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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-01-26

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

  • [01]Monday, 26 January 2004 UN Chief "encouraged" by talks with Turkish Prime Minister
  • [02] Luxembourg's Prime Minister in Cyprus on official visit
  • [03] Spokesman: Decision by Turkish National Security on Cyprus not positive
  • [04] Foreign Minister in Brussels for EU meetings

    [01] UN Chief "encouraged" by talks with Turkish Prime Minister

    The UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan noted that he was encouraged by the message conveyed to him by the Turkish Prime Minister Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the possibility of resuming talks for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, and said he planned to study Mr Erdogan's positions carefully. Speaking to the press in Davos, Switzerland, following a meeting with the Turkish Premier last Saturday, the UN Secretary-General said Mr Erdogan had indicated to him that Turkey would want to see the UN-sponsored talks resumed, adding, "They would want us to try and do everything possible to conclude the process by the beginning of May". He also noted that the Turkish Prime Minister had assured him that there was a will on the Turkish part to move forward with the process for a settlement. "Obviously, if we are going to have talks, all parties concerned - the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, the motherlands, Turkey and Greece - must be committed to the talks and everyone must show a willingness to sustain the effort and to seek a settlement", Mr Annan further said, noting that his good offices were still available if the parties were to declare and demonstrate their will to settle. The UN Chief added that a settlement "would not only be in the interests of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, it would also be in the interests of Turkey and Greece and improve considerably Turkish relations with the European Union". Asked to comment on the Turkish demand for changing the mediator in the talks, Mr Annan noted, "I've always had a very good facilitator working with me. We have been assisted in the past by representatives of several governments, notably the United Kingdom and the United States, and, of course, if we were to resume the efforts, I would want to continue with a good facilitator and accept support from all countries that are interested in the process".

    [02] Luxembourg's Prime Minister in Cyprus on official visit

    The Prime Minister of Luxembourg Mr Jean-Claude Juncker arrived yesterday evening to the island for a three-day official visit, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Mrs Lydie Polfer and other officials. Mr Juncker was received at Larnaca Airport by the Minister of Interior and Acting Foreign Minister Mr Andreas Christou. Speaking upon his arrival, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg said his country had always been a firm advocate of Cyprus' EU accession course. He added that the current phase was decisive both for Cyprus and the European Union, as the island would officially become an EU member state on 1 May 2004, and expressed the hope that the time remaining until the accession date would be utilized to find a solution of the Cyprus problem. This morning Mr Juncker was received by the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos. Delegations of the two countries, headed by Mr Papadopoulos and Mr Juncker respectively, then held official talks. In statements to the press after the meeting, President Papadopoulos said they had discussed the latest developments on the Cyprus problem as well as other issues of mutual interest and exchanged views on the Turkish Prime Minister's contradictory statements on Cyprus. According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Mr Papadopoulos noted, replying to a question, that it was requested from the United Nations to provide information concerning Mr Erdogan's statements after his meeting with the UN Secretary-General in Davos. On his part, Mr Juncker expressed the view that both sides had made statements indicative of their will for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, and stressed the need for the peace talks to resume as soon as possible. Later this morning Mr Juncker met with the President of the House of Representatives Mr Demetris Christofias at the House of Representatives. This evening he will attend a dinner at the Presidential Palace given in his honour by President Papadopoulos. He will depart from the island tomorrow morning.

    [03] Spokesman: Decision by Turkish National Security on Cyprus not positive

    The Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides made the following statement last Saturday: "The statement issued at the end of the Turkish National Security Council's meeting is not positive nor does it help towards the right direction, namely, the promotion of the efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem."

    [04] Foreign Minister in Brussels for EU meetings

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Georgios Iacovou is in Brussels where he will attend today a two-day meeting of the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council. Yesterday Mr Iacovou took part in a special summit of the European Union on issues pertaining to the World Trade Organisation, convened by the Irish Presidency of the Union. Tomorrow afternoon the Foreign Minister will travel to Strasbourg to accompany President Papadopoulos during his visit to the Council of Europe on Wednesday. He will return to Brussels, together with the President, on 29 January.

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


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