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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-01-23

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

  • [01]Friday, 23 January 2004 Papandreou discusses Cyprus issue with British Premier and Foreign Secretary
  • [02] UN Chief's reference to G/C side "positive", says Spokesman

    [01] Papandreou discusses Cyprus issue with British Premier and Foreign Secretary

    The Cyprus problem was among the issues discussed in separate meetings of the Greek Foreign Minister Mr George Papandreou with the British Prime Minister Mr Tony Blair and the Foreign Secretary Mr Jack Straw in London yesterday. Speaking after a meeting with the British Premier, Mr Papandreou said there was an increased interest by the British government to resolve the Cyprus problem and noted, "We are cooperating closely on this issue and we analysed the developments and parameters that will affect further developments". "We all know that the new dynamic that has been created, especially after Cyprus' accession to the European Union, must be utilised and that there must be political will from all sides, especially the Turkish side", the Greek Foreign Minister added. In statements after a meeting with his British counterpart later yesterday, Mr Papandreou pointed out that the prospect of EU membership had created a different context for resolving long-standing conflicts. "Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots now see a future under a common roof and within a European family, which means abiding by rules, regulations and feeling protected and secure within this wider European family. This, of course, has also been very important for the whole region, but also for Greek-Turkish relations, where Turkey has its prospects for beginning the accession negotiations and 2004 will be an important year for this issue as well", he noted. Mr Papandreou praised the close cooperation between the Greek and British governments, especially with regard to the issue of Cyprus' EU accession, and thanked the British Foreign Secretary for his government's support on Cyprus On his part, Mr Straw expressed the view that everyone wanted a solution before Cyprus would officially become an EU member state on 1 May 2004 and added, "As ever the question is on what terms that settlement should take place, but our role and our duty is to assist the direct parties to the negotiations to come to a settlement if that is humanly possible". He also said that on Monday he would meet the Turkish Foreign Minister Mr Abdullah Gul in Constantinople.

    [02] UN Chief's reference to G/C side "positive", says Spokesman

    The Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, noted that the UN Secretary-General's recent statement on Cyprus contained positive remarks about the Greek Cypriot side, saying it had already given optimistic signals for the resumption of the talks for a settlement of the Cyprus problem. "You must have seen the statements made by the UN Secretary- General yesterday in which he refers in a positive way to the side that has already given positive messages for the resumption of the talks, of course he is referring to our side", Mr Chrysostomides said during yesterday's press briefing. He then recalled that the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, was the first one to send a letter, on 17 December 2003, calling on the UN Secretary-General to re-engage in the peace process and to act accordingly so that substantive negotiations could resume.

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


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