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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Tuesday, 23 May 2000
 Cyprus seeks to see human rights and democratic principles respected on a universal levelMinister of Interior Mr. Christodoulos Christodoulou stressed yesterday that the respect of human rights and the rule of law that are universally considered as factors of security and stability cannot be limited within one country's frontiers.
In a world of interdependence, he pointed out, no country can remain indifferent to the problems faced by its neighbours.
Addressing yesterday a two day meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Limassol, Mr. Christodoulou stressed that Cyprus became a member of the Council of Europe since its independence and has ratified all International Conventions on Human Rights and their relevant protocols, it adheres to democratic principles and applies them consistently. However, he pointed out reality does not always meet the spirit of those declarations.
In a Europe free of dividing walls, he said, Cyprus and the sufferings of its people should not remain the only sad exception. Cyprus staunchly seeks to see human rights and democratic principles promoted and respected on a universal level, he added.
Mr. Christodoulou called on the Council of Europe to consolidate its achievements in the spirit that led to its establishment. Moreover, he added, more political will is needed today in order to see prevail universal principles and the rule of law.
 President Clerides receives European Commissioner on Employment and Social AffairsGreek European Commissioner on Employment and Social Affairs Ms Anna Diamantopoulou stated yesterday that by the year 2002 all necessary reforms concerning Cyprus/ harmonisation process will have been completed.
Ms Diamantopoulou, who arrived last Sunday in Cyprus to open the 4th Round Table Session of the European Employers/ Organisations, was received yesterday by the President of the Republic Mr. Glafcos Clerides.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Ms Diamantopoulou said that she discussed with President Clerides Cyprus/ accession process and negotiations, in particular issues relating to the social sector.
As she pointed out the Republic of Cyprus has set a timetable for chapters relating to social affairs and has submitted to the Parliament a number of European Directives.
Ms Diamantopoulou expressed the conviction that all relevant legislative work will be carried out by 2002.
 US Secretary of Defence pledges support for Cyprus settlementU.S. Secretary of Defence William Cohen pledged his high level support for Cyprus settlement effort to a group of Greek-American leaders, representing the over 150 participants in the 11th Annual PSEKA / SAE Cyprus Conference, at The Pentagon last week. Secretary Cohen, whose schedule prohibited him from addressing participants during this conference, which was produced by the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH), invited a small, representative delegation of leaders to meet with him before the conference, on Tuesday, May 16.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/