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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-20

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

  • [01]Thursday, 20 November 2003 Cyprus will not accept compromise on Titina Loizidou case, says Foreign Minister
  • [02] Weston expresses concern over impact of Erdogan's visit in occupied Cyprus
  • [03] US State Department Spokesman urges all Cyprus parties to resume UN- led peace talks

    [01] Cyprus will not accept compromise on Titina Loizidou case, says Foreign Minister

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, has stressed that Cyprus would not accept a compromise deal concerning the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling on the case of Titina Loizidou against Turkey. Referring to yesterday's decision of the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers to extend for another week a deadline for Turkey to compensate Greek Cypriot Titina Loizidou for loss of use of her property in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus, Mr Iacovou noted that efforts had been made by some member states to come up with a compromise arrangement. "Mr Gul [Turkish Foreign Minister] had stated that Turkey was willing to pay compensation under certain conditions and some people assumed the task of finding compromising formulas. We, as we have said, do not accept compromising formulas", Mr Iacovou said, adding that the decision of the CoE Committee was to examine possible retaliatory measures until Ankara would pay the compensation and court fees, granted by the ECHR in its 1998 ruling, without conditions. The Foreign Minister further expressed the certainty that the European Union wished to see Turkey abiding by the Court's decision unconditionally. In addition, commenting on recent statements by EU Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen on the situation in the occupied areas of the island and Turkey's role in the so-called elections of next December, Mr Iacovou noted that Mr Verheugen was "courageously and objectively presenting the situation in Cyprus at the Commission, the Council and publicly".

    [02] Weston expresses concern over impact of Erdogan's visit in occupied Cyprus

    The US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus, Mr Thomas Weston, expressed concern that the recent illegal visit by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus could be used by various parties in the north to prevent the recommencement of the UN-led peace talks. Speaking after a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Mr George Papandreou yesterday in Athens, Mr Weston noted, however, that "there is reason to believe that the visit [by Erdogan] could have a positive impact in terms of moving back to talks". Replying to a question on whether he was still optimistic about the resumption of the peace talks, after Mr Erdogan's visit to the occupied areas, the US envoy said that he would first have to wait and see how that visit would be used by the various parties in the north. In his remarks to the press, Greece's Foreign Minister Mr Papandreou said that the next months would be "crucial" for the Cyprus problem, as Cyprus was acceding to the European Union and Turkey would be assessed for its stance and contribution towards a solution of the problem. He further said that Greece would continue to support Ankara's European perspective because it believed that long-standing problems could be dealt with more effectively within the EU framework. Mr Papandreou added that there was a new potential for a settlement and Mr Weston was correctly assessing and making use of that potential on behalf of the United States.

    [03] US State Department Spokesman urges all Cyprus parties to resume UN- led peace talks

    "We urge all parties to express to the UN Secretary-General as soon as possible the necessary political willingness that he has requested to resume negotiations under the framework of the UN good offices mission on the basis of the Annan plan", US State Department Deputy Spokesman Mr Adam Ereli noted during yesterday's press briefing. Commenting on recent statements by the State Department's Cyprus Coordinator Mr Thomas Weston on the Turkish Prime Minister's illegal visit to the occupied areas, Mr Ereli said that "what's important about Mr Erdogan's visit is how his visit and statements will be used by various political actors in northern Cyprus". "And It is our position that we'd like to see them sign on to the UN plan and begin serious negotiations", he added. On Mr Weston's visits to Athens, Ankara and Nicosia, the US Spokesman said the purpose of his trip was to convey Washington's views on the way ahead to a Cyprus settlement. Mr Weston is currently in Greece and is expected to arrive in Cyprus early this afternoon. Later today he will be received by the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos and the Foreign Minister Mr Georgios Iacovou.

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


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