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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-05-10

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

Wednesday, 10 May 2000


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus will be included in the next EU enlargement, says Dini
  • [02] Hannay: "There is a historic opportunity today to settle the Cyprus question"


[01] Cyprus will be included in the next EU enlargement, says Dini

Italian Foreign Minister Mr. Lamberto Dini expressed yesterday his conviction that Cyprus will become an EU member state by 2003.

Speaking after a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Mr. Ioannis Kassoulides, Mr. Dini also stressed that the dynamics created by the Helsinki European Council decision should be utilised by Turkey.

On his part, Mr. Kassoulides stressed the need for a Cyprus solution within the framework set by the UN Security Council Resolutions. During their meeting, the two Ministers discussed the Cyprus issue, Cyprus/ EU accession course, greco-turkish relations and issues of mutual interest.

Earlier in the day Mr. Kassoulides briefed the members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Foreign Affairs Committee on the latest developments in the Cyprus/ EU accession course.

[02] Hannay: "There is a historic opportunity today to settle the Cyprus question"

Britain/s Special Envoy for Cyprus Sir David Hannay has said that there is a historic opportunity today to settle the Cyprus question and added that all core issues should be addressed in the new effort to reach a Cyprus settlement.

Mr. Hannay who was speaking to the press, after a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Mr. George Papandreou, expressed his belief that proximity talks on Cyprus "should change gear and should move onto issues of substance", adding that we should "really identify where there can be common ground".

"I think we are all of us conscious of the fact that there is a historic opportunity here, not just for Cyprus but more widely in this region", he said. "And those of us who are friends of both Greece and Turkey want to do what we can to help that process, without interfering in any way beyond what is proper to do, so we have a delicate balance to achieve", he concluded.


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


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