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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 99-03-18

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  • [01] Cook - National Federation of Great Britain
  • [02] Michaelides - Resignation
  • [03] Michaelides - Resignation - Statements

  • 1005:CYPPRESS:01

    [01] Cook - National Federation of Great Britain

    London, Mar 18 (CNA) -- British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, has said he is satisfied with Cyprus' talks for accession to the European Union, and reiterated his country's position of not allowing Turkey to veto the island's membership.

    Yesterday, Cook received a delegation of the National Cyprus Federation of Great Britain, which was accompanied by British MPs Joan Ryan, Andrew Dismore and Stephen Twigg.

    Head of the delegation was the Federation's Chairman, Haris Sofoklides.

    A Federation announcement said that Sofoklides expressed the satisfaction of overseas Cypriots regarding the stable support offered by the British Government to Cyprus' EU accession course.

    Sofoklides also requested Britain's active involvement in the creation of those circumstances which would facilitate a solution to the Cyprus problem.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied the northern third of the island.

    Cook said that he was satisfied with Cyprus' EU negotiations so far, and stressed that Turkey would not be able to veto the island's accession.

    During the meeting, Cook and the delegation exchanged views on possible developments from the outcome of Turkish elections in April and on utilising any opportunity which may arise.

    They also discussed the role that Britain, the United States and other countries can play in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

    CNA KT/RG/MCH/1999

    [02] Michaelides - Resignation

    Nicosia, Mar 18 (CNA) -- Minister of Interior, Dinos Michaelides, handed in his resignation today to President Glafcos Clerides.

    Michaelides' resignation came two days after Government Spokesman, Christos Stylianides, announced he was resigning because he disagreed with a cabinet decision.

    The cabinet had to exonerate the Interior Minister from corruption allegations against him.

    Speaking on his exit from the Presidential Palace, Michaelides said that the President has accepted his resignation but ashed him to remain in office until a replacement was found.

    Michaelides also said President Clerides would be responding to the resignation tomorrow, in writing.

    CNA MK/RG/MCH/1999

    [03] Michaelides - Resignation - Statements

    Nicosia, Mar 18 (CNA) -- Minister of the Interior, Dinos Michaelides, today handed his resignation to President Glafcos Clerides, saying that it was final and that the President had no choice but to accept it.

    Michaelides met this morning with President Clerides, who asked him to remain at his post until a replacement is found.

    Speaking after the meeting, Michaelides said that his resignation was not connected with the resignation of Government Spokesman, Christos Stylianides, two days earlier.

    Stylianides had resigned "as a matter of principle" after the cabinet decided that a report on allegations that Michaelides had abused his power at the immigration department and had unlawfully become rich through the sale of apartments did not contain any evidence against the Minister.

    Yesterday, Michaelides had expressed doubts about the motives behind Stylianides' resignation.

    Responding to questions, Michaelides said that he expects the President to answer in writing tomorrow and said he would remain actively involved in politics.

    CNA MK/RG/MCH/1999
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