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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-06-18

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

  • [01]Wednesday, 18 June 2003 House President assures EU and US officials of Greek Cypriot side's readiness to resume talks
  • [02] No change in US commitment to foster a lasting settlement, says Weston
  • [03] Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary discusses Cyprus with US officials in Washington

    [01] House President assures EU and US officials of Greek Cypriot side's readiness to resume talks

    The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Christofias, held separate meetings yesterday with the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Mr Gunter Verheugen and the US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus, Mr Thomas Weston, whom he assured of the Greek Cypriot side's readiness to resume the peace talks for reaching a settlement on the basis of the Annan plan. Speaking after his meeting with the EU Commissioner, Mr Christofias said he pledged that the House would do everything possible to complete the remaining tasks towards full harmonisation with the acquis communautaire. "At the same time, I have assured him [Mr Verheugen] that we will continue to work for the implementation of confidence building measures and measures for the Turkish Cypriot community… as well as the programme introduced by the European Union towards that direction", Mr Christofias further said. He noted, however, that the measures did not constitute a solution of the Cyprus problem, and reiterated the Greek Cypriot side's commitment to engage in new talks with a view at finding a solution by May 2004. For his part, Commissioner Verheugen stressed that he had received a clear message of the Greek Cypriot side's firm commitment in the resumption of the talks on the basis of the Annan plan, and warned against complacency in order to use the existing window of opportunity for a settlement. The House President, Mr Demetris Christofias, also met with the US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus, Mr Thomas Weston, whom he thanked for his efforts to revive the peace talks and contribute towards reaching a settlement before Cyprus' official accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004. Mr Weston pointed out that there was a coincidence of views with his interlocutor concerning the analysis of the current situation, what needed to be done to break the impasse and the joint commitment to reach a solution prior to accession.

    [02] No change in US commitment to foster a lasting settlement, says Weston

    "It is the opinion of the United States that negotiations should be taking place right now because we believe it is very important to have a settlement no later than May 2004", the US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus, Mr Thomas Weston, stressed. Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Nicosia, the US envoy pointed out that the position of the two sides regarding the Annan plan were diametrically apart, since President Papadopoulos was ready to return to the talks on the basis of the Annan plan, while the Turkish Cypriot leader was very critical of the plan. Mr Weston also said that Mr Rauf Denktash had adopted a harder stance than previously, as regards the plan as well as the measures of the Cyprus Government and the EU for supporting the Turkish Cypriot community. Referring to the peace plan put forward by the UN Secretary-General, Mr Weston expressed the view that it included the necessary compromises to enable a settlement, noting that it would be "very hard to imagine a different plan that would contain fundamental differences from the Annan plan".

    [03] Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary discusses Cyprus with US officials in Washington

    The Cyprus problem was among the issues discussed at a meeting between the Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ugur Ziyal, and the US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Mr Marc Grossman, on Monday in Washington. The State Department Deputy Spokesman, Mr Phil Reeker, who made the aforementioned statement yesterday at the regular press briefing, pointed out that the US and Turkey were collaborating closely on a number of issues, including the Cyprus problem, through the sharing of views and ideas. Replying to a question on whether Mr Grossman had tried to persuade his Turkish interlocutor that Turkey needed to use its influence to resume the Cyprus peace talks on the basis of the Annan plan, the State Department Spokesman said he did not have any specifics regarding the meeting of Mr Grossman and Mr Ziyal. He merely reiterated the US' support in the UN Secretary-General's good offices mission in Cyprus, and hoped that all the parties involved would make every effort to achieve peace.

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


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