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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-02-01

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] LILLIKAS - UNDP
  • [02] BRITAIN - CYPRUS - OIL
  • [03] LILLIKAS - US - UK - OIL
  • [04] SPOKESMAN - WARSHIPS

  • [01] LILLIKAS - UNDP

    Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas described as inconceivable the possibility a department of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) stationed in the free areas of the Republic, to move its offices to the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus, violating the principles of the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and the agreements which it has with Cyprus.

    Invited to comment on press reports on Thursday in the Cypriot daily Alithia, Lillikas said that the UNDP, just like all UN bodies, following a relevant agreement and authorization are active in UN member states».

    «We expect the UNDP to respect the UN Charter, the UN Security Council resolutions and the agreements it has with the Republic of Cyprus. It is inconceivable for me to believe that the UNDP will take any action which violates these principles or which do not have the approval of the Republic of Cyprus, the minister added.

    The Foreign Minister was speaking before departing for Malta to take part in the third informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of EU Mediterranean countries.

    He said the Mediterranean foreign ministers will discuss issues which concern their countries in an effort to formulate a common approach and positions.

    [02] BRITAIN - CYPRUS - OIL

    The legal personality of the Republic of Cyprus and its rights in international law are not in doubt, stressed here Thursday a spokesman for the British High Commission in response to Cyprus` rights to exploit mineral reserves.

    Invited to comment on Turkeys provocative stance towards the Republic of Cyprus, in relation to the exploration and exploitation of possible oil reserves or natural gas in the sea area off the island, the Spokesman said it would be regrettable if the search for oil were to deepen the division between the communities on the island.

    [03] LILLIKAS - US - UK - OIL

    Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas described here Thursday as correct the position of the US and Britain that Cyprus rights in international law are in no doubt.

    Invited to comment on the US and the British stance, Lillikas said that the correct approach of the two governments - that it is the Republic of Cyprus sovereign right - is within the framework of international law and the UN convention on the Law of the Sea. We believe that the UN and the EU maintain this position.

    [04] SPOKESMAN - WARSHIPS

    Cypriot Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said in a written statement on Thursday that Turkish media reports about Turkish warships in the sea area north of Cyprus were ``inaccurate.``

    ``What happened is that a Turkish corvette, coming from the area of Rhodes, moved yesterday along the southern coast of Cyprus, outside the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus, and has already sailed to the base in Mersin,`` Pashiardis added.


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