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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 97-08-18

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  • [01] Anyaoku to visit Cyprus
  • [02] Overseas Cypriots to meet in Cyprus
  • [03] UN, British officials on Cyprus

  • 1808:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Anyaoku to visit Cyprus

    Nicosia, Aug 18 (CNA) -- Commonwealth Secretary-General Chief Emeka Anyaoku will visit the island from August 30 to September 1 at the invitation of the Cyprus Foreign Ministry.

    During his three-day official visit to Cyprus Anyaoku will be received by President Glafcos Clerides and meet with Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides.

    Chief Emeka Anyaoku, who comes from Nigeria, became the third Secretary- General of the Commonwealth in July 1990.

    He visited Cyprus in 1993 when the Republic hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

    CNA MCH/MM/1997

    [02] Overseas Cypriots to meet in Cyprus

    Nicosia, Aug 18 (CNA) -- The 10th World Congress of Overseas Cypriots will be held in Nicosia, from August 25 to 28, to address problems faced by communities of Cypriots living abroad.

    The Congress will be opened by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kassoulides, and addressed, among others, by President of the House of Representatives, Spyros Kyprianou, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Chrysostomos, Athens Mayor Demetris Avramopoulos, President of the Parliamentary Committee of Overseas Greeks, Gregoris Niotis, US Ambassador to Luxembourg, Clay Constantinou.

    Kasoulides will brief delegates to the meeting on recent developments in Cyprus.

    The Congress will tackle different problems of Cypriot overseas communities and especially those faced by the third generation. It will also examine the role of Cypriots living abroad on the eve of the new century.

    Officials from different organisations of overseas Cypriots will, during their stay on the island, be received by President Glafcos Clerides and other government officials.

    CNA MCH/MM/1997

    [03] UN, British officials on Cyprus

    London, Aug 18 (CNA) -- Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Cyprus problem, Diego Cordovez, pointed out that the controversy brought about by one of the parties, during the second round of UN-sponsored direct talks, was outside the context of the negotiations.

    In a short statement after a meeting with British Minister for Foreign Affairs, Doug Henderson, Cordovez refrained from naming the party that caused the controversy but said that the effect of that on the negotiations between President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, in Glion, Switzerland, is well known.

    He added, however, that "this is not something that will hurt the actual UN negotiating process."

    Denktash brought last week's direct negotiations to a standstill when he warned he would not return to the negotiating table unless the European Union delays or reverts its decision to start accession talks with Cyprus, scheduled for early 1998.

    President Clerides said after the talks that because of this no negotiating had taken place and added "at the end of the week, we are back to where we started when we came here."

    Asked whether the UN will apportion any responsibility about the controversy that emerged at the Glion talks, Cordovez said, "I do not know what the Security Council will do. What I can tell you is that we believe very strongly that the UN should be always knocking at the doors of people who have a conflict."

    On his part, Henderson stressed that all parties should continue to come together "to seek solutions for what is a difficult situation."

    Pointing out that "all parties have a special responsibility to try and make progress", Henderson added, "the UN, Greece, Turkey, the people of Cyprus, the British government as well as the American government have such a responsibility."

    The British official said he will have meetings on the Cyprus problem in the coming months which might include a visit to Ankara to press upon the Turkish government its special obligation to use its influence to encourage a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Asked whether the key for a solution lies in Ankara, Henderson said both Athens and Ankara can exercise pressure on the two sides in Cyprus.

    He noted however, that given the difficulties faced in Glion, the Turkish government has a special responsibility "to give every support they can to the peace process. I will be making clear to them that I believe they have a serious obligation. In the same way as the British government have a serious obligation", he added.

    The London meeting which lasted for half an hour was also attended by Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus, Sir David Hannay.

    CNA KT/MCH/MM/1997

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