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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-02-09

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

  • [01]Monday, 09 February 2004 President Papadopoulos holds talks in Athens on his way to New York
  • [02] National Council reiterates G/C side's support for UN peace efforts
  • [03] Cyprus condemns bomb attack in Moscow underground
  • [04] EPP Congress adopts resolution on Cyprus

    [01] President Papadopoulos holds talks in Athens on his way to New York

    The President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, departed yesterday for New York, stopping in Athens for talks today with the Greek Prime Minister, Mr Costas Simitis and the Foreign Minister, as well as with the Greek opposition. Mr Papadopoulos will then continue his trip to New York in view of a meeting tomorrow with the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, aimed at resuming negotiations for a solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan plan. The President will be accompanied to New York by former President of the Republic Mr Glafcos Clerides, AKEL General Secretary Mr Demetris Christofias, Democratic Rally President Mr Nicos Anastasiades, Socialist Movement EDEK President Mr Yiannakis Omirou, Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Georgios Iacovou, Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, Director of the President's Diplomatic Office Mr Tasos Tzionis and constitution-expert Mr Toumazos Tselepis. Speaking upon his departure yesterday, Mr Papadopoulos said he would be meeting with the Greek leadership and the opposition, today in Athens, and he would then fly to New York, responding to the UN Secretary- General's invitation. Invited to comment on a statement by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that he was going to New York with goodwill and with the aim to reach a settlement, President Papadopoulos noted, "I truly hope that this is his intention and mood, as is ours". "We are going with goodwill, always, and we support the commencement of the negotiations on the basis of the Annan plan. Our aim remains to reach a settlement by 1 May", he added. Replying to another question, the President said that "if there is mutual political will, the UN Secretary-General's timeframe can be met".

    [02] National Council reiterates G/C side's support for UN peace efforts

    The National Council - the top advisory body to the President of the Republic on the handling of the Cyprus problem - convened last Saturday to continue discussions on the UN Secretary-General's invitation to the Cyprus sides to go to New York for new talks on the Cyprus issue. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides made the following announcement: "The National Council, presided by the President of the Republic, convened today and dealt with the current situation as it has developed, following the UN Secretary-General's letter to the President of the Republic. The meeting was conducted in a spirit of responsibility and understanding and there was a wide exchange of views and in depth discussions on all the relevant aspects. There was also a discussion on issues of substance and procedures. Our side reiterates its firm policy and readiness to support the UN Secretary-General's effort in seeking a solution to the Cyprus problem, and the President of the Republic with his entourage will attend the meeting with the UN Secretary-General, in New York. The members of the National Council expressed their opinions and suggestions. The President of the Republic will handle the issues in New York, taking into consideration the views and suggestions that have been expressed."

    [03] Cyprus condemns bomb attack in Moscow underground

    The Government and people of Cyprus have condemned Friday's terrorist attack in the Moscow underground, which led to the loss of the lives of tens of innocent people. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement issued on Friday, expressed Cyprus' strong repulsion for the attack, describing it as a "blow against civilized humanity". The Ministry further expressed deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the Russian government and the relatives of the victims. In addition, President Papadopoulos conveyed, last Saturday, the following message of condolences to the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin: "Excellency, It is with profound sorrow and abhorrence that I have been informed of yesterday's terrorist attack in the Moscow underground, which has cost the lives of so many innocent people. I wish to convey to you, on behalf of the people of Cyprus, my Government and myself, our most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. We unreservedly condemn this heinous and murderous terrorist act which constitutes an attack not only against the Russian people but also against all humanity and the very foundations of our civilisation. The Government and people of Cyprus stand in solidarity with you at this terrible time and in the collective fight against terrorism. We reaffirm our unwavering opposition to and condemnation of all terrorist violence regardless of what form it may take or what its motives may be. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus remains steadfast in its support for the efforts of the Government of the Russian Federation to preserve and safeguard the territorial integrity of the country and fully aligns itself with the international community's struggle against terrorism. Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration together with the sincere expression of my deepest sympathy and solidarity."

    [04] EPP Congress adopts resolution on Cyprus

    The European People's Party (EPP) has adopted the following resolution on Cyprus, during its XVI Congress on 4-5 February in Brussels: "The EPP underlines its strong preference for accession into the European Union of a united Cyprus. Regrettably, the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General to find a solution to the Cyprus problem have not yet succeeded. The EPP calls for an early resumption of peace talks on the basis of the UN Secretary-General's proposals. The EPP considers that there are favourable conditions for the two communities to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem before Cyprus' accession to the EU on 1 May 2004. The accession of a united Cyprus to the European Union would benefit all Cypriot citizens and promote civil peace and reconciliation. It would also contribute to the overall stability in the region. The EPP recalls that efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem form part of the enhanced political dialogue between the European Union and Turkey. As repeatedly stressed by the European Council, Turkey, together with all parties concerned, has a decisive interest in providing determined support for efforts towards a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. The EPP believes that the absence of a settlement could become a serious obstacle to Turkey's EU aspirations. It is unthinkable for a country to aspire to begin accession negotiations with the European Union, as long as the obstacles already mentioned in the resolution of the United Nations have not been removed."

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


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