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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (PM), 00-12-05

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  • [01] Spokesman - Milosevic - Allegations
  • [02] Finance Minister - Stock Exchange - Bank - Loan
  • [03] Spokesman - EU - Turkey
  • [04] UN envoy - Press conference (1)
  • [05] UN envoy - Press conference (2) FULL STORY
  • [06] Foreign Minister - EU - Turkey - Partnership agreement
  • [07] Foreign Minister - EU - Intergovernmental Conference
  • [08] UN Secretary General - Cyprus Report

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    [01] Spokesman - Milosevic - Allegations

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - The government has fended off press allegations that money belonging to the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been laundered through Cyprus-based banks.

    Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou has said the government had not received any information relating to deposits by Milosevic and added that the authorities continue efforts to establish whether any illegal transactions have taken place or not. CNA/MM/RG/2000


    [02] Finance Minister - Stock Exchange - Bank - Loan

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - The Cabinet has approved a proposal submitted by a foreign bank, located in a European Union country, to create a stabilising fund for purposes of Cyprus Stock Exchange investments, Finance Minister Takis Klerides said today.

    Speaking after today's Cabinet meeting, Klerides said the proposal provides for a bank loan of 100 million Cyprus pounds (1 CY pound is trading at about 1,5 US dollars) and noted that this proposal "indicates the trust of foreign banking and investment organisations in the long-term future of the Cyprus Stock Exchange".



    [03] Spokesman - EU - Turkey

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - The text of Turkey's partnership agreement with the European Union (EU) is a very important tool which would enable the government to monitor Ankara's moves with regard to Cyprus and demand from Turkey as much cooperation as possible with the UN in their attempts to find a comprehensive settlement, Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today.

    "Should Turkey fail to meet the terms of the agreement, it will find itself in conflict with it and will have to bear the consequences", he said, adding that "for the first time Turkey is faced with dilemmas and can no longer handle matters at will".



    [04] UN envoy - Press conference (1)

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, said today that he would return to Cyprus in January for consultations, and expressed hope that his visit would be in preparation of proximity talks to solve the Cyprus problem.

    Speaking at a press conference in Nicosia, after concluding his meetings on the island, de Soto said he did not come to Cyprus with great expectations and noted that he would like to intensify his visits. MORE LATER CNA/MM/RG/2000


    [05] UN envoy - Press conference (2) FULL STORY

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - Alvaro de Soto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, told a press conference here today he would be returning to the island early in the new year for consultations with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides in a bid to prepare the resumption of proximity talks.

    De Soto, speaking after separate meetings with President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, said the invitation to talks still stands and noted that he could not foresee any change in the parametres within which the UN-led talks are being conducted. CNA/MM/RG/2000


    [06] Foreign Minister - EU - Turkey - Partnership agreement

    Brussels, Dec 5 (CNA) - Cyprus Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, said today that Turkey had gained nothing, despite its threats and tour of European Union (EU) capitals.

    Commenting on yesterday's EU decision in Brussels on Turkey's partnership agreement, Kasoulides said it fully reflected the EU Helsinki Summit conclusions, in that the partnership agreement would include an intensified political dialogue, with emphasis on fulfilling political criteria for accession, with a special reference to human rights. CNA/NB/RG/MM/2000


    [07] Foreign Minister - EU - Intergovernmental Conference

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - Cyprus Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, has expressed the government's appreciation to the French presidency of the Council for "the important tasks it has undertaken in furthering the accession process and conducting the work of the Intergovernmental Conference on Institutional Reform", as well as "for the results achieved so far".

    Speaking at the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference for the accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU), Kasoulides noted that "seventeen chapters have been provisionally closed due to the close assistance and cooperation of the European Commission and the Union's member states", adding that "we fully realise that the most difficult chapters of the acquis are still to be negotiated". CNA/RG/MM/2000


    [08] UN Secretary General - Cyprus Report

    Nicosia, Dec 5 (CNA) - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said his urgent call to the Turkish Cypriot side and the Turkish forces to restore the military status quo ante at the village of Strovilia, on the south east, has not been heeded so far, noting at the same time that the impact of restrictions imposed by the Turkish Cypriots on UN peacekeeping forces in Cyprus (UNFICYP) movement has been significant.

    Annan, in his report on the UN operations in Cyprus for the past six months, acknowledges unilateral measures the Greek Cypriot side has taken in connection with the issue of missing persons, and notes the exhumations and identification of remains.


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