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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-06-03

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

  • [01]Tuesday, 03 June 2003 National Council convenes to discuss latest developments
  • [02] Chile supports UN efforts for peaceful Cyprus settlement
  • [03] Recent developments are no substitute for settlement, says UN Chief
  • [04] Zackheos appointed as Foreign Ministry's new permanent secretary

    [01] National Council convenes to discuss latest developments

    The National Council - the President's top advisory body on the handling of the Cyprus issue - convened yesterday afternoon under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos. After the meeting, the Government Spokesman, Mr Kypros Chrysostomides, made the following statement: "The National Council, at its meeting today, which was presided over by the President of the Republic, was briefed in detail by the President about his meetings in Athens and the present situation regarding the Cyprus problem. There was an exchange of views, many opinions were expressed and there was an overall evaluation of the situation. The National Council will continue to examine the progress in the efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, at its next meeting."

    [02] Chile supports UN efforts for peaceful Cyprus settlement

    The Chilean Minister of Defence, Ms Michele Bachelet, who is currently visiting the island to supervise Chile's contingent participating in the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), has expressed her country's commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem. Speaking yesterday after a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus Mr George Iacovou, Ms Bachelet noted that as a member of the UN Security Council Chile supported all actions towards the obtainment of peace in the world. The Chilean Defence Minister also met yesterday with her Cypriot counterpart, Mr Kyriakos Mavronicolas, whom she assured that Chile would continue to participate in UNFICYP. On his turn, Mr Mavronicolas expressed Cyprus' gratitude for Chile's participation in the UN peace force on the island and for its contribution towards the maintenance of peaceful conditions along the ceasefire line. He further praised the support of Chile and other Latin American countries in the efforts for a Cyprus settlement. In other statements, Cyprus' Defence Minister expressed the position that the United States should exert pressure on Turkey to shift its policy and contribute towards the resolution of conflicts with neighbouring countries. He added that Turkey's policy on Cyprus should be condemned by the European Union member states and the US. Replying to a press question, Mr Mavronicolas said that the National Guard of the Republic continued to be a significant deterrent force in any plans against Cyprus, stressing that there was no possibility of dismantling the National Guard under the existing circumstances. The Chilean Minister was received this morning by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, at the Presidential Palace.

    [03] Recent developments are no substitute for settlement, says UN Chief

    The UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, has expressed his satisfaction with the partial easing of restrictions on free movement by the occupation regime and the goodwill displayed between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, but stressed that the recent developments on the island were not a substitute for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. In his report to the Security Council on the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), covering the period from 15 November 2002 to 20 May 2003, the UN Chief noted, "It seems highly unlikely that such a settlement can be achieved without the genuine political commitment to the proposal I have put forward and a firm timetable to finalise negotiations, as outlined in the recent report on my mission of good offices". With regard to UNFICYP, Mr Annan recommended that the Security Council extend the mandate of the Force for another six months, until 15 December 2003, as he considered its continued presence on the island necessary for the maintenance of the ceasefire between the two sides. He added that it was important for UNFICYP to be adequately equipped "to meet its increased workload and to respond in a timely manner to developments and needs as they arise". The UN Secretary-General further noted that during the past six months, the situation along the ceasefire lines had remained calm, expressing, at the same time, regret that no progress had been achieved in restoring the status quo ante in Strovilia. On the activities of the peacekeeping force, Mr Annan said he welcomed "the limited easing of restrictions by the Turkish Cypriot authorities on UNFICYP's movement as a first step", but urged that the Force be provided "unhindered access and full freedom of movement to carry out its mandate throughout its entire area of responsibility".

    [04] Zackheos appointed as Foreign Ministry's new permanent secretary

    Ambassador Sotos Zackheos was appointed yesterday as the new Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Minister, Mr George Iacovou, conveyed to Mr Zackheos his wishes for every success in his new post and said he was looking forward to working closely with the new Permanent Secretary. Ambassador Zackheos was Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the United Nations for over five years.

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


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