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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-01-08

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

  • [01]Thursday, 08 January 2004 Estonian President arrives in Cyprus on state visit
  • [02] New Greek government has obligation to handle important developments on Cyprus problem, says Greek Premier
  • [03] Council of Ministers approves additional financial assistance for T/C

    [01] Estonian President arrives in Cyprus on state visit

    The President of Estonia, Mr Arnold Ruutel, arrived yesterday afternoon in Cyprus for a four-day state visit. He was greeted at Larnaca Airport by the Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Iacovou. Speaking to the press upon arrival, Mr Ruutel said Estonia was seeking to develop closer relations with countries that were geographically far away from it, such as Cyprus and other countries in the Mediterranean region, and expressed the hope that his visit to the island would contribute towards that direction. Referring to Cyprus' and Estonia's official accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004, Mr Ruutel expressed the certainty that "the increase and enhancement of our cooperation through the EU will be in the best interest of the two countries and the EU as a whole". He added that through bilateral cooperation the two countries would be better prepared for decisions and resolutions to be adopted by the EU. The Estonian President, accompanied by a multi-member delegation comprising Ministers and businesspeople, was expected to hold official talks with President Papadopoulos this morning.

    [02] New Greek government has obligation to handle important developments on Cyprus problem, says Greek Premier

    The Greek Prime Minister, Mr Costas Simitis, has noted that the next four years would be decisive in many respects, as during this time, inter alia, the question of Cyprus and the issue of the continental shelf would be judged. Announcing his decision to open the way for his succession ahead of upcoming general elections, which he called for 7 March 2004, Mr Simitis stressed that the new Greek government that would emerge after 7 March had an obligation to handle the important developments on the Cyprus issue and that was why it needed a fresh mandate from the people. "The new government should be in a position to deal with moves that will take place, even in the next few days , ahead of 1 May 2004 when the Republic of Cyprus will officially accede to the European Union", Mr Simitis added.

    [03] Council of Ministers approves additional financial assistance for T/C

    The Council of Ministers approved yesterday a proposal by the Finance Ministry providing for additional financial assistance of up to 3.6 million Cyprus pounds for Turkish Cypriots. Finance Minister Mr Markos Kyprianou has noted that part of the funds would be allocated for educational purposes, namely, to give out scholarships from the State Scholarship Foundation, cover tuition fees at the University of Cyprus and fund the learning of the Greek language for Turkish Cypriots. Financial assistance would also be granted for medical reasons. Mr Kyprianou added that various rapprochement activities promoting friendship between the two communities would also be funded.

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


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