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Cyprus News Agency: News in English (AM), 99-04-02

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <>


  • [01] Clinton - Letter
  • [02] Clerides - Departure - Lebanon - Syria
  • [03] UNFICYP - Hercus - Petitions

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    [01] Clinton - Letter

    Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) -- US President, Bill Clinton, expressed his commitment in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem and assured that his administration will intensify its efforts in bringing all interested parties together for talks.

    In a reply to a letter from the National Committee on US -Greece Relations regarding Greek-Turkish tensions, Clinton said he shares the concern of Angelo Tsakopoulos and John Sitilides that "we have not seen more progress towards resolution of the Cyprus conflict", as he described the Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus' northern third.

    "I want to assure you that I am just as committed to finding a solution to the problems that plague Cyprus as I am to advancing peace elsewhere in the world," Clinton said.

    He added that in "the coming months" his "administration will intensify its efforts to convince all parties that negotiations are the only way to resolve this communal dispute and build a future of peace and prosperity for all Cypriots".

    Regarding the Greco-Turkish relations, Clinton said the US "considers both Greece and Turkey to be key allies" and see "possibilities for improving the strained relationship".

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island's territory.

    Some 200.000 Greek Cypriots, one third of the island's population, were forcibly uprooted from their homes by the Turkish invasion forces.

    CNA DA/EC/GP/1999

    [02] Clerides - Departure - Lebanon - Syria

    Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) -- Cyprus President, Glafcos Clerides, left for Lebanon and Syria last night for a private visit on his boat "Kaiti".

    He was due to meet later today his Lebanese counterpart, Emile Lahoud. The two men will talk about the increasing number of immigrants from Lebanon arriving here illegally. They will also examine bilateral and international issues.

    President Clerides will return to Cyprus on Thursday, April 8.

    CNA EC/GP/1999

    [03] UNFICYP - Hercus - Petitions

    Nicosia, Apr 2 (CNA) -- UNFICYP Chief of Mission, Dame Ann Hercus said she does not receive petitions sent to UNFICYP and the UN Secretary-General because of her workload.

    In a statement issued by the UN Force in Cyprus, Hercus said that "given her workload", she does not personally go out to receive any of the more than 600 petitions sent to UNFICYP and the Secretary-General each year.

    She said that when she came to Cyprus she "decided not to receive any (petitions) myself, but always to have a representative available anywhere along the buffer zone to collect them" and that person brings them to her.

    Hercus further said she reads all petitions and as most of them are addressed to the UN chief, she immediately forwards them to UN headquarters in New York.

    Hercus' statement came a day after members of the Committee of the Relatives of Missing Persons criticised her for not meeting them.

    The committee wanted to submit a petition to Hercus about the absence of any progress in efforts to ascertain the whereabouts of some 1600 persons missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of the island's northern third.

    CNA EC/GP/1999
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