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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-02-11

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 11 February 2004 UN talks to resume today after 'constructive' day
  • [02] Greek Parliament ratifies EU Accession Treaty
  • [03] G/C side sincerely hopes for success of the peace talks, says Government Spokesman
  • [04] Japan welcomes resumption of UN talks for Cyprus settlement
  • [05] Cyprus opens first Embassy in Qatar

    [01] UN talks to resume today after 'constructive' day

    Talks between the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktash, will continue this afternoon in New York, after a joint two-hour meeting yesterday afternoon between Mr Annan and the Cyprus leaders in an effort to reach a settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of his peace plan. Earlier yesterday, the Secretary-General held separate brief meetings with Mr Papadopoulos and Mr Denktash. Speaking to reporters after yesterday's joint meeting, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Mr Alvaro de Soto, said the talks had been "constructive", noting that Mr Annan had asked the two leaders "to stay on and to take the morning off for reflection" before meeting again today at 4 p.m. Invited to say whether the sides were close to an agreement, Mr de Soto noted, "We hope that after a night and a morning of reflection, that we will come close". The UN official explained that more talks would be held today "because we haven't quite finished". Asked if that meant there was a breakdown in the negotiations, he replied, "Not at all, it just means that we need more time". Mr de Soto further said he did not wish to make a prediction about the outcome of the talks, adding that he was "barred from saying anything that transpired at the meeting, procedural or substantial". Commenting on the process prior to the joint meeting yesterday afternoon, UN Spokesman Mr Fred Eckhard said the UN hoped to establish the commitment of the two Cyprus parties to reach an agreement. "If the commitment is forthcoming, the assumption is that detailed technical talks would resume as soon as possible involving both sides", he added. Asked if yesterday's talks would be a "one-day thing", Mr Eckhard noted, "It is hard to predict. I think it is our assumption that following a single session with the Secretary-General here in New York that, as I said earlier, the detailed nuts and bolts negotiations could begin with Alvaro de Soto representing the Secretary-General in the good offices function." Furthermore, in brief statements to the press after his joint meeting with the Secretary-General and Mr Denktash, President Papadopoulos said, "We will continue tomorrow and we will see if we can reach any conclusion". Mr Papadopoulos was accompanied to the meeting by former President Mr Glafcos Clerides, the Director of his Diplomatic Office Mr Tasos Tzionis and Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis.

    [02] Greek Parliament ratifies EU Accession Treaty

    The Greek Parliament ratified yesterday evening the Accession Treaty of the ten acceding states, including Cyprus, to officially join the European Union on 1 May 2004. In a speech that was read during the ratification ceremony, the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, hailed the day as a historic landmark for Europe and the Republic of Cyprus. "This is perhaps the greatest achievement and the most significant historic moment of Cyprus, since the declaration of its independence in 1960", Mr Papadopoulos said. He further said Cyprus wanted to become a constructive and not a troublesome member of the EU, adding that that would be achieved "if we manage to find a viable, functional solution to the Cyprus problem so that a reunited Cyprus will enter the EU on 1st of May, in order for Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and all the people of Cyprus, to enjoy the benefits the accession will offer". President Papadopoulos pledged that the Greek Cypriot side would do whatever it could for a solution and reunification of the island.

    [03] G/C side sincerely hopes for success of the peace talks, says Government Spokesman

    The Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, made yesterday the following statement: "Our side sincerely wishes for progress in the process that is currently underway and in the efforts for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem. The request, the instruction, if you wish, of the UN Secretary-General is to refrain from making any statements until tomorrow concerning what has been discussed. Consequently, our side will refrain from making any statements on the issue, even if the other side, the Turkish side, makes revelations in violation of its commitment, thus simply playing a public relations game throughout this period.

    Our position is that we are not playing any such games. Our sincere goal is for the success of the efforts to promote a solution to the Cyprus problem." The Government Spokesman added that, "due to its commitment to the UN Secretary-General, our side will not reveal what has been discussed in the office of the UN Secretary-General."

    [04] Japan welcomes resumption of UN talks for Cyprus settlement

    The Japanese Foreign Ministry issued last Monday the following press release on Cyprus: "Japan welcomes the news that from February 10, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will resume negotiations in New York toward a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem upon the invitation of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Japan expects that the Cypriot leaders of both sides will not miss this historic opportunity of the accession of Cyprus to the EU in May this year for a settlement of the Cyprus problem, and reach an agreement through negotiations on the basis of the comprehensive settlement plan proposed by the United Nations (Annan plan)."

    [05] Cyprus opens first Embassy in Qatar

    Mr George Kasoulides presented his credentials yesterday to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, as the first Ambassador of the Republic to Qatar. Presenting his credentials, Ambassador Kasoulides said the opening of the Cyprus Embassy in Doha affirmed the significance Cyprus attributed to its relations with the countries of the Arab Gulf, a policy which coincided with its accession to the European Union. As an EU member state, Cyprus does not wish to become a border and a barrier but a bridge of communication with the countries of the region, the Cyprus Ambassador noted. Receiving the credentials, the Emir of Qatar said his country was supporting the UN Secretary-General's efforts for a solution of the Cyprus problem and expressed the hope that the new round of talks would bring peace to the divided island.

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


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