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

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

  • [01]Friday, 06 June 2003 Foreign Minister discusses Turkish violations at Strovilia with American, British and UN officials
  • [02] Cyprus and Britain sign a Memorandum of Understanding on British Base Areas
  • [03] European Parliament urges Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Cyprus

    [01] Foreign Minister discusses Turkish violations at Strovilia with American, British and UN officials

    The Foreign Minister Mr George Iacovou made the following statement yesterday: "Today, I had separate meetings, with the American Ambassador Mr Michael Klosson, the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Chief of Mission, Zbigniew Wlosowicz and the British High Commissioner Mr Lyn Parker.

    With Mr Klosson I discussed the program of my forthcoming visit to the United States. All my meetings were confirmed including the meetings with Mr Collin Powell, Mrs Condoleezza Rice and other officials in Washington. I would also like to confirm that in New York I will be meeting Mr Kofi Annan, Mr de Soto, other United Nations officials, the President of the Security Council, the five permanent members of the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. With Messrs Klosson, Wlosowicz and Parker I discussed the issue of Strovilia and the need for measures to be taken to restore the status quo of the area to that which existed before the year 2000. There is of course a history of violations which dates back to the year 2000, it was intensified in 2002 and the situation has now reached unacceptable levels. All of them confirmed that they accept our positions regarding the status of this area, which is not situated in the occupied areas, but in the free areas, it is a territory that is situated in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus and the explanations of the Turkish Cypriot and the Turkish side, in general, are totally unacceptable. They all confirmed that they have made strong representations to the Turkish Cypriot leadership as well as to Turkey. With the British High Commissioner we discussed, as I said after our previous meeting, some measures of improving the living conditions as well as the sense of security of the inhabitants of the area. They are ready to contribute in this direction, even though they believe that their capabilities are rather restricted since this area is simply neighbouring with the British Bases, but it is not part of the British Bases.

    I believe that the situation, as it has developed, should be the object of interest of the Security Council, which will convene to renew the term of office of UNFICYP and so I exchanged some views with the three officials on this issue."

    [02] Cyprus and Britain sign a Memorandum of Understanding on British Base Areas

    The Foreign Minister Mr George Iacovou and the British High Commissioner Mr Lyn Parker signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, concerning responsibility for the implementation of the Protocol on the Sovereign Base Areas at Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus. In a statement to the press after the signing ceremony Mr Iacovou said that the Memorandum provides for the clear distinguishing of authorities, obligations and competences between Cyprus and the UK for the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire on the British Bases in Cyprus. The Foreign Minister explained that the Memorandum will be attached to the Protocol on the Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus annexed to the Accession Treaty of Cyprus to the European Union. Mr Iacovou welcomed the announcement of the British Government to extend the application of European Convention of Human Rights to the Sovereign Base Areas with effect from 1st of May 2004 as a very important development for the protection of human rights in Cyprus. The Cyprus Government always maintained the position that the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms as well as its Protocols, should be implemented on the British Base Areas as it is implemented on the rest of the Republic he said, adding that all citizens of the Republic who live or go through the Sovereign Base Areas will be able to fully enjoy the rights and freedoms that they would have elsewhere on the island. For his part, the British High Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the signing of the memorandum. He said, moreover, that the British Government is pressing ahead with the procedures necessary for the application of the Accession Treaty. ''A bill to give effect to the necessary changes to our law in the UK is before Parliament and we hope to be in a position to ratify for our own part the Accession Treaty for the ten countries as quickly as possible" he added.

    [03] European Parliament urges Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Cyprus

    The European Parliament adopted yesterday a resolution on Turkey's application to join the European Union, urging the country "to withdraw its troops from northern Cyprus so as to pave the way for the reunification of the island and facilitate the resumption of talks." Referring to Turkey in relation to the Cyprus problem, the resolution states that the European Parliament: "Deplores the failure of the meeting in The Hague on 10 March 2003 and calls on the Turkish Cypriot leadership and the Turkish authorities to take courageous steps so that a fair and workable solution to the Cyprus problem can yet be reached, on the basis of the proposals of Secretary- General Kofi Annan, which is an essential condition of proceeding with Turkey's application for membership of the EU; urges Turkey to be fully committed to its status of candidate country and to withdraw its troops from northern Cyprus so as to pave the way for the reunification of the island and facilitate the resumption of talks;" The resolution, based on the report of MEP Arie Oostlander on Turkey's application for accession to the EU, which was adopted by 216 votes in favour, 75 against and 38 abstentions, notes that the conditions for opening accession negotiations with Turkey "are not yet in place." Speaking to the press, the Dutch Rapporteur Mr Oostlander noted that although Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan considered the Annan plan to be a basis for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem, the talks in The Hague failed due to the intervention of the Turkish military on the Turkish government. ''This is unacceptable,'' he said.

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


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