language (by the Academy of Athens) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923)
HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Friday, 23 February 2024
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-19

Cyprus Press and Information Office: News Updates in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 19 November 2003 Irish Minister expresses hope for Cyprus settlement during Irish EU Presidency
  • [02] Foreign Minister participates in Ministerial meeting of IGC in Brussels
  • [03] Greek Foreign Minister stresses need to resolve the Cyprus problem

    [01] Irish Minister expresses hope for Cyprus settlement during Irish EU Presidency

    The Irish Minister of State responsible for European Affairs, Mr Dick Roche, has expressed hope that the Cyprus problem would be resolved during the Irish Presidency of the European Union, in the first half of 2004 and prior to Cyprus' accession to the EU on 1 May 2004. Mr Roche was speaking on Monday after a meeting with a Cyprus parliamentary delegation paying an official visit to Ireland, headed by the President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias. The Irish Minister said he was surprised by the recent illegal visit of the Turkish Prime Minister Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus and underlined the significance of the EU position that the Cyprus problem constituted a serious obstacle for Turkey's accession to the EU. On his part, Mr Christofias reiterated the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side to negotiate on the basis of the Annan Plan for a just and functional solution of the Cyprus problem. "Unfortunately", he noted, "no progress has been made towards that direction due to the intransigent stance of the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Denktash, supported by Turkey". Mr Christofias further said that the Turkish Prime Minister's visit to the occupied areas was indicative of Ankara's backing of Mr Denktash's position for the creation of two independent and sovereign states in Cyprus and served as a gesture of support to the Turkish Cypriot leader in view of the December "elections" in the occupied areas. "These so-called elections cannot express the will of the Turkish Cypriots due to the role the great number of Turkish settlers will play", the House President added. Both Mr Christofias and Mr Roche referred to prospects for cooperation between the two countries within the EU framework, since Ireland and Cyprus share common positions ensuing from the fact that they both are small European states with common interests. Mr Christofias further said that Cyprus could be assisted by Ireland's experience as an EU member state and noted Cyprus' potential to become a bridge between the EU and the Middle East, due to its excellent relations with the neighbouring countries. Later yesterday the House President met with the Deputy Director for Political Affairs at the Irish Foreign Ministry, Mr John Paul Cavanaugh, with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem and prospects for a settlement. The Cypriot parliamentary delegation, headed by Mr Christofias, comprises MPs Mr Demetris Syllouris, Mr Aristophanis Georgiou, Mr Nicos Pittokopitis and Mr Georgios Varnava, and it is visiting Ireland at the invitation of the Irish Parliament's Speaker, Dr Rory O' Hanlon.

    [02] Foreign Minister participates in Ministerial meeting of IGC in Brussels

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, participated yesterday in the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), held in Brussels on the sidelines of the EU General Affairs Council. During his intervention at the meeting, Mr Iacovou conveyed the positions of the Cyprus Government on the issue of the European Foreign Minister, saying that Cyprus was in favour of setting up this new institution which would have a two-fold role, as a member of both the European Commission and the Council. He further stressed that the competences and responsibilities of the European Foreign Minister should be clearly defined so as to avoid any confusion and overlapping in performing his or her duties. As regards the provisions for revising the Treaties, Mr Iacovou said Cyprus supported the proposals for replacing, in some areas, unanimity with qualified majority voting at the Council, provided that democratic processes would be fully respected. He further expressed Cyprus' agreement with the proposals for employing the co-decision procedure, involving the Council and the European Parliament, and the inclusion of national Parliaments in the decision-making process. The next IGC meeting will take place in Naples, Italy, on 28-29 November 2003.

    [03] Greek Foreign Minister stresses need to resolve the Cyprus problem

    The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr George Papandreou, has said that the Cyprus problem was discussed during a working lunch yesterday in Brussels, attended by the 25 Foreign Ministers of the EU member states and acceding countries and the US Secretary of State Mr Colin Powell. Speaking after the lunch, Mr Papandreou said he had raised the Cyprus issue noting the need to continue the existing cooperation for its resolution. He also said that no reference to Turkey was made during the lunch. Referring to yesterday's meeting of the EU General Affairs Council, Mr Papandreou stressed that the discussion on Cyprus was very positive, something that would be confirmed at the forthcoming European Summit.

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


    Cyprus Press and Information Office: News Updates in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
  • Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2023 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    cypio2html v1.02 run on Wednesday, 19 November 2003 - 14:30:08 UTC