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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-01-29

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  • [04] US - UN - CYPRUS


    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Lillikas expressed the conviction that ``the European Parliament will move within the framework of legality and the principles its function is based on,`` regarding a report prepared by the Parliament`s Contact Group with the Turkish Cypriots, adding that the report has not yet been publicised and ``we at least do not have it.``

    Commenting on the report and the effort of the Cypriot side to avert the promotion of a direct dialogue between the European Parliament and the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, Lillikas said ``for the time being it is a draft.``

    ``I think it is untimely to begin to judge or criticise or welcome a report which no one has yet and does not know exactly what it suggests,`` he said, adding that the government is in contact with the Group and the European Parliament presidency.

    Lillikas was speaking at Larnaca Airport before departing for Bulgaria, where he will have a series of meetings aimed at discussing and exchanging views on EU issues and bilateral relations.

    He said both countries belong to the group of Mediterranean nations ``with many common interests or common problems,`` adding that there was room for cooperation in a series of issues concerning the EU.


    Cypriot Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said that a public debate on the issue of drilling for oil in the Cyprus sea area was of no benefit to anyone, adding that Lebanon, which recently signed a relevant agreement with Cyprus, would reply to Turkey`s protests on the issue.

    Replying to questions, Pashiardis said that ``if Ankara has made strong or light representations to Lebanon, I understand that Lebanon itself will answer.``


    Cypriot Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis pointed out that in a letter sent by UN Undersecretary General for political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari to the leaders of the two communities, he expresses hope that the leaders would be able to meet before the end of March, as long as the preconditions that would contribute to the meeting`s success would be met.

    Asked about remarks by Turkish Cypriot so-called prime minister Ferdi Sabit Soyer about a meeting between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, Pashiardis said Soyer ``chose to refer to the meeting but failed to mention the preconditions.``

    [04] US - UN - CYPRUS

    The US will do everything it can to support the new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon`s efforts on Cyprus, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said adding that it is quite clear that Ban has an idea of what he wants to do on Cyprus.

    McCormack was invited to comment on Ban`s statement during a visit to Brussels that he intends to call on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to implement the July 8 agreement.

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