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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-05-29

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] GOVERNMENT - GREEK PROPOSAL
  • [02] CYPRIOT FM VIENNA - INFORMAL MEETING

  • [01] GOVERNMENT - GREEK PROPOSAL

    Cypriot Government Spokesman George Lillikas said that there is no information on behalf of Athens regarding a Greek proposal to push forward efforts for a Cyprus settlement, as described in the Greek press, noting that the Cypriot government has frequent contacts with the Greek government on all issues.

    He added that what still stands is the proposal made by President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos for the return of Famagusta to its legal owners and the opening of the port of the Turkish occupied area, as well as all that was agreed in Paris with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. ``These are the two directions we work on with the cooperation of the government of Greece,`` he said.

    Speaking at Larnaca Airport on departure for Brussels, Lillikas, commenting on reports, said that the story printed in ``Eleftherotypia`` has caused a lot of discussion in Cyprus, noting that ``the government is in constant cooperation and communication with the Greek government not only by telephone, but also through exchanges of representatives for elaboration of common positions.``

    The Cypriot government, he added, ``has not been informed over any such proposal on behalf of the Greek government and therefore we judge that this story, as far as we know, does not respond to reality.``

    Meanwhile, Spokesman of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs George Koumoutsakos described the same reports as imprecise.

    According to the newspaper, the Greek government is working on proposals so as to push forward efforts for a Cyprus settlement and give an answer to European and US pressure to lift the so called ``isolation`` of the Turkish Cypriot community.

    [02] CYPRIOT FM VIENNA - INFORMAL MEETING

    Turkey will soon face its EU obligations and will be judged accordingly, Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs has said, adding that with its behaviour Turkey does not help itself.

    Iacovou participated in the EU Informal Foreign Ministers meeting which wrapped up in Vienna. The meeting discussed the issues of Communicating Europe, the Constitutional Treaty and Enlargement.

    According to an official press release, during the discussion on enlargement, which mainly focused on the EU`s ability to absorb new members, Iacovou raised the obligations Turkey assumed in its EU bid.


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