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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 04-02-13

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

  • [01]Friday, 13 February 2004 UN-led talks for Cyprus settlement continue for third day
  • [02] Pat Cox appeals to President Papadopoulos for successful talks
  • [03] CoE SG calls on Cyprus leaders not to miss historic opportunity for solution
  • [04] CoE Commissioner releases report on human rights situation in Cyprus
  • [05] EU citizens residing in Cyprus to register on electoral roll to vote in Euroelections

    [01] UN-led talks for Cyprus settlement continue for third day

    Talks between the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Rauf Denktash, in the presence of the UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan, continued for a third consecutive day yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York, in a bid to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan plan before Cyprus' accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004. The tripartite meeting had initially been scheduled for 10 p.m. (Cyprus time) but started two hours late after the Secretary-General held separate meetings with President Papadopoulos and Mr Denktash. Following the joint meeting, separate consultations of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot delegations with the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser, Mr Alvaro de Soto, were held, spilling into the early hours of today. According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), President Papadopoulos noted, upon his departure from UN Headquarters this morning after more than twelve hours of deliberations, that the talks would resume today. In addition, the UN Secretary-General's Spokesman, Mr Fred Eckhard, said yesterday that depending on the outcome of the talks, "a decision will be made whether Mr de Soto will come down and speak, whether he will come down with the representatives of the two parties, and whether the Secretary-General would join that party". Mr Eckhard revealed that Wednesday's meeting was more positive than Tuesday's one. He also said that once the UN Secretary-General was convinced that the two sides were serious about reaching an agreement, he would "send them off to work with Mr de Soto to try to sort out their remaining differences".

    [02] Pat Cox appeals to President Papadopoulos for successful talks

    The President of the European Parliament, Mr Pat Cox, has appealed yesterday to the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, to work for a successful outcome in the resumed UN-led peace talks, currently underway in New York. Mr Cox's statement to President Papadopoulos was the following: "The resumed talks convened by United Nations Secretary General are at a critically important stage. It is encouraging to learn of the extent of what appears to be a potentially significant shift in the negotiating position of your interlocutors. The terms and parameters set out through the good offices mandate of the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, form a good basis for arriving at a balanced solution. Let me, through this correspondence, appeal to you and your good offices as President, to use your best endeavours and your undoubted leadership skills to ensure a successful outcome."

    [03] CoE SG calls on Cyprus leaders not to miss historic opportunity for solution

    Council of Europe Secretary General, Mr Walter Schwimmer, appealed yesterday to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders not to miss the historic opportunity to reunite the island before its accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004. "Never has the hope for a breakthrough towards a settlement been higher. I fully share the desire of the Cypriot people that their leaders reach an agreement", Mr Schwimmer said. According to a Council of Europe press release, Mr Schwimmer also announced that he planned to invite Cyprus party leaders to Strasbourg at the beginning of March, as a follow-up to a similar meeting held in July last year. Representatives of other international bodies concerned with the Cyprus issue would also be invited to the meeting. "It is important that the international community stands ready to assist in the implementation of a solution", he added.

    [04] CoE Commissioner releases report on human rights situation in Cyprus

    A report by the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, on the human rights situation in Cyprus was released yesterday. In the report, which is based on Mr Gil-Robles' visit to the island on 25-29 June 2003, the CoE Commissioner noted that the human rights situation in the Turkish-occupied areas of Cyprus "remains most disturbing". "The relaxation of restrictions imposed by the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" in crossing the line dividing the two communities has raised much hope but does not seem to have appreciably improved matters or, as such, to have triggered a new process", Mr Gil-Robles pointed out. The situation in the government-controlled part of Cyprus is generally satisfactory but problems do exist, he said, but he went on to praise the Government for making "an accurate and telling appraisal of these problems and taking adequate steps to solve them". The full text of the report can be found at the Council of Europe website.

    [05] EU citizens residing in Cyprus to register on electoral roll to vote in Euroelections

    The Election Service of the Ministry of Interior has issued a press release informing the citizens of the 15 EU member states and nine acceding countries, who reside in Cyprus, that they can vote for the Republic's six Euro MPs in the European Parliament elections, in June 2004, as long as they register on the electoral rolls. Those interested need to submit an application, accompanied by their ID documents, to the local District Offices by 2 April 2004. For the application to be valid it must include the citizenship of the prospective voter, proof that he holds his right to vote in his country of origin as well as the last electoral list in which he registered in his country of origin. In addition, the application must include the address of the voter's residence in Cyprus, the date since which he has been residing in the Republic or another EU member state, and a statement that he will exercise the right to vote only in Cyprus.

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


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