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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-06-09

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

  • [01]Monday, 09 June 2003 Foreign Minister departs for USA for high-level contacts with US and UN officials
  • [02] Britain believes that property issues can be resolved only through comprehensive Cyprus settlement

    [01] Foreign Minister departs for USA for high-level contacts with US and UN officials

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Georgios Iacovou, departed yesterday for the USA where he will have high-level meetings with US and UN officials to discuss the Cyprus problem. Mr Iacovou will first visit New York where he will meet with the UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan, his Special Advisor on Cyprus Mr Alvaro de Soto, the President of the UN General Assembly Mr Jan Kavan, the President of the UN Security Council Mr Sergey Lavrov, and the representatives of the five permanent member states of the Security Council. He will then go to Washington D.C. for talks with, among others, the US Vice President Mr Dick Cheney, the US Secretary of State Mr Colin Powell, the President's National Security Adviser Ms Condoleezza Rice, and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Mr Dennis Hastert. Speaking yesterday upon his departure at Larnaca Airport, Mr Iacovou pointed out that his planned contacts with high ranking US officials reflected the US administration's high-level interest on Cyprus. He further told journalists that during his talks with US and UN officials he would put forward the Cyprus Government's positions on the Cyprus problem and stress that the US and UN should exert pressure on Turkey to waive its intransigence and contribute towards a settlement. The Cyprus Foreign Minister added that he would also exchange views with his interlocutors on the next steps to be made until Cyprus' accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004. Replying to a question on whether he thought any pressure would be put on Turkey soon, he noted that Turkey was currently going through a major political and economic crisis, something which rendered efforts for a solution much more difficult. During his stay, Mr Iacovou will attend events organised in the framework of the World Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) annual meeting, and he will be honoured by PSEKA and the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE).

    [02] Britain believes that property issues can be resolved only through comprehensive Cyprus settlement

    Britain believes that issues concerning property already purchased in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus can be resolved only through a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, the British Minister for Trade, Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean has said. Answering a question by Lord Faulkner of Worcester at the House of Lords last Wednesday, concerning the legal advice that the British government was offering to its citizens who had bought or were thinking of buying property in the occupied areas of Cyprus, Baroness Symons noted that the government could not offer any kind of legal advice on that matter. "We recommend that before purchasing, British citizens appraise themselves fully of the situation created by the non-recognition of the 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' and the possibility of a future political settlement in Cyprus, and seek their own legal advice", she said. She added that the question of the legality of ownership was one for the courts and suggested that "the best way forward is to wait for a final settlement and then see these issues resolved appropriately by the courts". Asked by Lord Kilclooney why the British government had banned British citizens in northern Cyprus from moving into the British Bases area, she pointed out that "any person who has entered the island of Cyprus through an unrecognised port of entry is considered an illegal immigrant by the government of the Republic of Cyprus". Baroness Symons welcomed the easing of restrictions on movement across the ceasefire line, underlining, however, that it was not a substitute for a comprehensive settlement on the basis of the UN peace plan. She further said that the British government shared the UN Secretary-General's view that the UN should not take any new initiative until the Secretary-General was given proof of real political will by all parties to solve the Cyprus issue.

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


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