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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-27

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

  • [01]Thursday, 27 November 2003 Greek Premier: Greece and Cyprus remain committed to the UN process

    [01] Greek Premier: Greece and Cyprus remain committed to the UN process

    "Greece and Cyprus remain committed to the UN process; our common goal is to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem which will be just, viable and functional, based on UN decisions, the principles of the EU acquis communautaire, and the full respect of human rights", Greece's Prime Minister, Mr Costas Simitis, has noted. Speaking yesterday after a meeting with President Tassos Papadopoulos, who is on an official visit to the Greek capital, Mr Simitis reiterated the readiness of both Cyprus and Greece to resume negotiations for a settlement on the basis of the plan of the UN Secretary-General. Referring to the stance of the Turkish side, Mr Simitis said both countries had ascertained the continuing intransigence of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, which was supported by Ankara, as shown by "Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's recent participation in the provocative celebrations for the declaration of the pseudostate". The Greek Premier said he had discussed with Mr Papadopoulos all the aspects of the Cyprus problem, prospects to resume the UN-led peace talks, Cyprus' EU accession course, bilateral relations, international developments, humanitarian issues concerning the enclaved in occupied Karpass, and developments in the Loizidou case. Mr Simitis further noted they had examined developments in the occupied areas, "where the illegal registration of thousands of settlers continues in view of the voting of 14 December". Other issues discussed, as Mr Simitis pointed out, were asylum issues, the exchange of technical expertise, the implementation of the acquis communautaire, Cyprus' participation in the processes of the Intergovernmental Conference, economic relations, the Joint Defence Pact, the Olympic Games, and cultural ties. "2004 is a year with important milestones, since during that year Cyprus' full accession to the EU will take place, European Councils will convene to decide on issues relating to the solution of the Cyprus problem and Turkey's EU course, and the future of Euro-Turkish relations will be determined", Mr Simitis said, stressing the need for effective coordination between Athens and Nicosia in order to promote their positions successfully. On his part, President Papadopoulos expressed gratitude to the Greek Prime Minister for the "excellent spirit of cooperation and the identity of views on important issues discussed" during their talks. Replying to questions on the Titina Loizidou case, Mr Simitis and Mr Papadopoulos stressed that member states of the Council of Europe, and especially those wishing to join the EU, had an obligation to implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights without conditions. Regarding the Annan Plan, Mr Simitis said that systematic work was being done by the Cyprus Government to identify points that had to be modified to ensure the functionality and viability of the State envisaged by the plan. Mr Papadopoulos said discussions on the points of the Annan Plan in need of change were being formulated on the basis of contacts and talks with foreigners and decision-making centres. In other scheduled contacts yesterday, President Papadopoulos met with leaders and representatives of Greek political parties. He also attended an official ceremony at the Athens City Hall, during which he was awarded the golden medal of merit of the Greek capital. The President wraps up his three-day visit to Greece today with meetings with Archbishop Christodoulos and the Speaker of the Greek Parliament Mr Apostolos Kaklamanis. He is expected to give a press conference early in the afternoon and return to Cyprus later today.

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


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