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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-01-27

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

  • [01]Tuesday, 27 January 2004 Turkish statements on Cyprus "extremely vague", says Greek Premier
  • [02] Washington calls on Cyprus parties to show will for settlement by 1 May
  • [03] President Papadopoulos departs for Strasbourg / National Council to convene on 2 February
  • [04] Commerce Minister meets Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister

    [01] Turkish statements on Cyprus "extremely vague", says Greek Premier

    The Greek Prime Minister, Mr Costas Simitis, has described the latest statements by the Turkish government on Cyprus as "extremely vague". Speaking yesterday after a meeting with the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Constantinos Stephanopoulos, Mr Simitis noted, with regard to Cyprus, that a substantial shift in Turkish policy on Cyprus was needed in order to allow for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem in the framework of UN decisions. "Most importantly, what is needed is a solution that ensures the participation of the Cyprus Republic in the European Union without difficulties and obstacles, so that it can exercise all its potential", the Greek Premier added.

    [02] Washington calls on Cyprus parties to show will for settlement by 1 May

    The US State Department released the following statement last Sunday on a recent meeting between the UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan and the Turkish Prime Minister Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding Cyprus: Positive Meeting on Cyprus Negotiations We are pleased that United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is encouraged by the positive meeting regarding Cyprus that he held January 24, in Davos, Switzerland, with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, in which Prime Minister Erdogan expressed Turkey's strong desire to see Cyprus negotiations resume in order to reach a settlement by May 1. We note that Secretary General Annan indicated his Good Offices Mission is ready for new talks if the parties to the Cyprus issue demonstrate the political will to conclude an agreement, including the holding of referenda, by May 1. Following this encouraging meeting between the UN Secretary General and the Turkish Prime Minister, the other parties should demonstrate to the Secretary General the necessary political will as soon as possible, so that a settlement may be reached in time for a reunited Cyprus to join the European Union on May 1.

    [03] President Papadopoulos departs for Strasbourg / National Council to convene on 2 February

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, departed this morning for Strasbourg where he will address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), on 28 January, and will also hold a series of meetings with officials of the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. President Papadopoulos will then travel to Brussels where he will meet, on 30 January, the European Commission President, Mr Romano Prodi. He will return to Cyprus in the evening of the same day. Moreover, according to an official press release, Mr Papadopoulos has summoned a meeting of the National Council - the President's top advisory body on the handlings of the Cyprus problem - on Monday, 2 February, at 9:30 a.m.

    [04] Commerce Minister meets Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister

    The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr George Lillikas, met yesterday with Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mrs Lydie Polfer, with whom he discussed ways of developing bilateral commercial relations in light of Cyprus' forthcoming accession to the European Union and a possible solution of the Cyprus problem. Mrs Polfer informed Mr Lillikas about the participation of Luxembourg's Tourism Organisation in Cyprus' State Fair next spring. She also referred to President Papadopoulos' suggestion to explore the possibility of organising exchange visits between the chambers of commerce of the two countries with a view at strengthening bilateral relations in the field of trade. On his part, Mr Lillikas referred to the advantages of Cyprus' geographical position, making it a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. He noted that this position could turn out beneficial and useful for the other EU member states, after Cyprus' official accession to the Union in May.

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


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