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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-06-05

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  • [01]Thursday, 05 June 2003 Britain closes Cyprus envoy's office
  • [02] Cabinet approves introduction of Turkish lessons in schools

    [01] Britain closes Cyprus envoy's office

    The British Foreign Secretary, Mr Jack Straw, announced yesterday before the House of Commons that the Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, had accepted the recommendation of Lord David Hannay that he should resign from his post as Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus. Mr Straw added that his government would not make a further appointment for the time being. In his statement, the British Foreign Secretary noted that "this announcement in no way indicates a weakening of the Government's determination to work with others under the aegis of the UN to find a solution to the Cyprus problem", adding that "should events again make it appropriate for a Special Representative to be appointed, the Government will not hesitate to do so". He further said that the search for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue had been and still remained a high priority of the British government. "For seven years, our contribution has been lead with great distinction by Lord Hannay as Special Representative for Cyprus. But in the light of recent developments, we have been reviewing the arrangements for ensuring an active British input into Cyprus diplomacy", Mr Straw added. On the UN-led peace efforts, the British Foreign Secretary cited the final effort in The Hague which ended in failure, saying that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktash, bore the prime responsibility. Mr Straw underlined that it was his government's firm view that the Annan plan remained "the best way forward", and expressed Britain's agreement with the UN Secretary-General's position that he should not take a new peace initiative in Cyprus unless and until he was given a solid indication that the parties involved had the political will to move towards a solution. Commenting yesterday on the aforementioned decision by Britain, the Government Spokesman Mr Kypros Chrysostomides said that the Cyprus Government considered the decision "an internal matter of the United Kingdom". He added that Nicosia was satisfied by Mr Straw's statement that the decision did not imply a lessening of the British interest to contribute to the efforts for resolving the Cyprus problem. Mr Chrysostomides further said that the British government's decision to terminate Lord Hannay's term had no substantial impact on efforts for a settlement.

    [02] Cabinet approves introduction of Turkish lessons in schools

    The Council of Ministers, in its regular meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, approved the introduction of Turkish language lessons as optional classes in Lyceums and Technical Schools. It also decided to provide Greek language lessons to Turkish Cypriots and Turkish language lessons to Greek Cypriots, free of charge, through the State Education Institutes.

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