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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-06-27

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

  • [01]Friday, 27 June 2003 Cabinet convenes to discuss progress of EU harmonisation
  • [02] CoE Human Rights Commissioner holds contacts in Cyprus

    [01] Cabinet convenes to discuss progress of EU harmonisation

    An extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers took place yesterday, under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, during which the process of harmonisation and implementation of the EU acquis communautaire was assessed. Present in the Cabinet meeting were, inter alia, the Coordinator for Cyprus' harmonisation with the EU, Mr Takis Hadjidemetriou and the Attorney General, Mr Solon Nikitas. In statements after the meeting, Mr Hadjidemetriou expressed certainty that Cyprus would be ready, six months prior to accession, to respond to all obligations flowing from the signing of the EU Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003 in Athens. Replying to questions, Mr Hadjidemetriou stressed that although Cyprus appeared to be lagging behind on certain areas, that was no longer the case since it was regaining the lead among the acceding countries. Furthermore, speaking during a joint press conference yesterday with the Head of the EU's negotiating team for Cyprus, Mr Leopold Maurer, Mr Hadjidemetriou assured that all pending issues - environment, telecommunications, energy, agriculture and rural development - would be settled in accordance with the timetable envisaged by the Commission. He also said that the last monitoring report for Cyprus by the Commission, to be issued in November, would be positive. On his part, Mr Maurer, who was concluding a visit to the island heading a 15-member Commission delegation, noted that he had received assurances that all outstanding issues would be addressed on time. "I am sure that if everything which has been promised during our visit is done, Cyprus will again be the first of the new member states", he added. The EU official noted that he had advised the Government and administration to proceed fast in preparing the relevant laws, so that the House could pass all the remaining bills before the summer break.

    [02] CoE Human Rights Commissioner holds contacts in Cyprus

    The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Alvaro Gil Robles, who is on a five-day mission to the island to determine the status of human rights on both sides of the divide, said his conclusions from his visit would be included in a report, which would be submitted to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the Council of Ministers in September. Speaking yesterday after a meeting with the Cyprus Justice and Public Order Minister, Mr Doros Theodorou, Mr Robles said the report would note the extent to which human rights were being safeguarded on the island. He further said the report would include certain recommendations to the Cyprus Government, and added that there would be a continuous collaboration to ensure their implementation. The CoE official pointed out that there were some issues which could change very soon through legal reforms, adding, at the same time, that there was also the issue of effective implementation by the authorities of the Republic. He concluded by noting the intention of the Cyprus Government to proceed with the necessary reforms as quickly as possible. For his part, the Justice Minister Mr Doros Theodorou said he had a long and fruitful meeting with the Commissioner, during which he outlined the government policy regarding human rights and heard Mr Robles' views and remarks on the matter. "The Commissioner's suggestions on human rights and the government policy on these matters will be fully implemented very soon", Mr Theodorou noted. Later yesterday, Mr Robles met with the Foreign Minister, Mr Georgios Iacovou, with whom he managed to identify problematic areas and reach unanimous conclusions on the process of recommendations, as the Commissioner noted in statements after the meeting. Mr Iacovou said, for his part, that he emphasised the need to include in every report and make reference to the violation of human rights in Cyprus as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation. "The practice followed by some organisations which remove these violations, such as the report of the US State Department which presents the situation in the free and occupied areas without any mention to the invasion and occupation, is not right", Mr Iacovou stressed. In the afternoon yesterday, Mr Robles visited the Nicosia Central Prisons. Today he was expected to meet the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, and the House President, Mr Demetris Christofias. He will also be visiting the occupied areas of Cyprus to assess the situation there.

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


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